Parenting Difficult Children: Strategies for Parents of Preschoolers to Preteens.pdf

Parenting Difficult Children: Strategies for Parents of Preschoolers to Preteens.pdf


Parenting young children is a challenge, and dealing with difficult or problem behavior can set up an atmosphere of tension and strife-not just between the child and the parents, but between parents as well. Parenting Difficult Children provides a method of removing that tension with specific strategies for parents of children age three to twelve who are exhibiting difficult or common negative behaviors. Based on the author's thirty years of clinical experience as a child and family therapist, the book shows parents how to eliminate unwanted, negative behavior and replace it with wanted, positive behavior while strengthening and improving the parent-child relationship. The coverage of the book is two-fold. Part one includes specific instruction on building a secure foundation of rules, discipline methods, communication skills, conflict resolution skills, and reinforcers for positive, desired behavior. Part two includes short essay chapters on problem behaviors and what to do about them.

Michael Hammond, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and a licensed marriage and family therapist. He lives in Salem, Oregon, where he maintains a private practice and works as a therapist, consultant, and speaker. Visit his website at He is the author of Decisive Parenting: Strategies that Work with Teenagers.

PART ONE:BUILDING A SECURE FOUNDATION Introduction 1: Rules - Part One 2: Rules - Part Two 3: Natural and Logical Consequences 4: Active Consequences for Challenging Situations 5: Level Systems, Point Economies, and Contracts 6: Distraction/Diversion, Ignoring, Time-Out, Shaping and Punishments You Should Never Use 7: Communication That Gets The Results You Want 8: Conflict Resolution with Children 9: Reinforcers for Behaviors You Want to See Repeated PART TWO:Problem Behaviors and What To Do About Them 10: Arguing 11: Backtalk 12: Bullying 13: Cheating 14: Chore Completion 15: Fighting 16: Friends 17: Information Technology 18: Lying 19: Manners 20: School Assignments and Homework 21: Sibling Fighting 22: Stealing 23: Swearing 24: Television 25: Truancy and Misbehavior in School 26: Whereabouts and Curfew Epilogue Suggested Reading


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