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Picky picky picky!

Posted 3 weeks ago

My two year old grandson will only eat yogurt and cheese at my house and is picky at his grandad's as well. He does drink milk and juice. If I put out fruit or other foods, he won't even try...

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Toying With Grandma

Posted 3 weeks ago

My six-year-old granddaughter is terrible about helping her sister put up toys. She always has been. Before my daughter died, she was trying hard to get her to obey without all the drama, and the...

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Grandmother's standards.

Posted 3 weeks ago

My two grand-daughters live with their dad now that my daughter is dead. Their dad is a pathological liar and my daughter would get very upset when the girls "exaggerated" or out right lied to...

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Concerns from a Grandmother

Posted 1 month, 1 day ago

I would like for Dr Rosemond to respond with his advice on a question I have already submitted 3 times concerning my 4 year old granddaughter. I understand the first two responses I received but...

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Grandparents navigating parenting.

Posted 1 month, 2 days ago

My daughter was killed in a car wreck 6 months ago which left her two year old an orphan. His dad is not involved at all so my son, my ex-husband and I are helping raise him. He has been very...

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Strategy for Grandparent involvement.

Posted on 2/13/2019

Our son left his wife and child soon after she gave birth. We've remained close to her and our grandson and we've gotten even closer since both of her parents have passed away in the past 2 years....

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"Parental Empowerment Conquers Medical Experiments"

Posted on 1/10/2019

My kids are considering putting my grandson 6yrs on medication, for being hyper and not paying attention at school. Do you know what after effects this will bring?

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Too many toys overwhelm Mom of 2 and 4 year old

Posted on 12/31/2018

We have toys and stuff animal overload. From the year and now Christmas has put us over the top! I have a two year old and four year old. Do I include them in the decluttering process? How do you...

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Mom overwhelmed!

Posted on 12/23/2018

I feel overwhelmed. My husband doesn't listen to me, he won't talk about how to solve problems and only talks about work. We live with my mom for financial reasons and she undermines any...

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Four year old boss

Posted on 11/30/2018

Please help. Whenever my parents come for a visit my four year old runs the show, tells them how to play and what to do, and runs over her two year old sister. I dread the visits. What are we to do?

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Have You Hugged Someone Today?

Posted on 11/8/2018

my dad sometimes continually suggests that my 2.5 year old son should come and give him a hug or come sit in his lap when we are at their house visiting. They live maybe a mile away, so we see...

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Worried Grandmother

Posted on 11/3/2018

My granddaughter has OCD and has a therapist and a psychiatrist (who prescribes meds). I read your article stating you feel that kids with anxiety, mental health issues do not need meds. Does...

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Simple solutions are sometimes difficult to enforce.

Posted on 11/2/2018

I just need help knowing what, if any, kind of guidelines we should set for our 18 year old daughter. She goes to the University of Georgia. Right now, she has a partial scholarship and we are...

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GrandmaMa held hostage by the 4 year old

Posted on 10/18/2018

I am back peddling to hopefully resolve a problem I most Ilkely created! Just for transparency!,,,,,,,,, I am raising a 4.5 yr old Grandson. Due to circumstances far beyond our control...we...

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Granddaughter Wishes to be a Boy

Posted on 9/23/2018

My 4 year old granddaughter’s parents think she may be transgender and are taking her to a specialist. She says she wants to be a boy, dress like a boy, wear her hair short like a boy. I’m worried...

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How to Spend Time with Spoiled Grandchildren

Posted on 9/13/2018

We have followed you for 39 years!! Congrats! Time for a grandparent question. Our son who is 38 yr old married has 2 children, 3 and 1 yr. He and his wife have decided not to set boundaries...

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Change takes time.

Posted on 9/10/2018

Our 4.5 y.o. grandson has recently started having issues with rage and uncontrollable tantrums. Today, in the midst of one of his outbursts (tired and angry about having to leave a fun-filled day...

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Girl Boy Clothes

Posted on 8/29/2018

My 4 year old granddaughter say she wants to be a boy and her mother has started letting her wear “boy” clothes. What advice would you give me as to how to deal with this? I am very upset and need...

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Mom of twin girls isn't having fun being a Mom.

Posted on 8/20/2018

Hi team Rosemond, I need a pep talk. My twins are 4 years old in December, both girls. They have been raised Rosemond style from the start and are good kids. However, for whatever reason, I...

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Grandma custody of 4yro

Posted on 8/3/2018

My 4 year old Grandson who has always lived with me seems to be having some new concerns regarding his Mom. His Mom, has not seen him since Christmas Day, and has not contacted me to do so. Yes,...

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Grandparent protocol.

Posted on 7/23/2018

Would you please put some insight into the grandparent relationship with small children. As in 2 and 4. We are having a terrible time with them when returning home. No manners, not pleased with...

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Preparing children for Grandma's death

Posted on 7/1/2018

We have a 2.5 year old and a 5.5 year old; also have a niece and nephew that are 7 and 11 years old. My mother is dying of a terminal cancer and is now on hospice. We have been slowly telling the...

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4 yo Mean to Grandma When Mom Present

Posted on 5/30/2018

Two times my son has stayed at my parent's house while my husband and I went on vacation for a long weekend. I stay a few days with him to get him adjusted, leave for 2-4 days and return. He's...

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Co-bedding with grandparents.

Posted on 5/30/2018

My parents are coming in one week. They didn’t see their grandchildren quite long time. And their visit will continue couple weeks. During their visit my son(6 years old) would stay in his...

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Grandson handling loss.

