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Parenting Video of the Month

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SOURCE: https://theinstitute.umaryland.edu/our-work/national/network/family/unstuck-parent-videos/

Palo Alto University Parenting Tip

The Palo Alto Parenting tips below came directly from the free, online Everyday Parenting program created by parenting expert, Dr. Kazdin. To learn more parenting tips from Dr. Kazdin click here.

MODELING

To model desired behaviors:

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Modeling refers to teaching by example. Your child will learn by observing your actions and the actions of others. For example, you could model being kind to others by greeting your neighbors or offering to help other family members around the home. Make sure to keep praising the behaviors that you want to see (“Great job helping your sibling with their homework”).

 

PRAISE

To praise positive behaviors:
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It is natural for us to pay attention to behaviors that are irritating, worrisome, or make us want to disappear from embarrassment. Usually, when our child is calm, quiet, and self-entertained, we breathe a sigh of relief. However, this inadvertently teaches our children that they can get our attention by being disruptive. The good news is that we can reverse this pattern by paying attention to our child’s positive behaviors.

Try praising something positive that your child is doing each morning and evening (for example, "Good job sharing with your sibling"). We are used to noticing disruptive behaviors, so praising your child's positive behaviors will take some practice and patience - but will ultimately benefit both you and your child. 

ANTECEDENTS
To provide effective instructions:
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We give our kids dozens of instructions each day: Get ready for school. Wash your hands before you eat. Do your homework. Sometimes our kids follow our instructions, and sometimes they do not. One way to increase follow-through is to give effective instructions. For example, making eye contact with your child and gently telling them to turn off the TV is likely to be more effective than yelling at them from another room.

Think about a few things that you would like your child to do and try using these tips to provide effective instructions.

Instead of saying…

Say….

“Don’t bother me.”

“Please work on your homework.”

“TURN OFF THE TV!!”

“Please turn off the TV.”

“I told you to stop playing video games.”

“If you don’t stop playing video games in the next 5 minutes, then you won’t be able to play tomorrow.”


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