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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 Teenagers – Brutal Truth On What To Do When They Come Home

What is a runaway According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), a runaway child is a youth who leaves home without permission and stays away overnight. However, some of these runaways are actually thrownaways who are told to leave home or prevented from returning home by the parent. Why do teenagers …

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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 phone privileges, video games, or screen time, or giving them extra chores. Despite having once worked, these strategies 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 …

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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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Bad Grades – How Parents Can Help Teenagers Achieve

If you are looking for ways on how to discipline your teenager for bad grades, this post is for you. Parents who have tried grounding, taking away privileges, or spanking, probably already know that none of these methods work very well in raising the child’s grades. Even if they work in the short term, they …

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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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