Category Archives: Ideas for Behavior

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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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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“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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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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Ask Once and Your Kid Does It: 5 Ways to Make it Happen

by Megan Devine, LCPC A few weeks ago, on the Empowering Parents Facebook page we asked parents to share the one day-to-day thing they find most frustrating about their kids.  The overwhelming answer? “I have to tell my kid five times to do the simplest thing! Every single day, it’s a battle. I want to […]

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8 Steps to Anger Management for Kids

by Janet Lehman, MSW Even as adults, managing our anger can be hard, and we’ve had years of practice. For our children, who are just learning about their emotions, keeping their anger in check can be especially difficult. Kids can easily lash out at people who make them angry or situations that frustrate them: name-calling […]

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Punishments vs. Consequences: Which Are You Using?

by Debbie Pincus MS LMHC   Do these situations sound familiar? Your 10-year-old won’t listen to you when  you  tell her to come inside for dinner. You  rack your brain for a way to  change this behavior so that in the future she  will do as you ask. Your  teenager breaks  curfew – again. You […]

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Disrespectful Kids: How to Get Your Child or Teen to Behave with Respect

by Debbie Pincus MS LMHC   We all know that kids can act in many disrespectful and rude ways to parents:  they can slam doors, roll their eyes, and tell you they hate you, to name a few.  It’s natural to get very worried and  frustrated and wonder if these types of  behaviors constitute out-and-out […]

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Is It ADHD or Sluggish Cognitive Tempo Disorder? 4 Ways to Help Your Child Focus

by Dr. Robert Myers, Child  Psychologist   Is your child forgetful, irresponsible, moody and prone to daydreaming? Does   he seem to lack motivation and become easily bored? This behavior could be   related to SCT, or “Sluggish Cognitive Tempo Disorder.” This new way of  looking at certain ADHD-like symptoms in kids has been  generating quite a […]

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