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Your Child Doesn't Need a Smart Phone

Posted 6 days ago

Q: Our 12-year-old has a smart phone. I know you don’t approve, but all—and I do mean all—of his friends have them and texting is how they communicate. I don’t think, under the circumstances, that...

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Recipe for a 'Happy Child' a Simple One

Posted 1 week ago

I recently enjoyed the privilege of seeing and hearing radio talk-show host Dennis Prager speak on the topic of happiness. He only spoke for twenty minutes, but said more in that short span than...

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Parents Should Sweat the Small Stuff

Posted 2 weeks ago

Q: While exploring your website, I ran across a column you wrote a while back about a 13-year-old who wanted a Mohawk haircut. You told the parents not to allow it, pointing out that if you give...

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Although the World Is More Complex, There Is No Need for Parental Anxiety

Posted 3 weeks ago

“Puzzled Grandma in the South” recently wrote to “Dear Abby” asking “Why is there so much angst today over raising children, especially in young mothers?” Grandma has observed that moms of her...

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Unconditional Love and Leadership Can Change a 'Bad' Child

Posted on 5/24/2016

True story: I sent one of my more recent books to a radio talk-show host who, in turn, gave it to one of her “readers,” asking him to extract appropriate questions. Said reader, a...

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Monitoring Cell Phone Texts with Apps

Posted 3 weeks ago

Along with the majority, if not all of his friends, our middle school aged son has a cellular phone. It seems that most parents monitor their child's text message activity. Applications are...

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Motivating Homeschooled Children

Posted on 5/10/2016

I homeschool my three children. Their ages are 8, 6, and 5. The older two have a very poor attitude about doing school, especially math, and the younger one is starting to pick up that attitude...

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Feelings Hurt Among Three Friends

Posted on 4/19/2016

We're having a little "drama" between three 11 year old (5th grade) boys. All three boys are the youngest of four siblings in their families. Two of the boys are cousins, one is a mutual friend...

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Six Month Old Refusing Baby Food

Posted on 9/5/2014

My 6 month old is having a very hard time adjusting to eating baby food. He cries and screams and flings his body away trying to avoid the spoon. I tried singing to him and making it more fun and...

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8 Year Old With Adult-Manufactured Test Anxiety

Posted on 3/4/2014

My 8-year-old son (2nd grade) is having test anxiety at school, or is being labeled that by the school and his mom. He is about half way into the school year and getting D's in math and english. ...

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