Positive Discipline® helps children become confident, capable and happy adults.

Positive Discipline is practiced in over 80 countries. Teachers, parents and care-givers who use it speak enthusiastically about how Positive Discipline improves their “work” with children on many different levels.

Practical "tools" for challenges such as:

  • chores
  • homework
  • sibling squabbles (and worse!)
  • power struggles

  • lack of respect
  • school stress
  • digital devices
  • and more

Every challenge is a chance for children to learn important life skills.

-Lynn Lott


Positive Discipline is an approach created by Dr. Jane Nelsen and Lynn Lott, inspired by and based on the visionary work of Dr. Alfred Adler and Dr. Rudolf Dreikurs.

The 5 criteria for effective discipline (by Jane Nelsen):

  1. Helps children feel a sense of connection (belonging and significance).
  2. Is mutually respectful and encouraging (kind and firm at the same time).
  3. Is effective long-term (takes into account what the child is thinking, feeling and deciding about him- or herself and about the world – and what he or she has to do in the future in order to survive or thrive).
  4. Teaches important social and life skills (respect, caring for others, problem-solving and cooperation, as well as the ability to contribute to the larger communities in which they live).
  5. Invites children to discover how capable they are (strengthens the constructive use of personal power and autonomy).

Positive Discipline courses are designed to support parents, teachers and others who work with children, in teaching self-discipline, responsibility, cooperation and problem-solving skills to the young ones in their care.

The ground-breaking psychiatrists and thinkers, on whose insights Positive Discipline rests

- Dr. Alfred Adler

“We should learn to see with the eyes of a child, to hear with the ears of a child and to feel with the heart of a child.”

Dr. Rudolf Dreikurs ​

“A child needs encouragement as a plant needs water.”

The Founders of  Positive Discipline

- Dr. Jane Nelsen

“When parents continue to dress their children after the age of three, they are robbing them of developing a sense of responsibility, self-sufficiency, and self-confidence. They are less likely to develop the belief that they are capable. Instead they feel a sense of belonging when others do things for them.” 

- Lynn Lott

«My goal has always been to make people’s lives better and to increase the ways they encourage themselves and others.»

The big bonus for us parents and teachers is that Positive Discipline generates a happier and more peaceful atmosphere in the family and in the classroom.

-Dr. Jane Nelsen