Dr. Karen Binder-Brynes, a leading psychologist who works with adolescents and parents, says bringing in the police should be a last resort -- not a manipulative technique. "When a child is dangerous immediately to themselves or to others - then you would call the police," says Binder-Brynes, "like you would in any domestic abuse situation."
Instead of calling the police to help parent, she recommends the following tips to effectively handle your child's behavior, and to help circumvent them acting out:
Dr. Karen Binder-Brynes' Advice for Handling Children's Behavior
1. Keep Lines of Communication Open with Your Child and Give Kids a Safe Atmosphere to Communicate
Create an environment where the child feels they can tell you what's going on in their lives without overreacting -- unless they are in immediate danger.
Provide a safe environment. When children come to you to tell you something, don't go crazy. Don't totally overact. Stop and think before you do anything.