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Impulse Control: A Hallmark of Life

Posted 2 weeks ago

A mom recently asked me what I would say to my son if he was twelve years old and wanted a Mohawk haircut for the summer. I told her I’d say no. “But is it really that...

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Simple Solutions

Posted 3 weeks ago

I absolutely love it when people begin to realize that the problems they’re having with a child are of their own making; when they begin to realize, in other words, that the child is not the...

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Diapers at night

Posted on 7/22/2014

Q: Using your advice, I successfully toilet-trained my daughter by age 16 months. It is now three months later and we are still using diapers at naps and nighttime. At her nap, which lasts...

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Pulling Her Hair Out

Posted on 7/15/2014

Q: Since our daughter, now 2 years old, was born we have lived with my parents. Being the first and only grandchild she has been the center of attention. Several months ago, our son was...

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Sassy Children

Posted on 7/8/2014

Q: The "sassiness" that I have heard so much about from my friends started a few months ago with my 5-year-old daughter. She will say things to me that I actually find myself tongue-tied on how or...

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Head Banging

Posted on 7/1/2014

Q: When he throws a tantrum, which happens several times a day, my 20-month-old often gets down on the floor and starts banging his head. Worried that he may hurt himself, I pick him up and...

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5 yo diagnosed with autism

Posted 1 week ago

My older son is almost 5 and 1/2 and was diagnosed in May as having high-functioning autism. I've read quite a few of John's books but am having trouble figuring out how to apply his parenting...

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3 year old Fear Factor

Posted 1 week ago

My almost 3 yo youngest son has been terrified of my dad (his Grandpa) since birth. My dad has a bushy black mustache. My son used to wail and shake in terror when he was a mere infant upon seeing...

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Conversations with 6 year olds

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When we ask our six year son old questions like "Tell us something you did at school today!", "What did you do at Grandma's house?", "Who did you play with at the park this afternoon?", we often...

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13 yo struggles with math and spanish

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My daughter struggles with Math and Spanish. She tries hard, but can't seem to retain the information, and her grades have been low in these subjects. Is it ok to have tutoring once a week for...

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Sit silently?!

Posted 4 weeks ago

My 3.5 yo son has been on the ticket system for 5 weeks with the only goal being OBEDIENCE to every command given. He has shown slow, slow improvement. It is a rare day that he isn't in bed...

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