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The Power of Words

Posted today

When I began reading “The 9 Words Parents Should Never Say to Their Kids” (January 5, 2018, www.fatherly.com), I was skeptical that essayist Patrick Coleman’s point of view would line up with my...

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Yes, I Am "Old-Fashioned"

Posted 2 weeks ago

An individual who occupies a fairly high-level position in the mainstream media recently told one of my associates that I’m “old-fashioned.” She meant it as a slight, but I hardly took it that...

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Child Talk Therapy Is Largely Unproductive

Posted on 2/13/2018

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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In Gun Debate, Therapy Is No Substitute for Firm Discipline

Posted on 1/31/2018

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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Are College Visits Necessary?

Posted on 1/3/2018

Q: Our 17-year-old daughter wants to begin visiting colleges. She’s a high-school junior this year and this is when the college visitations begin. We’re feeling like the Grinches Who Stole...

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Respect Is Claimed, Not Owed by a Father

Posted on 12/26/2017

Is a father owed respect from his children? Actually, the question, from a father, was rhetorical: Isn’t a father owed his children’s respect? The dad in question maintains that because he loves...

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Every Child Has a Mind of His Own

Posted on 12/6/2017

In a letter to the editor of the La Crosse (Wisconsin) Tribune, psychologist Afton Koball and two colleagues raise objections to a recent column in which I asserted that one can be parented badly...

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Overcoming Bad Parenting

Posted on 10/31/2017

I was standing in the lobby of an auditorium in which I’d just spoken, talking with a small group of attendees, when a 30-something woman took me aside and told me that her parents were bad role...

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Shift in Paradigm Derailed Child-Rearing

Posted on 10/18/2017

I am sometimes asked if I think the “parenting pendulum” is swinging back, however slowly, toward where it was sixty-plus years ago or at least toward a tolerable middle point. ...

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Recent Questions

Spiritual Caregivers

Posted on 2/16/2018

Thanks for your column. Please keep it up. I pass many of them on to my children, two of whom are now parents. My question is about your statement that "no consistent body of research done...

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Problems with live-in adult stepdaughter continue

Posted on 2/10/2018

My 43 year old stepdaughter and her 9 year old daughter have been living with us for almost 3 years because her husband is an alcoholic and was violent when they were living in CA. They moved back...

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Thoughts on Love and Logic

Posted on 3/7/2017

How do you feel about the love and logic series/method? There has been a lot of discussion at my son's preschool about love and logic and I am curious about what your thoughts are. Thanks!

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How to Deal with Relatives Who Give Too Many Toys

Posted on 12/6/2016

I recently read your new book, "John Rosemond's New Six-Point Plan for Raising Happy, Healthy Children," and was extremely impressed by your argument in favor of children having very few toys. My...

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Teaching Toddlers Independence

Posted on 11/20/2016

My son is 2 years old and we have been working on independent play. We have paired down toys and made sure they are creative ones you recommend and eliminated most tv. He does well playing alone...

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Definition of Psychiatry?

Posted on 8/13/2016

Thank you for the definition of Psychology (Post-Modern Religion by Faith). What is your definition of Psychiatry? It appears to me that psychology ranks children in the family as 1st class...

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Posted on 3/10/2016

My husband and I have decided that we do not want to allow our children to participate in sleep overs. We have moved to a new city and are just making new friends and meeting new families (it's a...

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Tiger Woods?

Posted on 1/24/2014

You wrote a great article "Toddler/Preschool Classes" Published January 9, 2007, that as a preschool teacher and parent educator I would like to share with our parents. The only problem is that...

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Booking info and John's calendar

Posted on 12/28/2013

Where can I find John's speaking calendar, parent retreat, or book him as a speaker or a school or other organization for 2014?

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Questions about Questions on ParentGuru

Posted on 11/6/2013

I have two questions... neither of which are parent/child related, more John Rosemond's books / Parent Guru related... 1. I have read "New Parent Power" and really enjoyed it - it's fabulous. ...

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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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