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

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Do You Dread Coming Home To Your Kids?

By James Lehman, MSW

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“On the way home from work every day, I start getting stressed out because I know that my 15-year-old son will be there waiting, ready to start a fight with me. There are times when I just want to turn the car around and not deal with him anymore, but I know that’s wrong. I’m... Read more »

4 Things You Should Never Say to Your Teen

By Megan Devine, LCPC

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Every parent gets mad and says things in the heat of the moment that they regret—nobody’s perfect, and there is no such thing as a  perfect  parent. At one time or another, most parents also report feeling like their teen is not listening to them. You wonder why what you’re saying doesn’t seem to have any  effect—it goes “in ... Read more »

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6 Major Parenting Mistakes to Avoid

By Megan Devine, LCPC

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Let’s face it—we are all imperfect parents in one way or another. Even though we realize that no one gets it right all the time, it’s still easy to judge and label yourself a “good parent” or “bad parent” depending upon how you handle a given situation. But as James Lehman says, “The important thing... Read more »

Mother pointing finger at boy age 8 or 9 in living room

Using Consequences to Maintain Your Parental Authority

By Megan Devine, LCPC

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Every parent's goal should be to teach and coach their child to better behavior. And the most effective way to change your child's behavior—and assert your parental authority—is through clear and consistent consequences that are tied to that behavior. When your child acts out or breaks the rules, it's normal to feel your authority as a... Read more »

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