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Learn the skills you need to be a more effective, confident, and joyful parent.




About Michael Leavitt

Michael Leavitt, the founder and owner of Love First Parenting, has worked with children, teens, and their parents for over thirty years, as counselor, teacher, case manager, and family therapist.  He has been affiliated with the Portland Public Schools, Washington School for the Deaf, and The Christie School, and, since 1995, has enjoyed a private therapy practice specifically with parents and teens.  He is also a respected teacher of parenting classes on diverse topics, from the fundamentals of parenting to those on living with your teenager which form the basis for this booklet.  Michael holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Lewis & Clark College, with 20 years of advanced training in human psychology which have deepened his understanding of the essential bond between parents and children.  He knows this bond firsthand as the proud father of a 28-year-old son who not only taught him all he knows about parenting but instilled within him a true passion for it.  He lives in Portland, Oregon.


Customer Stories

Michael’s invaluable insight and wisdom have given me a better awareness of the way I interact with my children. With Michael’s understanding and guidance I have developed the tools to build a more harmonious and balanced relationship with my children. Michael has been a Godsend to my family!

Lori B.

Mother of a 19 year old

Michael has helped me in many ways. He subtly encouraged me to be responsible for my actions and question my righteousness so I could start to realize how I was acting.

Ben B.

18 year old

Michael Leavitt has been a godsend to me. Parenthood of a willful son with special behavioral needs has been an extremely rocky road. I certainly would not be negotiating the almost-daily potholes as well as I have begun to without Michael’s guidance and ongoing support.

Emily H.

Mother of a 13 year old

Teenagers – Cracking the Code

Answers to Parents’ Top 7 Questions

For parents of teens who miss the type of relationships they had when their kids were young, author Michael Leavitt answers 7 critical questions to restore a healthy and loving connection between parents and their teenage children. No matter the degree to which that connection has been lost or damaged in the rocky transition that is adolescence, implementing the answers he provides, from his 30+ years as a parent educator and family counselor, will dramatically improve the quality of this crucial bond.

Find out how to improve your overall relationship with your teenager through the answers to the following questions:

  • How can I improve my relationship with my teenager?
  • How can I get them to spend more time with me?
  • My teenager never interacts with me, what can I do?
  • My teenager never listens to me, what can I do?
  • I want my teenager to respect me, what can I do?
  • How can I get my teenager to pay attention to me?
  • How can I get my teenager to follow my advice?


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Begin improving your relationship with your teenager today. For parents of teens who miss the type of relationships they had when their kids were young, author Michael Leavitt answers 7 critical questions to restore a healthy and loving connection between parents and their teenage children.

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Michael Leavitt offers an initial free 1 hour session to parents and children in which he provides techniques that can be used today, and ongoing parenting strategies that will last a life time. Consultations are held in-person or virtually.

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