Signs of Parental Abuse: What to Do When Your Child or Teen Hits You

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By Kim Abraham, LMSW & Marney Studaker-Cordner, LMSW

Jennifer’s son began hitting her when he was 14 years old. “I just didn’t know what to do,” she told us. “If anyone else had hit me, I would have called the police. But this was my son!”

“I didn’t want him arrested but I wanted the abuse to stop. I was ashamed to admit to my family what was going on and I knew they would take action, even if I didn’t. The situation was intolerable but I couldn’t take action. I felt trapped, like I was in a car without brakes.”

Parental abuse occurs when a child — usually a teenager but sometimes a pre-teen — engages in behavior that is abusive toward a parent. It may be a one-time incident or it may escalate in frequency, e ...

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Tired of Yelling at Your Child? Stop Screaming and Start Parenting Effectively

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By Janet Lehman, MSW

If you’re a parent, you’ve probably been there: your child says or does something that pushes your buttons, and the next thing you know, you’re yelling at the top of your lungs—and she’s responding in kind. Afterward, you feel drained, upset and frustrated and wonder why it always has to come down to a screaming match. Janet Lehman, MSW, explains how you can move from being “The Screamer” parent to one who communicates effectively.

Why do parents yell and scream at their kids? I think most people scream because they’re frustrated. At the exact moment in time when you lose it, you don’t feel like you have any other options; it becomes like a knee jerk reaction or a trigger being pulled. In other words, you don’t think ...

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Problems at School? How to Handle the Top 4 Issues

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By Carole Banks, MSW

At some point as a parent, you will likely be faced with the dreaded email from your child’s teacher telling you that your kid has crossed the line and that you need to come in for another conference.

Or the principal will call to tell you that your teen has missed the last week of school altogether, unbeknownst to you.

Maybe you’ve discovered that your child’s grades have plunged from acceptable to barely passing.

What’s a parent to do? Carole Banks, MSW addresses the top four school problems parents struggle with the most.

1. Acting Out in School

When your child acts out in school, it can be worrisome, frustrating and embarrassing. On top of the actual misbehavior, you fear that ...

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