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From Tough Love to Empathic Love: Teaching Parents to Earn Their Children’s Respect

September/October 2017
Helping families move past stalemates often means teaching parents to earn their children’s respect.

Case Study

Rush to Judgment: Beware of the ADHD diagnosis

May/June 2014

Part of the epidemic of misdiagnosed ADHD in young children today results from a failure to understand how trauma often leads to difficulty learning in school.

The Decline And Fall Of Parental Authority

and What Therapists Can Do About It

January/February 2012
American parents today face a perfect storm of cultural and social circumstances that undermine the very foundations of parental authority. In response, mothers and fathers are beginning to see therapists as irrelevant and to challenge the entire social, educational, and economic context of childrearing.
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Family Matters

Sweet Surrender: Ice Cream, Fatherhood, and the Meaning of Life

September/October 2010
A tale about fatherhood and the pleasures of ice cream.

Clinician's Digest

May/June 2009
- Is there a vaccination-autism link? - Self-injuring teens - How good are therapists at spotting liars? - Testing what MFTs know about men, women, and marriage - A new look at logotherapy - Decoding a baby's cries

The Second Family

A Teen's Peer Group Is a Rich Resource for Family Therapists

May/June 1996
When family therapist Ron Taffel wrote this article in 1996, an explosive upsurge of youth pop culture called into question the very idea that parents must reestablish firm authority over teens. With the advent of smartphones and instant, constant access to peers, this cornerstone of family systems theory has crumbled even further. The central question Taffel asks is even more urgent now: if pop culture reigns, and teens are firmly embedded in a peer-driven “second family,” what role, if any, can parents play in providing guidance to troubled adolescents?
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Bringing Up Father

How My Children Taught Me the Secret of Fatherhood

May/June 1988
When author Frank Pittman became a father, he discovered that the childhood absence of his own father left him with no idea how to relate to his kids. This piece plumbs many men’s difficulties in connecting with their kids, and suggests how therapists can best help “amateur dads” learn the vital lessons for raising their children.
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