You'd do anything for your child, but you feel guilty about admitting the truth, even to yourself-sometimes you don't like him very much. It's a secret that many parents of acting-out kids share, but rarely confess to anyone. James Lehman explains how dealing with a difficult child can take its toll on the parent-child relationship, and he gives you some practical advice on how to handle it.
When parents say they don't like their child, I think that dislike almost always stems from their child's inappropriate behavior. These parents are understandably frustrated because they're tired of the constant backtalk, yelling and arguing. Or they might not like the way their child treats them, their siblings, or their teachers at school. And personally, I can really understand that. This article is directed toward those parents.
I think there are also periods of time when parents don't like their child because of a certain stage their son or daughter might be going through-adolescence,Read More »from "I Love My Child...But Sometimes I Can't Stand Him!"