Knowing about other parenting methods that work helps a parent identify if he or she is falling into the American mainstream trap and how to avoid it.
One successful parenting method was started in 1980. In 979, Phyllis and David York, two family therapists from Pennsylvania were struggling to raise an out-of-control teen daughter.
Phyllis York wrote a book on the topic of ToughLOVE, which is listed on Amazon.com
Before launching ToughLOVE, the Yorks explored traditional strategies including individual and family psychotherapy, changing schools, and trying to raise the teen daughter’s self-esteem through judo and riding lessons.
In their words, they tried “getting tougher, more permissive, more understanding” and nothing worked.
Then York and his wife, Phyllis, imposed a stern new code of behavior in their home.
The following year, the Yorks founded ToughLOVE, an organization to help other parents beleaguered by incorrigible offspring. “The essence of our philosophy is that parents must take a stand with their children,” says David. “Teenagers must learn to accept the consequences of their actions, and parents must stop trying to protect them.” Source: People.com
Since its founding, more than 2 million parents have been active members of ToughLOVE, joining or forming thousands of support groups worldwide. By the time ToughLOVE went from a nonprofit to a for-profit company, there were more than 250 chapters across the U.S. and Canada. Source: ToughLOVE (corporate Website)
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