Parenting Your Challenging Child: Philosophical Issues

Is It a Plan A World? (and other important questions) 
(program aired live on May 18, 2010)
On this program, Dr. Greene covered a wide range of topics, including: the advantages of using Plan B proactively rather than emergently; whether the world mostly demands the skills trained with Plan B or those trained with Plan A; how Plan A tends to cause and perpetuate misery; some tips for making sure solutions are as viable as possible; and whether "willful" is the best way to describe kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. LISTEN NOW

Is it Poor Motivation or Lagging Skills? (program aired live on April 26, 2011)
If a child's behavioral challenges are the result of poor motivation, then rewarding and punishing makes perfect sense.  But if it's lagging skills -- and if the behavioral challenges occur in response to specific unsolved problems -- well, you have some problem-solving in your future (hopefully, the collaborative kind). LISTEN NOW 

Taking Responsibility 
(program aired live on October 26, 2010)
Does Plan B help kids take responsibility for their actions? What does "taking responsibility" mean, anyway? How can parents solve problems with their children without time-outs, reward charts, losing control, and feeling like a terrible parent? Is Plan B a viable option when kids are exhibiting unsafe behavior? What should parents do in the midst of explosions? LISTEN NOW

Do Kids Really Do Well If They Can? (program aired live on October 12, 2010)
Aren't humans (and therefore kids) really selfish beings who only look out for their own interests? What should I do in the middle of an explosion? What should I do if, even after using Proactive Plan B, my child won't follow through on a solution he's agreed to? LISTEN NOW

What a Time-Out Won't Accomplish (program aired live on November 30, 2010)
Time-out is, for parents, a very popular behavior management tool.  But there are so many things a time-out won't fact, when it comes to understanding and helping your behaviorally challenging child, it's hard to come up with anything productive that a time-out will accomplish. LISTEN NOW  

Which Behaviors Can My Child Control? (program aired live on September 24, 2012)
On this program, Dr. Greene spent some time talking with a mom whose son is diagnosed with ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and Tourette's disorder...a very tough combination. How can she (and her son's teacher) figure out which challenging behaviors her son can control? LISTEN NOW

No Reason to Scream If... (program aired live on November 26, 2012)
Lots of questions answered on today's program, but there was one key theme at the end: People -- kids and adults -- don't scream if they're confident their concerns will be heard and addressed. LISTEN NOW

CPS* and ABA (program aired live on May 31, 2011)
Is the CPS model compatible with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?  That depends on your definition of ABA. Is intervention "working"?  That depends on your definition of "working".  LISTEN NOW 

Are Psychiatric Diagnoses Necessary and Helpful? (program aired live on January 26, 2010)
Are diagnoses useful in understanding and helping kids with behavioral challenges? What are some of the ways in which the Empathy step of Plan B can go awry? Does Plan B have application not only to adult-child problem-solving but also to problem-solving interactions between adults, including parents and teachers? LISTEN NOW

*Dr. Greene is the originator of the Collaborative Problem Solving approach -- and referred to his model by that name in his articles, chapters, research papers, and books prior to 2013 -- but now calls his model Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS). Read more here.