A lifesaving handbook for parents of children who are occasionally, or too often, out of control. Most child-behavior books are filled with advice that sounds reasonable, fits with what parents already believe about child-rearing, and is, as Dr. Kazdin proves, guaranteed to fail.
The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child makes available to parents for the first time Dr. Kazdins proven programone backed up by some of the most long-term and respected research devoted to any therapy for children. Kazdin shatters decades worth of accumulated myths about tantrums, time-outs, punishments fitting the crime, and much more.
With the practicality of Ferber and the warmth of Brazelton, Kazdin leads parents through every step of the Kazdin Method in action - how to use tone of voice, when and how to touch, how to lead your child in a practice session, how to adjust your approach for different-age children, how to involve siblings, and more.The program is temporary, but the results are permanent - for very young children, adolescents, and even beyond.
"[Kazdin's] easygoing and often humorous tone gently guides readers through an array of problem scenarios...The author promises long-lasting results for a temporary investment in his practical, positive method; parents may be well rewarded if they give it a try." (Publishers Weekly)
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Finally, Common Sense Parenting
Best Behavioral Shaping I've Read
No gimmicks, no "tricks," no mass marketing plan to make tons of money off the distress of parents everywhere. I'm a psychologist and this book was recommended to me by a supervisor as an aid for parents who were frustrated with their children's behavior. I kept several paper copies in my office over the years. The books kept "disappearing" as I lent them out over the years. I have a Kindle version, a paper version, and now an Audible version! Now I don't have to worry about my book wandering away when I need a quick reference for a behavior plan i'm building with a family. This is still my go to lay person parenting book for the person who needs to LEARN how to parent effectively and without getting into power struggles. I highly recommend and I use with my own children.
- S. Kirby