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John Rosemond / Parents

Video Game Obsession

Question: Our 14-year-old son seems depressed—to us, at least. His principal sees no sign of depression but thinks he’s socially anxious. The subjects of counseling and medication have come up. We have suggested to him that he get more ...

Home Alone?

Question: My 14-year-old daughter says I don't trust her because unlike her best friend’s parents, I won’t allow her to stay home alone for several days while I go out of town. Her friend’s parents do this at least once a month while ...

Introvert Or Extrovert?

Q: Our 4-year-old daughter has a huge problem with being laughed at. She loves to be goofy and do funny things but as soon as someone, including one of us, laughs at her she becomes upset. She will say "Don't laugh!" or "I don't want you to...

Parenting Advice From 1951

I recently came across a 1951 article my late mother saved from the Charleston (SC) News and Courier. Titled “Agency Offers Pointers on How Parents Can Guide Their Child’s Emotional Development,” it is proof that parents and professionals of...

Misbehaving 6-Year-Old Son

Question: My 6-year-old son is a bright and friendly kindergartner. Each day a color coded chart is sent home about his behavior. This year he’s gone through several spells during which he will have a "bad color" for several days in a row...

Toddler Toilet Training Problem

Question: I’ve been using the method described in your toilet-training book with my 18-month-old daughter and she’s been doing great during the day. She rarely has an accident. However, I’m still using a diaper at nap-time and during ...