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Child Behavior Problems
“Go to Bed NOW!” Winning the Bedtime Battle with Young Kids and TeensBy James Lehman, MSW

As every parent knows, fights over bedtime can be one of the biggest power struggles you’ll have with your child, whether they’re five or fifteen. The truth is, many kids just don’t want to go to bed at night. For most of them, I think it’s because they’re afraid they’re going to miss something. With... Read more »

Child Behavior Problems
Do You Fight with Your Child Every Night?By Janet Lehman, MSW

Homework, chores, TV, computer time, bedtime: are each of these areas potential land mines that can start a fight with your child each night? If you answer that question with a “yes,” you’ve already taken the first step toward making things better. You’ve recognized that there is a pattern of behavior and interaction... Read more »

Calm Parenting
Homework and Bedtime Arguments: 8 Tips for Calmer Nights with KidsBy Dr. Joan Simeo Munson

“Why can’t I get my kids to get their homework done and off to bed without the constant screaming, bickering, and crying?” If you’ve asked yourself this question regularly, you’re not alone.  Parents tell me that homework and bedtime battles are some of the most nerve-wracking, exhausting moments of parenthood. No... Read more »

Child Behavior Problems
“I Don’t Want to Go to School!” And What You Can Do About ItBy James Lehman, MSW

Nearly every morning before school, Josh, 9, will scream, cry and do anything possible to stay home. “He’ll whine on and on, ‘I don’t feel well. I hate my teacher. School is boring,” say his parents, Suzanne and Rob, who report that they have hit the wall with his behavior. “He used to like school,”... Read more »

School & Homework
3 Tips for New School Year ComplaintsBy Marney Studaker-Cordner, LMSW

“But I don’t want to start school!” I’ve heard my teenage daughter utter that phrase at least a thousand times in the past week. Well, maybe not quite a thousand, but it sure felt like it! It was so hard to know how to respond. How could I reassure her that things will be okay, without ignoring... Read more »

Adolescent & Teen Behavior
"My Child Refuses to Do Homework." Here's How to Stop the StruggleBy Janet Lehman, MSW

Do you get sucked into a fight over homework with your child every night? So many parents tell me that this is one of their top struggles with their kids. If you're dealing with this now, you probably dread saying the words, "Okay, time to do your homework," because you know what's coming next... Read more »

Child Behavior Problems
The Homework Battle: How to Get Children to Do HomeworkBy Debbie Pincus, MS LMHC

Parents often feel it’s their job to get their kids to do well in school. Naturally, you might get anxious about this responsibility as a parent. You might also get nervous about your kids succeeding in life—and homework often becomes the focus of that concern. But when parents feel it’s their responsibility to get their... Read more »

Child Behavior Problems
End the Nightly Homework Struggle: 5 Homework Strategies That Work for KidsBy Megan Devine, LCPC

Are you trapped in a nightly homework struggle with your child? The list of excuses can seem endless: “I don’t have any homework today.” “My teacher never looks at my homework anyway.” “That assignment was optional.” “I did it at school.” If only your child could be that creative with their actual homework, getting good... Read more »

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