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.
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.