Accountability & Responsibility

Teach your children about accountability and responsibility with the advice in our many articles, blog posts and podcasts on the subject. Learn what "being accountable" really means—and why it's vital to teach it to your child. Teen responsibility isn't just a dream. Step by step advice from straight-talking experts.

Keeping Kids Safe from Predators Online and Offline

By Sara Bean, M.Ed.

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Jerry Sandusky. Michael Jackson. Mary Kay Letourneau. All of these individuals were accused and/or convicted of committing unspeakable crimes against children. While certainly upsetting, these high profile cases are a good opportunity to spark a conversation with your kids about staying safe, as parents are the first and most powerful line of defense against predators.... Read more »

Does Your Child Say This? “I forgot.”

By James Lehman, MSW

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Is your child’s answer to everything, “I forgot?” The fact of the matter is, sometimes children do forget, and certainly a reminder from the parent to do their work or complete a task is appropriate. But when kids use “I forgot” on a regular basis, it becomes a way to justify irresponsible... Read more »

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Parenting Teens: 5 Ineffective Things to Avoid Doing

By Megan Devine, LCPC

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At Empowering Parents, we talk a lot about “effective” versus “ineffective” parenting styles. In fact, James Lehman reminds us that it’s not about whether your parenting style is right or wrong, it’s about whether it’s effective. The good news is that if you aren’t getting the results you want – for example, a less mouthy... Read more »

Is There a Responsible Adult Trapped Inside Your Teenager?

By Elisabeth Wilkins

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What would you say to a Harvard-trained psychologist who told you that your twelve or thirteen-year-old should be allowed to drive, get married, drink alcohol, and join the military and vote, among other things? Well, I thought the same thing until I read The Case Against Adolescence: Rediscovering the Adult in Every Teen and then... Read more »

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“I’m a Victim, So the Rules Don’t Apply to Me!” How to Stop “Victim Thinking” in Kids

By James Lehman, MSW

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Whenever an adolescent doesn’t want to take responsibility, it’s very likely they’ll present themselves as a victim. When your child says, “You don’t understand me,” that’s playing the victim, because what they’re really saying is, “I’m a victim of your misunderstanding." When they say, “My teacher is mean. That’s why I didn’t do my homework,”... Read more »

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