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John Rosemond

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Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents' questions on his website at

Articles from John Rosemond

Separate Your Kids From Your Identity

By John Rosemond

May 27, 2015

         My mother was a most unusual woman for her generation. She divorced my father when I was three, went to college and eventually obtained a Ph.D. in plant morphology when women were not heartily welcomed by the nearly all-male faculties of ... Read more »

Adopting a Child

By John Rosemond

May 19, 2015

Q: We have two children ages 9 and 5 and are considering adopting a third — perhaps an older child, even a teenager. Do you have any advice for us?A: Do I ever, beginning with a caution against believing what you are told by adoption specialists about the supposed vulnerability ... Read more »

Parents, Grandparents and Raising Kids

By John Rosemond

May 12, 2015

Q: My husband and I need your advice. We are parents to one adult daughter who has three children ages 10, 7 and 4. They live about three hours away, and up until two years ago we saw them fairly often. Our visits were often very uncomfortable, ... Read more »

The Value of Chores

By John Rosemond

May 5, 2015

A major U.S. newspaper recently ran a piece detailing all the ways children benefit from doing chores. Well, not all the ways. They failed to mention the most important benefit: chores, properly managed, teach citizenship values.“Properly managed” means children are not compensated monetarily for ... Read more »

Parenting in the 1950s: The Good Ol' Days

By John Rosemond

April 28, 2015

A list of some of the more memorable elements of pre-1960s parenting is in constant circulation on the Internet and is especially popular with people my age, who can for obvious reasons relate. The items include that we drank from garden hoses and survived, didn’t ... Read more »

The Dreaded Teenage Years

By John Rosemond

April 21, 2015

Q: Our son is going to be 13 next year, and we’re trying to be proactive about the coming storm. He’s been a good kid and relatively easy to raise to this point, but we’ve heard the horror stories and dread what may be around the ... Read more »

Soothing Bedtime Fears

By John Rosemond

April 7, 2015

Q: About six months ago, our 4-year-old daughter began complaining of being afraid to be alone at bedtime. Upon questioning, she told us she was afraid of monsters in her closet and under her bed. We were unable to convince her otherwise. In fact, the ... Read more »

Strengthening Creativity in Children

By John Rosemond

April 2, 2015

Today’s parents tend to worry about all manner of things that deserve not even second thoughts. Imaginary friends, for example. I’ve been asked many times by mothers if they should worry that their preschoolers have imaginary friends they seem to think, and in some cases ... Read more »

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