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Take Smartphone Away from Sassy Teen

Posted 4 days ago

Q: When our daughter, an only child, turned thirteen and entered the 8th grade, it was like a switch was flipped. Almost overnight, she went from being a sweet, respectful and obedient child who...

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Child Talk Therapy Is Largely Unproductive

Posted 1 week ago

Q: You seem to be opposed to putting children into any sort of psychological therapy. That’s curious, especially given that you’re a child psychologist. What is your explanation for this and are...

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Try the 'No-Talking Cure' for Childhood Fears

Posted 2 weeks ago

A true story: When my daughter, Amy, was a pre-teen, she became anxious about going to sleep because of fears of dying in the middle of the night. When I tucked her in (I was her preferred...

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In Gun Debate, Therapy Is No Substitute for Firm Discipline

Posted 3 weeks ago

We’re a month, more or less, into the new year and America has already suffered two school shootings. As usual, the usual voices are calling for increased restrictions on the buying and selling of...

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Love Is Necessary to the Proper Discipline of a Child

Posted on 1/24/2018

In Raleigh, North Carolina, on the backside of the Department of Education building is a structure known as the Education Wall. Completed in 1992, the EW was conceived and created by artist Vernon...

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10-Year-Old Boy Must Own School Problem

Posted 1 week ago

My 10-year-old son is having increasing difficulties keeping focus in school. The teacher brought it to our attention about 3 months ago. He has always taken a little longer to get homework and...

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Who's in Control?

Posted 1 week ago

My son is 6 years old and is for the most part obedient, respectful, and considerate. He is in kindergarten, and I homeschool him. Over the past few weeks. I've noticed a new pattern of, let's...

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"I would be upset if I were your age, too"

Posted 2 weeks ago

When my daughter starts yelling about a punishment or consequence, should we give additional consequences or say (as Rosemend suggests sometimes), "I would be upset if I were your age,...

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Two Year Old Having Panic Attacks at Bedtime

Posted 3 weeks ago

I have a 2.5 year old girl who has never had a sleeping issue in her in life. She has always napped for 3-3.5 hours in the afternoon and around 10-11 hours at night. She transitioned into a big...

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Siblings are Both to Blame for Fighting

Posted on 1/20/2018

Our 13-year-old, soon to be 14-year-old, son teases his 9-year-old sister to no end. It causes our family a lot of strife. He teases her, she yells, lashes out, and then cries. I usually punish...

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