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The art of parenting: A parable

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Dr. John D. Rich Jr. 0

Read, study, ask questions, practice, try new things. Spend money and time creating experiences. Do everything you can to watch and learn. You can’t just replicate what your own parents did. Every parent, including you, has room for improvement. READ MORE

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Building character through sports

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Dr. John D. Rich Jr. 0

The pride that your child can have when she solves a math problem that requires a new set of skills is psychologically similar to the pride she can feel when she learns how to kick the soccer ball with the side of her foot, or pass the ball between two cones. READ MORE

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Stressed out parents

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 Dr. John D. Rich Jr. 0

On an almost daily basis, each of us encounters problems to be solved, questions to be answered decisions to be made, and a pile of things we would like to accomplish. In short, every day requires us to navigate through stress. READ MORE

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Parenting: The pressure to be perfect

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Dr. John D. Rich Jr. 0

The pressure to be perfect can be a source of motivation, or a source of great anxiety. My son Josiah is on the freshman football team at his high school. He had his first game of the season on Wednesday. For almost a week leading up to that game, he was visibly nervous. READ MORE

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Be a better parent than your own parents

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Dr. John D. Rich Jr. 0

Where are you in the process of trying to be a better parent? Let’s discuss some research, including a short study that I did of my own, about how typical it is to just repeat your own parents’ behaviors, what kinds of situations make this lack of intentionality most likely, and how it is that some people decide to be a better parent than their own parents were to them. READ MORE

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Creating courageous daughters and sensitive sons

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 Dr. John D. Rich Jr. 0

A parent of a son may tell the son to face his fears, stop being a crybaby, be a man, try it again. In general, boys are more likely to be encouraged to buck up and confront situations in a masculine way. On the contrary, girls are more likely to be listened to, parents will honor the girl’s feelings, perhaps step in and fix the situation for her, protect her, keep her safe, let her off the hook, use more control without granting autonomy. READ MORE