Friday, April 25, 2008

Kazdin Method Works

Yesterday, I finished reading the book The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child with No Pills, No Therapy, No Contest of Wills. The last phrase "no contest of wills" especially caught my attention and my husband's since he recommended the book to me. (No, he has not read the book yet.) I think this book is one that I'll refer to throughout Little K's childhood & teen years. I really like how it's broken into age-related chapters so I could turn to the preschool chapter and get the answers I need. In 10 years, I'll refer to the preteen chapter. (Wow, that's weird to think about.)

Any ways, we are now using the point chart, reward system & positive opposites that Kazdin describes and Little K is making remarkable progress. Yeah! She's excited about getting dressed in the morning "like a Big Girl" (1 star), some times she's willing to have a "Big Girl Tubby" (another star) and she's doing great with "Big Girl Bed Time" (another star). After so many stars, she gets to choose a treat like reaching into a grab bag or choosing a game for us to play together. Kazdin walks you through the pitfalls and makes it practical. Here's my online review of the book. I'm actually glad my husband put this on my "To Read" list.

Until the next nap time...

3 comments:

Amy said...

It's working at bed time? Really? Sign me up! C didn't go to sleep until 11 last night. We put her to bed at 8:30 and when we checked on her at 10 she was wide awake with Candy Land spread out all over her bed. Stars are looking like a really good idea!

Lesley said...

Thanks for sharing this book. I know a lot of parents think they can do it without a book but why not gather as much info from experienced people to see what works for your family. I am firm believer in BABY WISE, a book we read before our first baby was born and it has been amazing for me and many of my friends. I am re-reading it now since #2 will be here at the end of July I want to refresh my memory of how we got Iain to sleep through the night by 2 months.

Anonymous said...

Does the book have a chapter on teenagers?