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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Punishments vs. Consequences: Which Are You Using?

By Debbie Pincus, MS LMHC

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As parents, we know the importance of parenting from our principles, things like teaching our children to own up to their actions and face the fallout when they make poor choices. At Empowering Parents, our parenting programs stress the importance of using effective consequences as opposed to using punishments. But what, exactly, is the difference... Read more »

“I’m So Exhausted”: 4 Tips to Combat Parental Burnout

By Erin Schlicher

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Are you often exhausted as a parent? Do you regularly feel drained, overwhelmed and off-balance when it comes to raising your kids? It’s hard for every parent, but when your children have tough behavioral problems, like ADHD, frequent defiance or other chronic acting-out behaviors, the task of raising them to adulthood can sometimes feel like... Read more »

Teenager looking down and feeling left out

When Your Child Says, “I Don’t Fit In”

By James Lehman, MSW

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Every child feels like they don’t fit in at some point. Even adults feel that way occasionally: we all experience being “alone in a room full of people.” With kids, the need to be part of a group is instinctual; it’s survival. They want to fit in and be like everyone else because it gives... Read more »

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