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4 Ways to Handle Back to School Behavior Problems with Your ODD Child

By Kim Abraham LMSW and Marney Studaker-Cordner LMSW The start of every school year brings all sorts of images to mind: shopping for clothes and school supplies, getting back into a routine of dinner and bedtimes that may have become relaxed during summer, and relief from arguing siblings who have been stuck together 24/7 for the […]

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Why You Should Let Your Child Fail: The Benefits of Natural Consequences

By James Lehman, MSW Watching your child fail makes you feel helpless, angry and sad. You worry about everything from your child’s self-esteem and social development to their future success. James Lehman explains that while it’s natural for parents to worry about failure, there are times when it can be productive for kids—and a chance for […]

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Free-Range Parenting: Balancing Protection with the Dignity of Risk

by Anna Stewart, Family Advocate What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “free-range” parenting? Many people picture extremely lenient parents who impose few rules and fewer consequences. However, as with many stereotypes, that’s far from the truth. Free-ranging parenting, like all parenting, takes a lot of hard work—and for the kids, being free-range is […]

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Disrespectful Child Behavior: Where Do You Draw the Line?

by James Lehman, MSW Disrespectful Child Behavior: Where Do You Draw the Line? As a parent, how do you know for sure if your child’s behavior has crossed the line and become truly disrespectful? I believe the distinction between mild rebelliousness and disrespect has to be drawn very clearly. Here’s how you determine whether or […]

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Does Your Child Have a Victim Mentality? 4 Steps to Turn It Around

by Janet Lehman, MSW Does Your Child Have a Victim Mentality? 4 Steps to Turn It Around “It’s not fair! You’re always yelling at me, even when it’s not my fault!” Sound familiar? The minute you say no, or set limits, or try to enforce the rules, your child immediately says that you’re not being […]

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The Trap of the “Dysfunctional Family.” How to Get Out of It Now

by Megan Devine, LCPC The Trap of the “Dysfunctional Family.” How to Get Out of It Now Child behavior problems can quickly feed into a perception of yourself as having a dysfunctional family. If you see yourself and your family that way—or if you’ve been labeled as one of those dysfunctional families—you’re not alone. A […]

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Teen Temper Tantrums: 3 Steps to Stop the Screaming

by Michael Kramer, Ph.D You thought “The Terrible Twos” were bad. Now you’re dealing with “The Terrible Thirteens,” and it’s just as bad, if not worse. When you ask your child to help around the house, inquire about school or say no to something they want to do, your teen explodes. When she was two, […]

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Dreading Parent-Teacher Conferences? Try This New Approach

by Anna Stewart, Family Advocate Soon we will be carving pumpkins, raking leaves, pulling scarves out of the back of the closet…and bracing ourselves for parent-teacher conferences. Some parents go to conferences expecting glowing reports, but many of us dread them.  Maybe it’s because, like me, you’ve had a prior bad experience.  I remember going […]

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“Our Morning Routine Isn’t Working”— 6 Ways to Fix It Now

“Our Morning Routine Isn’t Working”— 6 Ways to Fix It Now by Megan Devine, LCPC Maybe you started out the school year on the right foot. All those late summer discussions about your kids getting organized, laying their clothes out the night before, getting out of bed on time, fixing their own breakfast, getting through […]

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6 Brain Training Exercises for Children and Teens

by Dr. Robert Myers, Child Psychologist When you look at kids and people in general, it’s easy to see that we all have differences in our “wiring,” in how our brains work. As a parent, you see these differences between your children every day. Your son is great at figuring out how long it will […]

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