Decisive Parenting

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 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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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 163 x 239 x 20mm | 494g
  • Northvale NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0765707632
  • 9780765707635
  • 2,386,503

Table of contents

Part 1 Acknowledgments Part 2 How to Use This Book Part 3 PART I: Building A Secure Foundation Chapter 4 Chapter 1: Rules-Establishing a Firm Foundation Chapter 5 Chapter 2: Write the Rules for Your Teen Chapter 6 Chapter 3: Natural and Logical Consequences Chapter 7 Chapter 4: Active Consequences for Challenging Situations Chapter 8 Chapter 5: Level Systems, Point Economies, and Contracts Chapter 9 Chapter 6: Communication That Gets the Results You Want Chapter 10 Chapter 7: Conflict Resolution with Teenagers Chapter 11 Chapter 8: Reinforcers for Behaviors You Want to See Repeated Part 12 PART II: Problem Behaviors and What to Do about Them Chapter 13 Chapter 9: Arguing Chapter 14 Chapter 10: Chore Completion Chapter 15 Chapter 11: Driving Chapter 16 Chapter 12: Drug and Alcohol Use Chapter 17 Chapter 13: Friends Chapter 18 Chapter 14: Information Technology Chapter 19 Chapter 15: Lying Chapter 20 Chapter 16: Running Away Chapter 21 Chapter 17: School Assignments and Homework Chapter 22 Chapter 18: Sexual Activity Chapter 23 Chapter 19: Sibling Fighting Chapter 24 Chapter 20: Stealing Chapter 25 Chapter 21: Swearing Chapter 26 Chapter 22: Television Chapter 27 Chapter 23: Tobacco Use Chapter 28 Chapter 24: Truancy Chapter 29 Chapter 25: Violence Chapter 30 Chapter 26: Whereabouts and Curfew Part 31 Epilogue: Every Good Thing Part 32 References and Suggested Reading Part 33 Index Part 34 About the Author
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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. -- Blair Irvine, research scientist, Oregon Center for Applied Science 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. This book empowers parents with tools to address difficult teenage behaviors that may have rendered them feeling hopeless and helpless. -- Megan Colvin, MS, national certified counselor 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 deeply rooted 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. -- Lawrence J. Ryan, PhD, Union Institute & University
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About Michael Hammond

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
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