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Practical strategies that take effect quickly. Good levels of contact with the author and ongoing support.


Cannot guarantee to 'cure' every problem.


Recommended. The author has credentials and there are many positive user comments.

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"My Out of Control Teen" by Mark Hutten - REVIEW

A badly-behaved teenager is most people's worst nightmare.
We've all seen them, on the streets, misbehaving in public, no respect or tolerance, bad language and even worse behavior.
But what if they're in your home; the beloved child who only a few years ago would do anything to please you and liked nothing better than to make you smile.
Welcome to the world of Out-of-Control teens.
Temper tantrums, dishonesty, drug abuse, refusing to go to school, refusing to do anything (except perhaps play computer games) - Mark Hutten has seen (and dealt with) them all.
My Out-Of-Control Teen is actually is an online version of the program Mark Hutten leads at the Madison County Youth Center. 'It is pretty much like being part of a live parenting group, but online,' says one user.
And who wouldn't need some help with, 'the most challenging job in the whole world - being a parent of a rebellious teenager.'
The program is directed at parents of strong-willed, out of control teenagers - as well as those with mental conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It seems that the harder the parent tries to regain lost control, the worse the teenager behaves.†
'I've tried everything!' parents cry, desperately. But Mark Hutten doesn't believe that they have. His program includes 'cut-to-the-chase parenting strategies that work immediately rather than months or years down the road.'
In the eBook he shares over 150 techniques to use with bad-tempered, argumentative, deliberately annoying teenagers, who blame others for their mistakes, and are touchy, resentful and even vindictive.
This, as Mark says, is defiant behavior and traditional parenting strategies won't work. However he believes he can help change this, reduce your stress levels and increase your child's chances of success in life.
The package includes access to Online Parent Support, live recordings of Mark's program, presentations and videos and a parent forum where you can seek advice from people in the same situation. Mark is also very active on the forums and always accessible to answer emails and offer specific advice.
Part of the program is to learn about different parenting styles: indulgent, authoritarian, uninvolved and assertive; plus advice on how to act when faced with a long (and terrifying!) list of problems including alcohol abuse, destroying property, not taking 'no' for an answer, anger outbursts, stealing and suicide threats.
The support is practical and emotional and allows you to, 'take immediate steps toward preventing or intervening in your child's negative choices.'
Mark does not offer a complete cure, but he does say his methods are, 'rock solid and proven.'
At $29 that sounds like a bargain!
So lets see what parents say about Out of Control Teen:
'The most helpful and pragmatic approach so far.'
'Your cool attitude policy has sure worked wonders at our house. Thank you.'
'A lot of what this guy says makes sense for all kids... and is especially relevant to kids suffering trauma through displacement from their biological families.' (From the parent of an adopted teenager).

'Thanks for your good advice. Itís really helping.'
Great comments!
There are some warnings that the process is not easy and only, 'dedicated parents can be helped by this' - parents who are willing to work hard and not give up.
So with that proviso, that this is a learning path to travel together with your teenager, this behavior modification program comes highly recommended.
Welcome to reduced stress and better understanding.
Date Reviewed: December 16, 2011, 2:30 pm
Reviewed by Jackie Gay
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