Parenting Without the Fights
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Parenting Without the Fights

A step-by-step parenting plan to resolve conflicts with your children
4.4 (18 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,145 students enrolled
Created by Steven Meyers
Last updated 8/2014
English
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Includes:
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 5 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Become a more confident parent
  • Learn powerful techniques that will improve your relationship with your child.
  • Gain many more ways to respond to your child's misbehavior
  • Stop children's problems from developing
  • Enjoy a calmer, happier life at home with your family
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Requirements
  • If you're ready to learn new strategies and put them into practice right away, this course is for you!
  • Be willing to try different parenting techniques, even if they're not what you've used in the past or how you were raised. Your persistence will pay off!
  • This course doesn't require any prior knowledge or materials. I provide you with all of the information you need, including helpful worksheets you can print out.
Description

Are you looking for ways to have fewer arguments with your kids at home? Are you frustrated when your children don't pay attention to your directions and requests?

Psychologists have found a set of simple and powerful techniques that can turn this situation around -- and I have summarized all of these ideas in this course.

You will learn the strategies that I have taught hundreds of parents over the past 20 years in my work as a clinical psychologist. You'll gain insight into your own parenting style, and you'll learn effective, research-supported parenting techniques with my step-by-step approach. I'll provide you with examples and handouts that will encourage you to put these techniques into action and to stick with the program.

Parents whose children misbehave often will learn how to effectively manage these challenges. First-time parents will find lots of practical advice to successfully navigate through misbehavior that occurs in all families. This approach will be most helpful for parents whose children are between 4 and 13 years old, but teachers, child care providers, and grandparents will find this information to be extremely useful, too.

I'm so excited to provide you with these parenting tools. I've shared them with many others by working directly with families, teaching university classes, researching family dynamics, appearing on television, and being quoted for newspapers and blogs. Join more than 1,000 parents who have enrolled already. This class will make it easier for you to be a great parent! Enroll now and let's work together to make it happen.

Who is the target audience?
  • This class will be especially helpful for parents whose children misbehave as well as for those who want a better relationship and understanding with their kids
  • The research-tested strategies that I'll describe are most useful for children between 4 and 13 years old
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Curriculum For This Course
29 Lectures
02:23:56
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Welcome to the class!
4 Lectures 15:59

Welcome to the class! I'm so glad that you're committed to developing the parenting skills that researchers have shown to be effective in reducing child misbehavior. In this lesson, I'll share my professional background and provide you with an overview of the course.

Preview 06:21

In this lesson, we'll answer a question that many parents have asked before -- why does my child misbehave? We'll talk about how parenting is one important factor, but certainly not the only one. You'll learn about the two important ingredients to successful parenting -- combining warmth with effective control.

Why does my child misbehave?
05:17

Do you have a sense of how you'd like to parent your child ideally? In this lesson, we'll focus on your parenting goals. We'll think about those times that your child has behaved well, and see if we can isolate those successes so you can do more of them.

Identifying your parenting goals and successes
04:21

Here are a few questions to see if you can recall some important points from Section 1.

Quick review quiz
4 questions

I have provided you with a worksheet to help you write down your parenting goals and reflect on your successes. Be sure to print it out and complete it.

Worksheet for Section 1
1 page
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Getting off to a productive start
6 Lectures 23:13

What sets off your child's misbehavior? What do you do after each episode? In this lesson, you'll learn how to monitor triggers and consequences so you'll have the information needed to get the upper hand.

Identifying problem triggers and responses
02:32

Are all forms of you child's misbehavior equally important? In this lesson, we'll talk about prioritizing issues so that you can focus on what is most critical. We'll discuss top drawer, middle drawer, and bottom drawer issues and what to do about each.

Sort the problems and pick your battles
05:51

Did you know that you can reduce misbehavior by simply phrasing requests in a more effective way? Learn the different steps that you'd need to follow to make this happen.

Preview 06:55

This lesson provides you with specific instructions about how to maximize the impact of praise, which can be a powerful way to increase appropriate behaviors.

Preview 03:51

How often are you spending enjoyable time with your child? It is easy to overlook the importance of such a simple skill, but it can sometimes be a challenge to find or make the time in your schedule. This lesson focuses on ways to make this happen.

Increasing enjoyable activities together
04:04

Here are a few questions to see if you can recall some important points from Section 2.

Quick review quiz
5 questions

I have provided you with worksheets to help you apply the lessons in this section. Be sure to print them out and complete them. These worksheets summarize the steps for each skill, which can be a very handy reference. Be sure to print out additional copies of the sheets if you want to monitor your progress and sharpen your ability to use these techniques from one week to the next.

Worksheets for Section 2
5 pages
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Strategies for mild misbehavior
8 Lectures 27:01

Do you fall into one of the five traps that accidentally reward your child's misbehavior? In this lesson, we'll review how some parents inadvertently encourage misbehavior and why it is important to avoid each.

Beware of accidentally encouraging misbehavior
04:11

Providing children with choices accomplishes two important objectives -- it redirects their behavior and gives them a certain amount of perceived control. I'll provide you with the steps and two examples in this lesson.

