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Dressing an Alligator Toddler

Posted today

Do you have any advice for parents when trying to dress a toddler starts to resemble gator wrestling?

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Beware of TMI!

Posted yesterday

Hello, Our 7 year old son asked me last night at our family dinner, "what does the word that is spelled F U C K .... mean? When he asked, it was just me at the table, as my husband, had...

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Time to throw out the "time-out"

Posted 2 days ago

What approach is best when a 27 month old gets up and giggles when put in a time out chair? I have put him back in, but he keeps laughing.... I'm only putting him in time out for a very short...

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Ahhh the joys of step-parenting.

Posted 2 days ago

I have 3 step daughters ages 10, 13, and 15. I never have had a sister but my nieces are close in age and the best of friends. My daughters won't share and are so mean to each other. Attitudes,...

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Brothers don't have to be friends

Posted 3 days ago

I have a 7 year old boy and a 4 year old boy. They complain/compare: 'he got more apple juice than me', 'how come he got to watch t.v while he was home sick and I had to go to school?' They...

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2 1/2 yo Not Napping

Posted 4 days ago

Can you give me some tips on transitioning my son into his toddler bed? He's 30 months and always been a great sleeper. He's doing well with sleeping in his toddler bed at night, but naps are a...

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How Much Attention?

Posted 4 days ago

Love your radio program and love your philosophy. But I'm concerned about something you said. It is that parents don't have to and shouldn't focus their attention on their child but on each other...

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The 14 year old rules.

Posted 4 days ago

This is in reference to my last question regarding my 14 year old stepson. I couldn't agree more about the parents being on the same page. Plus I have read Johns" book Teen proofing. I have...

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Clues for teenage behaviors

Posted 5 days ago

attitude and/or behavior that would indicate a teen having an interest in or use of drugs or alchol.

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Safety first.

Posted 6 days ago

On 4/19/17 I asked a question about my 18 year old step son saying he would hit me. I also said that my husband stated he would divorce me if I called the police on the boy if he does hit me. I...

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5 yo Tantrums

Posted 6 days ago

Good Afternoon, Our five year old has changed since starting school this year. He used to be for the most part a quiet, compliant and cheerful soul to have around. If behaviour got out of hand,...

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4 yo Doesn't Want to Go to School

Posted 6 days ago

Hi Gurus, Our 4-year-old has been very upset about going to school (pre-k) lately - tonight she was crying and saying she doesn't want to go to school, ever ever ever. She attends an after-school...

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14 yo Out of Control

Posted 1 week ago

Four years ago I adopted an older child who is now almost 14 yrs. old. I am a single mother. He can be a delightful person, but I am seeing less and less of this. I keep him busy in a variety of...

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2 yo Tantrums While Shopping

Posted 1 week ago

What should I do when I am out shopping alone with my 2 year old and he decides "he wants out of the buggy" and starts to throw a terrible fit?

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10 yo Insomnia

Posted 1 week ago

My son 10 yo has problem to fall asleep. I put him to bed around 8h30 -9h. He can't fall asleep till 11h00 midnight. I wake him up around 8 am to do go school and usually he is sleeping on his...

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Post divorce parenting struggles.

Posted 1 week ago

I have a son (14) and daughter (16) who I share custody (40%) with my ex wife (60%). We have been divorced 5 years. We live about a mile apart. Daughter has decided now that she’s 16, she doesn’t...

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Being responsible for adult children.

Posted 1 week ago

Our 19 year old son from my husband's first marriage returned home after his first college semester because he was having problems. We soon realized he had been on drugs. Our suspicion was...

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2 1/2 yo Bedtime Troubles

Posted 1 week ago

Recently our 2 1\2 year old daughter has been wanting us to stay with her until she falls asleep. Normally she reads her books and we tuck her in and that's it. We have done this for about a week....

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Eight year old won't eat dinner

Posted 1 week ago

Food question. My 8 year old daughter hardly ever eats her dinner. For the first 6 years of her life I made too much a deal about it catering to her so she would eat. Now we just offer her...

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Unresolved marital issues impact parenting.

Posted 1 week ago

My 18 year old step son caused a horrible scene at our family Easter gathering this weekend. His younger brother was in trouble for being rude and disrespectful to both his father and me. However...

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Step-family parenting challenges.

Posted 1 week ago

My husband and I have been married for nine years. We both had three children. My question is how to handle discipline when only half if the children have to follow the family rules. I love my...

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22 mo Won't Sit on Potty

Posted 1 week ago

We just started the training process with our 22 month old son. He won't sit on the potty for more than a few seconds at a time. He's very active and doesn't stop often. When we have him sit he...

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Here Come the Terrible Terrific Twos!

Posted 1 week ago

My usually pleasant almost 2 year old daughter just started throwing violent fits this week, kicking, screaming, and trying and sometimes succeeding in banging her head into my face. A few times...

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Authority Issues with a 12 year old

Posted 1 week ago

My 12 year old girl has a real issue with her authority, she talks back when asked to do anything that she does not want to do. My mother-in-law, My husband and I are continually having to talk...

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8 Year Old Refuses Homework

Posted 1 week ago

My daughter 8 yo, she is not doing her homework by herself. I have to remind her to do them and she is always complaining and trying to find something else to do and she can pass 2 hours on one...

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8 yo goes to day camp

Posted 1 week ago

We have an 8 yr old daughter who is an only child. We live in a nice neighborhood with a few neighbors around her age that she can play with...if the neighbors are in the mood that is. My daughter...

