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 refugeingrief.com, where she advocates for new ways to live with grief.

Parenting Teens: 5 Ineffective Things to Avoid Doing

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At Empowering Parents, we talk a lot about “effective” versus “ineffective” parenting styles. In fact, James Lehman reminds us that it’s not about whether your parenting style is right or wrong, it’s about whether it’s effective. The good news is that if you aren’t getting the results you want – for example, a less mouthy... Read more »

Mother and teenage daughter sitting together calmly

Disrespectful Child or Teen? 5 Things Not to Do as a Parent

By Megan Devine, LCPC

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Eye–rolling, curses and insults, backtalk, name calling, ignored requests, snide comments: disrespect from your child or teen comes in many different forms. If you’re struggling with disrespectful behavior from your kids, you’re definitely not alone: this is one of the biggest topics of conversation between parents and our online parent coaches. The truth is, disrespectful behavior... Read more »

6 Major Parenting Mistakes to Avoid

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Let’s face it—we are all imperfect parents in one way or another. Even though we realize that no one gets it right all the time, it’s still easy to judge and label yourself a “good parent” or “bad parent” depending upon how you handle a given situation. But as James Lehman says, “The important thing... Read more »

4 Things You Should Never Say to Your Teen

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Every parent gets mad and says things in the heat of the moment that they regret—nobody’s perfect, and there is no such thing as a  perfect  parent. At one time or another, most parents also report feeling like their teen is not listening to them. You wonder why what you’re saying doesn’t seem to have any  effect—it goes “in ... Read more »

What to Do When Your Ex Undermines Your Authority

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With so many divorced parents and blended families out there, differences in parenting crop up all the time. If you are divorced or separated from your child's other parent, your experience may range from peaceful co-parenting to all-out warfare. Different houses with different rules and different parenting styles can make the experience of parenting even... Read more »

Is Your Child Lying or Just Being Creative?

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Dear parent coaching: I have a five year old who tells stories all the time. Last week, he went to school and told the kids his dad was an astronaut. (He's really a cell phone salesman.) My son also has an 8 foot tall friend who follows him around named Woody. We've told him that... Read more »

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