Posted on 5/16/2018

37 yr old daughter had massive heart attack in car with husband & 9.75 yr old son....she died several hours later without regaining consciousness. My grandson seems to be doing ok....returned...

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Moms

Posted on 5/8/2018

Have custody of a now, 4 year old Grandson. Mom abandoned him at about 18 months old, moved to Florida to make porn. Returned after that didn't work for her. My husband and I refused to allow...

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Grandparents who want to help.

Posted on 4/20/2018

We have a beautiful, very intelligent 3 year old grandson. He is an only child and has 4 older cousins (over 15). Recently he has exhibited violent outbursts and tantrums. He becomes...

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Introducing Half Siblings

Posted on 4/13/2018

How do I introduce a half sister to a three year old child? He does not understand that Jj (father of both children) is even his Dad. Jj is not present in his life nor the sister's life. The...

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Should Grandma allow visits from absent parents?

Posted on 3/30/2018

Have custody of 4 yr old Grandson. Mother nor father have matured to the point where he would live with them. As time has progressed, the time between visits has increased. Last visit from...

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Daily Report

Posted on 11/12/2017

Our 9 year old son has been doing a daily report with his teacher for most of the school year. Last week my husband and I went on a week trip and the kids stayed at our home with their...

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Rejected by adult children.

Posted on 11/11/2017

It is embarrassing to admit that we have seemed to blow it as parents, but it sure appears to be the case! I have contacted you about our daughter that has pretty much cut us off and blame us for...

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Grandma and 3-year old need some distance

Posted on 11/3/2017

Since joining, I have become a single Grandparent raising a 3.5 year old Grandson. My husband died in August. I frequently read Johns advice on putting the "marriage" first. However, there...

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Little Meanie

Posted on 10/6/2017

Both sets of my 3 year old's grandparents live out of state. When they come to visit they typically stay for several days at our home. Last time his grandmother was in town my son sternly told her...

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Teenage Girl Talks of Changing Gender

Posted on 9/9/2017

I have a grand daughter who is now announcing herself as a transmute. Her mother is in a lesbian relationship with a wonderful partner and they are marrying this year. My daughter has set some...

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Screens are Everywhere!

Posted on 9/6/2017

I have a soon to be 13 year old grandson I have been raising since he was an infant. He was diagnosed ADD in first grade but delayed medication until 4th grade. The medication has really helped....

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When grandma interferes...

Posted on 8/31/2017

My parents live a few doors down from us and they and my kids (2 and 4) are all crazy about each other and love to spend time together. However, my mother has often tried to undermine my authority...

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Protecting Great Grandson

Posted on 8/6/2017

We have had legal guardianship of our great-grandson for the last 2 years. He is now 4 years old. The grandfather is disabled and both his parents are drug addicts. My question is should we...

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A grandmother's worries.

Posted on 6/19/2017

I am a grandmother of 2 wonderful kids- an almost 5 year old and a 21 month old. The problem is his mom and dad are not on the same discipline page. Dad undermines whatever mom says. He gives in...

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A Habit to Break?

Posted on 6/11/2017

My 7 year old grandson had developed a habit of wiggling his hands when he gets excited, such as during soccer games or while playing or during an exciting part of a movie. I don't think he is...

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Frustrated Grandparents Want a Peaceful Family Dinner

Posted on 6/11/2017

Our grandchildren, preschool aged, do not eat dinner with their parents, and have not been reared to share a family meal. Consequently, when the family comes to our house for the occasional meal...

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Losing Grandpa

Posted on 5/24/2017

It is difficult to type this but I find myself in a situation I have never had to face. My husband and I have been parents to out Grandchild since his mom left about 20 months ago. During her...

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3 yr old hitting Grandma

Posted on 5/15/2017

I have a 3 year old Grandson my husband and I are "parents" of. He just turned 3 and within the last month he has started wanting to "hit". Not real sure where this behavior has come from other...

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When Grandma is a Softie

Posted on 4/5/2017

Our children are very close with their grandparents. We do not live in the same city as them but they are only an hour away and they see them very regularly. We expect our children to use...

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How to remove Grandpa from son's life

Posted on 2/15/2017

Hello, I would like some advice regarding a difficult conversation with my 4 year old (recently turned 4) . It has become clear to my husband and I through a string of events that we should...

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4 y/o Bedtime Monster

Posted on 2/14/2017

Our 4 year old great-grandson has been living with us for almost 8 months. He is fairly good during the day (unless he has not had a nap). He goes to preschool 3 days a week. And went to the...

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Three year olds and daycare

Posted on 1/16/2017

Just newly 3 year old at daycare not minding teachers running around Not minding when in time-out About 15-18 children in room with 2 teachers Mother had taken away privileges at home later....

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On Being a Grandparent.

Posted on 1/5/2017

I appreciate your newspaper columns, and joined in order to ask you a question. I was very disappointed that the American Academy of Pediatrics watered down its expectations of parents in regard...

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Definition of a Gift

Posted on 12/12/2016

We recently came into some money and plan on sharing our good fortune with our children. Our daughter is in financial straits and will welcome the gift. We plan to give each of her children (18,...

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Problems with live-in adult stepdaughter

Posted on 11/26/2016

My stepdaughter, Mary, and her 7 1/2 year old granddaughter, Ann, moved in with us in NY since her husband is an alcoholic and in rehab in CA. She finally landed a good job here in her...

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Breaking Cycle of 6 Year Old Misbehavior Away from Home

Posted on 11/22/2016

My son who is almost 6 is generally a very well behaved boy. He behaves exceptionally at church programs for his teachers, in his homeschool PE class, and everywhere we go in public. I homeschool...

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