Beth Grosshans is a retired child psychologist with 25 years of experience working with families and children. Author of the parenting book Beyond Time-Out, Beth Grosshans also supports family health organizations such as Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood recently announced the winners of the 2015 Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) Maggie Awards, which recognizes media reporters for their exceptional efforts in supporting reproductive rights and health care issues. Inaugurated in 1978, the Maggie Awards accepts entries from a wide variety of media outlets, such as newspapers, magazines, television, and radio. Though awards are presented in several categories, the ceremony does not grant awards in every category each year.
The 2015 PPFA Maggie Awards honored an array of topics, such as women’s health in Texas, abortion stigma, and Uganda’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender movement. During its summer awards ceremony, Planned Parenthood presented awards in 15 categories, including Online Documentary, Women’s Magazine, Youth Media, and Social Media Campaign.
To view a complete list of winners, visit the 2015 Maggie announcement on Planned Parenthood’s website at www.plannedparenthood.org.
Retired from private practice, Dr. Beth Grosshans is a respected child psychologist who engages with educators and parents as public speaker. The author of the book Beyond Time Out: From Chaos to Calm, Dr. Beth Grosshans emphasizes effective ways of addressing Imbalance of Family Power (IFP) dynamics. Her advice extends to grandparents who, as extended family members, may spend considerable time with the children.
Dr. Grosshans talks of many grandparents scratching their heads when it comes to grandchildren’s demands. In their generation, it was not acceptable to display rude and disruptive behavior to elders. Social changes toward “democratic parenting” led to parents holding back from asserting their authority. As a result, children’s self-esteem came to be seen as more important than discipline.
Grandparents may find it difficult to talk directly with their grown children about child-rearing methods and confront them with concerns. Dr. Grosshans’ book and the IFP model enable productive discussions with a factual basis to occur.
Dr. Beth Grosshans wrote the book Beyond Time Out to help parents who are struggling with behavioral problems in their children. In it, Dr. Beth Grosshans outlines approaches to parenting that result in a poor balance of power in the family unit, thereby resulting in children acting out.
According to the book, there are four main parenting styles that are particularly problematic and common in today’s society. For instance, some parents focus on making their children as happy as possible in every way. While it is very important to be dedicated to the happiness and well-being of their children, these parents, known as “Pleasers,” go too far by negotiating and explaining too much to their children, a practice that causes them to lose power in the parent-child relationship. Similarly, “Pushovers” are a type of parent lets the child control the relationship by always giving in to both the child’s wants as well as needs.
On the other hand, there is the parenting style of the “Forcer.” This is a parent who interacts with children in an overly rigid and authoritative way, without understanding the need to use respect in disciplining and guiding children. Finally, “Outliers” are parents who avoid interacting with children on an emotional level, instead focusing on structured, business-like interactions.
For parents who align too closely with one of these categories, behavioral problems in children are particularly likely to occur. However, adjustments in parenting style can often go a long way in correcting an unhealthy family dynamic.