"A child without rules is like a fish out of water. "

School Age (6-10 years)

John's Most Recent Articles

What to Do About a Poor Report Card

Posted on 1/24/2017

<i><b>How to transform bad grades into a learning experience -- and into better results.</b></i> When your child brings home disappointing grades, don't panic, and don't lose your cool. Studies...

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Comfort, Not Counseling, Is the Treatment for Nightmares

Posted on 12/21/2016

Q: Our 5-year-old has suddenly started waking up with nightmares. He's not able to describe them with any clarity, however, so we don't know what the content of them is. The most he's able to...

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Parent Help With Homework Is a Generally Bad Thing

Posted on 9/13/2016

Amanda Johnson, a second-grade teacher in Laramie, Wyoming, has caused quite a stir both among her colleagues and constituents and—because her educational incorrectness was covered by national...

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Selecting the Right Private School

Posted on 8/16/2016

Q: We are looking for a private school for our 4-year-old. Regardless of the school we ultimately choose, we want to keep him there through eighth grade at least. We live in an suburban area so...

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Medicine Doesn't Cure Misbehavior

Posted on 7/26/2016

Q: Our son is a rising second-grader at a private school. Last year, his behavior was often disruptive and sometimes even downright defiant—problems his first grade teacher did not have with him....

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Have a Game Plan for Daughter's Anxiety

Posted on 6/28/2016

Q: My 8-year-old daughter is having anxiety issues that seem to border on obsessive-compulsive disorder. She wants me to repeat certain things back to her and has a set routine of things I must...

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Don't Micromanage Homeschooled Children

Posted on 5/17/2016

Q: I homeschool my three children, ages are 8, 6, and 5. The older two have a very poor attitude about doing school, especially math, and the younger one is starting to pick up on it. Their poor...

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Don't Turn Bedtime Fears Into a Disciplinary Issue

Posted on 4/5/2016

Q: My 6-year-old daughter watched too many episodes of a certain TV show when she was sick and now she doesn't want to go to sleep at night because she is having scary thoughts related to the...

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Boys Bathing Together

Posted on 12/22/2015

Q: My 7-year-old recently had his 9-year-old friend over to spend the night. At their request, I let them take a bubble bath together. I supervised, of course. They had fun squirting one another...

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Parents Consider Homeschooling for 3rd Grader

Posted on 7/21/2015

Copyright 2015, John K. Rosemond Q: Our 8-year-old is scheduled to enter third grade at a public school this coming fall. Last year, he did very well; nonetheless, his second grade...

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Recommended reading for Homeschool Mother

Posted 5 days ago

Would you recommend Ending the Homework Hassle, Fail-Safe Formula for Helping Your Child Succeed in School, or another book of Mr. Rosemond's, to best help a homeschooling mother?

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7 yo Micromanaging Allergies?

Posted 1 week ago

Concerning my previous question, I tried to talk to my husband about removing the toys from my 7 year old's bedroom for acts of violence. But my husband will not allow this and still dismisses my...

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Annoying 10 Year Old

Posted 2 weeks ago

My son 10 yo is doing noise with him mouth like clics all the time. I can't stand it anymore. He has autism but I am not sure if it's to let go stress or just because of a bad habit. It makes...

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Truth and consequences.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Last night my 10 year old confessed to having known the password for our tablet for a while and that is why he's been able to get more time on it to finish games. For months we've assumed it's...

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7 year old Slacker

Posted 2 weeks ago

I have a 7 yr old son. He will do anything to get out of work. He has fallen asleep in the Kitchen while everyone went to bed because he didn't want to sweep and mop the kitchen floor (which is...

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What to do with a busy 8 year old.

Posted 2 weeks ago

My daughter is 8yo. She always move, always interrupt people can't stay sit. When she does homework, it's long, she does't sit, she side track, go and do something else. I have to tell her to...

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Address marital differences first.

Posted 2 weeks ago

UPDATE to my 3/10/2017 questions. It seems the times I've discovered the 9 y/o crying over "missing mom or dad" have coincided with the iPad either being taken away or it not functioning the way...

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Mr. Negativity, 9 year old stepson

Posted 2 weeks ago

My 9 y/o stepson seems increasingly negative and anxious. We thought it was due to our move (still within a half hour of the mother) but his mom mentioned he complains he has no friends at school...

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Raising a Narcissistic Child?

Posted 3 weeks ago

Hello. I have been asking questions for about a year now . They have mostly centered around my husband and our 8 year old and how he refuses to make her listen and undermines my parentling....

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7 yo Son and Overwhelmed Mom

Posted 3 weeks ago

I discovered John Rosemond about a month ago. I'm afraid I have fallen victim to psychological parenting and all the mommy “requirements” that dictate my day. I am currently reading two of his...

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