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I am a parent trainer, psychotherapist, and author specializing in parenting issues.During the past 40 years I`ve worked with parents with discipline problems and challenging children. I give frequent lectures and workshops related to discipline, social skills, and aggressive children. I consult with various agencies and schools where there are child behavior problems. I am listed in the American Psychological Associations` media panel as an expert on parenting and am frequently quoted in leading magazines and newspapers.

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I have worked in a juvenile court as a clinical psychologist and as a psychotherapist in private practice. In the Oakland County (MI) Juvenile Court, I developed an award-winning parent training program for parents of adolescent delinquents. In addition I have done group therapy with adolescent delinquents using a social skills-building model. I have consulted with courts, schools, churches, preschools, and domestic violence shelters in areas of parenting.

I received my BA with a major in Psychology in 1963 from Wayne State University. I got my MA in Clinical Psychology from Oakland University in 1972.

I am a member of the American Psychological Association and the Michigan Psychological Association. I have written pamplets, newspaper articles, and professional journal articles. I have been the Coping With Kids columnist for several newspapers for 26 years, and my columns appear weekly in the Staten Island Advance. I have been the author or co-author of 16 books. My books include, 8 WEEKS to A WELL-BEHAVED CHILD, CHILDREN WHO SAY NO WHEN YOU WANT THEM TO SAY YES, 6 STEPS TO AN EMOTIONALLY INTELLIGENT TEENAGER, and THE FATHERSTYLE ADVANTAGE. My most recent parenting book (2012) is THE EVETYTHING CHILD PSYCHOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT BOOK. I have appeared on over 180 radio and TV shows related to my books and parenting. For more information about me, my books and columns, go to my website at


I have an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Oakland University.

What do you like about this subject?

Most teenagers are great kids, but adolescents in general are a lot of fun because they are at an important point in their lives where they're trying to figure how who they while attempting to deal with parents, teachers and friends.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I always hope to more fully understand teenagers.

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2017-01-07 Grand daughters attitude:

Hello Geri,     I'm sorry to hear about the concern worry about your granddaughter.     These kinds of situations are extremely challenging for both parents and grandparents because they require difficult

2016-10-14 Pic gone viral at school.:

Hello Natalia,     I'm sure this is an embarrassing situation for both you and your son. However, since it can't be "undone" and the photos can't be recovered and suppressed, it is something you and your

2016-07-16 Whats going on:

Hi Kayla,    Skimpy clothes and bikinis on the right body are undoubtedly sexy. So, I'm not discouraging you from being sexy for your husband. I would encourage it.    Asking your son for his opinion on

2016-07-16 Whats going on:

Hi Kayla,    I think the problem in you dressing in a more provocative way is that when you are on a family vacation your son is exposed to your sexier mode of dressing.     What I'm getting it is that

2016-07-15 Whats going on:

Hello Kayla,    This is not exactly a parenting question, and I do not consider myself an expert in sexuality.    I would say, however, that you and your husband are very lucky to still be in love after


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