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Oppositional Defiant Disorder

8 Real Tips to Help You Parent Your Defiant Child

When my son began to exhibit explosive behavior at the age of two, I tried using the skills I learned in college, as a volunteer, and as a professional. Guess what? It didn’t work!  I found myself getting angry, frustrated, yelling, and basically doing exactly what I was taught not to do.  But, here’s the... Read more »

The Challenge of Parenting an ODD Child

When my son was young, I got frustrated easily with my son's acting out behavior. I tended to react, yell, lose my temper and dole out ineffective (too harsh or too soft) consequences in the moment. We couldn't understand where his explosive temper, rages and tantrums were coming from, and it was extremely difficult as... Read more »

Oppositional Defiant Kids: Holding the Line with Consequences

None of my boys have been “officially” diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder, but 3 of the 4 of them have had oppositional behavior and been defiant at times, some more than others.  In my 21-and-a-half years of parenting, I thought I understood what consequences were, how and when to implement them, and the purposes behind... Read more »