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Helping Your Defiant Child

Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein is a licensed psychologist, nationally recognized child/teen and relationship expert, and certified professional coach. Dr. Jeff has over 22 years experience providing child, adolescent, couples, and family counseling. He also provides leadership coaching services to executives, teams, and organizations.

Dr. Bernstein conducts seminars and public speaking events on child/teen development, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, addictions, self-mutilation, ADHD, learning disabilities, discipline, difficult children, parenting issues, personal wellness, weight management, workplace challenges, and leadership development throughout the greater Philadelphia area. His work has been profiled in several media sources, including radio in several countries, twice on the The Today Show, Court TV as an expert advisor, CBS eyewitness news Philadelphia, 10! Philadelphia--NBC, several other regional television appearances.

Dr. Bernstein also has been repeatedly quoted in Ladies Home Journal, Men's Health, and Cosmopolitan Magazines. His first book is on couples' relationship issues, entitled, Why Can't You Read My Mind? (2004). Dr. Bernstein's second, and highly popular book is on the subject of defiant children and teens, and is entitled, 10 Days to a Less Defiant Child (Completely revised, 2015). Dr. Bernstein's third book is 10 Days to Less Distracted Child (2007). His fourth book is Liking the Child You Love (2009).

5 tips to help with your defiant child

If your child or teen is defiant, here are five POWERFUL strategies to lower their defiance:

  • Realize that understanding your defiant child is just as important as loving him.
  • Avoid yelling at your child. Yelling only fans the flames of defiance.
  • Resist power struggles. Defiant children believe they are equal in authority to adults. This makes it futile to try to beat them in the power struggle game.
  • Learn the art of being calm, firm, and non-controlling.
  • Reinforce your child's compliant behaviors. The more positive attention he gets for being compliant, the less negative attention he'll look for by being defiant.

These are just a few of the many tips and strategies that can be found in Dr Jeffrey Bernstein's book, 10 Days To A Less Defiant Child, Perseus Books, 2015.

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