Parental Guilt

“Sometimes I Don’t Like My Child.”

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It’s a truth we don’t often admit, even to ourselves: we don’t always like our kids. I can hear the guilt in parents’ voices when they say, “Sometimes I really don’t like my child. He’s a pain, he argues with me all the time and he’s just not fun to be around.” Or maybe your... Read more »

What to Do When You Dislike Your Child

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Parents don’t want to admit an ugly truth—that sometimes they don’t like their child. If you feel this way and are scared, it’s okay. Parenting is challenging and often times emotional. When kids argue, defy and try our patience, even the best parents can feel upset. We all have expectations for how our kids should... Read more »

Father and son and a culture of accountability

I Love My Child…But Sometimes I Can’t Stand Him

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You’d do anything for your child, but you feel guilty about admitting the truth, even to yourself. The truth is, sometimes you don’t like him very much. It’s a secret that many parents of acting-out kids share but rarely confess to anyone. James Lehman explains how dealing with a difficult child can take its toll... Read more »

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Grieving Your Child Who’s “Gone Wrong”

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Here at Empowering Parents, we've received many messages from parents sharing sadness and disappointment over the way their kids have turned out. It's a subject we don't talk about very often, but it's one that really deserves some attention. In The Total Transformation Program, James Lehman talks about parenting the child you have rather than the... Read more »

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