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Carole Banks, LCSW

Carole Banks, LCSW is a former parent coach for Empowering Parents.

She has contributed a number of articles to our site.

Experience

Ms. Banks has worked as a family and individual therapist for two decades.

She is also the mother of three grown children and grandmother of six.

Read more about Carole Banks, LCSW on Psychology Today and on her website.

Education

Ms. Banks holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of New England and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Maine.

A Word from Carole Banks, LCSW

“Be realistic in your goals. Remember, it took time for your child to get behind, so you need to allow time for him to catch up. It’s not going to be instantaneous, and it will take just as much practice on your part as it does on your child’s part. Change takes time.”

Articles by Carole Banks, LCSW

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Real Questions from Real Parents Backtalk, Name-calling and Disrespect: Can This Family Learn to Get Along?

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Editor’s note: At the beginning of the year, we asked you, our readers, to send us real questions specific to your family’s situation. Our first article in our new series, Real Questions from Real Parents, deals with something most parents can relate to: backtalk, name-calling and disrespect. All questions are answered by a member of our parent... Read more »

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Kids Stealing from Parents: What You Need to Know

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Has your child been caught stealing from you or someone else? Have you found him using your credit card for online gaming, taking money from your wallet without asking, or even taking big-ticket items from your house? The anger, disappointment, and lack of trust you feel can be destructive for your relationship. Empowering Parents coach... Read more »

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6 Things You Should Never Say to Your Child

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Do you find yourself saying things to your child during an argument without even thinking about it? Let’s face it, it’s almost impossible to be detached or objective when your child is in your face fighting with you. And naturally, it feels like a personal attack when he’s saying rude things or calling you names.... Read more »

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Disrespectful Child Behavior? Don’t Take It Personally

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If you’ve heard yourself saying things like, “What’s the matter with you? Why are doing this to me?” or “You’re making me crazy,” you’re probably taking your child’s disrespectful behavior personally. And when you fall into that trap, you begin to assume the worst of your child. You start to believe he has malicious intentions... Read more »

Sibling Rivalry: Good Kid vs. Bad Kid

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As an advisor to parent coaching, I frequently hear calls involving sibling rivalry conflicts. An important thing to remember is that sibling rivalry is a normal emotional state in children. Children compete with each other for their parent’s approval and affection. In fact, adult children still can feel competitive about their parents’ attention. One of... Read more »