Dear Dr. Rosemond,
I know I am supposed to ask you a question here, but instead I want to express my gratitude to you. I just want to tell you that I am so thankful for you, what you stand for, believe in and I agree whole heartedly with all of the advice that you give to parents. I am a 35 year old parent of a 3 year old boy and 7 year old girl. I am also an Early Childhood Specialist with a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education and conduct a lot of parent education classes as well. My mother raised me in the manner that you caution parents about; always explaining herself to me as a young child, allowing me to be in control, always telling me how great and smart I was (even when I wasn't being so great or smart), etc. When I had kids I decided that (though I love my mother) I did not want to raise my kids the same way. My desire for them is to know and love the Lord, obey his word, make good choices and be good citizens. These are my goals for my children. Every time I read one of your articles or responses to questions, I soak up your advice and it reaffirms that I am trying to follow the right path in raising my kids. People, especially in my profession, say that my parenting methods are "old-fashioned" or "strict" yet I always get compliments everywhere I go from strangers about how well behaved and happy my kids are. I'm not perfect, but with your advice and lots of prayer, I know that my children are on the right path. I just wanted you to know that there is a younger generation mother out there that completely believes in your method of parenting and I practice it everyday. Please keep doing what you are doing, no matter what the other so-called "experts" say. God Bless You!