Use the rod…Spoil the Child—The Spanking Controversy!

May 3, 2010 by  
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Kids are from Krypton; Parents are from Pluto Radio series update April 29: Did you know that kids who are spanked on a regular basis are more likely to have low self-esteem, depression, lower grades and consequently lower paying jobs? Spanked kids are more aggressive when younger, tend to grow up to spank their kids, learn not only that it’s OK to hit when angry, but it’s also permissible to... 

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Managing Your Anger As a Parent

April 16, 2010 by  
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Angry Mom

Radio Series Update April 15: What’s so wrong with being angry? A look at anger from the parents’ perspective. The last couple of weeks, we have been discussing how parents sabotage their own authority, by allowing themselves to be doormats, being inconsistent and not following through with what they say. We also noted that while the topic of this segment series is discipline, we haven’t even... 

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My Kids Really Know How To Push My Buttons!

April 11, 2010 by  
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Kids can really push your buttons!

Radio Series Update April 8: “My kids really know how to push my buttons!” As the title suggests, this week we recognized that your ‘buttons’ are your particular emotional hot spots. If you think back, some of your ‘buttons’ may very well be the same parental buttons you pushed when you were a kid. How your parents responded to certain behaviors of yours, is how you learned to respond... 

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To Spank Or Not To Spank–That Is The Question

You have probably heard this old Mother Goose rhyme: There was an old woman who lived in a shoe She had so many children she didn’t know what to do. She gave them some broth without any bread, Then whipped them all soundly And put them to bed. Here’s a kinder, gentler alternative of “Old Woman In A Shoe” from Jordan Riak: There was an old woman Who lived in a shoe. She was a kindhearted... 

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Kids Are From Krypton Parents Are From Pluto

Radio show update: Stop Shooting Yourself in the Foot! Today’s show focused on some of the major ways that parents undermine their own authority. Before you can effectively discipline your kids, you need to assume a position of respect and authority. However, most parents, particularly moms, have the tendency to sabotage themselves in the following ways: Parents tend to feel that it is more important... 

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Is Discipline the same as spanking?

March 25, 2010 by  
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Radio Series Update: Is Discipline the same as spanking? Another great show, thanks to my wonderful host, Michelle Wargo on www.heartbeatradiousa.com. What do you think of when you hear the word ‘discipline’? If you are like most parents, the word conjures up ideas of correction and punishment. However, that is only one part of the equation! Actually, the purpose of discipline is to teach. What... 

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Turn Off the Tube

April 23, 2009 by  
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This is the time of year when we are supposed to shut off the TV for a week and find better things to do. Groups such as the American Academy of Pediatricians and Physicians for Social Responsibility and the National Educator’s Association want us to think about the children and how fat they’re getting because they’re not playing as much as kids did in the olden days. Between Saturday... 

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Moms Who Feel Like “Desperate Housewives.”

April 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Ask Dr. Vicki, Discipline

Dear Dr. Vicki, Help! My kids get sick a lot in the winter and I feel trapped. They are bored, whiney, demanding and I just don’t know what to do. I love my kids, but winter is coming and I am dreading being stuck in the house with them. What can I do? Signed: Desperate housewife! Dr. Vicki’s response: You are not alone! There is nothing funny about having to go through a week of dealing... 

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I Feel Like a Broken Record with My Child

April 10, 2009 by  
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Dear Dr. Vicki, I have to ask my child 3 or 4 times to do something, at which point, I am angry. For example, my son was playing with his friend’s cell phone in the back of our car. I asked him 3 times to give it back to his friend (knowing the battery was low). By the time he gave it back, the phone was no longer usable as a phone. This is just one example. I feel like a broken record. Dr.... 

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Anger Issues with Your Child

April 2, 2009 by  
Filed under Ask Dr. Vicki, Discipline

Dear Dr. Vicki, I have an 11 year old daughter and am trying to help her with “anger management”. So far we have been doing better with talking about it, and (she’s) counting to 10, taking deep breathes, walking away. . . .and I have tried to be calm in responding and then I “ignore” any junk behavior. Then I go on to a “normal” question and she seems to fall... 

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