Parenting Strategies & Techniques

Grieving Your Child Who’s “Gone Wrong”

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Here at Empowering Parents, we've received many messages from parents sharing sadness and disappointment over the way their kids have turned out. It's a subject we don't talk about very often, but it's one that really deserves some attention. In The Total Transformation Program, James Lehman talks about parenting the child you have rather than the... Read more »

The Bullying Parent: Why Aggressive Parenting Doesn’t Work

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Parents who don’t have effective parenting skills will often use aggression as a substitute. This is especially common with parents who don’t have good relationships or effective coping skills and use aggression to compensate for a whole range of things. Ultimately, it can lead to aggression with their kids. When you use aggression as a parenting... Read more »

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The Disneyland Daddy

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Vicki is the single mother of Alex (12), Ryan (8) and Jessica (6). To make ends meet, she works two jobs—as a receptionist during the week and part-time catering on weekends. She has been divorced from Mike, a supervisor for a building contractor, for two years. Her relationship with Mike is strained at best, hostile... Read more »

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5 Secrets for Communicating with Your Teenager

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As a therapist and the mother of three teenagers myself, I know firsthand that the more you push your kids, the more they get defensive and dig in their heels. They become reactive in the form of explosiveness or shutting down and ignoring you. When they are not exploding, they are thinking the following: “My... Read more »

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