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Everyday Parenting: The ABCs of Child Rearing

Published: July 25, 2017


Everyday Parenting 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. The lessons provide step-by-step instructions and demonstrations to improve your course of action with both children and adolescents. Among many techniques, you will learn how even simple modifications to tone of voice and phrasing can lead to more compliance. The course will also shed light on many parenting misconceptions and ineffective strategies that are routinely used.

The key to the course is practice. It is not enough to know the strategies; you have to do them to reap the rewards. Using the techniques on a temporary basis will lead to permanent change.

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, these videos will be a very useful guide.

Course Takeaways

  • The “A” in the ABC stands for Antecedents and covers what to do before the behavior.
  • The “B” represents Behavior and outlines working on the behavior itself - how to shape behavior by breaking it down into doable steps, practice the behavior repeatedly through simulations, and model the behavior.
  • The “C” (Consequence) because learning how to praise your child in the special way may be the most useful and versatile technique in the series.
  • How to apply ABC’s to improve and expand upon the parenting tools taught in the course. Learn how to modify techniques for your maturing adolescent along with new techniques to foster communication with your child.
  • Apply ABCs in a larger family environment, misconceptions that might hold you back from implementing an effective behavior-change program, helping your child in school, and warning signs that your child may need professional help
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4 weeks
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Meet the Instructors

faculty profile image Alan E. Kazdin, PhD, ABPP is Sterling Professor of Psychology and Child Psychiatry at Yale University. At Yale, he has been Chairman of the Psychology Department, Director of the Child Study Center at the School of Medicine, and Chair of the Publications Committee of the Yale University Press. His 750+ publications include 49 books that focus on parenting and child rearing, psychosocial interventions, interpersonal violence, and research methodology. His parenting work has been featured on NPR, PBS, BBC, CNN, Good Morning America, 20/20, Dr. Phil, and the Today Show. In 2008, he was President of the American Psychological Association. Full biography