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Rebellious Behavior

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Parents Should Sweat the Small Stuff

Posted on 6/7/2016

Q: While exploring your website, I ran across a column you wrote a while back about a 13-year-old who wanted a Mohawk haircut. You told the parents not to allow it, pointing out that if you give...

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Troubled Young Teen?

Posted 2 weeks ago

This question is in reference to the October 2016 question regarding my 13 year old's act of vandalism. Fast forward 8 months later. He has completed his punishment, but not without having to...

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Immature Teen Has Cursing Problems

Posted on 1/18/2017

We have an immature 16-year-old with a potty mouth. This son of ours has mental delays as well. Strikes us as closer to 12 or so mentally. We have ten children, some adopted with handicaps. This...

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Out of control 5 and 3 y/o boys

Posted on 1/3/2017

Hello, I am doing a miserable job as a parent to my two boys (aged 5 and 3). They are out of hand entirely. We can't get through prayers at the dinner table without at least one of them being...

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Distraught dad of tweens

Posted on 12/30/2016

Please help - i am the father of a 12 year old girl and a 10 year old boy. They are both spoilt brats who only care about their enjoyment. 1)They are very rude and dont listen. 2)They dont...

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One Little Monkey on the Bed

Posted on 12/18/2016

Hello... We have two daughters...one turned two in September and our youngest will be one in February...within the past couple of days, our two year old has stopped listening to us.. After telling...

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5 yo No Christmas Presents?

Posted on 11/14/2016

We have a daughter (she will be 6 in a few weeks) who has been exhibiting bad behavior for a long time. The biggest issues are hitting (mom and dad included), spitting on people, name calling,...

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Teenager in trouble.

Posted on 10/28/2016

My son who just turned 14 this past September committed a deplorable act of vandalism against a neighborhood friend. He snuck out in the middle of the night, disabled our home alarm and proceeded...

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Graduation Trip?

Posted on 10/21/2016

We have offered to take our daughter on a senior trip of her choosing after she graduates from high school. The problem for me is, she doesn't want my husband or her 7-year old sister to go. She...

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How to begin...

Posted on 7/26/2016

Hello, thank you for responding to my question. Where do I start with changing my parenting? I have read Dr. Rosemonds books but I need you to tell me which one I can benefit from most right...

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Rebellion in the midst of chaos.

Posted on 7/22/2016

Hello, I am in desperate need of some outside direction/ viewing the situation. I have written a few times, and I honestly feel like a train wreck is in my home. I have a 13 year old adopted...

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