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Appreciate the Odd Among Us

Posted yesterday

I have come up with a new psychological diagnosis, one that I won’t, however, be submitting for approval to the powers that be: simply, odd. My “odd” is to be distinguished from ODD, the acronym...

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The Value of a Reward

Posted 1 week ago

Psychologist B. F. Skinner, the formulator of behavior modification theory, was attempting to prove that the same principles that govern the behavior of amoeba, planaria, rats, dogs, and monkeys...

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‘Good Mommy Club’ Does No Favors for Kids

Posted 2 weeks ago

The biggest problem in the life of today’s all-too typical mother is herself. She is her own worst enemy. Them’s fightin’ words, I know, but please, hold the tomatoes and other vegetables and bear...

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Why Small Classrooms Are Overrated

Posted 3 weeks ago

No rational person would argue that the smaller the class size, the better, right?” asked the radio talk show host. “I think I’m a rational person,” I said, “and I can offer proof...

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In Defense of Homeschooling

Posted 4 weeks ago

In his November 1863 address at Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that the men who lost their lives on that battlefield had done so in order that “government of the people, by the people and...

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"Battle of the Wills" With 2 Year Old Is Frustrating

Posted yesterday

How should we handle a 23-month-old that has been hitting or attempting to hit for a few months now when angry or not permitted to do what she wants?

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How to Stop Thumb Sucking

Posted 2 weeks ago

Our 4 1/2 year old still sucks his thumb when he's tired or bored. We call him out on it when we see it. I've looked online, but all the advice is pretty much 'feed and reward them', 'discuss it...

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And Baby Makes Two: Preparing #1 for What's to Come

Posted 3 weeks ago

Hi there, our son will be about two and a half when the new baby is born. What are some practical things we can do to make him feel involved and not left out before and after the baby is born? I...

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Hurricane Behavior in Toddler

Posted 1 month ago

Our almost three year old daughter can be very defiant and disrespectful. When she wants something, she wants it right away. She will ask repeatedly for something even when we tell her no. She is...

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Oh, Those Rebellious Threes!

Posted on 4/19/2020

Hello, my son just turned three two weeks ago. Almost the same time that his behaviors started to escalate with screaming, saying no when instructed to do things, and just outright rebellious. I...

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