Dr. Beth Grosshans is a child psychologist who has retired from private practice and focuses on speaking engagements with educators and parents. The author of Beyond Time Out: From Chaos to Calm, Dr. Beth Grosshans is currently working to revise and update the well-received 2008 book. One of the key concepts of the book and her presentations is imbalance of family power.
Imbalance of family power (IFP)
describes a situation in which children control the home dynamic through
incessant whining, tantrums, sleeping issues, and mealtime misbehavior.
These behaviors are common to some extent in every family but can reach
extremes when children act out constantly in public settings, such as
school, and boldly defy their parents’ wishes at home. Displays of
disrespect can take the form of refusing to be taught or trained and
even threatening to run away.
Dr. Grosshans notes that, while
such behaviors are diverse and vary in severity, they have a common root
in IFP. The state of IFP is characterized by family life being
disrupted and non-peaceful more than 30 percent of the time. In her
book, Dr. Grosshans provides practical techniques for regaining control
of the home environment and creating a healthier, more constructive