"If; when your child does something "bad," you feel bad about it, your child won't. "

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What Is COVID Parenting?

Posted yesterday

What, pray tell, is COVID parenting? I need to know because over the past few months, several journalists have asked if I have any COVID-parenting suggestions. I went online and, sure enough, a...

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Shy Child? Don’t Fret About It

Posted 2 weeks ago

Researchers have found what many personal testimonies will confirm: most shy children, even the most painfully shy of them, are not shy adults. The progression from introversion to extroversion...

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Discipline vs. Punishment

Posted 3 weeks ago

Misusing terminology is not simply a matter of semantics. A person who confuses the meaning of words is likely to behave accordingly. That occurred to me during a conversation with...

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The Correlation Between Food and Behavior

Posted on 1/26/2021

A headache does not mean one has a brain tumor, but some brain tumors do cause headaches. Likewise, ADHD behaviors do not mean one has a food allergy, albeit some food allergies...

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The More You Try To Make Child Happy, the More Unhappy They Will Be

Posted on 1/19/2021

Making children happy became a parenting goal in the early 1970s. The paradox, as everyone with a modicum of commonsense knows, is that the more effort parents put into making a child happy, the...

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After 45 Years, Still Advocating for Old-Fashioned Parenting

Posted on 1/12/2021

2021 marks the forty-fifth year I’ve been writing this column. I’ve been told it is the longest-running syndicated column written continuously by one author. That takes “Dear Abby” out of...

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Today’s Kids Suffer a Lack of Common Sense in Their Lives

Posted on 12/22/2020

A journalist asks, “What is the biggest challenge facing today’s children?” “The real world,” I said. For the last fifty years or so, good parenting has been defined...

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'Hand in Hand' Parenting is Pure Psychobabble

Posted on 12/8/2020

“Hand in Hand” parenting is the latest iteration of progressive (nouveau, unverified) childrearing. I became aware of HIH several weeks ago, courtesy of a grandmother whose daughter and son-in-law...

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Don't Be Afraid of Your Children

Posted on 12/1/2020

“Are you afraid of your child/children?” I query folks who testify to children who frequently engage in flagrant antisocial behavior – tantrums, brazen disrespect, and belligerent disobedience...

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Moodiness Is Merely a Bad Emotional Habit

Posted on 10/27/2020

Living with an emotionally dramatic child is no fun. They throw wet blankets over nearly every family gathering or outing. Little is right in their lives and attempts to cheer them up generally...

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Recent Questions

Can grandparents fix grandchildren?

Posted 3 weeks ago

One of my adult children and their spouse have chosen to never spank their children. I would characterize them as child focused, but do intervene and try correct bad behavior when it happens...

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Creating a Gratitude Attitude

Posted on 1/29/2021

My son is generally a good eater and has got out of bad behaviour when it comes to the food he is given because He doesn’t have to eat if he doesn’t want to, but he is not allowed to give his...

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Mom Struggles to Not Repeat Her Own Childhood Trauma

Posted on 1/25/2021

Dr Rosemond provides incredible advice for parents on ignoring psychobabble parenting advice, but I am just wondering what advice Dr Rosemond would give to parents who were neglected and...

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Developing the Skill To Play by Oneself

Posted on 10/15/2020

Any special resources you would recommend for an only child? When I see "play by yourself" I often feel guilty because he is really by himself! I think I overindulge due to guilt that he's alone....

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Soldiers and Cars and Football-Card Stars: that's what little boys are made of

Posted on 7/26/2020

My child always wants me to play with him. He wants me to play football cards, army, cars boys games that I have absolutely no interest in. I feel forced and resentful so I say no, I can read...

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Assist with Homework - or Not?

Posted on 7/23/2020

Based on the book The Well Behaved Child, what age/grade should a parent stop assisting with homework?

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Parents Need to Be On The Same Page

Posted on 7/23/2020

What if both parents in the home are not on the same page, can bad behavior be corrected?

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dad on very different page

Posted on 7/2/2020

Do you have any advice for a parent who is the primary disciplinarian in a 2-parent household? For example, after my daughter receives punishment from me for a misbehavior, her dad will often...

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Potty Bell

Posted on 6/29/2020

We’ve implemented potty bell. Sometimes she sits for 3 seconds then pops up and goes somewhere else, and other times she doesn’t want to sit at all. We’ve had zero success on the toilet. We are...

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Self-Destructing Son

Posted on 6/24/2020

I am so thankful for this site and your support. I feel empowered and encouraged. It seems very recently that whenever my son is asked to do a chore, he injures himself. These are simple age...

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Audio

Setting The Gate

Posted on 5/16/2014

Boundaries establish leadership.

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Seasons of Parenting Audio File

Posted on 1/1/2014

John Rosemond discusses the Seasons of Parenting that parents encounter and how your job as a parent changes throughout your child's life. Of course, John's typical common-sense and humourous...

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Parenting According to Grandma Audio File

Posted on 1/1/2014

You’ll enjoy a first-hand feel for John’s relaxed and humorous speaking style, plus you’ll come away with all the helpful, practical advice you need to restore commonsense and sanity to your ...

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Assuming the Power of Parenthood Audio File

Posted on 1/1/2011

This is one of John's most dynamic talks to date. If it's time for you to assume the power of parenthood in your life, this is the Audio to listen to!

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Parenting By The Book Audio File

Posted on 1/1/2010

*Contains Christian Content Parenting is not “psychological.” It is down-to-earth. It is common sense. Best of all, it is based on the Bible; God’s Word. Listen as John Rosemond presents a...

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Parenting the Strong Willed Child Audio File

Posted on 1/1/2010

John Rosemond shares his common sense approach to problems encountered by parents of children of all ages. This recording was produced in San Diego, CA, and is the newly updated audio version of...

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Leadership Parenting Audio File

Posted on 1/1/2008

In this talk, John Rosemond elaborates on Leadership speech, how important it is to your parenting and gives examples and gives real-life anecdotes, all in his typical humorous and...

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Videos

Parenting Retreat

Posted on 5/17/2014

What do past attendees say about John Rosemond's Parenting Retreats. For the next Retreat see Upcoming Events

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Tell

Posted on 5/16/2014

Tell: do you "Tell" your kids or do you ask, negotiate, beg, and scream.

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