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How to Like Your Kids While Raising Them

There is little doubt that your children will grow up to become caring, contributing adults because you, their most influential models for adult behavior, work hard to be positive examples. However, these long-term goals can seem out of reach given the day-to-day stress and struggles of living and learning with children. From simple tasks like picking up toys to complex values like compassion for others, “good” kid behavior makes everything about parenting more exciting and enjoyable. In this presentation, the familiar principles and procedures of behavior and learning will be applied to the special case of training that we call parenting. Topics will include the ABCs of behavior, alternatives to punishment, the intrinsic vs. extrinsic reinforcer debate, why giving children the right kind of control matters, and how to stay in the role of mentor and ally.

Susan G. Friedman, PhD

Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D. is a professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology at Utah State University. Susan has co-authored chapters on behavior change in four veterinary texts, and her popular articles have been translated into 14 languages. She teaches courses and seminars on animal learning and consults with zoos around the world. Susan was appointed to the F&WS Condor Recovery Team from 2002 - 2010, after which time the team was retired due to the success of the birds in the wild. She is the Chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Committee of American Humane Association (AHA) Film and TV Unit, and a member in good standing of ABAI, ABMA, and IAABC.