Parenting Your Teenager: The Teenager and the Gorilla

Q: A parent writes in to ask, "You write a lot about the difference between controlling and managing teenagers. What's the difference........., and how do we do it in our family?"

A: In the counseling and seminars that I do, I have found that many parents are confused about the difference between controlling and managing their teenagers. In my experience, there is not only a huge difference, it's "the difference that makes a difference" when it comes to successfully dealing with the teen years in a family.

The control approach

Taking a control approach in a family will typically breed resentment and rebellion in a teenager, and exasperation and angerthe part of the parents. While the control approach may get compliance, it also breeds an attitude of "I'll do what you say now, but I'm going to get you back someday."

The managmement approach

Coming from a management approach breeds respect and cooperation, as well as an attitude of "let's work together as a team." As I have said before, trying to control a teenager is like trying to put pants on a gorilla - it's only going to frustrate you and make the gorilla mad.

Now in no way am I saying that teens should be allowed to do whatever they want. The difference between trying to control vs. manage a teenager is all in how you approach the situation.

A management approach meets the following six criteria:

1) The parents are clearly in charge

When I work with parents to take a management approach with teens, in no way am I suggesting that parents let kids do whatever they want. Quite the contrary, a key sign of a healthy and strong family is when the parents are clearly in charge. The key distinction comes down to the difference between an authoritarian style and an authoritative style on the part of the parents. An authoritarian style comes from a controlling approach, while an authoritative style comes from a management approach.

A good example of an authoritarian style can be found in the movie The Great Santini. This family was ruled by the iron hand of the father, a military man, who tried to run his family like he ran his troops, complete with morning inspections.

The best example I've been able to find of an authoritative style is The Huxtables of The Cosby Show. If you think back to the show or watch the re-runs, you will notice that in the Huxtable family, the parents are clearly in charge. At the same time, there is compassion and caring for all the family members. One strong indication of this is that while each child may not always get a vote, they almost always have a voice.

2) The teen, over time, learns and earns the ability to be more and more in charge of themselves

Notice I said over time. This simply means that the parents give the kid enough rope, not to hang themselves, to coin a phrase, but to grow themselves. You don't hand someone who has had little or no responsibility a huge responsibility all at once. You give them a little bit, and then a little bit more, and so on and so on.

3) There is a clear map for continually building trust and responsibility

In a management approach, there is no guessing on the part of parent or kid. Everyone knows how trust and responsibility are earned in the family. The rules are clear with little or no surprises.

4) The parents have a way to monitor the progress of the teen

One way to do this is to simply measure trust on a scale from 1 to 10. In this way, the parents have a clear and objective way of monitoring the progress of their teenager.

5) There are clear consequences when the teen demonstrates that they cannot be in charge of themselves (just like in the real world)

There is a proverb that goes something like this "raise up a child in the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart from it." What this implies is that at some point along the way, they are going to depart from it. It's simply part of the territory that kids are going to mess up. Before this happens, there needs to be a simple understanding about what will happen when the mess ups occur.

6) There is a clear map for how to earn back trust and responsibility

Many parents tend to look at trust as an either or situation - either you trust them completely or not at all. Using a scale from one to ten not only gives parents a way to monitor progress, it can provide a map for how to earn trust back when it is damaged.

Successfully steering a family through the teen years is one of the most difficult jobs a parent will ever face. Using the six point management approach can help parents to get their kids, and themselves, through the adolescent years with most of their sanity intact.

Visit ParentingYourTeenager.com for tips and tools for thriving during the teen years. You can also subscribe to our f*r*e*e 5 day e-program on The Top 5 Things to Never Say to Your Teenager, from parenting coach and expert Jeff Herring.

In The News:

