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Push Back on Toilet Training...From Others

Posted yesterday

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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Overnight Toilet Training

Posted yesterday

When should we start overnight toilet training? We will beginning N/$75 on Friday (two days from now!!!!!!) but our son is still in a crib (21m) and has no want or need for a big kid bed. Also...

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College student lessons.

Posted 2 days ago

Against our advice, our college student chose a roommate known to be prone to histrionics. Before the decision was made, we outlined all the potential ramifications but let her make the final...

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Reestablishing Relationships with Rebellious Young Adults

Posted 2 days ago

Unsuccessful in how I stated this a week ago, so trying once more. Have one of our ten children, adopted from Eastern Europe, who after many infractions, was thrown out of the house by my husband,...

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Potty Training without pants

Posted 4 days ago

I'm on day 4 of potty training my son who just turned 2. His older brother was potty trained quickly after we started putting him in the gated area and using the bell but this son doesn't seem to...

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Disorganized parenting leads to...

Posted 6 days ago

I need help with my 15 year old daughter. I'm a single mom and I also have a 10 year old son. She has a boyfriend, and his parents are drunks and do not care where their son is or what he's...

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23 month old Keep Toilet Training

Posted 1 week ago

***Begging for a response to my 3/13 question (there are contradictory answers in your archives!*** And another question...we are on day 6 and still using the gate and acting nonchalant whenever...

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Half-Hearted 14-year-old student

Posted 1 week ago

We have a 14 year old son that is a freshmen in high school. We have been long followers of John Rosemond and have done our best not to mircromanage our son, especially when it comes to school and...

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Annoying 10 Year Old

Posted 1 week 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 1 week 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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Four yo temper tantrums

Posted 1 week ago

Our son turned 4 in December. He has proven that he is able to behave appropriately-no problems in preschool and generally people who know him think he is very "well-behaved and polite". But at...

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Should I Proofread My Child's Work?

Posted 1 week ago

We have a 14 year old son who is in the middle of writing a research paper. He is generally responsible, does his own homework without being told, and gets good grades. We do not hover over him,...

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5 Year Old Mood Swings

Posted 1 week ago

I would love it if Sarah Hamaker has time to answer this one since she gave me such a fabulous answer for my daughter's pooping-in-pants issue (almost instant cure, thanks). My daughter has just...

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2 Year Old Won't Listen

Posted 1 week ago

Errr! I'm so frustrated. I can't get my 2 1/2 year old to listen. I can here Rosemond saying, "That's not a child problem. That's a parent problem." And I agree. I just need to figure out what's...

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What's a School Counselor to Do?

Posted 1 week ago

Hi John, I'm a K-12 School Counselor and schools today have many challenges. One of them involves working with kids in junior high and high school who are failing, school is not working for...

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23 month old Son Potty Training Troubles

Posted 1 week ago

We are on day 3 of potty training our 23-mo-old son. We used your method for our daughter at 22-mos and she pretty much had it at day 3 (by using the potty bell and barricade). Like with our...

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7 year old Slacker

Posted 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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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Siblings and borrowing.

Posted 1 week ago

Our teenaged daughters know they are not to borrow clothes from one another without asking. The college daughter continually violates this, taking things without asking back to her dorm and even...

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No, No, No!

Posted 1 week ago

I have a two and half year old and 13 month old. My concern is I always feel like I am correcting the oldest, no yelling no hitting no throwing etc and I am beginning to feel like I fuss all the...

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Mr. Negativity, 9 year old stepson

Posted 1 week 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 2 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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Curing a 3-Year-Old Picky Eater

Posted 2 weeks ago

I've recently started the Tablespoon method for my very "picky" 3 year old boy. After a few tries, he's had one successful meal where he's eaten all three foods and gone on to get seconds....

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5 and 3 1/2 yo boys over the top silly

Posted 2 weeks ago

I have a five year old son and 3 1/2 year old son. I am very familiar with and have read several of Rosemond's books, most recently, The Well Behaved Child. I use the ticket system with both...

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Thoughts on Love and Logic

Posted 2 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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7 yo Son and Overwhelmed Mom

Posted 2 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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Weaning From the Pacifier

Posted 2 weeks ago

On the recommendation of her doctor, we're trying to reduce dependence on, and eventually get rid of, our daughter's paci. She is 2 months from her second birthday and very, very attached, a...

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Shocking Discovery

Posted 2 weeks ago

I recently found marijuana paraphernalia in my 18 year old daughter's room. She is a senior in high school and, up until this point, a very responsible and trustworthy child. She is an excellent...

