Megan Devine, LCPC

Megan Devine is a licensed clinical therapist, former Empowering Parents Parent Coach, speaker and writer. She is also the bonus-parent to a successfully launched young man. You can find more of her work at, where she advocates for new ways to live with grief.

Articles by Megan Devine, LCPC

Grieving Your Child Who’s “Gone Wrong”

By Megan Devine, LCPC


Here at Empowering Parents, we’ve received many messages from parents sharing sadness and disappointment over the way their kids have turned out. It’s a subject we don’t talk about very often, but it’s one that really deserves some attention. In The Total Transformation Program, James Lehman talks about parenting the child you have rather than the... Read more »

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3 Parenting Styles That Undermine Your Authority

By Megan Devine, LCPC


A few months ago, we asked Empowering Parents readers to share how they respond when their child acts out. We asked this question because we want to help you be a more effective parent with real life, day-to-day struggles. There were three parenting styles that readers consistently told us they were using and weren’t working... Read more »

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Using Consequences to Maintain Your Parental Authority

By Megan Devine, LCPC

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Every parent's goal should be to teach and coach their child to better behavior. And the most effective way to change your child's behavior—and assert your parental authority—is through clear and consistent consequences that are tied to that behavior. When your child acts out or breaks the rules, it's normal to feel your authority as a... Read more »

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Leaving Your Child Alone at Home: A Guide for Parents

By Megan Devine, LCPC

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Many parents are unsure whether they should leave their older kids home alone. For parents who work, this is particularly an issue during the summer. But it also applies during school vacations and during the after-school hours. So, how do you know if your child is responsible enough to be left home alone? And, if you... Read more »

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