What Will The Times’s New Parenting Site Feature? Our Editor Answers Reader Questions  The New York TimesJessica Grose wants to provide the highest-quality information and support to new and expecting parents.
Modern Parenting Is a Scam on America’s Middle Class Families  FatherlyParenting is an occupation of striving and stress, but it's a relatively new American phenomenon. Parents can blame their anxiety on a loss of support from ...
Parenting Matters: Worth a big discussion  Sequim GazetteThe senior class from Sequim High School had a great graduation. The kids seemed to enjoy it and the parents, grandparents and others who are important to a ...
Does Caitlyn Jenner Disapprove of Kylie Jenner's Parenting Choices?  Showbiz Cheat SheetFind out if Caitlyn Jenner approves or disapproves of her daughter Kylie's parenting decisions.
The six stages of competitive parenting at school sports day  Telegraph.co.ukWho among us didn't feel a small pang of recognition upon hearing Amanda Holden has been banned by her older daughter from attending her school sports ...
When Parents Try to Do It All, They Do It Poorly  The AtlanticNew parents are given a lot of rules to follow, but little guidance for how to choose among them when constrained.
How to cope when your chaotic parenting life gets even more squeezed  The Washington PostA sandwich-generation mom feels overwhelmed by an unexpected pregnancy and a terminally ill parent.
I spent 7 years studying Dutch parenting—here are 6 secrets to raising the happiest kids in the world  CNBCAccording to UNICEF, Dutch kids are ranked as the happiest kids in the world. Here's what sets them apart from kids in the U.S. and the U.K..
Tips for hassle-free pet parenting  The Asian AgeDog owners face a lot of cute, but sometimes tiring troubles their pooch brings home.
Father's Day: New dads redefine parenting; turn to social media, YouTube for guidance  Economic TimesMillennial parents are charting their own course - a mix of the old and new - in parenting.
The Damage of Dad-Shaming  The New York TimesMore than half of the fathers in a national poll reported being criticized about their parenting decisions.
Positive Parenting: From Spatial Skills to Arithmetic  9&10 NewsPlaytime is lots of fun for your young child, but it could also be an opportunity to improve their math skills. In Positive Parenting, we took a look at how parents can ...
Introverts be warned, parenting is an increasingly social event  The AgeI took away two main points from the birthing and baby preparation class I attended before the birth of my first daughter — that it was my job to count contractions, ...
The parenting myth: How kids are raised matters less than you think  New ScientistDNA is more important to a child's personality, exam results and future income than the way they are brought up – but that's good news, says geneticist Robert ...
Parenting centres in all districts soon  Times of IndiaThe government will come up with permanent centres in all the districts for educating parents about responsible parenting and to create awareness abou.
More than half of fathers receive criticism on parenting style: Study  ABC NewsMany fathers receive criticism on parenting, but 90% believe they are doing a good job.
Parenting for Whom?  The New York TimesA reader takes an Op-Ed writer to task for a parent-centric, not child-centric, model.
End the Plague of Secret Parenting  The AtlanticIf mothers and fathers speak openly about child-care obligations, their colleagues will adapt.
Everyone Says I’m Spoiling My Son  SlateCare and Feeding is Slate's parenting advice column. Have a question for Care and Feeding? Email [email protected] or post it in the Slate Parenting ...
12 Honest Parenting Quotes From Zoe Saldana  HuffPostZoe Saldana is not afraid to open up about her approach to parenting. The actress and her husband, Marco Perego-Saldana, have three sons ― twins Cy and ...
West Side Reading Nook: Parenting by the Numbers  thewestsidejournal.comWorking at a library and being friends with lots of moms has taught me that there are more than enough parenting books in the world. It seems like every few.
6 Tips for Parenting a Tween Without Losing Your Mind  MomtasticBet you are relieved that you (barely) survived the “terrible twos” and the even more fun "terrible threes". And you probably thought you were in the clear after ...
Parenting by the Numbers  The New YorkerLizzie Widdicombe on the economist Emily Oster, who challenges the conventional wisdom on child rearing.
Want Proof That Snowplow Parenting Sucks? Just Look at LaVar Ball  FatherlyIt's hard to think of a more obvious — or odious — example of snowplow parenting than LaVar Ball. He has leveraged what he imagines as a family empire built ...
Bill Cosby is spending his time in prison lecturing other inmates on parenting and how to be positive role models  Business InsiderBill Cosby is spending his time in prison lecturing around 200 other inmates at a time about parenting and how to stay out of trouble after parole.
Sania Mirza blasts Veena Malik after actors advices on parenting, nutrition  Business StandardRead more about Sania Mirza blasts Veena Malik after actor's advices on 'parenting, nutrition' on Business Standard. It seems like tennis player Sania Mirza is ...
10 Pieces Of Parenting Advice From Preschool Teachers  MomsPreschool teachers can offer some of the hottest tips in regards to your children's lives and give parents that outside view before preschool starts.
I am that Mom who relies on Instagram for parenting  e27I used to question the motives and agenda of women who would let their kids become a public face of brands and get paid to do so. That was me, like three ...
