Carole Banks, MSW

Carole Banks, MSW holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of New England. Carole has worked as a family and individual therapist for over 16 years, and is a former online parent coach for Empowering Parents. She is also the mother of three grown children and grandmother of six.

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

By Carole Banks, MSW

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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 »

6 Things You Should Never Say to Your Child

By Carole Banks, MSW

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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 »

Very angry teen girl saying "I hate you mom"

Disrespectful Child Behavior? Don’t Take It Personally

By Carole Banks, MSW

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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 behavior personally. And when you fall into that trap, you begin to assume the worst of your child. In other words, you start to believe he has... Read more »

Giving Consequences to Young Kids and Toddlers

By Carole Banks, MSW

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Ever get stuck trying to give the right consequences to your young child or toddler? Know that whether they're 18 months or five years old, you should always try to do the following three things when giving consequences: Instruct your child appropriately Work to understand their temperament Help your child learn from their inappropriate behavior Remember, teaching accountability by... Read more »

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