Rudolf Dreikurs, M.D., was the protégé of Alfred Adler’s who translated Adler's theory into practical parenting tips and good advice for parents. Dreikurs is the author of the highly acclaimed book "Children: The Challenge"and other works. Although pretty much everyone has heard the name Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler's name is not quite as well known to the common man.
Alfred Adler, M.D. believed behavior is motivated by the need to belong, versus his contemporary, Sigmund Freud, who said our sexual needs influence people’s behavior.
Dreikurs' contribution to modern parenting theory was to create a common sense approach to teach parents to nurture the child’s spirit and share power in families. The benefits are many, including children that 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.
A couple of the key concepts:
The duo also introduced birth order as an influence on behavior because of its impact on how children find a way to belong in families.
Today, scores of psychologists and parenting educators espouse the Adlerian approach. 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.
The Redirecting Children's Behavior course is strongly influenced by the work of Rudolf Dreikurs, MD. The course was developed by Kathryn Kvols. RCB is derived from the Adlerian approach. It’s simple and profound...one consistent parenting plan to guide parents with children from two years old to adulthood..