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.
PODCAST: Dr. Alan Kazdin Interview on Papatriarcat
Listen to an interview of Dr. Alan Kazdin by Cédric Rostein, in his series committed to helping parents with the challenges of parenting.
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.
The best way to eliminate an unwanted behavior is to build a strong alternative behavior in its place, what’s called the positive opposite of the unwanted behavior. The Kazdin Method® provides step-by-step instruction in how to do this under almost any conditions without throwing rewards at your child.
Some of us are just naturals when it comes to parenting. But the rest of us wish that parenting came with operating instructions. Now it does. The Kazdin Method for Parenting is a sensitive and caring program that is well grounded in the latest scientific research.
Alan E. Kazdin brings together the conceptual and empirical bases underlying Parent Management Training with discussions of background, principles, and concepts, supplemented with concrete examples of the ways therapists should interact with parents and children.