The Kazdin Method® 2017-08-08T13:40:11+00:00

The Kazdin Method® of Parenting

We are devoted to sharing our knowledge to help parents be the best they can be. Even if you feel like you’ve tried everything and nothing works, your life with your child can be much easier.
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Praise is one of the strongest ways to influence your child’s actions

It can be the essential ingredient in improving behavior, or it can make behavior worse. The result depends on the quality of the praise and upon how and when it’s delivered.
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Parenting based on research

The research tells us that talking and explaining are weak methods of changing behavior. The stronger approach is to define a positive opposite—a good behavior to replace the one you don’t want—and then reinforce it consistently and often enough that it becomes your child’s default setting.
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Parenting didn’t always come with instructions, but now it does.

Parenting can be challenging.  There is so much advice, so many opinions, and, like dieting, fads that momentarily inspire or sound reasonable but are not very effective.  Fortunately, techniques have been developed and studied in research that can make parenting much easier.  The techniques are useful tools to use as needed for handling problems and building the habits one would like to see.  Dr. Alan E. Kazdin has studied the techniques for three decades and has brought the many techniques together to help parents.  The Kazdin Method® has helped thousands of families learn effective parenting strategies.  These techniques cannot only change parenting behavior but also can reduce stress in the home often made a little worse by reminders, nagging, noncompliance, and routine behaviors that often occur in family life.  

Parenting techniques that actually work!

“Our daughter has become a delightful young lady; we enjoy her so much now! The change in her is dramatic, she and the other children are so much happier, get along way better, and we can’t thank you enough!”

“My daughter always struggled with peer groups. My therapist taught me how I can help her in a systematic way so that she could do it…so that she could succeed.”

“Who would have thought you can practice to do a certain behavior??? We practiced going to bed on time and we used lots of praise when she pretended!! It actually helped!”

“We have been through years of therapy with our son. Nothing has worked until we finally began the Yale Parenting Center. Life is happier now, more enjoyable!”

Free Online Training with Coursera

The online training course “Everyday Parenting: The ABCs of Child Rearing” is now available for anyone who needs a little help with parenting.  This training course gives you access to a toolkit of behavior-change techniques that will make your typical day in the home easier as you develop the behaviors you would like to see in your child.  Chances are your parenting is perfectly fine and working the way you would like.  But if you have any frustrations with your child or would like improve your effectiveness in changing your child’s behavior, this training course could help.

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The Kazdin Method® In The News

Do parenting experts agree with Kelly Clarkson’s view on spanking?

January 11, 2018
Kelly Clarkson’s controversial comments about spanking her daughter have ignited social media and drawn strong opinions in the parenting world.
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3 Myths About Your Teen’s Bad Attitude

December 12, 2017
Does this scenario feel familiar? Marisa is 12-and-a-half years old. She has become moody and irritable, wants much more private time alone in her room, but spends it all socializing with friends on social media. She has little time for the family. She will “agree” to eat dinner with her mother, father and younger brother but retreats to her room as soon as she finishes eating but before the meal is over.
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Addressing the Treatment Gap

October 23, 2017
Although he is retiring, Dr. Kazdin will be continuing his research into innovative ways to close the treatment gap between those children who need mental health treatment and those who receive it. Readers may be surprised and inspired as they read Dr. Kazdin’s reflections on his own career, the field of clinical psychology, and the future of children’s mental health.
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What to Do When Your Kid Tells Lies

October 19, 2017
Getting your children to stop lying even in normal circumstances is challenging in part because there are many influences in their lives (including TV, movies, video and other games and some great books) where lies and deception are shown as examples.
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