The 3 Types of Children Who Bully Their Parents

… and the good news and bad news about dealing with each. All children have unique personalities and temperaments, but kids who bully their parents have very particular traits, and three most prevalent styles: 1. The Defiant Bully Is your kid always opposing you? Does your kid blackmail you? Are you afraid of your kid’s anger? […]

3 Errors Parents Make When Their Kids Bully Them

1. Never surrender. It’s the end of a long day. You’ve just arrived home from work, completely exhausted. You flip on the TV, collapse on the sofa, and catch the end of your favorite program. You savor this quiet time. Just then, your child begins to whine and carry on. He wants a slice of […]

Parent Abuse
Who’s to Blame?

It happens all the time. Parents arrive in my office in a state of shock, wondering how their sweet, adorable child morphed into a domestic tyrant. Which raises an important question: Is it normal for kids to abuse their parents? Lets look at some basic child psychology and see how developmental phases come with built-in power struggles that […]

Separation Anxiety in Adolescence: How to Grow A Healthy Teenager

by Sean Grover, LCSW Published in ISSUES IN PSYCHOANALYTIC PSYCHOLOGY, 2016, Vol. 28, Pg. 52 Teenagers confront complex feelings toward their parents and find themselves caught in an anxiety-fueled dilemma: the wish to reject or distance themselves while they are unavoidably dependent on them and yearning for their approval. This clash of impulses fuels adolescent […]

Parents Most Likely to Be Bullied by Their Kids

Excerpt from WHEN KIDS CALL THE SHOTS, Chapter Three: How we become our kids’ victims Over the years, as I listened to bullied parents’ stories, I began to recognize many common experiences. Though bullied parents come from difficult cultures and communities, I’ve identified the three most common scenarios that contribute to parents allowing their kids to […]

3 Steps to Defusing Conflicts with Your Kid

Excerpt from WHEN KIDS CALL THE SHOTS, Chapter Three: How we become our kids’ victims It’s the end of a long day. You’ve just arrived home from work, completely pooped. You flip on the TV, collapse on the sofa, and catch the end of your favorite program. You savor this quiet time. Just then, your kid […]

Is it Natural For Kids to Bully their Parents?

Excerpt from WHEN KIDS CALL THE SHOTS, Chapter Two It happens all the time. Parents arrive in my office in a state of shock, wondering how their sweet, adorable child morphed into a domestic tyrant. To gain a better understanding of the origins of this bullying behavior, let’s look at some basic child psychology and […]

Is Your Kid a Manipulative Bully?

Excerpt from WHEN KIDS CALL THE SHOTS, Chapter Four, Understanding your kid’s bullying behavior style * Kids with a Manipulative Bullying Style Is your kid an excellent liar? Does your kid have a history of stealing? Does he know how to exploit your fears? Does his mood plummet when you deny his wishes? Are you […]

Is Your Kid a Defiant Bully?

Excerpt from WHEN KIDS CALL THE SHOTS, Chapter Four, Understanding your kid’s bullying behavior style * Kids with a Defiant Bullying Style Does your kid back you into a corner with demands and threats? Are you afraid of your kid’s anger? Do you dread your kid’s outbursts? Is your kid always opposing you? Does your […]

Are You a Bullied Parent?

Have you ever seen a child bully or boss around his parents? A child who talks down to them, disses or even mocks them? Embarrassing, isn’t it? A generation or two ago, it would have been unthinkable for children to bully their parents. Today, nearly everyone knows a parent who is bullied by his or […]