When children's misbehavior or delinquency creates problems, it's
not enough to deal with the children alone. Mental health professionals
recommend behavioral parent training as well, reports the April issue
of Harvard Mental Health Letter.
Behavioral parent training teaches parents to substitute systematic for
arbitrary discipline. Parents learn how to set rules and define the
consequences for disobeying them. They also learn how to negotiate with
older children, how to follow through on warnings, and how to identify
early signs of trouble and talk to children about these problems.
It is particularly important that parents also respond to good behavior with praise and encouragement, says the Harvard Mental Health Letter.
Parents are taught to reward a child's behavior one action at a time.
They learn to point out what the child is doing right before discussing
what needs improvement.
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