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Should You Ask Your Baby's Permission Before Changing Their Diaper?

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Competition amongst the membership of the International Association of the Weird and Even Weirder for the Most Bizarre Idea of All Time has finally, after more than five decades of...

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Children's Hearts Rule Their Heads

Posted 1 week ago

When I was in college and grad school, other students – mostly the “jock” and fraternity crowds – called me all sorts of names because, being the lead singer in a popular campus rock band, I...

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Don't Take Daughter's Dramatic Outbursts Seriously

Posted 2 weeks ago

Q: My 4-year-old daughter, when I do something that upsets her, like reprimand her for something, begins to cry and tell me that I don’t love her anymore. (She’s actually very obedient and...

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Authoritative Attitude Is Key to Discipline

Posted 3 weeks ago

Q: We are having no success getting our 3-year-old (her third birthday is in a couple of weeks) to do what we tell her to do. She defies us at every opportunity, whether it’s just ignoring us or...

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Parents of Unmotivated Teen Should Stop Stressing

Posted 1 month ago

Q: Our 17-year-old son is flunking his junior year in high school. Flunking is not a possibility; it is a definite, a done deal. He has passed the point where he could turn this around. He’s very...

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The Witching Hour

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ParentGuru, What can my wife and I do to help the children to be obedient and pleasing to be around during the hours of 6-8 PM? The children are ages 3-11. We find that at the end of the day...

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Appropriate Response to Inappropriate Video Games?

Posted 2 weeks ago

Our 8-year-old son is seeing kids play graphic video games on portable gaming units. The most recent title was “Call of Duty,” with which we are familiar. We talked about the violence and realism...

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Let Son Choose His Own Extracurricular Activities

Posted 3 weeks ago

My son is a great student and a talented athlete. He is in 8th grade and during middle school I made him play soccer, take band, run track and just this past year he decided (on his own!!) to try...

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Potty Mastery Before the New Baby Arrives

Posted 4 weeks ago

I started toilet training my 24 month old at 18 months and he is still having 1-2 accidents a day, almost always at home. I take the potty all over with us and can generally trust him to not have...

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The Extracurricular Activities Freight Train

Posted on 4/17/2018

I'm trying to put a slow down on the extracurricular activities by asking them to choose one or two. How much input should they be allowed in deciding which ones? For example, I think they need...

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