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The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child Paperback – January 15, 2009
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We have been using Kazdin's Method for 2 weeks now and I am amazed by the results. Our morning routine of getting ready for school and out the door needed a serious overhaul. We hit rockbottom one morning that ended in a lot of yelling and I knew I needed to do something drastically different. My 2 boys(6 and 9) are now out of bed right when their alarm goes off at 6:30 am, dressed and downstairs for breakfast even before I can get it ready. They then get up promptly from the table, brush teeth and hair and have their backpacks ready to go for the carpool a full 15 mins. before they need to be. My 6-yr. old came down one morning and said, "You know Mommy, now we have so much extra time that I think we should make our beds before we go too." I was nearly too stunned to talk! They do all of this so that they can get points and bonus points to go to the library, stay up an extra 15 mins., get a small gift certificate ($5) for a store, etc. Kazdin makes sure you get the all important details right, however, before you implement such a program. You have to get it all right or it won't work! But it isn't hard and I really enjoy using the program and helping the kids cash in their rewards.
This book can help with some serious defiance/behavior issues, but I wish that it was aimed more at just general parenting too. I think all parents can use ideas when the going gets tough. I know that's when I'm at my worst. Now I feel prepared.Read more ›
Who WOULD benefit from this book? The answer is in the title: parents of DEFIANT children. These are children who are cognitively normal, not involved in crime or criminal threat groups, and not addicted to drugs, yet are defiant, argumentative, disobedient, and generally tiresome around the house. For the millions of parents who have ended up with children they just don't like, this book contains the best parenting advice available.
Some children have special problems, such as autistic-spectrum disorders, ADHD, sensory integration disorder, and the like. The bottom line is, any child who does not respond positively to the program in this book (fully implemented, not attempted halfway or half-heartedly) should be taken for a psychological evaluation to determine what factors play into the discipline problems other than parenting practices. For example, ADHD can't be parented away, but if it is PROPERLY medicated, then the remaining behavior problems can be parented away using the principles in this book or similar books.
For children with attention problems I recommend and use Russell Barkley's books on the defiant child and defiant teen, as Barkley has specialized in working with this population.Read more ›
If you don't have money for anything else, start here. Haven't had a phone call at work since. Knowing how to best parent my 4 year old (as a single mom of a kid who visits with her defiant and disagreeable dad every other weekend) and confidently guide her in a way that let's her be the firecracker she is (with the proper boundaries, rewards, and consequences that she can understand and respect)...now that's a peace of mind that is priceless.
All the other random advice from those teachers and school officials who have been dealing with kids for 20+ years, would not work with my kid.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Prefer Alfie Kohn's Unconditional Parenting. This was just too manipulative for my tastes. I choose not to treat/train my child like a cocker spaniel.Published 16 days ago by ThinkTwiceWriteOnce
While following the advice in this book, I found that praise does work somewhat, but the point system was completely lost on my 5.5 and 3.5 year olds. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Anna Hase
This book was a lifesaver. The program makes sense. There are a bunch of details to put together, but when you do that it really does work. Read morePublished 3 months ago by A Shalit
The "kazdin method" is basically ABA.
ABA works-- it has years of solid data to back it up. Read more
Ok, but all common knowledge. I don't feel I gained any informationPublished 3 months ago by bambi bland
This book promotes old, out-of date, and less-effective approaches to the ODD child; I'm sorry I wasted my money on it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by L Edwards
I'm about halfway through after about a year owning this, it's hard to find time to read. I have applied some of the information so far and it's been helpful.Published 3 months ago by Kristen R
The book provided me the knowledge I needed to help understand my child's behavior. In addition, I learned how to change his behavior for the positive.Published 4 months ago by Darin Jackson