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How to Stop Thinking Your Teen Is ‘Pushing Your Buttons’

Alexandra H. Solomon, Ph.D., LCP
• April 10, 2019

At some point most parents feel as if their teenager is acting in ways to intentionally make them angry. But experts say that the interaction is often more about the way the parent responds than about the teenager’s behavior.

Dr. Alexandra Solomon, a clinical psychologist and assistant professor at The Family Institute, discusses the four ways parents let their fear instead of love guide them in interactions with their teenage children. She said that thinking your child is controlling you is disempowering, which can lead to a battle of wills.

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Alexandra H. Solomon, Ph.D., LCP

Teaching Faculty, Marriage & Family Therapy Program
Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Alexandra Solomon is a licensed clinical psychologist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University and a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University.