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Q: My Child Is Dr. Jekyll at School, Mr. Hyde at Home

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Q: “How come my child is defiant at home only, but at school and around other people outside of our family, she is well behaved?”When I see children exhibiting behavior challenges at home, but none of it appears at school, that says to me that they are screaming for scaffolding: They want to know where the parameters are at home around what is tolerated and what is not tolerated.

That comes through authoritative parenting.I understand that, for a lot of parents, being authoritative does not come naturally.

Others may not have the emotional energy to always be authoritative parents. Others may have had an authoritarian parent themselves and they want to counteract that, so they do they opposite.

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