Parental Authority & Control

Here you will find articles that will help you establish the authoritative role you need as a parent. Our experts explain different parenting styles and roles, and tell you which ones are most effective. We explain why parental control is important—and how to maintain it.

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Parenting Teens: 5 Ineffective Things to Avoid Doing

By Megan Devine, LCPC

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At Empowering Parents, we talk a lot about “effective” versus “ineffective” parenting styles. In fact, James Lehman reminds us that it’s not about whether your parenting style is right or wrong, it’s about whether it’s effective. The good news is that if you aren’t getting the results you want – for example, a less mouthy... 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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