ABCs of parenting

Laurence Steinberg’s Ten Basic Principles of Good Parenting sounds like common sense. Unfortunately, books like these are read by the parents who least need them. The really bad parents don’t understand how bad they are. They think it’s natural for kids to be brats.

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  1. Jim Thomason says:

    It IS natural for kids to be brats. Sometimes. It’s the parent’s job to let their kid’s know that such behavior is not acceptable, and too many parents nowadays don’t fulfill that responsibility.

  2. Anonymous says:

    “kids”, not “kid’s”. Sheesh.

  3. The most important principle may be the finding—consistent in the research for at least 60 years—that parents have a profound effect on their children’s emotional, social and intellectual development.

    Um, like, DUH!!!

  4. Agreed that it is natural for kids to act like brats. That doesn’t mean that they don’t need to be trained out of it.

    Wasn’t there a study that came out a few years ago that said peers have more influence on teenagers than their parents do?

  5. One of the amazing things about parenting is how the job changes as the kid grows, and another is how it stays the same.

    What an infant under 12 or so months needs is different than what a toddler needs and so on.

    Another parenting book I like is How to have the Happiest Toddler on the Block by pediatrician Harvey Karp. It is reviewed here:

  6. Harvey says:

    A resource I higly recommend to all parents is Dr. Foster Cline and his “love and logic” ref: