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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 »

Mom losing authority by saying to daughter "wait until your father gets home"

How Parents Give Away Their Authority

By Denise Rowden, Parent Coach

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There’s no getting around it — giving consequences and setting limits makes you uncomfortable. You don’t like to be seen as “the bad guy.” Besides, your partner is a much better disciplinarian. Your partner has no problem enforcing the rules. The kids actually listen to your partner. It all works out, right? Not always. If you consistently wait... Read more »

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Yelling at Your Kids? Why It Doesn’t Work

By Debbie Pincus, MS LMHC

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You know the drill: Your child is screaming at you, ignoring you, being irresponsible or hurtful. Suddenly, you’re yelling at the top of your lungs, matching him decibel for decibel. Later, you think, “Why did I fly off the handle again? I’m so tired of letting him push my buttons so easily.” Yelling is a natural... Read more »

Father and son and a culture of accountability

How to Create a Culture of Accountability in Your Home

By Megan Devine, LCPC

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If you spend much time on EmpoweringParents.com, you’ve probably noticed that we talk a lot about "accountability." But have you ever wondered what it really means to hold your child accountable? It’s an excellent question, and one that we receive often during online parent coaching. When we talk about accountability with our kids, we are... Read more »

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