Articles by James Lehman, MSW - page 3

Mom trying to talk with passive-aggressive teen

Passive-Aggressive Child Behavior: Hidden Anger in Kids

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Passive-aggressive resistance is when kids learn to develop power over you by resisting you. It's the opposite of aggression: instead of threatening or yelling at you, a passive-aggressive child simply doesn’t answer you. He ignores you. He just walks into the house, goes upstairs, and doesn't say anything. When you call up to his room, he... Read more »

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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 »

Teenage boy in leather coat and ballcap looking defiant

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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Teenage boy showing disrespect

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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