History of the Program

Positive Discipline is a program developed by Dr. Jane Nelsen. It is based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs and designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities. Positive Discipline teaches important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults (including parentsteachers, childcare providers, youth workers, and others).

Recent research tells us that children are hardwired from birth to connect with others, and that children who feel a sense of connection to their community, family, and school are less likely to misbehave. To be successful, contributing members of their community, children must learn necessary social and life skills. Positive Discipline is based on the understanding that discipline must be taught and that discipline teaches.


Introduction to Positive Discipline

What is Positive Discipline?

Discipline comes from the Latin root word "disciplina", which means “giving instruction, to teach.” Recent brain research has confirmed that people learn best when they feel safe and connected to others, in the context of safe relationships. 

Punishment is a way to gain control by requiring rules or orders be obeyed and punishing undesired behavior.  

On the other hand, Positive discipline is a way of teaching and guiding children by letting them know what behavior is acceptable in a way that is firm, yet kind. The goal of positive discipline is to teach by first creating safe relationships with children.

 Connection must come before correction in order for discipline to be effective in the long term. The most powerful tool for teaching children is modeling what we want them to do or to be.

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