Question: My 4-year-old son is not fully engaged when he has a friend over for a play date. His twin sister makes friends easily and the difference between them is glaring. When I arrange a play date for him, he is excited but then, after the friend arrives, he gradually slips off to play by himself.
Here's more material that just arrived in the mailroom at the top-secret underground location of the Rosemond One-World Flawless Parenting Headquarters.
The response to my recent "I can't wait for the 1960s to be over and done with!" series has been overwhelming, so here's another installment.
American parents believe in behavior modification. They believe that the same principles that govern the behavior of a rat or a dog also govern the behavior of a human being. Therefore, they think the discipline of a child is a matter of manipulating reward and punishment. Furthermore, they think that if one manipulates reward and punishment properly, the correct behavior will ensue. If it does not, then they reason that they must not have used the proper consequences.
Question: Our 4-year-old son has a problem with hitting other children at preschool and has to spend the afternoon in his room for this.
Question: I hope I am over-thinking this, but my normally happy 6-year-old son has recently started incorporating death and war-like games into his imaginative play.
I've said many, many times that letting a child older than 30 months soil and wet herself several times a day is an insult to the child's intelligence.
A journalist recently asked me to name the No. 1 problem facing today's family. I think she expected me to address education, the economy or some other "hot" topic. To her surprise, I said, "A confusion of roles." In today's parenting universe, married women with children think of themselves first and foremost as mothers, and married men with children think of themselves first and foremost as fathers. This is ...
As regular readers of this column know, my advice tends toward the "psychologically incorrect" end of the spectrum.
Question: I do not like the implications of Halloween, but my husband does, so we allow the kids to dress up as fun/positive characters.
Question: Our family just moved to a new city and my 2 1/2-year-old son won't do anything during the day but follow me around. If I give him something to play with while I unpack boxes, he ignores what I've given him and starts messing with things he knows he's not supposed to touch, like my computer. If I move from one room to another, he moves with me, asking me question after question or ...
Question of the week: My 5-year-old son plays with two other 5-year-olds in the neighborhood on a regular basis.
If, in a 50-employee workplace, several employees are misbehaving, one can reasonably assume that the problem lies with the employees. On the other hand, if half of the employees are misbehaving, the only conclusion to draw is that the problem lies with management.
Question: My daughter has several friends in her fourth-grade class who seem to love drama.
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