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To Spank or Not to Spank?

Posted 3 days ago

It’s time once again for me to clarify my position on spanking. I arrived at this reluctant conclusion because twice in the last week, I’ve been informed that I believe in it, which is...

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The Driving Force in American Parenting

Posted 1 week ago

Since the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, several elementary teachers have asked me why so many of today’s kids come to school with anxiety issues. That’s a good question, one...

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Roadblocks to Success in Classroom Discipline

Posted 2 weeks ago

A first-grade teacher asks what she can do about a girl in her class who is completely undisciplined. After nearly two months of this teacher’s best efforts, the child’s behavior is no...

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Personality Issue, Not a Behavior Problem

Posted 3 weeks ago

Q: My 7-year-old son does well in school and sports and has a good number of friends. However, he often allows himself to be intimidated by other boys. He is a rule-follower and is more...

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The Teenage Brain

Posted on 9/30/2014

I’ve spoken at several conferences in the last year or so where presenters were opining on the subject of the teenage brain. Their thesis was that features of the so-called “teenage...

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Apache Blackhawk Parenting

Posted on 9/23/2014

A second-grade teacher writes: “I teach in a very competitive school where parents have developed a ‘mob mentality’ for bullying administrators and teachers. They have gone beyond...

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School/Parent Disagreements

Posted yesterday

My husband and I attended our fourth grader's parent teacher conferences last night... We are trying desperately to give our 10-year-old son a sense of responsibility in relation to his grades...

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2 year old nighttime fears

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Hello there, Our daughter turned 2 last month. She's generally been a good sleeper and bedtime, while not seamless, isn't so bad - some crying now and again, but nothing out of the ordinary....

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Any suggestions for a 6 year old boy, who can be very sweet hearted but generally is very strong willed and seems to exercise more affection toward dad than mom. Most requests are met with...

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I am a divorced father of a 5 year old girl. I have had primary custody of our daughter for 1 ½ years- however the actual divorce judgment was signed a mere 2 months ago. (My daughter doesn't...

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Our 5 year old son recently started playing on a flag football team. His father is a high school football coach and they seem share in the love of the game. The first game went really well and...

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