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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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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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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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