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Punishment Driven by Emotion Accomplishes Nothing

Posted yesterday

Q: Your recent series on punishment was thought-provoking. I agree children should have consequences when they misbehave. Nonetheless, would you please clarify when punishment becomes excessive?...

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Father's Visitation With Child Should Be Allowed

Posted 1 week ago

Q: Our ten-year-old granddaughter lives with us. We have custody of her but her father, our son, is now asking us for visitation privileges. I probably don’t need to tell you that both he and his...

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Punishing Children for Bad Behavior Is Not Bad Parenting

Posted 2 weeks ago

This is the last (for a while, anyway) of three columns in which I take on the absurd notion that punishing children for bad behavior is bad parenting. There is commonsense and there is nonsense...

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Punishment Does Not Cause Mental Health Issues

Posted 3 weeks ago

This is the second in a series on “parent-babble,” as in the same-old, same-old nonsense the mental health industry has been passing off as sound parenting advice since the late 1960s. ...

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Mindful Parenting Is Nothing More Than Postmodern Psychobabble

Posted 4 weeks ago

I am often asked how long I intend to keep this up, as in writing this column, writing books, and speaking on childrearing and family matters. My answer: As long as they keep it up; “it” being the...

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Ticket to Change

Posted 3 days ago

My 7-year-old son has a habit of expressing his frustration, questioning me, or complaining about what I've told him to do or said “no” to. He asks, “Why not?” and I answer simply, “Because I...

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Is Child's Threat of Suicide a Cry for Help or for Attention?

Posted 1 week ago

My oldest is eleven and started middle school this year. Overall it has been a smooth transition. She has a great group of friends and likes school. She does not have a phone and has very limited...

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College Student Has Lesson to Learn

Posted 3 weeks ago

I am a single mom of ten years to one son. He just completed his first semester of college at a Christian school. His faith is stronger than ever, he met some great people, was selected to be a...

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Wishing for Silent Nights

Posted 3 weeks ago

My daughter just turned two. About six weeks ago (two weeks before the arrival of our new baby), she started having issues going to bed. When we lay her down, she tries to think of any excuse to...

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How Much Allowance Should I Give My Kids?

Posted on 12/2/2019

I have a few questions: In Teenproofing there is talk about allowance not connected to chores. I love the idea of teaching the kids about money responsibility, budgeting, etc., as discussed. Our...

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