Parenting Strategies & Techniques

Kids Who Ignore Consequences: 10 Ways to Make Them Stick

By James Lehman, MSW

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Does your child ignore every consequence you give him? James Lehman can help with 10 specific ways to make consequences work—even for the most resistant child. When kids are faced with something unpleasant, they'll often act like it doesn't matter to them. When your child says, “I don't care” or seems unaffected when you give... Read more »

The Jekyll and Hyde Child: Targeted Behavior Problems

By James Lehman, MSW

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For many children, behavior problems are not universal; they’re targeted. Targeted at dad, at mom, at the stepmother, at the fiancé, at a sibling. The following two case studies reveal how normally charming and compliant children can become defiant or even abusive with one person in the family. James Lehman examines why this happens and... Read more »

4 Tips to Help Get Kids to Clean Their Rooms

By Sara Bean, M.Ed.

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“My 13-year-old daughter’s bedroom is so awful it looks like a tornado just ripped through it! When I ask her to clean it up, she either ignores me or throws a fit!” If this sounds like your child, you are not alone. Many people who call Parent Coaching complain of rooms so messy they can't... Read more »

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... Read more »

Child Discipline: Consequences and Effective Parenting

By Janet Lehman, MSW

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Remember how you felt when you brought your baby home from the hospital for the first time? When your child was an infant, you probably acknowledged that you were anxious and unsure of what you were doing at times—most new parents are. In my experience, those kinds of feelings continue as we raise our kids—we... Read more »

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