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Adolescent & Teen Behavior
Punishments vs. Consequences: Which Are You Using?By Debbie Pincus, MS LMHC

Do these situations sound familiar? Your 10-year-old won’t listen to you when you tell her to come inside for dinner. You rack your brain for a way to change this behavior so that in the future she will do as you ask. Your teenager breaks curfew – again. You thought you had addressed this with... Read more »

Consequences & Rewards
"You're Grounded for Life!" Why Harsh Punishments for Children and Teenagers Don't WorkBy Carole Banks

Have you ever punished your child in the heat of the moment, when you’re angry and upset? If you’re like most parents, the answer is probably “yes.” In fact, this is one of the biggest, most common parenting traps that you can fall into. But often when you do this, you’re focused on winning the... Read more »

Consequences & Rewards
“Which Consequence Should I Give My Child?” How to Create a List of Consequences for ChildrenBy Rebecca Wolfenden, 1-on-1 Coach

Many of the questions we receive on the Parental Support Line involve consequences and incentives. Parents wonder how to set them up effectively, and how long to give them. Another frequent question we receive is simply, “What am I supposed to use as a consequence—or a motivator?” A great way to start is to sit down during... Read more »

Conditions / Diagnoses
Understanding Oppositional Defiant DisorderBy Kim Abraham, LMSW & Marney Studaker-Cordner, LMSW

Parents are often left wondering if their child’s argumentative, limit-testing, back-talking, rule-breaking behavior is “typical” teen or pre-teen defiance—or if it’s something else. What is Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)? Clinically speaking, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is “a pattern of angry/irritable mood, argumentative/defiant behavior or vindictiveness lasting at least six months.” But what does that mean, exactly? If an image... Read more »

Conditions / Diagnoses
Why the Word "No" Sets off an Oppositional, Defiant ChildBy James Lehman, MSW

Many parents of children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder feel hopeless and alone. They live in homes that become like little prisons as they deal with kids who are absolutely out of control and unmanageable. They don’t like their child any more, even though they still love him or her. And they’re confused about why nothing... Read more »

Conditions / Diagnoses
Intimidating Teen Behavior: Is It ODD or Conduct Disorder?By Kim Abraham, LMSW & Marney Studaker-Cordner, LMSW

What do you do when your teen is intimidating you? Not just throwing a tantrum to get something he wants, but outright trying to scare you? How do you respond to an adolescent who gets up and blocks your way when you’re trying to leave the room, towering over you and looking at you in... Read more »

Child Behavior Problems
Why You Should Let Your Child Fail: The Benefits of Natural ConsequencesBy James Lehman, MSW

Watching your child fail makes you feel helpless, angry and sad. You worry about everything from your child’s self-esteem and social development to their future success. James Lehman explains that while it’s natural for parents to worry about failure, there are times when it can be productive for kids—and a chance for them to change. "Failure... Read more »

Coaching Blog
4 Ways to Make Natural Consequences WorkBy Denise Rowden, 1-on-1 Coach

At Empowering Parents, we’re often asked about appropriate consequences. But in many cases, the most effective consequences require you to do nothing at all. Most of us learn nicely from our mistakes or missteps. If we drive too fast, we might get a ticket – an expensive lesson. Our children are no different. They learn well... Read more »

Consequences & Rewards
5 Areas to Let Your Child Face Natural ConsequencesBy Sara Bean, M.Ed.

Everyone says you should let your child face natural consequences, but what exactly does this mean? Many parents struggle with this concept because they don’t fully understand what constitutes a "natural" consequence. And sometimes parents have difficulty relinquishing control of consequences because they feel they always have to get their child to obey, even if... Read more »

Abusive & Violent Behavior
Dreading Parent-Teacher Conferences? Try This New ApproachBy Anna Stewart

Soon we will be carving pumpkins, raking leaves, pulling scarves out of the back of the closet…and bracing ourselves for parent-teacher conferences. Some parents go to conferences expecting glowing reports, but many of us dread them.  Maybe it’s because, like me, you’ve had a prior bad experience.  I remember going to my first parent-teacher conference when... Read more »

Coaching Blog
Bad Progress Report? 3 Ways Parents Can RespondBy Empowering Parents Coaching Team

School progress reports have arrived and it doesn’t look good. Your son is missing multiple assignments and his grades are dropping fast. You know he can do better, but every time you try to talk about it, you get angry or frustrated. How can you effectively respond to trouble at school? Now that we’re through the back-to-school season,... Read more »

School & Homework
How Parents Can Get the Most from Parent-Teacher ConferencesBy Dr. Meg English

Whether you love or loathe parent-teacher conferences, as a mom and retired teacher I can tell you that they're a very important part of your child's school year. For both you and your child's teacher, conferences are an opportunity to establish a powerful partnership, because, let's face it, you're much more effective when you work together. Whether you've already been through your child's first... Read more »

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