Parenting Strategies & Techniques

“I’m a Victim, So the Rules Don’t Apply to Me!” How to Stop “Victim Thinking” in Kids

By James Lehman, MSW

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Whenever an adolescent doesn’t want to take responsibility, it’s very likely they’ll present themselves as a victim. When your child says, “You don’t understand me,” that’s playing the victim, because what they’re really saying is, “I’m a victim of your misunderstanding." When they say, “My teacher is mean. That’s why I didn’t do my homework,”... Read more »

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Moody Kids: How to Respond to Pouting, Whining and Sulking

By James Lehman, MSW

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Pouting, sulking and whining are three of the most annoying ways that kids communicate their displeasure, anger or frustration with a situation. This behavior is not just limited to young children, either—teens do it because they haven't always learned the skills to express their frustration in an appropriate way. Simply put: it works for them. When... Read more »

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