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Potty Training

A week later, mom wrote, "We have success." When she introduced the plan, the little guy cried and generally acted like he was being traumatized, but Mom stayed the course. Lesson: The mistake of late training is correctable, and my experience is that, as in this case, the correction usually takes less than a couple of weeks. Click here for the full article.
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Bunch of Baloney

A grandmother recently told me that her son and daughter-in-law have told her only grandchild, an 8-year-old, that he can be anything he wants to be in life. She was incensed. “What a bunch of baloney!” she exclaimed. “What a completely irresponsible thing to tell a child!” I agree wholeheartedly. One cannot be whatever one desires to be any more than one can have anything one desires to have. Here, for example, is a short list of the things I could never have been, no matter how hard I tried: professional football player, fastest man on the planet, tightrope walker, nuclear physicist, brain surgeon, fighter pilot, concert pianist, and King of England. Click here for the full article.
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Ground Rules

Living with Children John Rosemond Copyright 2009, John K. Rosemond Q: What, if any, ground rules can and should parents set for a child returning to live at home after college graduation. My husband and I are facing this issue with our daughter in May 2010, and we need help. Click here for the full article.
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School Rules

Living with Children John Rosemond Copyright 2010 John K. Rosemond Jon Akers, Director of the Kentucky Center for School Safety, has written an on-line essay calling on school systems to prohibit students from having cell phones in their possession during school hours (go to www.kysafeschools.org. )He presents an iron-clad argument to the effect that student cell phones are not just unnecessary but also contribute to bullying, underachievement, sexual harassment, numerous disciplinary issues, including cheating, and even criminal activity. It goes without saying that they are one more distraction to a generation that is already suffering from distraction overload. Click here for the full article.
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Hungry 4 year Old

My almost 4-year-old daughter asks for food constantly. I can’t tell if this is a boredom thing or an attention thing but regardless I am unsure how to handle it. I’ve tried allowing her to eat such things as carrots when she starts complaining, but I want to curb the actual behavior without giving her food issues. At present, she is of normal weight and height, and I want her to stay that way. –Hungry in Ohio Click here for the full article.
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3 year old’s Rebellion

My almost-3-year-old has started saying things to me that border on disrespectful. Overall, he's a very obedient little boy who knows he's not in control of our home. Click here for the full article.
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Kids on Leashes What?

What do you think of kids on leashes? Chicago Parent magazine put that question up on its Facebook page and—no surprises here—some readers went ballistic. “Treating the child like a dog!” was the common theme of said rants. One person suggested that these kids be taught to bark. Don’t you just love people who think with their pituitary glands? Click here for the full article.
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Social Media ALERT Today

We’re in a funky transitional time that is for sure. Think of it this way, most parents of today’s teenager Click here for the full article.
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6-year-old Daughters Tantrums

A concerned mother told me her 6-year-old daughter still threw tantrums nearly every day, during which she screamed as if she was being tortured, produced copious tears, and performed various contortions, often losing her balance and falling to the ground where she would writhe as if possessed by demons. In fact, the parents sometimes wondered if an exorcism might be appropriate. These tantrums occurred when she didn’t get her way. “Why does she throw these tantrums?” the mother asked. Click here for the full article.
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Crying 30 Month Old

Q: I'm a stay-at-home mom who attends a moms' group that meets every two weeks. Every time I leave my 30-month-old in the play group, which is supervised by two older women, he cries. Shouldn't this clingy phase be over by now? Click here for the full article.