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Janet Lehman, MSW

Janet Lehman, with her husband James, developed the foundational parenting programs offered by EmpoweringParents.com:


Janet Lehman has worked with troubled children and teens for over 30 years. She is a social worker who has held a variety of positions during her career, including juvenile probation officer, case manager, therapist and program director for 22 years in traditional residential care and in group homes for difficult children. She specializes in child behavior issues — ranging from anger management and oppositional defiance to more serious criminal behavior in teens.


Janet graduated with a BA in Sociology from Farleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, and received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of West Virginia.

A Word from Janet Lehman, MSW

“My goal for Total Transformation is the same every year- reach more families, provide great advice, and create positive and sustainable change for families. We want to be effective, accessible, and affordable for everyone. Equally as important is to remove the stigma for asking for assistance in managing behavioral health whether it is for a child, a spouse, sibling, or anyone that you care about.”

Media Mentions

Janet was interviewed for The Huffington Post article “Women in Business: Janet Lehman, Co-Creator of The Total Transformation Program” by Laura Emily Dunn.

Articles by Janet Lehman, MSW

Consistent Parenting: How to Unlock the Secret



"Being consistent is the hardest thing of all," many parents tell us. And it's so true—it’s easy to lay down a rule and then let it slide when you’re tired or in a hurry. In this article, Janet Lehman explains why consistency is the key to your child’s behavior—and tells you ways to keep on... Read more »

Establishing Teen Curfews: 6 Essential Tips for Parents



Establishing curfews, and holding your children to them, can often feel daunting, whether it’s because you know your child will challenge it or because you know you will experience some anxiety as you let your older teen stay out later as they get older. Here are 6 tips that will help you be more comfortable and... Read more »

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Is Boot Camp the Only Option for Your Child? Read This First



Have things become so difficult with your teen that you’re considering sending him to a boot camp? You’re not alone. Many people first find Empowering Parents and The Total Transformation® Program when they are searching the web or information on behavioral boot camps for teens. It’s not unusual to reach the point where you consider... Read more »

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Am I Too Strict With My Child?



Are you wondering if you are being too strict with your child? Do your kids make you feel like an ogre when you set limits? Does the word “no” kick off whining, yelling and protests? How many times have you heard your nine-year-old say something like: “That’s not fair! Brandon’s mom lets him watch Sons... Read more »

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8 Steps to Anger Management for Kids


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Even as adults, managing our anger can be hard, and we’ve had years of practice. For our children, who are just learning about their emotions, keeping their anger in check can be especially difficult. Kids can easily lash out at people who make them angry or situations that frustrate them: name-calling when they lose a... Read more »

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Sneaky Behavior: How To Manage Kids Who Lie and Steal



Sneaky behavior such as lying and stealing are some of the hardest issues for parents to deal with. When your child lies and sneaks around, it can feel like a betrayal and begins to feel like a moral issue. You start to question their character. You may start to dislike your child. Let’s face it—many of us were... Read more »

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