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Do We Really Need Shooter Drills?

September 10, 2019
Alan Kazdin, professor of psychology and child psychiatry at Yale University, told NBC News that “the most important part of this kind of preparation is repetition, rather than realism.” 
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Well-Intentioned Parental Behaviors Result in Kids Who Are Less Successful

May 10, 2019
The relationship between kids and parents is well-studied and researchers are perpetually learning more about what parents can do--or not do--to help their children blossom.
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Westport cops teaching parents to spy on their kids

May 9, 2019
“Let’s think of a word stronger than ‘mistrust,’” said Alan Kazdin, research professor and Sterling professor of psychology at Yale University. “Snooping for its own sake is not the way to raise a person or be with someone you love.”
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How to Raise a Creative Kid (but Not a Daydreaming Weirdo)

January 13, 2019
Dr. Alan Kazdin, a renowned professor of psychology and child psychiatry and head of the Yale Parenting Center, has spent years developing methods for encouraging creative play and discouraging inattention. “Play and imagination, playing pretend, playing with voices — at a certain age, that’s a very normal part of development,” Kazdin explains. “It’s critical for kid’s development.”
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When your child wants the truth about Santa

December 23, 2018
When my kid busted us on the Tooth Fairy last year, I knew that Santa Claus was next. "That's you, right? The Tooth Fairy?" She had that "don't you lie to me" look in her eyes. That's when I knew the next question was coming.
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New Study Demonstrates Dogs Help Children Recover from Stress

December 22, 2018
A new study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology found that children experiencing stress who then interact with therapy dogs benefit from improved mood and reduced anxiety.
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So Your Child Has Failed. Here’s What to Do Next

December 9, 2018
Just like adults, children sometimes fail. And when they do, parents too often do not react. They figure that failure is a part of life—that it teaches an important lesson. But that may not actually be the case. While tough love worked fine for parents when they were children, we know more now about child psychology. And we have a better understanding of what methods truly help children learn from failure.
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How to stop yelling at your kids and do something more effective instead

November 26, 2018
Yelling doesn't change a child's behavior in the long term, but these habits can.
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I Took an Online Parenting Class with My Wife and We Stopped Having Sex

November 21, 2018
My wife and I are avid DIYers — we prefer to do things ourselves rather than calling in outside help. So we defaulted to trying to solve the problem of our son’s outbursts on our own. We were certain we could handle the problem so long as we could find a place to start. I reached out to psychologist Dr. Alan Kazdin, the director of the Yale Parenting Center, and the smartest person I know on issues related to child discipline. He directed me to an online course “Everyday Parenting: The ABCs of Child Rearing”. 
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Why You Should Stop Yelling at Your Kids

October 20, 2018
It doesn’t make you look authoritative. It makes you look out of control to your kids. It makes you look weak.
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