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.

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 on Empowering Parents each week. The truth is, disrespectful behavior is one... Read more »

Is It an Adolescent Phase or Out-of-Control Behavior? Part II: 8 Ways to Manage Acting-out Kids

By James Lehman, MSW

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In part two of this series, James discusses eight ways to challenge acting out behavior in kids today—from disrespect to breaking curfew to alcohol and substance abuse—in order to start changing your child's behavior tomorrow. I think it’s important for parents of acting-out teens to ask themselves this question: If your teenager is abusing you verbally,... Read more »

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

By James Lehman, MSW

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“Every teen goes through this!” You tell yourself these words, but in the back of your mind, you wonder if your child’s disrespect, acting out and destructive behavior really is normal. How do you know if your child is going through an adolescent phase, or if his out-of-control behavior is here to stay? James Lehman... Read more »

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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