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Vacationing With Kids

Posted today

Here's a strange practice: Two adults, married to one another, work at difficult jobs for 50 weeks, thus earning a two-week vacation. To reward themselves for their efforts, they arrange to spend...

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The Fundamental Rules of Parenting

Posted 2 days ago

Q: You seem to blame all of America’s parenting woes on mental health professionals and imply that if parents still raised kids as did people in the 1950s and before, they wouldn’t be having the...

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If I Were the Little League Czar

Posted 3 days ago

It has been 78 years since the first Little League baseball game was played in Williamsport, Pa. Last year, nearly 3 million kids participated in more than 6,500 chartered Little League programs...

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Children Need Adults Who Are Worthy of Being Paid Attention

Posted 1 week ago

Once again, a reader proves that parenting must be added to religion and politics as verboten subjects for polite conversation. A column I published back in December of 2016 went viral...

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Home Alone: Is Your Child Ready?

Posted 3 weeks ago

For some folks, the phrase "latchkey child" rings of parental neglect. Yet, unlike in the movies, most kids who are left unattended in an empty house do just fine, emotionally and otherwise....

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Hey, Moms: There's More to Life Than Raising Children

Posted 3 weeks ago

A couple of months ago, following a talk I gave in Georgia, a woman told me she had been offended by my many references to mothers who are enmeshed in their children's lives. These women, when...

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Make American Parenting Great Again!

Posted 3 weeks ago

The problem in American parenting is the 1960s. Among other things that defined that very interesting decade was the replacement of rationality by emotionality. It was during the 1960s that the...

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Obedience: It's All in How You Ask for It

Posted 4 weeks ago

I’ve said it many times, but it bears repeating: A child’s natural response to the proper presentation of authority is obedience; as in, the first time the child is told to do something, he does...

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Adopted Son Wants to Live With Biological Mother

Posted on 2/21/2017

Q: Our 14-year-old son, who was adopted by open adoption, now wants to go live with his birth-mother. She was completely out of the picture until a couple of years ago when she suddenly showed...

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Teaching Children Manners

Posted on 2/20/2017

Teachers with 30 years or more experience say that today's child is, in general, much less respectful and much less mannerly than the typical child of a generation ago. Unfortunately, unless...

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Recent Questions

Sweet Stuff

Posted 4 days ago

HI there! Do you have any advice how much of the sweet stuff kids should be allowed? We generally do not eat chocolates, lollies or cakes on a regular basis. If we do, it would be the...

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Special Place vs. Timeout

Posted 5 days ago

Can you explain to me the difference between a "special place" [ex. for screaming] and a time out, as well as how one enforces the child staying in said place?

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Push Back on Toilet Training...From Others

Posted 1 week ago

Not a question so much as... OMG we are about to start toilet training with N/$75 and getting so much negative feedback! I keep being sent these two studies (in articles)... One is that my...

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Thoughts on Love and Logic

Posted 3 weeks ago

How do you feel about the love and logic series/method? There has been a lot of discussion at my son's preschool about love and logic and I am curious about what your thoughts are. Thanks!

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Please?

Posted 1 month, 2 days ago

Can you give me your advice on the use of the word "please" when addressing our children? Should we be avoiding this word when issuing instructions to the children, but otherwise it is fine? ...

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How Much Time Away From Home?

Posted on 2/15/2017

I asked this earlier and got a great response but wanted to ask a different way....how much time is too much time away from home? Is one day a week, three times a week? What would be the...

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Error: No Chart

Posted on 1/25/2017

Hi! Where is the chart for timeout mentioned in the Ticket article? "3. (Optional) A time-out of five to fifteen minutes can also be enforced (see chart...

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Get Rid of All the Psychiatrists?

Posted on 1/23/2017

John, I listen to your radio shows and believe every word you speak. Is there a possibly your show can include actions we citizens can take to eradicate psychiatry and psychology from American...

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Setting up the garden in your home.

Posted on 1/22/2017

Hi my question is regarding the kicking out of the garden . If the child's room is stripped of all but what is needed, all toys are taken away as well as tv and any activities outside of the...

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How to Hire a Parent Coach

Posted on 1/20/2017

Hi, My wife and I are thinking of hiring a coach. Is there a place on the website that shows all the coaches or do we simply just fill out the form and wait for someone to contact us?...

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Audio

Setting The Gate

Posted on 5/16/2014

Boundaries establish leadership.

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Seasons of Parenting Audio File

Posted on 1/1/2014

John Rosemond discusses the Seasons of Parenting that parents encounter and how your job as a parent changes throughout your child's life. Of course, John's typical common-sense and humourous...

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Parenting According to Grandma Audio File

Posted on 1/1/2014

You’ll enjoy a first-hand feel for John’s relaxed and humorous speaking style, plus you’ll come away with all the helpful, practical advice you need to restore commonsense and sanity to your ...

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Assuming the Power of Parenthood Audio File

Posted on 1/1/2011

This is one of John's most dynamic talks to date. If it's time for you to assume the power of parenthood in your life, this is the Audio to listen to!

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Parenting By The Book Audio File

Posted on 1/1/2010

*Contains Christian Content Parenting is not “psychological.” It is down-to-earth. It is common sense. Best of all, it is based on the Bible; God’s Word. Listen as John Rosemond presents a...

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Parenting the Strong Willed Child Audio File

Posted on 1/1/2010

John Rosemond shares his common sense approach to problems encountered by parents of children of all ages. This recording was produced in San Diego, CA, and is the newly updated audio version of...

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Leadership Parenting Audio File

Posted on 1/1/2008

In this talk, John Rosemond elaborates on Leadership speech, how important it is to your parenting and gives examples and gives real-life anecdotes, all in his typical humorous and...

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Videos

Parenting Retreat

Posted on 5/17/2014

What do past attendees say about John Rosemond's Parenting Retreats. For the next Retreat see Upcoming Events

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Tell

Posted on 5/16/2014

Tell: do you "Tell" your kids or do you ask, negotiate, beg, and scream.

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Eighteen Years of Entitlement

Posted on 1/19/2010

In your parenting, your should have a vision and a plan to attain your vision. Are your children on a "Eighteen Year Entitlement Plan"?

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