Having fully participating in raising 5 children to adulthood, I know first hand how difficult parenting can be. If you need some help in this area I am experienced in helping parents develop and implement parenting plans that are tailored to the needs of your family and children. For example, I can provide you with:
- Guidance on how to establish and communicate boundaries;
- How to contract for desire behaviors;
- How to motivate your children to do what they say they’ll do;
- How to understand your own family brand;
- How to evaluate performance, and
- When and how to obtain resources (books, training) or call in a consultant (counselor, religious leader, teacher) to provide you with insight into difficult problems.
This process of developing effective parenting plans is based on what is outlined in my book, Precious Time: The Psychology of Effective Parenting With Parenting Plans. This book is a “how to” guide for developing, implementing, and evaluating parenting plans tailored to your family structure and needs. The parenting methods are not theoretical fun and games. Rather, they are based on what works and what is needed to raise healthy, happy, and responsible children of all ages. It provides information about how to effectively manage your family and train your children, and the tools to systematically do both.
If, in spite of your best efforts to persuade your child to comply with your family rules, your son or daughter continues to disregard your parental authority, you may want to seek help from your local Juvenile Justice Department.
In the state of Georgia, the definition of an unruly child is “a child who is habitually and without justification truant from school; is habitually disobedient of the reasonable and lawful commands of his or her parents, guardian, or other custodian and is ungovernable; has committed an offense only applicable to a child; deserts his or her home; wanders or loiters about the streets between the hours of 12:00 Midnight and 5:00 A.M.; patronizes a bar; possesses alcoholic beverages; disobeys the terms of supervision contained in a court order; commits a delinquent act, and is in need of supervision, treatment, or rehabilitation
(See O.C.G.A. 15-11-2).”
If you believe your son or daughter fits the definition of an “unruly child,” I can help guide you through the process of getting assistance by filing a complaint with your local Department of Juvenile Justice. For example, each Georgia county has its own juvenile court. You can contact your local court or police department for specific information about the steps you need to take to file an official complaint.