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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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2016-01-22 Teenager and basketball:

Hello Cynthia,     I think the question you're asking is likely to get a range of answers -- depending on the personal opinion of the person answering the question. I don't think it is easy to bring in

2015-11-05 how to handle my teenage brother,how to make him understand that he should study and be a nice boy:

Hello Ruchira,    You sound like a very loving and kind sister who wants to help her brother and keep things calm in the family.    However, there may be limitations to what you can do. Your brother, like

2015-07-06 Teen daughter and boyfriend:

Hello Arlene,    I'm sure you can see very well what is going on. Your daughter is allowing a controlling boy to manipulate her. She, of course, can't see this yet because is "in love."       The problem

2015-06-26 Decision time...:

Hi Brian,    Glad to help out a fellow expert.    These kinds of situations are very tough on parents, particularly mothers. However, usually by the time a child is in their 20s, there is so much frustration

2015-03-30 help with 12 year old boy:

Hello Bernadette,    Thank you for your excellent response.  From what you said, I would agree that he is dealing with a great deal in his life and he is not handling it well at school and with some authority


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