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*Doesn't punishment prepare kids for real life?

Dear Joanna and Julie, Firstly, I really love your new book on how to talk to little kids. I think it’s an amazing book and very easy to read with great real life examples. Secondly, your book mentions not to punish kids for their misbehavior, rather teach them how to fix their...
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*Overtired Child

Dear Joanna and Julie, My biggest source of frustration with my child is when he is overtired. On the way to the melt-down, he can’t pay attention to rules or parental suggestions, he bounces off the walls, and moves his attention from thing to thing rapidly. It is hard to watch...
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*Too Much Hugging

Dear Joanna and Julie, Our almost 6-year-old is overly physically affectionate with his friends. He can’t seem to restrain himself from kissing and hugging (way too long and too hard), and won’t stop even when the other kid complains. We’ve had many discussions with him about the importance of respecting other people’s bodies...
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*When Choices Don't Work

Dear Joanna and Julie, My preschooler can be very stubborn. When he doesn’t get his way he will often react with a tantrum. Just this morning after finishing his cereal, it was time to drive to school. But he wanted more cereal. Unfortunately there was no time. I offered him a...
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*Clingy Kid

Dear Joanna and Julie, My son is 3 years old and he gets really nervous and sad when I leave for work. Once a week he stays with his grandma and it’s okay (not always but nearly). However when he stays with his nanny (three days a week) he is “traumatized”. He...
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