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Awhile back, I posted about some research done on lying in children.  A very brief explanation of the study was that kids lied more often and more effectively when punishment was on the line.  Because so many children go through a lying phase, or more than a phase, I am writing this post [...]

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A few weeks ago the American Academy of Pediatrics published the new practice guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These guidelines are supposed to help pediatricians and other primary care physicians in the care of kids with ADHD. Although I agree with most aspects of the guidelines, I am [...]

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Mindfulness.  It’s practically a buzz word these days.  Even Oprah is talking about it.  So what is mindfulness, exactly, and why all the buzz? 

In brief, mindfulness is the bringing of one’s attention to what is right here, right now.  It is inviting oneself to let the ruminating about the past go and the obsessing [...]

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In a previous post on time-out, I mentioned the technique of forced choice.  Reader feedback tells me that this topic is a good one to cover on its own.  So without further ado, here you go.

Why Use Forced Choice

First, let’s talk first about why it is important to give children choices.  [...]

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The scene: Jamie, a fourth-grader, knows that he is responsible for remembering to put his lunch in his backpack for school.  He has forgotten it today for the umpteenth time, which his mom does not notice until the school bus is pulling away.  She sighs and puts the lunch in her car, again.  On her [...]

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And the argument continues…time-out versus corporal punishment.  I could do a lengthy review of the research on both, but my bottom line will still be this: if you can utilize time-out and get desired (and better) results why hit your kids?  (See Nestor’s 9/27/10 post for a discussion on spanking.)

That being [...]

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FRIDAY BRIEFS:

Routines are good. Routines are effective. Routines are adaptive. As a rule of thumb, most parents should use structured routines with their children.

I could end this post right here. The research about routines is so strong  that I feel comfortable breaking this blog’s policy of not providing clinical advice when saying that [...]

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