Parenting Through Tough Kid Moments

Address tough childhood problems with practical solutions. Parenting Through Tough Kid Moments offers positive, proven strategies for working through the difficult times. NEW! Facilitator’s Guide for parent groups is now available.


2018 / 256 pp.
For Grades:
  • William R. Jenson
  • Ginger Rhode
  • Melanie Hepworth-Neville
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Children are perfect—except when they aren’t. As children are growing up, tantrums, acting out, and arguing happen. All kids have Tough Kid moments. Parenting Through Tough Kid Moments will help you:

  • Set household rules
  • Use timeout effectively, even when you are not at home
  • Develop good habits for the future with the Habit Builder program
  • Harness the power of the three keys to family management
  • Use specific and research-validated reinforcement systems that can be customized to your child and family, and much more

Parenting Through Tough Kid Moments includes forms and checklists for dozens of thought-provoking, helpful activities.  Troubleshooting guides help with very specific situations that may arise with your child as you learn to help her build positive habits at home, at school, and in the community.

Ideal for parent groups, family resource centers, and anyone who needs a little extra support parenting through those Tough Kid moments.

Now available: Parent Group Facilitator’s Guide

Teach parents positive and effective parenting strategies to improve their child’s behavior at home and school. This guide and accompanying PowerPoint slides provide all the information you need to run a successful group for parents who are dealing with Tough Kid behaviors. From 30 years of experience, the author has gleaned best practices and tips for training different types of parents, keeping parents engaged, establishing a positive group, and more.
Suitable for psychologists, social workers, school counselors, behavior specialists, or teachers.
Parent_Group_Slides (32 MB ZIP  file)

Webinar: Positive and Productive Childcare While the Kids Are Not in School

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Randy Sprick covers things you can do to help your children learn to behave better and become more independent and responsible.

  • Learn how and when to use consequences for misbehavior
  • Learn how and when to use praise
  • Learn to make daily life more pleasant and relaxed around the house

You will learn that you are already doing many things exactly right and add strategies for making things better!

  • William R. Jenson

    William R. Jenson, Ph.D., is a professor and past chair of the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Utah. He received his Ph.D. in School Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis from Utah State University in 1975. He directed the Adolescent Residential Unit in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Children's Behavior Therapy Unit (CBTU) for Salt Lake Mental Health. CBTU is a day hospital program for severely emotionally disturbed and autistic children. Dr. Jenson's interests include behavior management for severe behavior problems, behavioral assessment, school-based interventions, parent training, applied technology, and meta-analytic research.

  • Ginger Rhode

    Ginger Rhode, Ph.D., is the deputy superintendent for academic achievement in the Canyons School District in Sandy, Utah. Previous assignments in other school districts have included director of special education, director of federal and state programs, elementary school principal, junior high school vice principal, and teacher in elementary and secondary classrooms for severe behavior disordered/emotionally disturbed students. Her main areas of interest and expertise include classroom and schoolwide management, social skills training, generalization and maintenance of behavior, legal issues affecting students with disabilities, and providing a rigorous academic environment for all students.

  • Melanie Hepworth-Neville

    Melanie Hepworth Neville received a master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from University of the Pacific. As family/generalization therapist for Salt Lake Mental Health Children's Behavior Therapy Unit, she developed a practical parenting course based on proven behavior management strategies. Her interest in difficult children and parent training expertise has led to several manuals, research articles, and presentations. She enjoys her real job as an at-home parent, where she has to prove she can practice what she preaches.