Child Behavior Problems

How to Get Kids to Do Chores Without an Argument

By Janet Lehman, MSW

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“I’ve told you to clean your room 1,000 times!” Why nagging your child, yelling and repeating yourself don’t work—and how to talk to your kids so they will listen. Here’s the truth: nagging and arguing with your child doesn’t work. We parents often get in a rut—out of stress, frustration or just not knowing any other... Read more »

A Day in the Mind of Your Defiant Child

By James Lehman, MSW

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If you’re the parent of a defiant child, you’ve probably wondered what makes him so angry at life—and angry at you. With the school year approaching, are you gearing up for another difficult year with your child,  just hoping that he’ll make it through—and that you’ll be able to manage without falling apart? Realize that... Read more »

Does Your Child Say This? “Whatever.“

By James Lehman, MSW

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Does Your Child Say This? "Whatever." Kids generally say “whatever” to their parents when they’ve already lost the argument. It’s a final attempt to push the parent’s button and to get back at you in some small way for something that your child doesn’t like. Your best bet is to ignore it. If a kid says "whatever,"... Read more »

Kids Fighting? Read This Before Summer Starts

By Debbie Pincus, MS LMHC

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Why are our kids often at each other’s throats in the summer? The biggest cause of fighting during the long summer break is the fact that you’re spending a whole lot of time together. If external stresses increase—if there’s trouble at work, a bad break–up for one of your teens, or you’re caring for a... Read more »

Does Your Child Say This: “My Teacher’s an Idiot”

By James Lehman, MSW

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Does Your Child Say This? "My Teacher's an Idiot" Almost every kid will eventually have a teacher they don’t like, but that’s not an excuse for them to refuse to follow the rules of the classroom. When you side with your children in this scenario, believe it or not, you are actually undermining your own authority in... Read more »

Sibling Rivalry: Good Kid vs. Bad Kid

By Carole Banks

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As an advisor to Parent Coaching, I frequently hear calls involving sibling rivalry conflicts. An important thing to remember is that sibling rivalry is a normal emotional state in children. Children compete with each other for their parent’s approval and affection. In fact, adult children still can feel competitive about their parents’ attention. One of... Read more »

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