Parenting Styles & Roles

Our experts explain why your parenting style is of vital importance when it comes to raising your child. We explain the three most effective parenting roles and tell you how to implement them.

Monitoring Your Children? 4 Areas Not to Ignore

By Sara Bean, M.Ed.

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One of the most difficult questions we ask ourselves as parents is, "When should I jump in and monitor my child, and when should I step back and allow them some privacy?" I've worked with many parents who were shocked to find out their child felt depressed, was smoking pot or drinking, or had falling... Read more »

Our 8 Best Parenting Tips for 2015

By Denise Rowden, Parent Coach

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Parenting is one job that never takes a holiday vacation. As families are celebrating holidays, parents are also coping with sibling bickering, backtalk, temper tantrums, and power struggles. Here at Empowering Parents, we hear about these struggles every day. The fact that you, as a parent, are willing to reach out and share your challenges... Read more »

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Positive Parenting: 5 Rules to Help You Deal with Negative Child Behavior More Positively

By Debbie Pincus, MS LMHC

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Do your kids drive you crazy? If you were asked to describe them, after saying, "He's a good kid, but..." would you use words like “defiant,” “whiny,” “unmotivated,” “disrespectful,” “angry,” or “demanding,” with a few positives sprinkled in? If the negatives loom larger in your mind than the positives, the first thing to realize is... Read more »

Why You Can’t Be Your Child’s Friend

By Janet Lehman, MSW

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Here’s the truth: if being your kids’ friend was enough to raise them successfully, we would all probably parent that way. But our job is way more complicated than that. Children and teens really crave boundaries, limits and structure. At the same time, they also need some healthy separation from us as they go through... Read more »

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3 Parenting Styles That Undermine Your Authority

By Megan Devine, LCPC

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A few months ago, we asked Empowering Parents readers to share how they respond when their child acts out. We asked this question because we want to help you be a more effective parent with real life, day-to-day struggles. There were three parenting styles that readers consistently told us they were using and weren’t working... Read more »

Good Cop/Bad Cop Parenting

By James Lehman, MSW

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If you and your spouse take opposing roles in dealing with your kids, you’re not alone. Many parents take on the roles of “good cop” and “bad cop” in the family. For instance, Dad is the kid’s best buddy, and mom is the nag. Or dad is strict and mom is a sympathizer. Which “cop” is... Read more »

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