Everyday Parenting: The ABCs of Child Rearing

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About this course: Everyday Parenting gives you access to a toolkit of behavior-change techniques that will make your typical day in the home easier as you develop the behaviors you would like to see in your child. The lessons provide step-by-step instructions and demonstrations to improve your course of action with both children and adolescents. Among many techniques, you will learn how even simple modifications to tone of voice and phrasing can lead to more compliance. The course will also shed light on many parenting misconceptions and ineffective strategies that are routinely used. The key to the course is practice. It is not enough to know the strategies; you have to do them to rea…

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When you enroll for courses through Coursera you get to choose for a paid plan or for a free plan

  • Free plan: No certicification and/or audit only. You will have access to all course materials except graded items.
  • Paid plan: Commit to earning a Certificate—it's a trusted, shareable way to showcase your new skills.

About this course: Everyday Parenting gives you access to a toolkit of behavior-change techniques that will make your typical day in the home easier as you develop the behaviors you would like to see in your child. The lessons provide step-by-step instructions and demonstrations to improve your course of action with both children and adolescents. Among many techniques, you will learn how even simple modifications to tone of voice and phrasing can lead to more compliance. The course will also shed light on many parenting misconceptions and ineffective strategies that are routinely used. The key to the course is practice. It is not enough to know the strategies; you have to do them to reap the rewards. Using the techniques on a temporary basis will lead to permanent change. Chances are your parenting is perfectly fine and working the way you would like. But if you have any frustrations with your child or would like improve your effectiveness in changing your child’s behavior, these videos will be a very useful guide.

Who is this class for: The course is primarily aimed at parents or guardians of children from toddler age to adolescents.

Created by:  Yale University
  • Taught by:  Alan E. Kazdin, PhD, ABPP, Sterling Professor of Psychology and Child Psychiatry

    Department of Psychology
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WEEK 1


The ABCs : Part 1 - Antecedents & Behaviors



Module 1 overviews the course structure and outlines the ABC formula for behavior-change programs. The “A” in the ABC stands for Antecedents and covers what to do before the behavior. The “B” represents Behavior and outlines working on the behavior itself - how to shape behavior by breaking it down into doable steps, practice the behavior repeatedly through simulations, and model the behavior. The course kicks off with a “C” (Consequence) because learning how to praise your child in the special way may be the most useful and versatile technique in the series.


8 videos, 6 readings expand


  1. Video: Course Introduction
  2. Reading: Common Challenging Behaviors
  3. Reading: Companion Books
  4. Reading: Out of This World Parenting
  5. Reading: Optional Articles
  6. Video: Praise Explanation
  7. Video: Praise
  8. Video: Antecedents
  9. Video: Antecedents Practice Exercise
  10. Reading: Optional Articles
  11. Video: Shaping
  12. Video: Simulation
  13. Video: Modeling
  14. Reading: Optional Articles

Graded: Praise
Graded: Antecedents
Graded: Shaping
Graded: Simulation
Graded: Modeling

WEEK 2


The ABCs: Part 2 - Consequences
Module 2 focuses on the “C” in the ABC formula which is what comes after the behavior such as praise, rewards, attention, or punishment.


7 videos, 2 readings expand


  1. Video: Positive Opposite
  2. Video: Point Programs
  3. Video: Attending & Planned Ignoring
  4. Reading: Optional Articles
  5. Video: Punishment Basics
  6. Video: Punishment Practice Exercise
  7. Video: Time Out from Reinforcement
  8. Video: Spanking and Alternatives
  9. Reading: Optional Articles

Graded: Positive Opposite
Graded: Point Programs
Graded: Attending & Planned Ignoring
Graded: Punishment Basics
Graded: Time Out from Reinforcement
Graded: Spanking and Alternatives

WEEK 3


Advanced ABCs - Troubleshooting and Adolescents
Module 3 takes all the ABC techniques into consideration and outlines ways to improve and expand upon the parenting tools. Learn how to modify techniques for your maturing adolescent along with new techniques to foster communication with your child.


4 videos, 2 readings expand


  1. Reading: Please note
  2. Video: Troubleshooting: Part 1 - The Basics
  3. Video: Troubleshooting: Part 2 - Advanced Techniques
  4. Video: Adolescents: Part 1
  5. Video: Adolescents: Part 2
  6. Reading: Optional Articles

Graded: Do you know your ABCs?
Graded: Troubleshooting: Part 1 - The Basics
Graded: Troubleshooting: Part 2 - Advanced Techniques
Graded: Adolescents: Part 1
Graded: Adolescents: Part 2

WEEK 4


Special Topics and Conclusion



Module 4 moves beyond the ABC techniques and considers the larger family environment, misconceptions that might hold you back from implementing an effective behavior-change program, helping your child in school, and warning signs that your child may need professional help along with tips on how to find viable treatments.


7 videos, 1 reading expand


  1. Video: Nurturing Family Environment
  2. Video: Common Misconceptions
  3. Video: School Behaviors: Part 1 - Handling Problems
  4. Video: School Behaviors: Part 2 - Building Competencies
  5. Video: Seeking Professional Help: Part 1
  6. Video: Seeking Professional Help: Part 2
  7. Reading: Optional Articles
  8. Video: Conclusion

Graded: Nurturing Family Environment
Graded: Common Misconceptions
Graded: School Behaviors: Part 1 - Handling Problems
Graded: School Behaviors: Part 2 - Building Competencies
Graded: Seeking Professional Help: Part 1
Graded: Seeking Professional Help: Part 2
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