Tantrum Tamer: New Ways Parents Can Stop Bad Behavior

The Wall Street Journal:

Forget everything you may have read about coping with children’s temper tantrums. Time-outs, sticker charts, television denial—for many, none of these measures will actually result in long-term behavior change, according to researchers at two academic institutions.

Instead, a set of techniques known as “parent management training” is proving so helpful to families struggling with a child’s unmanageable behavior that clinicians in the U.S. and the U.K. are starting to adopt them.

Aimed at teaching parents to encourage sustained behavior change, it was developed in part at parenting research clinics at Yale University and King’s College London.

Even violent tantrums, or clinging to the point of riding on a parent’s leg, can be curbed, researchers say.

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