Positive Parent-Child Interactions

We all desire to raise great kids who know they are loved.  Improving relationships with our children and regularly having positive parent-child interactions doesn’t have to be complicated. In this podcast, Dr. Michael Axelrod shares his simple tips for building healthy parent-child relationships.  In his discussion with Cole, Dr. Axelrod outlines a concept he calls “time-in” which can shift the parent-child dynamic in a very positive way. 

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Time-in is simple:

  • A simple high-five, pat on the back, or hug is a very quick, non-verbal way to have a positive interaction with a child.
  • The ratio is 4:1.  It takes four positive interactions to counter every one negative interaction.  This is true for all relationships (marriage, friendship, coaching)
  • Time-in that involves special parent-child interaction can convey “liked” behavior which promotes that behavior to continue.
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Dr. Mike Axelrod

Dr. Michael Axelrod is Director of the Human Development Center and a Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. A licensed psychologist and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, Dr. Axelrod has been working with children, adolescents, and families for over 20 years. He has also written numerous articles, book chapters, and books on topics involving clinical, pediatric, and school psychology. Dr. Axelrod’s primary clinical and research interests include helping parents and teachers solve problems involving academic, behavioral, and social/emotional functioning.