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Newly Academic Nature of Most Preschools

Posted 3 days ago

Courtesy of my friend and parent coach Janet Carter (www.ourchildishways.com), comes an interesting story: The parents of a 4-year-old girl went to a preschool parent conference to...

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Sound Advice in Several Departments

Posted 1 week ago

From the I’m Sorry to Have to Tell You Department: Parents who say they want to raise kids who “think for themselves” are not being exactly truthful. It’s a nice and very democratic...

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Parent Involvement

Posted 2 weeks ago

Why are young adult children emancipating so much later than they did in 1970, when the average age of male emancipation (independent living, paying one’s own bills) was 21? Why do...

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An Example in Parenting Minimalism

Posted 3 weeks ago

Q: My 6-year-old son argues with me about everything I tell him to do. He comes up with reason after reason why he shouldn’t have to or can’t, why it’s unfair, or why, at the least, I...

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To Spank or Not to Spank?

Posted on 10/28/2014

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 on 10/21/2014

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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Question of the Week...

4 year old, 6 year old Allowance

Posted 2 days ago

My husband and I want to start giving our two children (ages 4 and 6) an allowance. We agree that they need to learn to manage money, but he thinks they should EARN the money they manage. He...

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Multiple Children, Few Bedrooms

Posted 3 days ago

I've been reading through some of Dr. Rosemund's books, but haven't seen the answer to this yet--how does one send a child to their room for the rest of the day when there are several children...

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4 year old Constipated

Posted 1 week ago

My 4 year old son started attending a 3-day-a-week morning preschool this fall and he has been having constipation issues ever since. He was having no trouble using the potty up to this point but...

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Travelling while potty training

Posted 1 week ago

Thing with potty training are going better. I've calmed down and just started going with the flow and we are seeing some results. He has been nearly accident free for a little over a day and a...

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Rude 6 yr old

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My first grader has always been a difficult child and still whines and complains and occasionally throws fits. We use the ticket system and it has helped. But what do you suggest we do when she...

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