How It All Began
Positive Discipline is a program based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs and is based on the best selling Positive Discipline books by Dr. Jane Nelsen and co-authors. Lynn Lott and Jane Nelsen developed the training programs Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way and Positive Discipline in the Classroom.
About Our Founders
Lynn Lott said of her experience: "In 1969 when my first child was six months old, I picked up a book called Children: The Challenge by Rudolf Dreikurs and it changed my life. At that time, there was a group of volunteers leading parenting classes to study the ideas in that book. I took one of these classes, became a volunteer leader, and have been teaching parenting and relationship skills ever since. Though I came to Positive Discipline as a parent, it wasn’t long before I was using the ideas in multiple settings, including my private practice as a therapist.
In 1973, I founded an Adlerian organization in northern California. That organization evolved into the Family Education Center where I ran a weekly parent education/family-in-focus program for thirteen years. As parents in the program became more involved and skilled, I created an internship program to teach them how to be parent educators and counselors. The interns learned how to teach experientially, based on what I had learned from John Taylor, so that their parenting groups would be more interesting and effective than the first one I took back in 1969. I created the Parents Helping Parents Problem Solving Steps so that new students would have a map to use when they counseled parents using the open forum model introduced by Adler, Dreikurs, Christensen, Walton, Platt and others. The open forum included working with volunteer parents, teachers, and/or families in front of an audience. Watching this magical method closely, I could see what these master Adlerians did and turned the magic into steps that others could follow. In the summer of 1987, my students and I created the first Teaching Parenting Manual for others to use."
Lott and Nelsen Combine Forces
In 1990, Lynn Lott and Jane Nelsen joined forces to revise and expand the Teaching Parenting Manual Lynn and her students put together in 1987. They made the manual more user-friendly, revised the problem solving steps, and added a lot of new activities and promotional ideas. Over the next eight years, they updated the manual with many new materials. In 2007, with the help of a group of Certified Positive Discipline Associates, Lynn and Jane created the sixth edition of Teaching Parenting. They also authored several books together, Positive Discipline for Teenagers, Positive Discipline A-Z, and Positive Discipline in the Classroom.