On Thursday, family psychologist John Rosemond will return to Gainesville for an evening with parents.
He will give a presentation "Raising Happy and Healthy Children," at 6:30 p.m. at the Lakeview Academy Student Center, 796 Lakeview Drive, Gainesville.
The program is part of Lakeview Academy’s Parent Association Parenting Speakers Series with parenting advice for K3 through 12th grade.
Rosemond is a nationally syndicated columnist, best-selling author, husband, parent and grandparent.
The Charlotte, N.C., resident’s column appears in The Times on Mondays, giving parents advice on issues ranging from potty-training to behavioral and school problems.
Rosemond has a background in family psychology and has been speaking and writing on parenting and family issues for 20 years, he said.
"I’ve spoken in Gainesville before, but it’s been a number of years. I’m looking forward to it," Rosemond said.
During his previous visit to Gainesville, he said behavior problems and a lack of proper discipline are the biggest issues on which parents seek his advice.
"I think it’s become difficult because American parents have lost touch with common sense when raising kids," he said. "One thing I’ve tried to do is to put them back in touch with common sense and alleviate some of their anxiety."
At his 2010 appearance, Rosemond fielded questions from the audience and gave advice to "today’s mother."
"My generation was the last generation of children to be afraid of women. Our mother’s successfully intimidated us and we came to school thoroughly convinced that women possessed a legitimate power," he said.
"Today’s mothers don’t want their children to be afraid of them. If anything she’s intimidated by her child. All too often if a child misbehaves, today’s mother doesn’t know who to correct — herself or her child."
Rosemond feels a return to the parenting styles of the 1950s would solve many of the issues parents face today.
During Thursday’s 90-minute presentation, which is open to the community, he will give common-sense parenting advice and answer questions from the audience.
The program is free, but seating is limited to 300 and is on a first-come basis.
For more information, parents can call 770-531-2657 or visit www.lakeviewacademy.com/Parenting.