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I have opinions, too. (Hard to believe, right?!)

Here are some of my child-first parenting ideas. They are based on science, whenever possible (well, not everything can be tested in randomized control studies, ethically, you know). But more important is that they are parenting practices that just feel right for me as a parent, and as a person.

Runaway Teenager – Brutal Truth On What To Do When They Come Home

In this article, we will talk about some brutal truth on how to deal with a runaway teenager when the child returns home. It will be hard for some loving parents to read, but if you truly want to help your teen and prevent this from happening again, it is a must read. What is …

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How to Discipline a Teenager Who Doesn’t Care About Consequences

Many parents discipline their teens by taking away their cell phones or screen time. Despite having once worked, they often don’t work after a while. So how to discipline a teenager who doesn’t care about consequences? Consequences and Behaviorism Using consequences to discipline is an example of behavioral management, which is based on behaviorism​1​. It …

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How To Deal With An Ungrateful Teenager

“My teenager is happy and well-adjusted. I think I’ve done a pretty good job of raising him so far. The problem is that he is totally ungrateful for everything I’ve done for him. How to deal with an ungrateful teenager?” Does this sound familiar? Parents often express similar sentiments during their child’s teenage years. They …

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How to Discipline a Teenager for Bad Grades – 7 Positive Tips

If you are looking for ways on how to discipline a teenager for bad grades, this post is for you. As opposed to blaming everything on adolescence or using parenting cliché, let’s take a fresh look at how to help your child become the best they can be. For many parents, the word “discipline” conjures …

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7 Tips On How To Deal With An Angry Teenager – According To Science

Parents of teens often ask about how to deal with an angry teenager. They are baffled and frustrated. It is hard for them to understand why their teens are always angry and will not listen to adults’ advice. Why are teenagers so angry all the time Teenagers’ mood swings can happen quickly. They can be …

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How to Motivate Teenager to Study Using Brain Science

It is an age old question: How to motivate teenager to study in a way that won’t backfire? Motivation involves a complex system in the brain​1​. Conventional strategies such as simple positive reinforcement or punishment usually work temporarily, if at all. They often backfire, resulting in less motivation in kids. Find out how to truly …

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