Is it Okay to Compare Your Kids?

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Written by Dr. John Carosso To compare or not to compare? Parents often quickly correct themselves after making comparisons between their kids, saying “I know we’re not supposed to do that…” It’s generally taken for granted that comparing our children is wrong. Is it really wrong? In reality, we compare all the time. In fact, comparing helps us to understand […]

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Our Christmas Gift: The Wonderful Counselor

Christmas Message

Written by Dr. John Carosso What I’m expected to do… As a psychologist, I’m expected to talk about traditional and clinically-relevant approaches to help kids, and parents, work through difficulties. This of course would include helping people to think in more reasonable ways (cognitive therapy), behave in ways that are productive and healthy (behavioral approaches), be emphatic (Rogerian techniques), stay […]

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Relationship: The Foundation of Discipline

Parenting relationship discipline

Written by Dr. John Carosso The discipline trap How beneficial is time-out, taking away the TV, or ‘grounding’ a child from going outside? Of course, as most parents have come to find, all of these discipline strategies can be effective. However, what happens if you rely too heavily on these strategies? Well, first, your household can become like a gulag; […]

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Are Your Kids “Lazy” or Are They Being Lazy?

Parenting tips Lazy kids

Written by Dr. John Carosso Subtle difference? Well, it’s really not so subtle. It’s the difference between labeling your child, or simply describing an annoying and transient behavior. What’s the big deal? When we call our kids “lazy,” “rude,” “liars,” “thieves,” or whatever, we are defining their character, and suggesting that this is their enduring quality. Okay, so now you’re […]

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Let’s Talk About How We Diagnose And Treat Autism Part III: Treatment of More Severe Autism

Autism Treatment

Written by Dr. John Carosso Where we left off We spent the past few posts discussing the diagnosis and treatment of mild autism. By the way, your subsequent comments and questions have been remarkable and very thought-provoking; thank you. At this point, you already know the general signs and symptoms of autism (if not, just check-out any number of my […]

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