Parenting Tools workshops are based on the internationally renowned encouragement parenting and classroom management model 'Positive Discipline' created by Jane Nelsen and Lynn Lott.

Positive Discipline draws on the pioneering teachings of psychologists Dr. Alfred Adler and his most influential student, Dr. Rudolf Dreikurs. Conventional teaching and parenting manuals draw primarily on the work of Freud and Skinner recommending rewards and punishment to control and manage children - the Adlerian approach however is very different being both non-permissive and non-punitive. The key ingredient is encouragement. Deceptively simple, the Positive Discipline model is highly effective in helping parents and teachers build mutually respectful relationships with their children of any age. Adults discover that there is a belief behind every child's misbehaviour, their own role in it and how to respectfully encourage long lasting and positive change.

Dr. Alfred adler

1870 - 1937

Austrian medical doctor, psychotherapist and founder of Adlerian psychology (also known as Individual Psychology) Adler held equality, civil rights, mutual respect, and the advancement of democracy as core values. He was one of the first to provide family and group counseling and to use public education as an effective way to address community health.

A child's greatest motivation in life is the desire to belong"

"Cooperation is the most important thing for living"

Children should be given their own responsibilities. Children should be treated as equals"

Dr. Rudolf dreikurs

1897 - 1972

Austrian psychiatrist and innovative educator who developed Adler's system of Individual psychology into a pragmatic and easy to understand method for understanding child behavior. Dreikurs was strongly committed to the value of community counseling and empowering parents and teachers with knowledge and approaches that led to more mutually respectful and collaborative relationships.

"Children need encouragement just as plants need water"

"If we want to help a child change his direction we must understand what makes him move."

Dr. Jane Nelsen

American licensed Marriage, Family and Child counselor. Author and co-author of the renowned Positive Discipline series of books and teaching manuals and founder of the Positive Discipline Association with members in over 60 countries worldwide.

"Where did we ever get the crazy idea that in order to make children do better, first we have to make them feel worse?"

"Mistakes are wonderful opportunities to learn"