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Parents need to bring back ‘Because I said so’

One of the more powerful parenting memes to emerge from the parenting revolution of the late 1960s and early 1970s was “Children deserve reasons.” To a large degree, that was a reaction to the previous parental policy of answering “Why? and “Why not?” with “Because I said so.”

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Chris Erskine: Got a teen? Consider a puppy crate

At night, we've started experimenting with keeping our youngest son in a crate. He's 13, and in the early stages of a rough pubescence - is that redundant? Aren't all pubescences rough? Like hurricanes and root canals, aren't they all a little harrowing?

Family

Living with Children: New teacher could be cure for disruptive behavior

Q: Our son is a rising second-grader at a private school. Last year, his behavior was often disruptive and sometimes even downright defiant - problems his first grade teacher did not have with him. At home, we have no more than typical "boyishness" - nothing approaching serious. Nonetheless, at the school's request we took him to a private counselor they recommended. When that did no good, the school began insisting he had a disorder and wanted him put on medication - something we will not do. Anyway, we want to take preventive steps to head this off before it becomes an issue in the coming school year. Can you give us any advice?

Health & Medicine

How to treat Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

Dear Mayo Clinic: I was recently diagnosed with vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. My doctor said there's no cure, and that it's genetic. What can be done to treat this? I have two young children. Should they be tested for it?

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