Intimidating parents

Kids who are oppositional or defiant will fight against being controlled.

Kids who have begun to move—or have already moved—into conduct disorder will fight not only against being controlled, but will attempt to control others as well.

Recognize how you're feeling — for example, maybe you're worried that telling parents about a problem will make them disappointed or upset.

But instead of letting those feelings stop you from talking, put them into words as part of the conversation.

Is this oppositional defiant disorder or conduct disorder, and how can you deal with this? We talk every day with parents who feel their dream of raising a child has turned into a parenting nightmare.

This article is intended for parents facing intimidation—perhaps even bullying—by their adolescent or teen in their own home.

So here are some guidelines to consider when talking to parents: say yes. But gracefully accepting a no can help you get more yeses in the future.

Is it Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) or Conduct Disorder?

Many parents and professionals have difficulty recognizing the differences between ODD and conduct disordered behavior.

We walk on eggshells.” Living with a child who is oppositional and defiant can leave a parent frustrated, angry, disheartened and sad. If you believe your teen is moving into conduct disorder—or if you know he’s already there—here are five things that can help you.

Parenting a Child with Conduct Disorder As therapists and parents, we know this was a tough article to read if you’re facing this type of behavior with your child.

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  1. So is the trend toward intimate friendships between single men and women a good thing? If you haven't read my previous articles on biblical dating, you'll be helped in thinking through this issue by reading "Biblical Dating: How It's Different From Modern Dating." Based on some of the principles found there, let me offer a couple of practical reasons why I believe such friendships to be generally unwise, and then I'll suggest a positive role for friendship among singles in the Christian community.