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March 2013

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  • Everybody Loses in a Power Struggle

    Dr. Dave, I am having a problem with my eleven year old son. It seems like all we do is argue and I am tired. I try to explain what I am doing in terms of my parenting decisions and why I am doing it but it never ends. He is so strong willed but I am the parent. He needs to listen to me. Help!

    Scott, Tulsa

    Scott, You are not alone! For lots of... 

  • 8 Steps for Effective Limits and Consequences

    We know that effective limits and consequences are key to the development of respect, empathy, and self-discipline. That said, setting and enforcing them aren't always easy. Try these tips to get started:
    • Get real. Remind yourself that it is your child's job to push against the limits and your job to set them. Some children will...