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Greetings to those who read my piece in the USA Today and went looking for my blog.  I originally wrote the Hooters post a  few weeks ago and it is buried in my archives, but I’ll save you the scrolling and put it Here.  Below is the picture:

The Hooters picture.  My son is the one on the right.

The Hooters picture. My son is the one on the right.

But don’t believe the hype.  Blogging about red meat topics like Hooters is not what I usually do.  For those of you in the market for some interesting parenting stories and lessons about raising infants up to pre-teens, I have compiled my Greatest Hits with a thumbnail description culled from my 40+ posts in the past three months:

1) The time I had my kids talk to their great-grandpa about the Great Depression.

2) How to reduce your child’s crying

3) How hard to push your child into competitive sports

4) How to win the discipline war with your kids

5) Why a 10-year-old needs a cellphone

6) Using chores and allowance to instill a work ethic and saving money.

7) Dump your stroller

8.) Two simple tests you can run on your 4-year-old that researchers believe are keys to future success here and here. Also, looking for clues in the crib.

9) The key to being an effective parent.

10) What Happens when even good parenting isn’t enough

11) Kids, Videogames and self-control

12) Peeing in a trashcan. One of my favorite funny stories.

Thanks for taking a look at my blog, and leave a comment if the mood strikes you.  If you work your way through my grammatical errors and weak lines of argument, and sift out a nugget of two of useful information to apply to your own children, then I am happy.

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The New York Times Sunday magazine last week published this piece on the importance of teaching kids self-control. Self-control, according to the article, is regarded by some scholars as a better predictor of success in early school age kids than aptitude in academic subjects.  I have my own story about self-control in an area where kids are notoriously weak: playing videogames. (more…)

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The May 18, 2009 issue of New Yorker ran a fascinating article about an experiment that child psychologists in the 1960s use to test the ability of four year olds to exert self control.  The psychologist who designed the experiment later expanded it into a longitudinal study and realized that the ability to show self control at 4 is actually a fair predictor of future success in life (here’s the link to the NY’er article)

This ingenious experiment is easy to run on your own child, and takes only about 5-10 minutes. (more…)

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