Most students with disabilities are not receiving Social Security benefits, but those who are do not necessarily have to worry about losing those benefits from working a summer job.

If children grow up believing that they need to dodge sadness, they will be missing out on much self-understanding and a lot of richness in their lives.

Magic words are words parents believe will magically change a child’s attitude or behavior.

Nothing — repeat, nothing — puts a more solid foundation of well-being under a child’s feet than the knowledge his parents are in a committed relationship that transcends their individual relationships with him.

Whole Hearted Parenting

A pledge to earn your trust

In The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey wrote extensively about trust, calling it the foundation of all relationships. How do we integrate trust …

Students are anticipating in-person school, team sports, theater and dance performances, and a more active social life — but along with the excitement comes stress.

It is almost always the case that the attempt to micromanage a child engenders relationship problems of one sort or another, including rebellion.

Question: My 5-year-old continues to throw tantrums when he doesn’t get his way. His father and I are divorced. I have primary custody. He is with his dad every other …

Whole Hearted Parenting

The truth about kids and lying

One of the most volatile triggers for parents is lying. I have heard parents express fear that their child was going to become a pathological liar or anger that their …

Living with Children

Addicted to smartphones

Concerning my prior use of the word addiction in association with smartphones and children (including teens), some people think I am speaking figuratively. To set the …

Researchers have found what many personal testimonies will confirm: Most shy children, even the most painfully shy of them, are not shy adults.

Kid's take on movies: 'The Map of Tiny Perfect Things'

Kid's take on movies: 'The Map of Tiny Perfect Things'

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things is a fun film with amazing stunts, a heartwarming teenage love story, a time loop and even a really cool 4D cube drawing.

February is a happy month. Abundantly full of celebratory observations, there’s something for everyone, such as the anniversary of this column (12 years), Super Bowl S…

Question: In a recent column, you described our 5-year-old daughter. She is in bed at 6:30 in the evening but usually wakes up during the night and wants to talk to us…

Living with Children

Food and behavior

A headache does not mean one has a brain tumor, but some brain tumors do cause headaches.

Making children happy became a parenting goal in the early 1970s. The paradox, as everyone with a modicum of commonsense knows, is that the more effort parents put int…

We are in a new year destined to be marred by stress. The external stressors from COVID-19 have glommed onto 2021.

“Mom, the dog has paint all over her butt!” my teen daughter texted me, followed by a series of emoji that I interpreted as “I’m really sorry, please don’t be mad, I l…

This year, 2021, marks the 45th year I’ve been writing this column. I’ve been told it is the longest-running syndicated column written continuously by one author. That…

Question: I teach 3- and 4-year-olds in a child care center in Australia. I always have a few difficult children in any group, and the book in which you describe Alpha…

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