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Sticky Fingers

Posted 2 weeks ago

Our five year old (foster) son has begun stealing things from other children's book bags (or toys that are left out) at his after-school program. He's a curious little fellow and has a hard time...

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3 1/2 YO Resisting the Potty

Posted 2 weeks ago

My 3 and a half-year-old boy finally got the idea of using the potty to urinate, and did really well for a few weeks. He's since reverted, won't use the potty at all, throws fits, won't poop for...

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Ignoring Bad Habits

Posted 2 weeks ago

My 3 and a half-year old boy has a habit of biting, sucking, or chewing his knuckle while thinking, when upset, worried, etc. It's been growing in frequency and I'd like to stop the habit before...

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Micromanaging 3 1/2 Year Old?

Posted 2 weeks ago

Every so often, when my 3 and a half- year-old boy gets in trouble and is disciplined, it seems the discipline escalates his behavior and he tries to do something even worse than what he was...

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Mouthy 3-year-old

Posted 2 weeks ago

Recently my 3 and a half -year-old has started negating various statements his dad and I make. Mostly this happens when he doesn't want to do something (It is bedtime/it is NOT bedtime), but also...

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Negative self talk at 7

Posted 2 weeks ago

I have a 7 year old son. He was diagnosed with high functioning autism at 4 mainly due to social behaviors. He mainly struggles with controlling his emotions. For example, he has trouble getting...

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The princess isn't in charge.

Posted 2 weeks ago

HI there, Need help with a particular scenario here. My almost 6 year old (6 in may) has started school about 5 weeks ago. She has been very tired, and emotional from being away all day...

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Let History be Your Teacher

Posted 3 weeks ago

I have 2 daughters ages 3 and 20 months. We visit at my mother's house often - at least once a week, sometimes more often. My youngest daughter will not let her grandma hold her. Any time Grandma...

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Punishment terms

Posted 3 weeks ago

Son is 11. History of physically injuring mother. Most recent incident - juvenile court involved. Is 2 months an adequate punishment? I know he will mess up and it will be longer, but wanting to...

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Weekly Chart Clarification

Posted 3 weeks ago

I have twin 6-year old boys and an 8-year old boy. I've just read your book "The Well Behaved Child" and recently attended your "Love and Leadership" Seminar when you were in St. Louis. I've...

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Please?

Posted 3 weeks 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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31 Month Old Potty Accidents

Posted 3 weeks ago

My 31 month old son has been potty training for 10 days. The first 6 days we stayed home and he was perfect! No accidents. Once we began making outing outside of the home the accidents have been...

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27 Month Old Toilet Training Naptime

Posted 3 weeks ago

Toilet-training for naps and/or night in crib: My 27-month-old has been enthusiastically embracing toilet training for the last month, and is usually dry when not in bed. I still remind her to...

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Interesting Moms are the Best!

Posted 3 weeks ago

I am struggling with how to balance my interests and being good wife/mother. I have 2 kids, one just turned 4 and a 21 month old. I always wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, but I had other things...

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Adult children continue to be parented.

Posted 1 month, 1 day ago

Do you have any advise on how to recconect with an estranged adult child who is in their 30's? And yes, I made all the "giving your child self-esteem" mistakes in the 1980-2000 that you speak...

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10 yo Autistic Trouble with Abstract School Assigments.

Posted 1 month, 1 day ago

My son is in 5th grade. He has autism. It's really hard for him to talk about him and to express ideas when come to write ideas and team work. It's more and more hard at school. They have to...

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Playing with children - this mom gets it.

Posted 1 month, 1 day ago

My daughters (currently 5 and 7) ask me to play with toys with them (specifically) every few days. I have told them that they don’t need me to play and I have things I need to get done around the...

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Toilet Training at Daycare

Posted 1 month, 1 day ago

I am a full-time working mother. When my oldest daughter (now 3) was 19 months old, I gave birth to her little sister (now 20 months). I had read your toilet training book and knew that I wanted...

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2 1/2 year old help with wiping?

Posted 1 month, 1 day ago

Good evening! My toddler is able to complete all tasks when using the potty except wiping her bottom after a bowel movement. She is not yet 2 1/2, but she's motivated to do this. I am wondering...

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Teen Meltdown

Posted 1 month, 1 day ago

I read on here to take a time out before engaging with a teen and making a decision. Then once giving your decision, being a 'robot' when responding. We have an intelligent, 6ft, almost 15 yr old...

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