Category Archives: Everyone

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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“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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Parental Anxiety? 5 Ways to Relieve the Worry

by Debbie Pincus MS LMHC Sometimes we parents don’t think we are anxious because we are not trembling in our boots.  Often there is no visible sign of how anxious we are.  Yet when we look inside our heads, we notice that we spend a lot of time thinking about our kids—sometimes scary thoughts about […]

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The Surprising Reason for Bad Child Behavior: “I Can’t Solve Problems”

by Sara Bean, M.Ed. What causes bad child behavior? James Lehman says it happens because children don’t yet know how to solve problems effectively. To put it another way, they’re trying to handle many of the situations that life throws at them by acting out. They do this, frankly, because it’s working for them. But […]

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Negotiating with Kids: When You Should and Shouldn’t

by Kim Abraham LMSW and Marney  Studaker-Cordner LMSW   Does it seem like every time you  tell your child “No,” it turns into a  tug-of-war? One mom shared with us  recently, “Absolutely everything’s an  argument with my son. Even the simplest  request. He just can’t take no  for an  answer. It’s so frustrating!” Many  parents […]

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Inside Your Teen’s Brain: 7 Things Your Teenager Really Wants You to Know

by Kim Abraham LMSW and Marney  Studaker-Cordner LMSW   “Have you ever wondered what’s going on inside your teenager’s head?” What  was she thinking when she made that choice? Why won’t he listen to what I’m telling him? It can  seem as if an adolescent is  completely wrapped up in a separate world, feet  planted […]

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Is Your Child Responsible Enough to be Home Alone? Dos and Don’ts for Parents

by Megan Devine,  LCPC   Many parents are at a loss for what to do with their older children during  the summer months – they may get the summer off, but you  probably don’t. That leaves a whole chunk of time to fill each day. How do you  know if your child is responsible enough […]

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

by Megan Devine,  LCPC   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 on Empowering Parents each week. The […]

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How to Stop Yelling At Your Kids — Use These 10 Tips

by Debbie Pincus MS  LMHC   Calm Parenting—most of us aspire to it, desire it, and even promise ourselves  we’re going to do it—but it’s so difficult to sustain. We know how important it  is to parent from our principles rather than from our fears, but despite our  best intentions we lose it and end […]

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Perfect Parents Don’t Exist: Forgive Yourself For These 6 Parenting Mistakes

by Sara Bean,  M.Ed. Guilt and parenthood just seem to go together. Maybe you lost control and  screamed at your child today, or perhaps you’re struggling to give your kids  enough—or you might be worrying that you’re doing too much. Whatever the cause,  most parents experience guilt regularly. I’ve talked with so many people who  […]

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