Effective Parenting

What is Effective Parenting?

Effective Parenting is learning to parent the child you have, not the child you wish you had. It's not about being a perfect parent—it's about being a “good enough” parent.

Effective parenting techniques focus on holding your child accountable for misbehavior and on developing better problem solving skills.

Here are some parenting tips to help you start being a more effective parent:

Parent the Child You Have, Not the Child You Wish You Had

It's Never Too Late: 7 Ways to Start Parenting More Effectively

6 Major Parenting Mistakes to Avoid

How to Manage Aggressive Child Behavior

By Janet Lehman, MSW

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I’ve talked with a lot of parents who feel out of control in the face of their child’s anger and aggression. In fact, I can’t tell you how many moms and dads have said, “I feel like I’m failing at parenting." In my opinion, it’s not so important why you as a parent aren’t effective... Read more »

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Child Discipline: Consequences and Effective Parenting

By Janet Lehman, MSW

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Remember how you felt when you brought your baby home from the hospital for the first time? When your child was an infant, you probably acknowledged that you were anxious and unsure of what you were doing at times—most new parents are. In my experience, those kinds of feelings continue as we raise our kids—we... Read more »

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Using Consequences to Maintain Your Parental Authority

By Megan Devine, LCPC

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When your child acts out or breaks the rules, it’s normal to feel your authority as a parent slipping away. If you’re like most parents, you’ve tried everything: you’ve taken the car away, locked the video games in a cabinet, and have even considered cancelling Christmas or a birthday party. You’ve probably... Read more »

“Sometimes I Don’t Like My Child.”

By Debbie Pincus, MS LMHC

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It’s a truth we don’t often admit, even to ourselves: we don’t always like our kids. I can hear the guilt in parents’ voices when they say, “Sometimes I really don’t like my child. He’s a pain, he argues with me all the time and he’s just not fun to be around.” Or maybe your... Read more »

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