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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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Pros and cons of ditching clothes when you have kids

October 19, 2017
Growing up Catholic, there wasn’t even a question about everyone wearing clothes in Lori Sapio’s house. Today in her own family, clothing is optional, and Sapio, her boyfriend and her two kids, 2 and 4, have been taking advantage of the rules in their Chicago home.
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Why Do People Think Animals Make Good Therapists?

October 16, 2017
Molly Crossman and Alan Kazdin of the Yale University Psychology Department addressed this issue in a study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.
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The Discipline Wars

June 5, 2017
Studies show that spanking doesn't work, yet most Americans still believe in it. Here's why it persists and what works...
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Can You Discipline Your Child Without Using Punishment?

February 15, 2017
When we talk about discipline, we usually refer to the efforts by parents and teachers to reduce or eliminate annoying...
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CNN

Parent Acts: How to deal with a defiant child

August 5, 2016
"The problem with 'defiance' is that it puts something in the child," said Alan Kazdin, professor of psychology and child...
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No Spanking, No Timeout, No Problem

March 5, 2016
A child psychologist argues punishment is a waste of time when trying to eliminate problem behavior. Try this instead.
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When Your Kid Whines, Screams, Hits, Kicks, and Bites — Relax

September 14, 2015
When I told my wife I was writing a story about an illustrious child psychologist, she said, half-jokingly, “See if you can pick up anything useful.” We both knew what she meant: anything that might prove useful in handling our daughter, a four-year-old spitfire whose virtuosity on the monkey bars and heroic self-reliance are matched only by her gift for busting our chops.
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What Every Parent Should Know About Timeouts

December 10, 2014
Timeouts are a disciplinary tool that is widely misunderstood and frequently misused. Everyone has heard of timeouts, and they seem simple to use. Your child does something wrong, you send her to sit by herself for some set period of time. But, perhaps surprisingly, this is all many parents know about timeouts.
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NPR

How To Get Children To Behave Without Hitting Them

September 19, 2014
There's plenty of evidence that spanking, paddling or hitting children doesn't improve their behavior in the long run and actually makes it worse. But the science never trumps emotion, according to Alan Kazdin, head of the Yale Parenting Center and author of The Everyday Parenting Toolkit.
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