Behavior and discipline
Bickering! Lying! Tantrums!
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Ask the Parent Coach: How to Deal With Teen Attitude
Q: I have a 13-year-old daughter and she argues with me about EVERYTHING! Doing homework, helping with chores, going out with friends, even which restaurant our family goes to for dinner. How can I get her to be more cooperative and easier to get along with? A: Many parents of teens find thatRead More »
Ten Life Skills for Teens
Even during the best of times, parents wonder whether their teens are developing all the skills they need to be successful in life. A problem in this “appraisal” process is that parents see their teens in some of their most regressed and infantile states—when they are at home with their families! FuRead More »
Empathy and Education: Cultivating Compassion Skills in Children
Putting Compassion in Action When parents, teachers and experts talk about education, what typically come up are subjects like reading, writing, arithmetic. But research shows that growing the heart is key to the development of an altruistic, empathetic, kind human being. Our resource-rich SeRead More »
Tips to Help Teens Navigate Summer Safely
Summer vacation is a time for fun and relaxation, but it can also be a dangerous time for kids, especially teens and tweens. Summer means more freedom, and many homes with little or no supervision. This can create situations ripe for drug and alcohol experimentation. During the summer months, car acRead More »
Ask the Parent Coach: Encouraging Cooperation by Tapping Into Your Child's Motivation
By Jennifer Watanabe Over the last 15 years, one of the most common questions that I have been asked is “How do I get my child to ______________?” Just fill in the blank!Whether it’s getting a child to get ready in the morning more quickly, do homework more readily and with more concentratioRead More »
Ask the Parent Coach: Tips for Positive Discipline in Hot-Button Moments
Q: My 3-year-old child will not listen to me! I am tempted to spank her to get her to do what I say!!! (I do admit to previous spankings.) When it is time to leave the house, I just can’t get her to stop what she is doing. Sometimes it seems impossible for me to get her shoes on! I get so mad aRead More »
When Words Hurt: 5 Common Phrases That Parents Should Avoid
We all remember them — the remarks that our parents repeated ad nauseam throughout our childhood: “Wait until your father gets home!” “Because I said so!” “Wipe that look off your face!” Let’s face it: These kinds of comments are still grating after all these years. Now we’re the parents — a new,Read More »
Helping Your Child or Teen Manage Anger
Anger is a natural, healthy emotion. And like all emotions, anger needs to be expressed — the key is learning to express it appropriately. It’s important for adolescents to understand that anger is normal and is felt by everyone. Anger is also powerful, in part because it is fueled by adrenaline. TRead More »