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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.


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.


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?



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 »

Mom talking with son about stealing

Kids Who Steal: What You Need To Know



Has your child been caught stealing from you or someone else? Have you found them 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 to your relationship. Empowering Parents coach... Read more »

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6 Things You Should Never Say to Your Child



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 »

Very angry teen girl saying "I hate you mom"

Disrespectful Child Behavior? Don’t Take It Personally


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To expect your child to understand and care about your feelings when he or she disobeys you is a sign that you’re over–personalizing the behavior. And by doing so, you are setting yourself up to be frustrated. When parents take things very personally, they overreact by saying abusive things, giving severe punishments or even physically hurting their... Read more »

Two brothers fighting

Sibling Rivalry: Good Kid vs. Bad Kid



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 »