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Parenting Your Out-Of-Control Child
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We learn how to control our impulses as children - or at least we're supposed to. Most children learn to stop throwing temper tantrums, lying, refusing to go to bed or take a bath at an early age. But some children have trouble with impulsivity and self-control, problems that, left unchecked, can lead to very serious problems that can even cross the line into crime and delinquency. This book offers parents a sound and safe step-by-step program for dealing with out-of-control children before their behaviour problems result in serious consequences. This step-by-step programme concentrates on the most common out-of-control behaviour problems that the author has encountered in his extensive work with parents and children. It advises parents on the finer points of effective discipline, including eye contact, body language, tone of voice and word choice. Then the book details a uniquely effective strategy for managing an out-of-control child: the behaviour contract. With this technique, parents establish clearly what they expect from their child and define the results of either compliant or noncompliant behaviour. The book offers strategies for making use of the contract in everyday life. With a little effort and patience and a lot of love, parents will be able to use these techniques to control even the worst impulsivity problems.
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This book gives parents an easy-to-read understanding of their out of control child. The practical understanding Kapalka offers helps parents better understand what is occurring in their children. Being 'out of control' becomes far more predictable with the insights and strategies this book offers. I can certainly recommend it for my patients and their families. Thomas M. Kozak, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in Texas and Michigan" Kapalka has written a wonderful book, giving parents an excellent addition to works from Barkley and others. His writing demonstrates that he understand difficult children and the problems parents run into when they try to help them grow up successfully in an ever changing environment. Perhaps most importantly, Kapalka clearly understands what it takes to be a competent parent. He is gentle yet firm in his convictions when advising his readers to embrace their roles as parents. This book is now required reading for my patient-parents and my post-doctoral fellows. John Courtney, Psy.D., MP, is assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and neurology at Tulane University Health Science Center" Kapalka has written a very readable and useful book on parenting skills. The book is well organized and cuts to the heart of the issues and potential solutions for parents and therapists alike. Mark Stevens, Ph.D., director of University Counseling Services at the California State University, Northridge, and president of Division 51 of the American Psychological Association" This book pulls together the best practices in parenting today to address the problems of parenting the strong-willed child. Kapalka has effectively identified key areas of parenting problems, spelled out an effective approach to resolving the difficulties, and described how to move from conflict to cooperation. This easy-to-read text will be a blessing to parents in need of effective guidance, as well as to practitioners who work with them. It is highly recommended for its practical applications, reasonable guidelines, and helpful examples. Arthur Horne, Ph.D., distinguished research professor emeritus in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services of the College of Education at the University of Georgia" This is a must-read for every parent concerned about their child's behavior. Kapalka offers solid, concrete recommendations that are well-grounded in the psychological literature, providing parents with wise advice and needed practical tools that allow them to deal with being overwhelmed by their child's behavior. I especially enjoyed the real-life examples and was impressed with the down-to-earth approach that Kapalka adopts in offering his suggestions. It is a well-written, engrossing text that I recommend with unqualified enthusiasm. Stephen R. Wester, Ph.D., is associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee" There is no user's guide to being a parent, but Kapalka has provided the next best thing. This easy-to-read book provides clear and concise strategies that all parents can employ with their children. Parents, educators, and counselors alike can effective solutions to many troubling parenting dilemmas. Best of all, Kapalka has offered parents a method for creating a healthy family environment in which parents and children have the opportunity to be responsible, respected, and happy. Matt Englar-Carlson, Ph.D., associate professor of counseling at the California State University at Fullerton" A wonderful resource, this book is succinct, practical, and clearly written. It offers many useful suggestions and plans that can be easily carried out within the context of parenting training and behavior therapy. