What is Positive Discipline?
Positive Discipline is based on the philosophies of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs who believed that all human beings have equal rights to dignity and respect. All Positive Discipline methods are non-punitive and non-permissive. They are kind and firm at the same time. Kind, because that shows respect for the child and for the adult, and firm because that shows respect for what needs to be done. To be effective, changes must be made in the way we rear our children that reflects our democratic society and the principles of mutual respect and equality of human worth. Positive Discipline teaches self-discipline, responsibility, cooperation and problem solving skills.
The goals of Positive Discipline are to be respectful, effective long term and to help children develop valuable life skills. These goals are achieved through implementing the concepts of Mistaken Goals, Encouragement and the Natural and Logical consequences.
"A misbehaving child is a discouraged child" --Rudolf Dreikurs