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

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 »

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 »

Does Your Child Say This? “That’s boring!”

By James Lehman, MSW

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When adolescents say something is boring, what they’re often expressing is a low level of anger and frustration. My guess is that this comes from the fact that either they don’t have anything interesting to do and they’re frustrated, or the task they have to do isn’t exciting and requires attention... Read more »

The Top 5 Parenting Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

By Carole Banks

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As parents, we all make mistakes. As part of the Parent Coaching Team, I often encourage parents to give themselves a break—after all, it’s impossible for any of us to be perfect. Our kids test us at every age and stage; it’s part of their job as children to push boundaries with us and see... Read more »

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