Adlerian?

Adler pioneered natural and logical consequences, birth order and how to use encouragement and family meetings. Alfred Adler was a genius about how to raise children without bullying them.

A contemporary of Freud and Jung, Alfred Adler, M.D. believed our greatest human desire is to belong.

These men are among the grandfathers of modern psychology. Alfred Adler, M.D. pioneered positive parenting strategies such as natural and logical consequences, family meetings, encouragement and mutual respect. He purveyed a theory on the impact of birth order in a family and came up a theory on children’s motivation.

Adler’s protégé, Rudolf Dreikurs, M.D., created a common sense approach to teach parents to nurture the child’s spirit and share power in families.

The result is children who develop into teens who are capable, resilient and creative.  Parents are calmer, more confident and able to sustain a harmonious home. They learn how to give up yelling, nagging and threatening.

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Rudolf Dreikurs, MD was Adler’s protégé who translated Adler’s theory into practical parenting tips and good advice for parents.

Adler and Dreikurs pioneered the use of natural and logical consequences, which is widely accepted as the most effective way to teach children to develop judgement.Today, scores of psychologists and parenting educators espouse the Adlerian approach. There are many Alfred Adler institutes,  authors, teachers, psychologists  and organizations across the globe.Instead of relying on often conflicting parenting tips and advice, Adler’s approach provides one consistent foundation for parents to raise happy confident children who make good independent decisions when parents are not around.

Adler and Dreikurs espoused the use of encouragement, democratic family meetings, natural and logical consequences and  mutual respect.

It’s simple and profound. It is one consistent parenting plan to guide parents with 2-year-olds to 22-year-olds.

4 Comments on “Adlerian?”


  1. You’ve got great insights about parenting advice, keep up the good work!

  2. Home Mom Says:

    When does trying to protect them become overly restricting? Is there a happy balance?

  3. raisingable Says:

    Home mom- I understand your quandry.

    Think of parenting as being a set of guardrails on a bridge. You have never hit the guardrails, {I assume!} but you like to know they’re there. They provide security and reasonable limitations.

    We parents are guardrails for our children. Children, tweens and teens will normally not ask for freedom they cannot handle. Our job is to give them that freedom with responsibility in baby steps, as they prove they are able, and hold the guardrails, kindly and firmly.

    how old are your kids?


  4. Parenting can be the toughest job you\\\’ll ever have. Kids present new challenges continuously because they keep growing and changing, and the issues grow and change with them.

    As parents our most important job is to make sure our kids feel loved and valuable for who they are (not what they do). It\\\’s my biggest struggle, and my biggest joy all at once!


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