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Night time potty training 3 year old

Posted 1 week ago

My son will be 3 yrs old in 1 month and has been potty trained (daytime) for 4 months now. I started night training him 2 months ago but he has never woken up dry, his pjs are always soaked and...

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Grumpy 11 year old woes.

Posted 1 week ago

We home school our 11 and 8 year old sons. Have done so all the way through, except for one year of Christian school. We have been having problems especially with our 11-year-old, being grumpy,...

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Launching that 18 year old.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Our oldest daughter just turned 18 and is soon graduating high school. She's a motivated straight A student, a good kid, & has dreams of college & a career. She is also lovesick & is becoming...

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9 yo boy needs boom lowered

Posted 2 weeks ago

My youngest son is 9 years old. He has an older brother who is 11 years old. My 9 year has always had a temper/anger problem when things don't go his way. He reacts by having a tantrum. He has...

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2 Year Old Fight Sleep

Posted 2 weeks ago

Over the past month my almost 2 year old has radically started fighting sleep. For almost 2 years we've been able to lay her down in her crib for both naps and bedtime. Out of the blue she's...

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3 Year Old Mouthing Off

Posted 2 weeks ago

My son who just turned 3 puts everything/anything in his mouth. It's been going on for about a year but it's become an obsession lately. When we're outside it's rocks, sticks, dirt, acorns. Inside...

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8 and 5 yo siblings fight constantly

Posted 2 weeks ago

I have a 8yo girl and 5 yo boy that fight constantly. Usually involves a lot of yelling. And sometimes gets physical. I'm at a loss on how to properly handle this. Nothing I'm doing is working. Help!

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Toddlers & the word "no"

Posted 2 weeks ago

My 18 month old daughter laughs whenever she is told "no" or not to do something. She usually goes into a fit of laughter and runs away giggling yelling "no! no!" Or she does something she knows...

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Brilliant with a high IQ but out of control.

Posted 3 weeks ago

My 10 year old daughter has a 160 IQ and she is brilliantly capable of extreme manipulation. She has recently been asked to leave her soccer team, she has been in and out of the principal's office...

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Jekyll and Hyde almost 4 y/o boy

Posted 3 weeks ago

Please help. My son is 3 years old and will be 4 in three weeks. His behavior is getting out of hand. He doesn't behave like this anywhere else but home. He has three older sisters and he hits...

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A Blustering 3-Year-Old and the Ticket System

Posted 3 weeks ago

We have four children. Our third child is a 3.5 year old boy. He is our most "spirited" child and has the vocabulary of a 6 year old. Our 2 older children (6 & 8) are more reserved. He is so...

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When Grandma is a Softie

Posted 3 weeks ago

Our children are very close with their grandparents. We do not live in the same city as them but they are only an hour away and they see them very regularly. We expect our children to use...

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Squabbling Sisters

Posted 3 weeks ago

Hello. I have 9 and 11-YO daughters. I was so excited to have two girls and envisioned them being best friends growing up together. Not the case. They fight all the time and my 11-YO has become...

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Heavy Sleeper & Bedwetting 5-year-old

Posted 3 weeks ago

My, now 5 1/2 year old, son was successfully potty trained at 21 months. Basically ever since, we have been trying to night train him but to no avail. He wears a pull up, which he hates doing...

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Ending a soothing bad habit

Posted 3 weeks ago

My son has had a habit of chewing on his knuckle fairly regularly (and has a big callus on his middle finger to show for it), but recently it's become more frequently and has extended to other...

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Single parent struggles.

Posted 3 weeks ago

I could probably be considered guilty of putting my kids in the center of the family. Giving too much consideration to their feelings... I'm a single parent of boy/girl twins that are 10 and...

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9 Year Old Playing Instead of Learning

Posted 3 weeks ago

My 9 year old son is getting in trouble at school for playing games he is not supposed to be doing. He has also started missing assignments. He went to his room at 4 last Friday and Saturday...

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6 Year Old Problem with "Alternative Facts"

Posted 3 weeks ago

Hi there Rosemond team, We are having honesty issues with our almost 6 year old. You mentioned in your book - ask no questions and they'll tell you no lies. However there are times when we...

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The 3 year old is in charge.

Posted 3 weeks ago

We have an almost 3 year old whom we are having trouble with tantrums and defiance recently. I dread bringing him out because in a moment's notice, he will be screaming and kicking when told no he...

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21 month old - mom has more questions re potty training

Posted 3 weeks ago

In another post, we explained our issue with potty training our 21 month old and received a response which clarified our issue, however we are still confused about how to proceed. In a nutshell,...

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6 year old's disturbing comments

Posted 4 weeks ago

Our fairly happy 6 year (almost) 7 year old has said a few disturbing things recently. About a week ago out of the blue he told me that he has thoughts of hurting/killing someone with a knife. ...

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Tug of war with an 11 year old.

Posted 4 weeks ago

My 11 year old daughter's grades have plummeted. She is capable but unmotivated. It started as one late assignment here or there and has now become out of control. She now has F's and a D and has...

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No parenting authority produces chaos.

Posted 4 weeks ago

My stepson is about to enter high school. He will be 15 in September. Last May he vandalized his "friends" house and fathers" car to the tune of 12,000.00 which we payed. He wrote foul language...

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Split personality of a 4 y/o

Posted on 3/30/2017

4 year old girl who is disobedient and throws tantrums. She has privileges taken but that has no effect. At school she behaves perfectly.

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