10 Parenting Rules Kim Kardashian Follows | Moms  MomsAlongside Kanye West, Kim Kardashian supports four children. Here are ten parenting techniques as practiced by Kim K.
On Parenting: Meghan Leahy took your questions about parenting  Washington PostMeghan Leahy, a parenting coach with Positively Parenting, joined On Parenting editor Amy Joyce to talk about parenting children of all ages. Q: picky eaters.
TV Shows You Can Tolerate Watching With Your Kids  The New York TimesThis week, I am extremely psyched to be talking about one of my favorite topics in the world — television! In NYT Parenting, we have a bittersweet essay by Keith ...
Your parenting style will shape the child’s success. Here’s how  The Indian ExpressDo you want your child to be successful in life? The key to that actually lies in your parenting style. That is what Ronald Ferguson, Harvard professor and author ...
Hilaria Baldwin Spills Her Biggest Beauty Secrets and Parenting Tips, and Yep, They're Pretty Damn Great  ParadeThe last time I interviewed Hilaria Baldwin she did the entire thing on the treadmill and this conversation was no different from a stamina perspective: She ran ...
How reading stimulates the mind and helps in children’s mental wellbeing  The Indian ExpressGraphic novels and comics are a good way to jump-start a child's reading habit. The sequential art and the lucid text give an extra edge to the reading ...
Parenting: How many meals to feed your toddler in a day & tips to feed them regular food  Times NowAccording to HealthChildren.org, an initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a child should be able to eat almost all foods after he/she is about two ...
Indian mom's struggle with American parenting in Silicon Valley  Quartz“So when you're at the wheel, driving your car, is it OK if your baby is alone at the back, strapped to a car seat?” I asked. “That's how you're supposed to do it,” ...
How to repair your relationship with your child after a divorce  FeminaChildren often are the worst victims of a divorce, since they are caught between the two parents with no fault of their own. They are torn between the love for both ...
There's Evidence on How to Raise Children, but Are Parents Listening?  The New York TimesDay-to-day individual choices matter less than we think, but national policies seem to matter a lot.
Cold-parenting linked to premature aging, increased disease risk in offspring: Unsupportive parenting may have several negative health implications for children  Science DailyNew research suggests that unsupportive parenting styles may have several negative health implications for children, even into their adult years. The study ...
Is your parenting style making your teen anxious?  ABC NewsSocial media has created a groundswell of perfectionism and a generation of anxious teens, but these parenting tips can help build psychologically robust kids, ...
Parenting in the digital age: How to shield kids from inappropriate material online  The News MinuteWhile denying a child access to the internet is not an option in today's world, experts often stress that there is a key difference between monitoring and ...
Ellie Kemper's Go-To Travel Snack For Her Toddler Is A Parenting Win By Samantha Grindell  RomperIt takes a brave parent to willingly travel with a child under the age of 5. There are about a million things that could induce a temper tantrum on the road with a kid ...
Crappy parenting can damage your kid's DNA: report  New York Post A new report links aloof parenting to DNA damage, potentially leading to disease and early death.
COMMENTARY || Here are the best parents to have around, according to youth sport coaches  Folio - University of AlbertaYouth sport is part of the fabric of family life for many families. Parents are more intensely involved in contemporary youth sport than ever before. And while youth ...
Vulnerability mapping in Kochi for responsible parenting  The HinduA vulnerability mapping of families in every panchayat in the district will be carried out by anganwadi teachers in the next two months for targeted intervention ...
Botched response to protests exposed by Carrie Lam’s ‘mother of Hong Kong’ claim  South China Morning PostStyling herself as a maternal figure when police used rubber bullets and tear gas on mainly young protesters, demonstrates the city leader's fumbled approach to ...
Cold-parenting may lead to premature ageing in offspring  Business StandardUnsupportive parenting styles may have several negative health implications for children including premature ageing and higher disease risk later in life, says a ...
Kate Gunn: 'I shared too much of my kids' lives online and learned a harsh lesson'  Independent.ieThe click of the camera, the scroll through the photos to find the best one, the opening of the app and then the writing of the perfectly formed caption… What is ...
Paralysis parenting: You're not imagining it. The kids are in charge.  MamamiaParalysis parenting is the parenting method that means the kids are in charge. And teachers want you to stop. Parenting styles like this stifle kids.
Parenting book author says school system, overprotective parents killing kids' creativity  Japan TodayThe bizarre and unreasonable rules schools in Japan enforce upon children are not preparing them for the modern world where technology is changing what it ...
Exploring the Role of Dads in Parenting  UConn TodayKari Adamsons is an associate professor of human development and family sciences and co-author of the fifth edition of Family Theories: An Introduction, ...
