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Anger & Defiance
A Message of Hope for Parents of Defiant ChildrenBy Kim Abraham, LMSW & Marney Studaker-Cordner, LMSW

The holidays can be a tough time for everyone. And when you’re parenting an oppositional, defiant or challenging child, the holidays can be more than tough; they can be downright awful.  My son is in his thirties now, but all I have to do is close my eyes, and I can remember... Read more »

Anger & Defiance
Hope for Parents of Defiant Teens: 6 Ways to Parent More EffectivelyBy Janet Lehman, MSW

“I feel alone,” a mom of an out-of-control teen said to me recently. “I don’t go out much anymore, and to be honest, my family isn’t really invited to things because of my son’s behavior.” If you have an acting-out child or teen, you probably feel isolated. You’ve gotten tired of hearing... Read more »

Accountability & Responsibility
5 of the Hardest Things Parents Face: How to Handle the Most Challenging Parenting IssuesBy Janet Lehman, MSW

Watching my child struggle without stepping in to “fix” things for him was one of the hardest things I’ve personally experienced as a mom, even though I knew it was the best thing for him. And the truth is, from the very beginning, being a mother is a balance of taking care of your kids... Read more »

Calm Parenting
Calm Parenting: How to Get Control When Your Child is Making You AngryBy Debbie Pincus, MS LMHC

Why is it so easy to go from “zero to 60” when our kids make us angry? There are many reasons, but I think it’s mainly because we allow ourselves to go to 60. And in a sense, when we get up to 60—when we react emotionally—we’re allowing the behavior of our kids to determine... Read more »

Calm Parenting
How to Handle Temper Tantrums: Coaching Kids to Calm DownBy Sara Bean, M.Ed.

When I answered the phone, I heard the shrieks immediately. It was obvious that a child was having a nuclear meltdown on the other end of the line and the mother, exhausted and frantic, was calling the Parental Support Line for help. As the mother tried to explain what was going on, I struggled to... Read more »

Calm Parenting
4 Steps to More Patience as a ParentBy Denise Rowden, 1-on-1 Coach

Patience. It’s something many of us in the Empowering Parents community wish we had more of. In a recent poll, we asked readers about how you respond when your children act out. An overwhelming number of parents expressed the desire to develop more patience with their kids. But what exactly is patience? For many people, me... Read more »

Backtalk & Attitude
Narcissistic Children and Teens: Does Your Child Act Entitled?By Janet Lehman, MSW

Why do so many kids act entitled? No matter what they get—clothes, sneakers, toys, gadgets—they seem to want more, and they don’t understand why they can’t have it immediately. It can be incredibly frustrating when your child reacts with a bad attitude or acting-out behavior when you say “no” to a... Read more »

Accountability & Responsibility
Anger, Guilt and Spending on Kids: 8 Questions to Ask Before Buying AnythingBy Debbie Pincus, MS LMHC

With the holidays rapidly approaching, I find myself wondering how many parents are saying to themselves things like: “We spent big money just last year on a new PlayStation and now my son says he wants an Xbox! Why can’t he be happy with what he has?” “My daughter wants the new iPhone. I can’t... Read more »

Coaching Blog
Why Is My Child Ungrateful? Selfish Kids and Holiday EntitlementBy Rebecca Wolfenden, 1-on-1 Coach

Would you say your child is selfless? If you’re like most of the parents we talk to, your answer is probably “no.” You might even have a good chuckle at the irony. But deep down, it bothers you when your child begs for a $750 phone, or a $500 tablet. Many adults aren’t fortunate to own... Read more »

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