When Parents Feel Helpless: Using 5 Steps of Parental Intelligence


Parents sitting with their daughter.When Do Parents Feel Helpless?

Do you feel helpless many times during the week when child or teen presents a problem you aren’t ready for? Your child may be in a very irritable mood and you think you know what’s cooking with friends and school. You’re bewildered and don’t know where to start to address this irritability.

Your teen may be slamming doors and again. You think you have a sense of how things are going with friends and school. You are at a loss to know where to begin to manage the situation.

What Doesn’t Work When Behaviors Can’t Be Accounted For?

If you have no idea what the behavior is about, how can you know what to do about it? Random punishing, yelling, even calm, firm instructions can fall on deaf ears and the behavior persists. Why? Because you don’t know what you’re actually trying to address.

Finding Meaning in Your Child’s Behavior: Using Parental Intelligence

An approach that turns the clueless parent into a knowledgeable one is using Parental Intelligence that helps you find meaning in your child’s behavior.

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Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst and author who does psychotherapy with infants and parents, children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Hollman’s new book: Unlocking Parental Intelligence: Finding Meaning in Your Child’s Behavior is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Familius.com. She writes about infant, child and adolescent development, mental health, Parental Intelligence, and a broad range of parenting topics.


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