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Parent and family therapist Sean Grover writes in a new book, "When Kids Call the Shots," that a generation or two ago, it would have been unthinkable for children to bully their parents without consequences, yet today everyone knows a parent who is bullied.Grover, in Manhattan, offers readable bites of advice, case studies from his 20 years working with families and personal stories of his own trials as the father of two girls, now 12 and 15 .While parent bullying can occur at younger ages, he focuses on adolescents as he urges parents to end patterns of unhealthy conflict, caving to bullying or bullying back. Grover: It's been around a long time in child development, really, but it just didn't have that name.Grover: What has changed are the parenting models, how people are responding to their children. A lot of parents come to me burned out, or their relationships are really on the rocks. You get into a strange situation where the less parents provide things like structure and boundaries, like in the past, the more kids begin to act up.Grover: So often we treat parenting as one size fits all.AP: You've spoken about your own struggles as a parent.
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