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Mother stating consequences to her defiant son

Kids Who Ignore Consequences: 10 Things You Can Do

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Does your child ignore every consequence you give him? James Lehman can help with 10 specific ways to make consequences work—even for the most resistant child. When kids are faced with something unpleasant, they'll often act like it doesn't matter to them. When your child says, “I don't care,” or seems unaffected when you give him... Read more »

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8 Ways to Manage Acting-Out Kids

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Kids who are getting high, stealing, shoplifting, and acting out are making very bad choices that may affect them for the rest of their lives. If your child is making these bad choices, it needs to change. But, unless something dramatic happens, people stay on the course they set during adolescence. And if the course... Read more »

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Is It an Adolescent Phase—or Out-of-Control Behavior?

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“Every teen goes through this!” You tell yourself these words, but in the back of your mind, you wonder if your child’s disrespect, acting out and destructive behavior really is normal. How do you know if your child is going through an adolescent phase, or if his out-of-control behavior is here to stay? Why do parents... Read more »

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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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