It can start in infancy, become magnified by the “Terrible Twos,” and reach gut-wrenching level for parents and teachers during adolescence. Defiance of adult authority can wreak havoc in any family or classroom, whether or not the child actually has Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). This webinar provides solid answers for redeeming and preventing arguments, shouting matches, and resentment created by children and teens who are excessively oppositional, rebellious, argumentative, defiant, bossy and demanding. Yes, there are real answers for preventing the power plays and shouting matches that would otherwise scar relationships and destroy the warmth and spirit of cooperation that should prevail.
As they work their way through childhood and into adolescence, children must gradually learn to experience their expanding personal power in a healthy way that allows them to feel strong, influential upon their lives, responsible for their own decisions, and robust against distracting pressure from peers and media. They need to learn how to become appropriately expressive of their wants and preferences, without becoming openly defiant or rebellious against legitimate authority from supervising adults who are providing appropriate leadership and structure. By late adolescence they should be making all personal decisions with sufficient wisdom to forge a fulfilling, peaceful, day-to-day existence, at harmony with parents, teachers, and others who are exercising legitimate authority.
Capitalizing on his over forty-five years of experience helping distressed families of at-risk children and youth, as well as the professions who assist such families, Dr. John F. Taylor shares the same practical, parent- and child-friendly principles and strategies he has given to hundreds of parents and teens in his private practice. These approaches assist parents in key areas of conflict throughout the years, including such battlegrounds as getting cooperation on chores and routines, rejecting undesirable peer and media influences, dealing with curfews and the teen urge to “hang out,” managing TV and computer use, and sustaining motivation to complete high school and transition safely and successfully to adulthood.
After participating in this reassuring webinar, you will be able to accomplish these steps as well as show others how to:
After participating in this encouraging webinar, you will be able to:
- Cite how to negotiate win-win solutions
- Create a new, sustainable level of warmth and trust
- List alternatives to harsh punishments and scoldings
- Sidestep power struggle invitations from a child or teen
- Replace defiance with cooperation in key conflict areas
- Forge a higher level of cooperation in a classroom setting
- …and much, more