What to Do When Nothing Is Working


Some days, parenting is like running through a maze…no matter where you turn, each path feels longer and more tiring than the last. Just as you get closer to a solution, a new obstacle blocks your way. You’ve hit a wall with your child’s behavior.

“I’ve tried everything. He’ll never change…I just don’t know what else to do.”

Exploring solutions for difficult child behavior takes a lot of time, energy, and in some cases, money. If what you’re trying doesn’t seem to be working – whether it’s therapy, consequences, or setting limits – it can feel like you’re constantly landing at a dead end.

Remember, you’re just one person – you’re doing all you can! If you’re at a loss for how to parent a child with behavior issues, it may be time to ask for help. Talking with someone who’s objective can give you a whole new perspective; this opens the door to solutions you may not have seen otherwise.

As a parent coach, I speak with many discouraged parents. In order to find the best possible solution for challenging behavior, we work together to figure out why a particular parenting strategy isn’t effective – then we make tweaks that best suit you and your child’s needs.

Want to know more? Check out “My Kid Will Never Change.” When You’ve Hit a Wall with Your Child’s Behavior.

Keep at it! The road to raising kids is full of trial and error – it’s all part of the journey we call parenthood!

Talk soon,

Denise R., Empowering Parents Coach

“Instead of trying to get your child to like you in order to behave, what you have to do is get your child to like his life, his privileges, his friends, and his independence. Because all those things that matter to us, also matter to our kids—and are incentives for them to try harder.” – James Lehman, creator of The Total Transformation


Denise Rowden is a parent of two adult children and has been a parenting coach since 2011. She has worked in Special Education, Alternative Education and adolescent group homes. She has a BS in Psychology from the University of Southern Maine and is currently working on her Life Coach certification from the International Coach Federation.

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