I read an interesting post, "Responding to Manipulation," on the byparents-forparents blog which highlights the fact that teens will try to manipulate their parents. I see that problem all the time. It's natural for children, especially as they become teenagers to try to get their parents to give them everything they want. But parents must resist teens' boundary pushing, emotional intimidation, emotional abuse and bullying.Independence, self-reliance, confidence and self-esteem are increased when teens don't win every time when they push against the reasonable boundaries set and held by parents. Don't allow endless negotiation. Good parenting requires you to make your "no" be a "no." Don't be swayed by media influences telling you the contrary.My book, "How to Stop Bullies in Their Tracks," has a typical example of a mother who frees herself from her own guilt, insecurity and her teenage daughter's manipulation. When the mother stops being a victim, she can finally help increase her daughter's emotional development, confidence and self-esteem. Through expert coaching, speaking and parenting tips, I help parents develop plans customized to their specific situations.