'Cribsheet' Takes The Air Out Of Inflated Parenting Worries So You Can Enjoy Your Kids  The FederalistEconomist Emily Oster's 'Cribsheet' dismantles myths and pokes holes in junk science, centered on parenting for babies and toddlers ages 0 to 3.
20 Parenting Styles We'd Only See From Dina Lohan  TheTalkoWe've seen Dina Lohan try to explain some of her parenting choices as well as glom onto the spotlight in reality shows such as Big Brother.
ER doc mom's confession about monotony of parenting sparks debate  TODAYBrandon Stanton of the Humans of New York photo blog sparked debate when he photographed an ER doc mom who doesn't believe parenthood is the most ...
My Boyfriend Has Declared He Won’t Change Poopy Diapers  SlateCare and Feeding is Slate's parenting advice column. This week we introduce our new Thursday columnist, Rumaan Alam. Have a question for Care and ...
Being Baba: Notes on my first Father’s Day as a parent  The Indian Express"My son isn't even 10 months old so obviously it isn't like he got me gifts or even said anything special to me this year but this day for me, was a day of reflection.
Serena Williams Reveals Parenting Tips Anyone Can Use  The Cheat SheetSerena Williams gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on September 1, 2017. The little miracle, named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., started turning heads the ...
Technology and parenting: addressing the friction  The Next WebRaising children has always been tough work. Whether in ancient Greece or modern America, there have always been distinct cultural challenges that come ...
Reading With Toddlers Reduces Harsh Parenting, Enhances Child Behavior, Rutgers-Led Study Finds  Rutgers TodayPeople who regularly read with their toddlers are less likely to engage in harsh parenting and the children are less likely to be hyperactive or disruptive, ...
Kindergarten teacher reveals reasons she left her job in viral post  TODAYFormer kindergarten teacher Jessica Gentry has cleared up any misconceptions about why she left the job she loved.
Be Upfront About Your Parenting Responsibilities in the Workplace  LifehackerWhen I was 23, I worked at a newspaper. Just about every day, my boss would remark that she needed to head out at a certain hour to pick up her daughter.
Couple Nama: Karachi vloggers get real about parenting, everyday problems  Samaa Digital NewsA Karachi couple hopes to bring about a positive change into the lives of young pairs and parents through their video blog, Couple Nama. “We don't want a lot of ...
Parenting expert says Japan will not let kids fail to succeed  Kyodo News PlusThe bizarre and unreasonable rules schools in Japan enforce upon children are not preparing them for the modern world where technology is changing what it ...
The highly effective parenting style of St. Joseph for today's dad  Aleteia ENBeing a father is the great joy of my life, which is funny because I have almost no clue how to be a good father. I have no training, no techniques, no methods.
POSITIVE PARENTING: The key to preventing bad behaviour is to nip it in the bud early on  The Westmorland GazetteIT IS easy within the family environment for fights and aggression to occur. This can range from arguments, hurtful comments, refusal to share as…
Alesha Dixon reveals parenting struggles in her brand new podcast  Yahoo StyleOoh, we love a new podcast and this week's exciting launch is brought to us by the lovely Alesha Dixon, so it's bound to be a goodie. The Britain's Got Talent ...
When parenting gets tough, the tough get parenting | Articles | News | OakPark.com  Wednesday JournalParenting has never been easy. Adam and Eve, the first parents, had a rough start. Their younger son Cain killed his older brother Abel.
15 Strange Parenting Things Only Pink Would Do  TheTalkoAlthough Pink's parenting style has been judged in the past, this mom of two is doing her best to be a good influence in their lives & on stage.
Jessie James Decker's Parenting Philosophy: Stop Giving Your Kids Options — INTERVIEW  RomperJessie James Decker is confident in a way only a seasoned mom of three can be. It's the kind of confidence that can, honestly, be off-putting — at least to a newly ...
10 Parenting Tips To Steal From Kourtney Kardashian | BabyGaga  BabyGagaKourtney Kardashian is the mother of three adorable little kids with her ex-partner, Scott Disick, and she's got some parenting tricks up her sleeve.
Parenting Debate Sparked By Teen Holding 'I Lied' Sign In Busy Florida Intersection  NewsweekHow far is too far when it comes to child discipline? National onlookers have found themselves in a debate on punishment and parenting after a Florida girl was ...
A Lesson in Street MMA: Little League dads are bad at parenting, great at KO-ing each other  MiddleEasyThere's no crying in baseball but there is fighting. So bummed this Lesson in Street MMA did not occur on Father's Day. From a Little League field in Co.
Working fathers: what are your biggest parenting challenges?  Irish TimesAs Father's Day approaches, we want to hear from Working Dads.
Never Say This to Adoptive Parents: Adoption Tips, Friend is Adopting – SheKnows  SheKnowsSince I'm a psychiatry professor, I thought I knew just what to say to adoptive parents I met. I was wrong.
Want To Raise Successful Kids? Don’t Make It Easy, Says Mom Of YouTube CEO And 23andMe Cofounder  ForbesMost parents want to give their kids the best life possible. But take note: according to Esther Wojcicki, there's a massive gulf between "best" and "easy.".
A personal tribute to sports parenting  Otago Daily TimesLiz Breslin pays tribute to Sports Parents that she's seen and been. Liz Breslin. Most parents I know are Sports Parents in some way, shape or form. They put ...
