Category Archives: Positive Guidance Parenting

How To Parent Derby Style

I don’t envy anyone who interviews with me to be a caregiver for my son.  They have NO IDEA what they are walking into. “And how would you handle the following situation: you’re cutting vegetables with our 3-year-old son, he’s … Continue reading

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The Mommy Wars Decoded

A friend of mine recently commented, “I think one of the inadvertent results of the “Mommy Wars” (only the first world could get away with calling it that) is that sometimes we end up on the defensive when someone makes … Continue reading

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Just Another Day in the Office

I’m pretty polite, even with no coffee and on very little sleep.  And I usually offer a friendly “good morning” gesture as I arrive in the office each day.  My coworkers aren’t as nice – and this morning, everyone was … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Bug

Dear Bug, You are 4 now.  I am not ready for you to be 4.  Today you told me that next year you will be 24, and I am positive that is true.  Suddenly, you’ve moved away from home and … Continue reading

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Should Spanking Be Banned?

Last week, I received an email from Dr. Robert Larzelere – a prominent researcher in the field of parenting who, despite the overwhelming research on the negative long-term outcomes, wants the book left open on “conditional corporal punishment” (or corporal … Continue reading

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My Promise To My Child

The following quote has had over 9,000 shares on Facebook: “My promise to my children – as long as I live – I am your Parent 1st – your Friend 2nd.  I will stalk you, flip out on you, lecture … Continue reading

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Why it’s ‘Garbage’ that Chinese Mothers are Superior: A Rebuttal

While many readers expressed jaw-dropping disbelief at Amy Chua’s picture of parenthood, I admit I enjoyed considering this controversial and scandalous position on parenting.  Perhaps the most shocking aspect of Chua’s article was her willingness to promote (in public) that … Continue reading

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Parenting: Theory Versus Practice

As a scholar in the field of parenting, as a teacher of young children, as an educator of adults learning appropriate practices with children, I have to say I felt fairly prepared going into parenthood . . . in Theory.  … Continue reading

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