DiscoverTalking To Teens: Expert Tips for Parenting TeenagersEp 118: Lying, Stealing, and Power Struggles
Ep 118: Lying, Stealing, and Power Struggles

Ep 118: Lying, Stealing, and Power Struggles

Update: 2020-12-27
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With teens  dangling somewhere between childhood and adulthood, it can be hard to negotiate control as a parent–control over how late they can stay out, how much time they spend doing their homework, how much junk food they eat. Although they’re not kids anymore, they likely still live under your roof, meaning things can sometimes get heated when it comes to setting the rules.
In certain cases, this battle over control can drive your kid to do some seriously bad stuff. When they feel powerless, they might turn to stealing, lying, and emotional manipulation to reclaim their sense of authority. 
Today I’m talking to Paul Podolsky, author of Raising a Thief: a Memoir. Paul is here to talk about what happens when kids take their need for control too far. After he and his wife adopted a six month old child from Russia, they discovered that they were in for more than they bargained for. Paul has a lot to teach us about the psychology of control, and how to work through the power struggles you might be having with your kid.
By telling his own personal parenting story, Paul shines light on why teens sometimes feel powerless, what causes this troubling crisis of power in kids’ heads, and what you can do to gain back the control in your home...

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Ep 118: Lying, Stealing, and Power Struggles

Ep 118: Lying, Stealing, and Power Struggles

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