Reading with toddlers linked to reduced harsh parenting, enhanced child behavior  Science DailyPeople who regularly read with their toddlers are less likely to engage in harsh parenting and the children are less likely to be hyperactive or disruptive, a new ...
Best Board Games for Kids of All Ages  Parenting MagazineIt's time to unplug! Get your kids to disconnect from all of those addictive digital devices in favor of some good old fashioned fun. Board games have been an ...
What To Do With All That Parenting Advice? Whatever You Want  WBURI'm not sure the basics of parenting have really changed all that much over the years, writes Laura Shea Souza. Growing up is still hard, with trophies or without, ...
I Thought I’d Get Parenting Advice From My Dad or Grandpa. I Was Wrong.  FatherlyI didn't know who to look to for parenting advice. My dad and grandpa were both happy to let their partners handle the child-rearing. But they did give me tools ...
Parenting Matters: June is a time of change  Sequim GazetteThis is an exciting time of the year — not just for ones who will graduate but for the excitement of summer that comes for all school age children, their younger ...
Dax Shepard gives parenting tips, and why marriage is about 'endless compromise'  Yahoo EntertainmentThe hilarious host of "Spin the Wheel" talks hot topics, and explains the reason behind his arguments with wife Kristen Bell.
Stacey Solomon gets real about parenting struggles as Joe Swash shares 'exhausted' picture of her  RSVP LiveJoe Swash and Stacey Solomon are one of the most likeable celebrity couples out there, and it's their down to earth nature and being real and relatable that ...
Kim Kardashian causes parenting DEBATE with controversial photo choice  HELLO!Kim Kardashian got her fans debating on Instagram after sharing a photo of her children North and Saint, who she shares with Kayne West.
Single mum who boozed to cope with parenting quit alcohol 'before it killed me'  Mirror OnlineMegan Montague would wake up with mysterious bruises and there were nights she could not remember how she got home.
It May Seem Indulgent, but I Pay to Have My Car Cleaned Once a Month — Here's Why  POPSUGAR AustraliaGrowing up I was a fairly messy child. My parents used to say they could always tell where I'd been in the house based on open drawers, crumbs, and a trail of.
Masters in Parenting Podcast Episode 23: Dr. Kiarra King answers your questions (Part 2)  Chicago ParentDr. Kiarra King, OB/GYN and blogger, answers more questions from Chicago Parent readers.
RTD urged to apply parenting elements in driving course  Malay MailKUALA LUMPUR, June 15 — The Road Transport Department (RTD) has been urged to apply parenting elements in the driving school curriculum to enhance ...
The viral video of a dad talking to his baby demonstrates a crucial parenting skill  QuartzLast week, a video of a dad talking to his 19-month-old son broke the internet. In the clip, Tennessean comedian DJ Pryor talks to his son, Kingston Pryor, about ...
Will Meghan Markle Have to Change Her Parenting Style Because of the Royal Family?  Showbiz Cheat SheetRoyal fans are overjoyed that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have finally welcomed their first child. The newborn, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, ...
The best parenting advice from Chip and Joanna Gaines  INSIDERHere is some of the best tips about being a parent we can learn from Chip and Joanna Gaines of "Fixer Upper."
The United Arc to Host Open House at Positive Parenting Center in Holyoke  Business WestHOLYOKE — On Friday, June 14, the United Arc will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to noon at its Holyoke Positive Parenting Center, 208 Race St., Suite 2, ...
Laura Dern on Tough Women, Parenting, and Playing Renata Klein: “It’s a Delicious Opportunity”  Yahoo LifestyleLaura Dern talks her reprise of Otter Bay's most outrageous mom, Renata Klein, on “Big Little Lies” season two.
Long Island celebrity dads on parenting  NewsdayFrom being a first-time father to raising kids later in life, see what these celebrity dads with Long Island connections have had to say about fatherhood.
Kate Middleton reveals parenting method she uses to boost kids' mental wellbeing  Mirror OnlineThe Duchess of Cambridge took part in three outdoor activities on the CBBC flagship show.
I Tried This iPhone Hack to Be a Better Parent — and It Totally Backfired  POPSUGAR AustraliaIt's a Tuesday night and my daughter is coloring at her table. I join her, but then I mindlessly start checking my phone — as I often do. There's always.
Why parenting young sportspeople is about far much more than touchline composure  Telegraph.co.ukThere is a renowned photograph of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez that resurfaces across social media feeds every now and then.
Swift: The best parenting advice you can get until something...  Jamestown SunFARGO — I've been asked to speak to various groups and organizations before, varying from retired teachers to *service* clubs and church groups. But the most ...
Protesting fathers call for equal parenting rights in family court  WJAC JohnstownA group believes Pennsylvania fathers involved with children and youth are at a disadvantage. Members of the Pennsylvania Father's Rights Movement ...
Tanzania: Govt Inaugurates National Agenda for Responsible Parenting - Minister  AllAfrica.comTHE government has launched a national agenda to promote responsible parenting and family care especially those relating to all matters of children's rights ...

