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Are the children ruling the roost? When parents reclaim their power, everyone benefits.
Rebellious, entitled, disrespectful, many kids bully their parents with demands and boss them around with impunity. Experts might label them “difficult” and advise how to “fix” them. But parenting struggles rarely originate from just one side. Instead, they erupt at the volatile intersection of a child’s personality with a parent’s own insecurities and behaviors. Fixing the child requires fixing yourself.
In When Kids Call the Shots, therapist and parenting expert Sean Grover untangles the forces driving family dysfunction and helps parents assume leadership roles. With a liberating message and perceptive advice, the book explores:
Three common bullying styles (defiant, manipulative, anxious) used by kids
Parenting styles (guilt-prone, anxiety-fueled, fix-everything) that contribute to power imbalances
Critical testing periods in a child’s development
Coping mechanisms that backfire
Personalized plans for calmly exerting authority in any scenario
Caving in to tantrums and threats breeds more of the same. Learn to stop the cycle of abusive behavior and make parenting a pleasure again. When you let your kid bully you, everyone suffers.
Every parent’s primary task is to help their kids grow into emotionally healthy adults. Parents who allow their kids to boss them around actually impede the child’s maturing process and promote a host of psychosocial problems. Children who boss around their parents are more likely to suffer from:
-Social problems: increased delinquent and manipulative behaviors, increased friction with siblings and peers, poor attunement with others.