It can be said that the “Good job, Tony!” and the “You’re the best, Michelle!” go a long way when a child hears you speak those words of endearment. However, is there such a thing as too much praise? Are there ever times that you offer your child a compliment when he/she doesn’t … [Read more...] about The Perfect Praise
By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | September 12, 2012 Last week I read an article by Sarah B. Weir about physicians in Canada (in the CMAJ-Canadian Medical Association Journal) calling for a ban on spanking and tossing out the law that has allowed it to continue for 120 years. The … [Read more...] about The Spanking Debate Continues
If the invisible damage showed up like bruises and marks, perhaps parents would think twice. About ten years ago Mr. Ramirez was partly dozing off after a long day and watching a TV program about World War II. I was getting ready to facilitate the online group and was … [Read more...] about What is the True Cost of Child Abuse?
“Parents Anonymous is the greatest thing since sliced bread,” I’d say, and the next question is, “If it works so well, then why did you attend for so long?” The answer to that was easy: “Little kids have little problems, bigger kids have bigger problems; No single parenting … [Read more...] about Parents Anonymous’ Bonus Effect
“When you take a parent’s old discipline tools away, you need to replace them with new tools.” I made that comment during a TV interview many years ago for a documentary about child abuse from a parent’s perspective. I never wanted to hit my children like my parents did but I … [Read more...] about Choices Give Kids Power