Rick and Cindy had a really difficult teenager. Brendan was constantly challenging them. He pushed the limits regularly. The couple had very different ways of dealing with him. Rick tended to come down hard, and Cindy had a soft touch, relatable but not always consistent. 

The couple worked hard in couples counseling to align their approaches. Rick backed off a bit, and Cindy got firmer. They recently had an incident with Brendan that could have been quite problematic; however, they reported to me how pleased they were in approaching him. In fact, it was a tribute to all the hard work they had done aligning their parenting styles.