Unschooling - the Benefits of Home Based Education

Home schooling benefits children. As a parent, I feel it... Read More

Build Character with this Delicious Triple A Recipe!

Vinegar or honey, what do kids really want? "Toys, candy,... Read More

The Personality of a Virgo Child

Your Virgo Baby..August 23 - September 22Virgo children are honest... Read More

Parents ? The No Child Left Behind Law Wont Do Much For Your Child

Past experience with federal education programs predicts that the No... Read More

Encouraging Your Child to Write

How in the world do you get your child to... Read More

How to End the Misery of Bedwetting

When a child wets the bed they worry. Children tend... Read More

Learning Disabilities

There are so many learning labels floating around these days... Read More

The 5 Babysitter Commandments

Having a babysitter take care of your kids is sometimes... Read More

Just Average

What do you mean average? Not good? Just doing good... Read More

Can Mineral Deficiencies Lead to Behavioral Problems in Children?

A while ago I received this story from David in... Read More

EEG Biofeedback as a Treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

In this form of treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder... Read More

Are You Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child?

Although many parents are concerned with our children's intelligence quotient... Read More

Adolescence - Clues and Advice

Be sure to respect the intellectual changes that mark adolescence.... Read More

Childrens Allowance

When we consider that the word allowance means, "allowing for,"... Read More

Keep the Little Ones Safe, Follow Pool Safety Guidelines

Pool safety should be on the minds of every parent... Read More

Diaper Bags for Dads - Papas Got a Brand New Bag

Today's dads are more hands-on than ever before and their... Read More

The Mystery of Picky Eaters

If you were to ask 100 parents why they think... Read More

Family Meetings Are Now On The Agenda

"Not another meeting!"That tends to be the reaction from many... Read More

The Ten Things That Successful Parents Do

1. They are leaders as well as parents. They don't... Read More

When Everybody Does It Comes Back to Haunt You

Parental example, whether for good or for bad, is undoubtedly... Read More

The Reticular Activating System, and its Role in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

In our last article about the neurology of ADHD we... Read More

What Might Surprise You About Childhood Obesity

The formula is pretty straightforward: energy in/energy out. This is... Read More

More than Mom and Dad

Love, love, love. It makes the world go round. It... Read More

6 Tried & True Fun Ways to Educate and Entertain Your Preschooler

1. New Word of the DayIntroduce your preschooler to a... Read More

The Top 10 Tips for Communicating with Children

Most people have more training before they receive their driver's... Read More