Debunking popular parenting myths

The 10 most popular parenting myths:

  1. You shouldn't be friends with your kids. They need a parent, not another friend.

  2. It takes a village to raise a child.

  3. You're never going to be close to your kids during their teenage years.

  4. If you don't punish your kids when they do something wrong, they'll turn out to be wild and out of control.

  5. Your kids don't care what you think of them - especially when they're teenagers.

  6. You can discipline your kids effectively whether you have a good relationship with them or not.

  7. Understanding the latest in locking, blocking and monitoring their computers will prevent your kids from getting into inappropriate and even dangerous websites.

  8. It's a parent's job to teach a kid to obey, no matter what.

  9. It's in a child's nature to lie and it's the parent's job to punish dishonesty to prevent it from taking over.

  10. It's perfectly ok to apply the principle: "You'll do as I say because I'm the parent."

And the bonus: If you talk with your kids about sex, drugs and alcohol, they'll run out and do it all immediately.

About Dr. Stern:

Joanne Stern, PhD, is a psychotherapist with a private practice emphasizing family and couples counseling. She's a teacher, consultant, speaker, and expert guest on parenting and family topics, including communication, discipline, self-esteem, addictions, eating disorders, grief, and loss.

In 2002, she also became an EEG neurofeedback practitioner to address a variety of childhood disorders, including attention deficit disorder, anxiety, and depression.

Dr. Stern is dedicated to helping individuals, couples, families, and groups learn, heal, change, and grow in their relationships with one another.

Parenting Is a Contact Sport: 8 Ways to Stay Connected to Your Kids for Life is her first book. A mother and grandmother, she and her husband, Terry Hale, live in Aspen, Colorado.

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