Adolescent & Teen Behavior

Articles from the experts at Empowering Parents to help you manage your teen’s behavior more effectively. Is your adolescent breaking curfew, behaving defiantly or engaging in risky behavior? We offer concrete help for teen behavior problems.

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8 Ways to Manage Acting-Out Kids

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Kids who are getting high, stealing, shoplifting, and acting out are making very bad choices that may affect them for the rest of their lives. If your child is making these bad choices, it needs to change. But, unless something dramatic happens, people stay on the course they set during adolescence. And if the course... Read more »

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Poor Hygiene in Children: “My Kid Stinks-Help!”

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It’s incredibly frustrating to deal with a child who refuses to take care of himself or herself—a child with bad hygiene. They look bad and we often see it as a reflection of our parenting. It's embarrassing. We hear from many parents during parent coaching sessions whose kids won’t shower or brush their teeth—sometimes for... Read more »

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How to Cope With an Emotionally Distant Child

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Do you ever wonder what happened to your sweet, affectionate, “glad to be part of this family” younger child? Did your child enter adolescence with a sudden cloud of distance, brooding, and sullen behavior? Is she desperate to be as far away from your family as possible? It’s one of the more heartbreaking aspects of parenting.... Read more »

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Are Teenagers Selfish, or Just Cocooning?

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Just a few years ago, it was, "Can I get you anything while I’m up, Papa?" and "Look what I made for you at school today," as well as "Let me make you breakfast in bed." Today my daughter Riley is fifteen, and I consider myself lucky if I can get her to look me... Read more »

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Is It an Adolescent Phase—or Out-of-Control Behavior?

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How do you know if your child is going through an adolescent phase, or if his out-of-control behavior is here to stay? “Every teen goes through this,” you tell yourself. But in the back of your mind, you wonder if your child’s disrespect, acting out, and destructive behavior is normal. When you’re a parent, it’s troubling... Read more »

Why Your Teen Thinks They Know Everything

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As a parent of a teen, you try to help your son or daughter make good decisions.  You provide guidance. You give your child facts.  You explain the pros and cons. You talk to other parents. You think about how you felt when you were a teen, and the consequences you suffered when you made... Read more »

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