Topic: children’s behavior

You’re Not Raising Better Children By Spanking Them – You’re Raising More Aggressive Ones

You're Not Raising Better Children By Spanking Them - You're Raising More Aggressive Ones

I don’t understand parents who can’t grasp this concept. I’ve never been hit or hit anyone else either, so spanking is something that I am wholly uncomfortable with. I may feel different about it if I were raised in a house where spanking was the norm. That doesn’t logically make sense to me, but those parents who I hear defending spanking as a means of discipline were usually spanked themselves. More »

Father Will Not Be Prosecuted For Locking 4 Bratty Vandals In A Closet

Father Will Not Be Prosecuted For Locking 4 Bratty Vandals In A Closet

I’m not the type of person who often laments about “kids these days” and how terrible they are. Generally, I think kids are kids and are allowed to make a mistake or two. They’re no better or worse today than they were a generation or two ago. But then I will hear a story about some little shits who cause thousands of dollars in damages to an elderly man’s home, and all I want to do is weep for humanity. More »

Britain Is Tackling The Hotly Debated ‘To Leash Or Not To Leash Your Kids?’ Question

Britain Is Tackling The Hotly Debated 'To Leash Or Not To Leash Your Kids?' Question

When I think of a kid on a leash, I am immediately taken to Disney World or some other amusement park. It is scorching hot and people are everywhere — and so are children being lead on a leash by their parents. I do understand the reasoning: the child probably has a penchant for making a run for it or perhaps has special needs. Still, I always feel bad for the child even if the leash they’re wearing has been made to look less restricting in the form of a teddy bear backpack. This is a long debated issue and with a new form of “reins” becoming popular in Britain, the question remains – is leashing your child the “right thing” to do? More »

Too Much TV May Make Your Kid A Jerk

Too Much TV May Make Your Kid A Jerk

I watched a lot of television as a kid and I’m happy to say that it didn’t lead me down a path of giving wedgies and stealing lunch money. It looks like I may have been one of the lucky ones. A new study by the University at Glasgow reveals that in addition to being bad for a child’s health watching too much television may cause children to become bullies. More »

With 3 Older Sisters, I’m Confident My Son Will Learn How To Respectfully Treat Women

With 3 Older Sisters, I'm Confident My Son Will Learn How To Respectfully Treat Women

The poor dude hears A LOT of girl talk. So maybe he’ll learn growing up, once he understands words, that it’s not cool to date a girl’s best friend right after you dump her. Or that asking for nude photos from a girl (which happened to my 13-year-old stepdaughter) is so way out of line, disrespectful and plain rude. Maybe he’ll learn that he actually has to TALK to a girl at school or that girl will feel like he doesn’t really like her. Maybe he’ll learn that girls always look at men’s shoes. More »

Wait, Bribing Your Kids Is A Bad Thing? There Goes My Entire Parenting Philosophy

Wait, Bribing Your Kids Is A Bad Thing? There Goes My Entire Parenting Philosophy

Although my kids are past the bribing stage at this point, I really don’t think it’s a bad parenting tactic, especially when you are rushed and trying to convince a three-year-old to wear their heavy winter coat. The idea of reasoning with little kids is all fine and good, but sometimes you have to bring out the big guns, and by big guns, I mean a cookie or an extra 20 minutes of screen time. More »

Sorry, But Etiquette Classes For Children Are A Colossal Waste Of Money

Sorry, But Etiquette Classes For Children Are A Colossal Waste Of Money

I think that teaching children manners is extremely important. I think that kids as young as four or five years old should be capable of sitting through a full meal at a nice restaurant without making a mess or disturbing any other guests. I agree that, in general, etiquette can sometimes feel like a bit of a dying art. So I should be completely on board with etiquette classes for young children, right? Wrong. More »

Your Colicky Baby May Not Grow Up To Be A Serial Killer After All

Your Colicky Baby May Not Grow Up To Be A Serial Killer After All

Mothers who watch their colicky baby with suspicion — and maybe saw We Need To Talk About Kevin too many times — take a deep breath. Those wails through the night, and the day, and the night don’t necessarily mean that your son or daughter will grow up with compromised mental health. Put that mother’s intuition aside for a moment and consider science’s assessment of the situation. More »

More Parents Than Ever Have No Shame In Medicating The Crap Out Of Their ADHD Kids

More Parents Than Ever Have No Shame In Medicating The Crap Out Of Their ADHD Kids

Medicating children continues to be anxious territory for parents, as treating a toddler with bipolar disorder certainly isn’t what your average family is expecting at the pediatrician’s office. Yet with more mild conditions in comparison, such as ADHD, more parents than ever apparently aren’t hesitating in filling those Ritalin prescriptions. So much so that the number of prescriptions for children has jumped in eight years — way up. More »