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to psychologists, mental health practitioners, parents, and graduate students in training. I will personally use it in my practice and on my syllabi. Margaret Alvarez, Psy.D., MSCP, Brain Behavior Center in Pomona, NY" This is a terrific book that will be a valuable resource for parents with children and adolescents. Kapalka has written a highly readable, practical book that incorporates the latest ideas about handling difficult children. It is filled with great examples that will help all parents. This book will go to the top of my suggested readings list. James H. Bray, Ph.D., author of Stepfamilies: Love, Marriage, and Parenting in the First Decade" This book provides a practical road map for anyone wishing to implement a successful program for children with behavior management problems. It is designed for parents and caregivers of children with challenging behavioral difficulties, but its applications are not limited to this group alone. Anyone working with children who are struggling with behavior management difficulties should have this valuable book available to them. Ronald T. Brown, Ph.D., ABPP, is professor of public health, psychology, pediatrics and psychiatry and behavioral sciences and dean of the College of Health Professions at Temple University" "This book gives parents an easy-to-read understanding of their out of control child. The practical understanding Kapalka offers helps parents better understand what is occurring in their children. Being 'out of control' becomes far more predictable with the insights and strategies this book offers. I can certainly recommend it for my patients and their families." Thomas M. Kozak, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in Texas and Michigan" "Kapalka has written a wonderful book, giving parents an excellent addition to works from Barkley and others. His writing demonstrates that he understand difficult children and the problems parents run into when they try to help them grow up successfully in an ever changing environment. Perhaps most importantly, Kapalka clearly understands what it takes to be a competent parent. He is gentle yet firm in his convictions when advising his readers to embrace their roles as parents. This book is now required reading for my patient-parents and my post-doctoral fellows." John Courtney, Psy.D., MP, is assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and neurology at Tulane University Health Science Center" "Kapalka has written a very readable and useful book on parenting skills. The book is well organized and cuts to the heart of the issues and potential solutions for parents and therapists alike." Mark Stevens, Ph.D., director of University Counseling Services at the California State University, Northridge, and president of Division 51 of the American Psychological Association" "This book pulls together the best practices in parenting today to address the problems of parenting the strong-willed child. Kapalka has effectively identified key areas of parenting problems, spelled out an effective approach to resolving the difficulties, and described how to move from conflict to cooperation. This easy-to-read text will be a blessing to parents in need of effective guidance, as well as to practitioners who work with them. It is highly recommended for its practical applications, reasonable guidelines, and helpful examples." Arthur Horne, Ph.D., distinguished research professor emeritus in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services of the College of Education at the University of Georgia" "This is a must-read for every parent concerned about their child's behavior. Kapalka offers solid, concrete recommendations that are well-grounded in the psychological literature, providing parents with wise advice and needed practical tools that allow them to deal with being overwhelmed by their child's behavior. I especially enjoyed the real-life examples and was impressed with the down-to-earth approach that Kapalka adopts in offering his suggestions. It is a well-written, engrossing text that I recommend with unqualified enthusiasm. " Stephen R. Wester, Ph.D., is associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee" "There is no user's guide to being a parent, but Kapalka has provided the next best thing. This easy-to-read book provides clear and concise strategies that all parents can employ with their children. Parents, educators, and counselors alike can effective solutions to many troubling parenting dilemmas. Best of all, Kapalka has offered parents a method for creating a healthy family environment in which parents and children have the opportunity to be responsible, respected, and happy." Matt Englar-Carlson, Ph.D., associate professor of counseling at the California State University at Fullerton" "A wonderful resource, this book is succinct, practical, and clearly written. It offers many useful suggestions and plans that can be easily carried out within the context of parenting training and behavior therapy. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to psychologists, mental health practitioners, parents, and graduate students in training. I will personally use it in my practice and on my syllabi." Margaret Alvarez, Psy.D., MSCP, Brain Behavior Center in Pomona, NY" "This is a terrific book that will be a valuable resource for parents with children and adolescents. Kapalka has written a highly readable, practical book that incorporates the latest ideas about handling difficult children. It is filled with great examples that will help all parents. This book will go to the top of my suggested readings list." James H. Bray, Ph.D., author of "Stepfamilies: Love, Marriage, and Parenting in the First Decade"" "This book provides a practical road map for anyone wishing to implement a successful program for children with behavior management problems. It is designed for parents and caregivers of children with challenging behavioral difficulties, but its applications are not limited to this group alone. Anyone working with children who are struggling with behavior management difficulties should have this valuable book available to them." Ronald T. Brown, Ph.D., ABPP, is professor of public health, psychology, pediatrics and psychiatry and behavioral sciences and dean of the College of Health Professions at Temple University"

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