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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The Kazdin Method® of Parenting

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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Praise is one of the strongest ways to influence your child’s actions

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 based on research

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 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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