Parents

/

Home & Leisure

Dreamstime/Dreamstime/TNS

Help big brother understand baby's limits

Parents / John Rosemond /

Q: Our soon-to-be 5-year-old son enjoys playing with his 14-month-old brother, but there have been three times recently when the baby has started crying and when I check, big brother has a guilty look on his face. So far, the baby has suffered a scratch under one eye, a red mark on his face where a ball hit him, and a bruised forehead from ...Read more

Dreamstime/Dreamstime/TNS

Why parenting slot machine theory is wrong

Parents / John Rosemond /

Some parents, I have discovered, believe in the parenting slot machine theory. They hold fast to the notion that some parents are simply lucky, meaning that chance and chance alone determines whether one has easy children or difficult children. This parenting slot machine supposedly pays some parents and cheats others.

With rare exception, ...Read more

Nicoleta Ionescu/Dreamstime/TNS

The difference between 'fair' and equal'

Parents / John Rosemond /

Q: How can I explain to my kids, ages 6 and 9, that “fair” and “equal” are not the same. They complain constantly that I’m not fair. What they mean is I don’t treat them the same.

A: You’re yelling into a hurricane. Forget it. Below age 12 or 13, children cannot wrap their brains around the difference between the two concepts.

...Read more

Dreamstime/Dreamstime/TNS

If bedtime routine invites trouble, shorten it

Parents / John Rosemond /

Q: We have a 3.5-year-old daughter and each night we have a routine we go through with her — bath, pajamas, brush, choose two books and read them, sing a couple of songs, and pray before lights out. Bedtime typically falls between 7:30 and 8 p.m. each night and she sleeps soundly for about 11-12 hours. We try to go through the routine calmly ...Read more

Dreamstime/Dreamstime/TNS

Research on ultrasounds is murky

Parents / John Rosemond /

Correlation does not prove causation, drummed my grad school statistics professor. For example, a rise in the rate of American children who regularly consume lox and a concurrent rise in Type 2 diabetes among American children does not, in and of itself, prove lox consumption increases the risk of diabetes. Proving the contention would require a...Read more

Marina Morozova/Dreamstime/TNS

Back off on daughter's eyeliner use

Parents / John Rosemond /

Q: Our 14-year-old daughter is a rising high school sophomore. We let her wear eyeliner this past year, but she is wearing entirely too much. She is well-adjusted (plays sports, good grades) but seems insecure to go out in public without her makeup. When we tell her she looks prettier without it, she becomes defensive. Should we lighten up or ...Read more

Dreamstime/Dreamstime/TNS

Let brothers work out their conflict

Parents / John Rosemond /

Q: Our 8-year-old, the oldest of three, is often rude to his siblings. I know some sibling conflict is normal, but this seems excessive. I hear him multiple times per day tell his younger brothers how annoying they are. In addition, he often yells at them to stop whatever they are doing that he doesn’t like. We’ve asked him to stop berating ...Read more

Dreamstime/Dreamstime/TNS

How long to wait in between having kids

Parents / John Rosemond /

Q: My husband and I have one child, age 2. We’d like to have at least one more. What is the optimal spacing between children?

A: Research puts ideal sibling spacing at three to four years. A child 3 or younger may respond to the birth of a sibling by regressing behaviorally and even becoming aggressive toward the new arrival. On the other ...Read more

Igor Mojzes/Dreamstime/TNS

Mom struggling with angry son

Parents / John Rosemond /

Q: I’m a single mother with a 13-year-old son. His father, whom he sees infrequently, has PTSD from battle experiences. My son has anger toward his father, but I can’t get him to talk about it. It comes out of him in the form of a lot of disrespect directed toward me. What should I do about this?

A: I assume that by “this” you mean your...Read more

Dreamstime/Dreaemstime/TNS

Easy chores for youngsters

Parents / John Rosemond /

Q: In certain of your books as well as your newspaper column, you have written that children as young as 3 should be doing daily chores around the home. Exactly what chores are reasonable for that age child?

A: First, a personal anecdote: My mother kept a scrapbook of my early years that contained photos, notes and other such memorabilia. ...Read more

Dreamstime/Dreamstime/TNS

Today's kids have no idea what they're missing

Parents / John Rosemond /

I grew up in the “You’re Making a Mountain of a Molehill” era, also known as the Age of “Children Are Starving in (fill in the blank with some remote place)," and by golly, I’m a better person for it!

First, some historical context: I am a baby boomer, a child of the '50s. I remember the first time I heard Elvis. I was in a diner with...Read more

Dreamstime/Dreamstime/TNS

How can I discourage daughter's friendship with a brat?

Parents / John Rosemond /

Q: My best friend’s 6-year-old daughter is an only child and a spoiled brat. She screams at her parents when she doesn’t get her way, always wants to be first at everything and is extremely bossy with other children. For whatever strange reason, my children want to play with her. How can I discourage the friendship? Should I talk to my ...Read more

 

Comics

Reply All Dustin Family Circus Carpe Diem Flo & Friends Herb and Jamaal