New Book Examines Kids' Bullying Their Parents

Dr. Robin Berman's "Permission to Parent" looks at what happens when parents are afraid of their own children.
1:53 | 05/16/14

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First up in "The heat index," what happens when kids turn the tables? Even take control of their parents. Kind of bullying to get their way. It is happening. And ABC's Abbie Boudreau has more on parents who are scared of their own kids. Stop touching people. Reporter: Remember the days when kids feared their parents? Dr. Robin Berman, author of "Permission to parent," says those days are over. Many times, it's the kids that are in charge. Even, quote, bullying their parents. And it's the parents who fear their children. Just like on "Supernanny." You think that kids are bullying parents? Emotionally bullying parents? Yes. Throwing a bigger tantrum and whining. And eventually, a parent gives in, which is the worst thing you can do. You say no, no. Maybe. Okay, sure. And then, your no means maybe. Reporter: Berman says many parents hate to say no. Even cam from ABC's "Modern family" tried to eliminate that word from his vocabulary. We're trying not to use no so much. We read a book that says children learn to rebel against that word. Reporter: Dr. Karen Gordon says parents often try to give their children what they didn't have growing up. We're living in an era of overindulgence. And we're doing it because it meets one of our own needs, fear, guilt or exhaustion. Reporter: How does Berman say parents can avoid being bullied? First, set your limits. Then, state a firm consequence. Then, follow through. We're in charge. We know what's right for our children. We're parents. Reporter: For "Good morning America," Abbie Boudreau, ABC news, Los Angeles. All right, Abbie. Thank you so much.

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