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Put a Lid on Materialistic Excess for Kid With Sticky Fingers

Posted 3 days ago

Q: We’ve just been informed that our 7-year-old son has been effectively “expelled” from the private school he attended last year because of repeated instances of stealing small items from...

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A Little 'Vitamin N' Can Go a Long Way

Posted 1 week ago

I call it “Vitamin N.” It is the word children need to hear most, but it is currently the word children hear least. It is arguably the most character-building word in the English language, but...

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Are You a Parenting Wreck? This Quiz Will Tell You

Posted 2 weeks ago

Do you need a parent-nanny? Not a nanny for your child, mind you, but one for YOU! I recently introduced my readers to what I call “upside-down, inside-out and turned around...

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Parenting Magazine's Time-Out Technique 'Even Worse Than Before'

Posted 3 weeks ago

For several reasons, I am not a fan of parenting magazines. First, they reinforce the impression that child-rearing is a very complicated affair, requiring consulting with “experts” on a regular...

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America Needs a Parenting Retro-Revolution

Posted on 6/21/2017

I was honored to be a guest on my good friend Dennis Prager’s syndicated radio program the other day and as anyone who is familiar with my point-of-view on parenting matters will appreciate, much...

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Morning Mealtime Meltdowns: Four-Year-Old Edition

Posted 1 week ago

I'm afraid we've created a mealtime monster. My daughter just turned 4. She is not a morning person. She's also a suspected hypoglycemic. This has not been medically confirmed because when I...

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Should Mom Monitor College Child's Tech Use?

Posted 3 weeks ago

I have a 19.5 year-old daughter in college and living at home. She is responsible about everything except her computer and cell phone use. She uses social media and texting more than is good for...

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When a Child Refuses to Go to Their Room

Posted on 6/21/2017

A follow up question to using the chart or ticket method. The child loses all their tickets or all the boxes are marked off due to misbehavior and the consequence is to be in their room the rest...

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Teenagers, Technology and Life

Posted on 6/13/2017

With the deluge of technology in children's lives today, once the children reach their teens, including late teens, what would you consider to be fair usage rules in the home for both computers...

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Son Destroys Everything in Room During Punishment

Posted on 6/9/2017

When we send our son to his bedroom for punishment, he starts to destroy everything in the room. We tried other punishments but nothing seems to phase him. If we take away his limited screen...

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