Whipped Parent: Hope for Parents Raising an out-of-Control Teen

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A practical, realistic and easy-to-understand resource to help parents deal with out-of-control adolescents' frustrating behaviors - behaviors that can leave even the most experienced parents "whipped." It is written in everyday language, with humor and hope. Provides answers to help parents meet the challenge of raising an out-of-control teen. From the book-

Out-of-control teens include those who are described by mental health professionals as being oppositional-defiant and ...

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Overview

A practical, realistic and easy-to-understand resource to help parents deal with out-of-control adolescents' frustrating behaviors - behaviors that can leave even the most experienced parents "whipped." It is written in everyday language, with humor and hope. Provides answers to help parents meet the challenge of raising an out-of-control teen. From the book-

Out-of-control teens include those who are described by mental health professionals as being oppositional-defiant and conduct disordered. Oppositional-defiant kids are negative, defiant, disobedient and hostile toward authority figures. They lose their tempers, argue and refuse to comply with the requests of parents, teachers, therapists, even the local librarian. Any adult who tries to set a limit is fair game. This type of adolescent is often angry, resentful, spiteful and vindictive. They deliberately annoy people and blame others for their poor choices and negative behavior. Conduct disordered kids are all of the above and then some. They engage in severely dangerous and illegal behaviors. They are often the school bullies, threatening peers and adults. They fight, carry weapons and do drugs. They lie, steal, set fires and deliberately destroy other people's property. They are often truant from school, stay out past curfew and run away from home, despite their parents' efforts to stop them. These teens consistently and seriously violate the rules and laws of society.

The Whipped Parent can help parents of oppositional-defiant and conduct disordered adolescents find ways to stay centered while dealing correctly with school and court authorities. The authors do not believe in using boot camps as a tool to "control" bad behavior. Includes appendixes, worksheets for parents, suggested reading and an index.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568250922
  • Publisher: Rainbow Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Pages: 178
  • Sales rank: 741,651
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Kimberly Abraham began her career as an Early Childhood educator, working with children and families in the Flint, Michigan-area schools. She went on to receive her Master of Social Work Degree from Wayne State University, with a concentration in Family, Youth & Children. She has been certified as an Infant Mental Health Specialist and provided social work services to children in Flint-area schools. Kim has spent years providing services to youth in the city of Flint, Michigan, working closely with systems such as REACH, Flint Schools and the Genesee Circuit Family Court. She specializes in treating children & adolescents diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Conduct Disorder and Substance Abuse.

Kim and Marney created Life Over The Influence (Legacy Publishing Company, 2011), a CD self-help program for those who love someone who has an addiction or abuses substances. The Oppositional Defiant Disorder Lifeline (Legacy Publishing Company, 2012), a self-help program for parents of behavior-disordered children based on Kim's unique, specialized parenting approach for that population.

Kim is a national speaker on the topics of childhood behavior disorders and is frequently a media consultant on topics including: bullying, divorce issues, trauma, surviving a loved one's addiction, grandparents raising grandchildren and the increasing epidemic of adult children living at home (Failure to Launch).

Marney Studaker-Cordner, LMSW, received her Master of Social Work from Michigan State University in 1997 with a specialty in Children and Families. She has spent most of her career serving children and families in the Child Welfare and Community Mental Health systems. She is trained in the evidence-based practice of Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) and has supervisory experience in the CMH system. Marney specializes in the treatment of children with emotional and behavioral issues and adults experiencing co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues.

Marney is the parent of a biological daughter and has both professional and personal experience in blended families, having raised three step-children through adolescence and into adulthood.

Kathryn O'Dea was an author and ordained minister who passed away in 2006. Kathryn's organizational skills and support were instrumental in the publication of The Whipped Parent.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
"The Whipped Parent," a poem vi
A Personal Introduction 9
Chapter 1 The Whipped Parent 13
Chapter 2 Changing Times 23
Chapter 3 Help! My Kid's Out of Control 29
Chapter 4 I Never Expected This 35
Chapter 5 Finding Middle Ground 45
Chapter 6 Realistic Hopes & Expectations 53
Chapter 7 Carol Brady Never Lived with Jack 57
Chapter 8 Feelings 61
Chapter 9 The Thunderstorm 73
Chapter 10 Behavior 81
Chapter 11 Consequences 87
Chapter 12 Tug of War Will Give You Rope Burn 97
Chapter 13 Zingers 105
Chapter 14 Did I Say That Out Loud? 115
Chapter 15 The Blame Game 119
Chapter 16 School Daze 127
Chapter 17 I Left My Sense of Humor on the Courthouse Steps 137
Chapter 18 Nurturing Yourself 145
"The Journey," a poem 148
The Road Ahead 149
Appendix A Staying on Your TOES 151
Appendix B The Thunderstorm Worksheet 155
Appendix C The Control List 157
Appendix D Fail-proof Consequences Worksheet 159
Suggested Reading 163
Index 165
About the Authors 175
About the Abraham and Studaker Association for Parenting 177
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2004

    Valuable resource for parents.

    The Whipped Parent is a powerful resource simply written and easy for any parent to understand. It's a guide to help parents regain their sanity through learning to change their own thought processes, behaviors and responses. It is key for parents to understand the difference between control and influence and how that difference impacts their relationship with their child. The Whipped Parent clearly shares an abundance of tools and ideas on how to survive raising and out-of-control teen. This is indeed a survival book!

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