Adolescent & Teen Behavior

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Disrespectful Child or Teen? 5 Things Not to Do as a Parent

By Megan Devine, LCPC

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Eye–rolling, curses and insults, backtalk, name calling, ignored requests, snide comments: disrespect from your child or teen comes in many different forms. If you’re struggling with disrespectful behavior from your kids, you’re definitely not alone: this is one of the biggest topics of conversation between parents and our online parent coaches. The truth is, disrespectful behavior... Read more »

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8 Ways to Manage Acting-Out Kids

By James Lehman, MSW

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I think it’s important for parents of acting-out and out-of-control teens to ask themselves this question: If your teenager is abusing you verbally, calling you disgusting names and punching holes in the walls, what kind of husband or father do you think he's going to make? Unless something dramatic happens, people stay on the course... Read more »

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How to Deal with Teens with Attitude

By Megan Devine, LCPC

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With a new school year starting, many parents find themselves gearing up for another round of bad attitudes and power struggles with their kids. Teens and pre-teens especially seem to have an “I don’t care,” or “Why bother?” attitude about school, homework and their other responsibilities, whether it be chores around the house or a... Read more »

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