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Parenting Tips: Best Online Resources for Behavior and Discipline

Need help parenting a child with ADHD or a learning disability like dyslexia? Here are great tools tailored to every child.

Empathetic approach for the sensitive/energetic child

Raising Your Spirited Child, by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka (parentchildhelp.com), is a classic guide that offers a positive four-step program for handling behavior from mealtime to bedtime, for children with attention deficit disorder (ADD ADHD). (Book, workbook, audiotape)

Basic discipline for any child

Thomas W. Phelan’s 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 (parentmagic.com) is a simple approach—control obnoxious behavior, encourage good behavior, strengthen the bond with your child—that parents should have in their discipline toolbox. (Books, video, DVD, CD)

Reward and punishment for out-of-control children

Russell A. Barkley stresses consistency and cooperation, and promoting change through a system of praise and punishment (Your Defiant Child; russellbarkley.org). (Videoconferences, book, workbooks)

No-shout discipline for all kids

Foster W. Cline’s philosophy—Parenting with Love and Logic (loveandlogic.com)—shows parents how to introduce practical consequences to children’s behavior while teaching them to solve their own problems. (Books, workshops, seminars)

Cognitive approach for easily frustrated/inflexible children

Ross W. Greene proposes that challenging behavior be handled as if it were a learning disability in The Explosive Child (explosivechild.com). His approach empowers parents to teach their child the cognitive skills needed to manage behavior. (Book, seminars, consultations)

One-on-one professional help

Log on to the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies website (aabt.org) for the latest research. Use its search function to find a cognitive therapist who can work with you and your child to solve discipline problems. (Consultations)



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