“How long will it take to get better?” It’s a question we here at Think:Kids are asked all the time. In the moment of crisis, parents and kids alike “just want it to stop.” The agony experienced day-to-day is real and continued exposure to challenging situations can wear down the resources of any family. The development of skills, we know, is a powerful process but it takes time and many small doses of different experiences to create new associations and neural networks in the brain. Change is possible, but it is not quick. Similar to the phenomenon seen in other fields, a group of researchers at Emory are now studying parental decision making and notice they, too are vulnerable to a process economists have labeled “delay discounting.” That is, “…the value participants placed upon the outcome of a treatment consistently decreased the longer that outcome took to be achieved.” As it relates to treatment of behavioral problems in children, effective treatments do exist and increasing access to that care is our goal. Check out the full piece here: https://www.futurity.org/parents-reward-delays-783342/ What’s the best way to help families hang in? We’d love to hear your thoughts!