Many of us find that models of parenting passed down to us from our parents and family are not effective enough to meet the challenge of rearing our own children. Children are exposed to influences and pressures that are often too much for them to understand, manage, or cope with. Sometimes children or adolescents, when upset, act out their feelings without realizing the real-world consequences of their choices or actions. How do you steer a headstrong youth in the right direction with the minimum of battles, power-struggles or childhood anxiety and depression? Discussing your parenting concerns with a clinician may help you improve your parenting skills.