Providing your child with choices
03:31

An I-message is an effective way of setting a limit that also teaches children that their behaviors impact others. You'll learn the steps in using this technique in this lesson.

I-messages
03:08

Learn how to have special play sessions with your child in which you have dedicated time to help him or her understand feelings. Children enjoy these times with their parents, and don't even realize that they are gaining a better understanding of their emotions that lead to a reduction in misbehavior.

Special play sessions to improve relationships
07:27

Is it possible for your child to learn from the natural consequences of his or her own behavior without the parent stepping in to set a limit? Learn how this can work in this lesson on natural consequences.

Natural consequences
02:59

How can you use ignoring to reduce children's annoying behavior? In this lesson, we'll review how to use ignoring to your advantage as well as highlight ways to prevent it from potentially backfiring.

Selective ignoring
03:28

Cool downs are helpful for those times when children need to calm themselves down. This lesson reviews the steps involved in using this technique

Cool down times
02:17

Here are a few questions to see if you can recall some important points from Section 3.

Quick review quiz
6 questions

I have provided you with worksheets to help you apply the lessons in this section. Be sure to print them out and complete them. These worksheets summarize the steps for each skill, which can be a very handy reference. Be sure to print out additional copies of the sheets if you want to monitor your progress and sharpen your ability to use these techniques from one week to the next.

Worksheets for Section 3
7 pages
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Strategies for more serious misbehavior
7 Lectures 39:53

Time outs are one of the most versatile disciplinary strategies parents can use. In this lesson, you will learn the steps involved to maximize their effectiveness. Listen to figure out if you're using time outs correctly.

Preview 07:44

What happens when your child is too old for time outs? Work chores follow similar steps and are very useful for children over 10 years old when they misbehave. This lesson provides you with step-by-step instructions on how to do them.

Work chores
03:26

Does the punishment fit the crime for your child's misbehavior? In this lesson, we'll discuss how to use logical consequences to ensure that it does.

Logical consequences
04:03

Learn how to use rewards to see more of a positive behavior in your child. In this lesson, I'll give you a step-by-step approach and provide you with a form that will allow you to monitor and keep track of your child's progress.

Simple reward systems
05:55

In this lesson, you will learn how to construct a reward system that addresses multiple misbehaviors rather than just one. Be sure to download the worksheets at the end of this section for important support materials. These include assistance in selecting the behaviors your plan will address as well as a reward chart that will help you keep track of the points your child earns each day.

Behavior plans for multiple problems
06:45

How do you know if your child has a clinically significant problem? This lesson provides you with information about who can help and what an evaluation involves. Be sure to look at these supplementary websites for more help as well.

Finding a therapist through the Psychology Today online directory

Videos for parents about effective mental health care for children

Effective child therapy options for different disorders

Help for more serious problems
12:00

Here are a few questions to see if you can recall some important points from Section 4.

Quick review quiz
5 questions

I have provided you with worksheets to help you apply the lessons in this section. Be sure to print them out and complete them. These worksheets summarize the steps for each skill, which can be a very handy reference. Be sure to print out additional copies of the sheets if you want to monitor your progress and sharpen your ability to use these techniques from one week to the next.

Worksheets for Section 4
7 pages
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Preventing problems and staying on track
4 Lectures 15:50

Family problem solving discussions allow both parents and children to sit down and resolve conflicts. We'll review the steps in using this technique that can both prevent and reduce difficult situations.

Family problem solving discussions
05:32

Parents can take care of others better when they also take care of themselves. We will review 12 different self-care strategies that you can use in this lesson. Some come into action when you are in the middle of an argument with your child, and others can be used beforehand to ensure that you're at your personal best.

Taking care of yourself as a parent
07:41

Here are a few questions to see if you can recall some important points from Section 5.

Quick review quiz
3 questions

I have provided you with worksheets to help you apply the lessons in this section. Be sure to print them out and complete them. These worksheets summarize the steps for each skill, which can be a very handy reference. Be sure to print out additional copies of the sheets if you want to monitor your progress and sharpen your ability to use these techniques from one week to the next.

Worksheets for Section 5
2 pages

Congratulations on reaching the end of the class! I'm proud of your accomplishments and hope that you found this class to be a helpful and rewarding experience.

Conclusions
02:37
About the Instructor
Steven Meyers
4.4 Average rating
18 Reviews
1,145 Students
1 Course
Award winning psychologist and university professor

Steven Meyers, PhD, ABPP, is a licensed clinical psychologist who has helped hundreds of people to improve their relationships and overcome feelings like sadness, worry, anger, or unhappiness over the past 20 years. He has authored nearly 200 articles, book chapters, reviews, and scholarly presentations on personal well-being, interpersonal relationships, and a range of other topics.

Dr. Meyers is also a Professor of Psychology at Roosevelt University in Chicago where he is an award-winning teacher. He was chosen as the Illinois Professor of the Year in 2007 by the Carnegie Foundation and he has received four other teaching honors. Dr. Meyers is an elected fellow of the American Psychological Association and is a board certified psychologist in two areas of clinical practice by the American Board of Professional Psychology.