When Parenting Sucks: The 12 Worst Parts of the Best Job

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by Danielle Simone Brand | June 25, 2019

Though power struggles can rear their ugly heads at literally any point, the two most common times that parents bring up are toddler and teen years. Dr. Dana Dorfman, psychotherapist and co-host of the podcast 2 Moms on the Couch, reassures angry or confused parents that these behaviors are developmentally appropriate at those times of life.

“During toddlerhood and adolescence, children experience strong needs to separate from their parents,” she says. “Due to a series of factors, children and teens are unable to express this separation in a graceful and rational way — the emotions are strong and often directed toward the parents (from whom they are separating).”

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