Decisive Parenting: Strategies That Work with Teenagers

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Decisive Parenting teaches parents concrete skills for quickly and permanently altering their teenagers' problem behaviors, ranging from argumentativeness and neglecting chores or homework to more serious issues such as shoplifting, underage drinking, and drug use. Michael Hammond provides clear, easy-to-follow, and proven solutions to permanently stop negative behavior while establishing good behavior in its place. By adapting Dr. Hammond's "active consequences" strategy, parents can expect to see major changes ...

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Overview

Decisive Parenting teaches parents concrete skills for quickly and permanently altering their teenagers' problem behaviors, ranging from argumentativeness and neglecting chores or homework to more serious issues such as shoplifting, underage drinking, and drug use. Michael Hammond provides clear, easy-to-follow, and proven solutions to permanently stop negative behavior while establishing good behavior in its place. By adapting Dr. Hammond's "active consequences" strategy, parents can expect to see major changes in their teenagers' behavior in three to six weeks, as well as great improvement in the parent-child relationship.

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Editorial Reviews

Blair Irvine
Dr. Hammond has the ideal skill set to write this book: a background in parent training and family counseling with a sprinkling of parenting intervention research experience. He shows how to integrate family rules, workable consequences, and positive reinforcement into a strategy that will enhance parent-teen relationships. This book would be a great gift to the parent of a teen, or to someone whose child is soon to become a teen. It will help the parent set the course for a parent-child relationship based on fair boundaries with mutual respect...
Megan Colvin
Dr. Hammond provides an excellent, step-by-step guide for parents to encourage positive change in their teenager's behavior. He provides practical applications and examples relevant to the many challenges parents currently face with their teenagers. Thisbook empowers parents with tools to address difficult teenage behaviors that may have rendered them feeling hopeless and helpless....
Lawrence J. Ryan
This book is an important and significant advancement in the genre of parenting manuals. It is composed in the tradition of works like Parent Effectiveness Training (Harris, 1962) and Living with Children (Patterson and Guillion, 1968). The writing and voice are clearly directed to parents who need help in bringing teenagers through difficult and often dangerous years. Hammond's book is practical and easy to read. It begins with principles of behavior and parenting that are soundly and deeplyrooted in psychological theory as well as in common sense. Each section includes excellent examples. All parents will be able to relate to, understand, and easily implement the principles of parenting and family interaction that Hammond presents. Hammmond's coverage of issues is up-to-date and incorporates content reflective of the age of technology. This book is destined to be the next classic and 'must-have' for all parents and for professionals working with families of teenagers..
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765707635
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/30/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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 decisiveparenting.com

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

How to Use This Book xi

Part 1 Building A Secure Foundation 1

Chapter 1 Rules: Establishing a Firm Foundation 3

Chapter 2 Write the Rules for Your Teenager 9

Chapter 3 Natural and Logical Consequences 21

Chapter 4 Active Consequences for Challenging Situations 28

Chapter 5 Level Systems, Point Economies, and Contracts 50

Chapter 6 Communication That Gets the Results You Want 66

Chapter 7 Conflict Resolution with Teenagers 87

Chapter 8 Reinforcers for Behaviors You Want to See Repeated 93

Part 2 Problem Behaviors and what to do about them 107

Chapter 9 Arguing 109

Chapter 10 Chore Completion 115

Chapter 11 Driving 121

Chapter 12 Drug and Alcohol Use 126

Chapter 13 Friends 134

Chapter 14 Information Technology 140

Chapter 15 Lying 144

Chapter 16 Running Away 148

Chapter 17 School Assignments and Homework 155

Chapter 18 Sexual Activity 161

Chapter 19 Sibling Fighting 166

Chapter 20 Stealing 171

Chapter 21 Swearing 175

Chapter 22 Television 180

Chapter 23 Tobacco Use 184

Chapter 24 Truancy 188

Chapter 25 Violence 192

Chapter 26 Whereabouts and Curfews 197

Epilogue: Every Good Thing 201

Suggested Reading 203

Index 205

About the Author 209

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