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‘Cleaning Your Glasses’: A Prerequisite for ‘Catching Your Child Being Good’

  • Stewart Redshaw (a1)

Used widely throughout the parenting literature, the phrase ‘Catch them being good’ encapsulates much of current practice that has been shown to be effective in reducing instances of non-compliance in children with complex and challenging behaviours. ‘Catching your child being good’ is obviously in line with the strategies of praise, encouragement and positive reinforcement. But for some parents, ‘Catching their child being good’ after long periods of defiance becomes almost an impossible task. Metaphorically speaking, ‘Cleaning your glasses’ is a necessary pre-requisite for effectively ‘catching your child being good’. This metaphor and an associated six-phase therapeutic intervention seek to enhance a parent's ability to ‘Catch their child being good’, by working through parental distortions, restraints and negativity. This paper introduces the metaphor's origin and use; describes keys concepts; and gives a detailed case example to highlight the advantages and limitations of the intervention.

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Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy
  • ISSN: 0814-723X
  • EISSN: 1467-8438
  • URL: /core/journals/australian-and-new-zealand-journal-of-family-therapy
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