How to Deal With a Badly Behaved Child


Every parent has been there at some point, sat on a plane or bus, red with embarrassment as their toddler throws a tantrum and infuriates the other passengers. And most parents know what it is like to go to bed in tears, exhausted and bewildered by the endless struggle. Thankfully, much can be done. If your child is disobedient and badly behaved, try the following: Remember that a child is not a...

When You Regret Having Children


Admitting that you regret your children is like confessing to a crime. And those who do are certain to be met with insults, usually along the lines of “why did you have them then you selfish…!” Others will accuse you of ingratitude; just look at all those poor people struggling with IVF, and here you are complaining! Nevertheless, many do have such regrets. Regret When people...

How to Survive the Family Vacation


Whether as miserable children stuck in the back of a car, bored teenagers who just wanted to stay behind with their friends, or despairing parents bickering about directions and money, most people have experienced the ugly side of the family vacation. So it is hardly surprising that a recent U.K. survey revealed four out of every five parents do not look forward to it. And yet this is supposed to...

Talking to Your Child About Drugs


Most parents approach the topic of drugs with fear. They hope to discourage their child from using them, but they worry about saying the wrong thing. After all, mishandle it and who knows what the consequences could be. Patronizing Them When talking to your child, you must first consider not just what you say but how you say it. Do not patronize them. You then set yourself up as the all-knowing...

Caught Between Ageing Parents and Difficult Teens


If you have to care for both children and ageing parents, you are not alone. Many members of the so-called “sandwich generation,” whose baby boomer parents are now retiring, find themselves in a similar predicament. In the USA, for example, around 47% of adults are supporting both the generation above and below. And similar statistics can be found throughout the West. The Sandwich...

Preparing Your Child for Life in the 21st Century


Wondering what sort of world your child will grow up in is nothing new. What is new is the speed at which things are changing. Though life in the past was often chaotic, and sometimes dreadful, people at least understood it. They could prepare their child because they knew that his world would be similar to their own. But how does someone born in the 20th century prepare their child for...

Adjusting to a Step-Parent


No matter what your age, when a parent remarries it can be difficult to accept and adjust. If you are still at home and now find yourself living with a stranger, obviously the adjustment is trickier still, especially if the parent they’ve replaced is loved and missed. But even full-grown adults with children of their own can find the experience tough. Sympathetic Imagination The greatest...

Do All Foster Kids Have Issues?


Adopting a child can be tricky and demanding. It can also be immensely rewarding. As people live longer, and go through several marriages, raising other people’s children may also become more common. The Child’s Background Rewarding and joyful as it can be, however, problems do sometimes arise. To put it crudely, you never know what you are going to get. For all you know, the child...

Surviving and Thriving as a Single Parent


Few individuals are so unjustly demonized as the single parent. Even today, in spite of changing social attitudes, many still regard them as selfish and irresponsible. In reality, however, single parents often sacrifice a great deal. The Single Parent If you are now a single parent, you are not alone. Take modern Australia as an example. Between 1960 and 2016, the percentage of children living...

Becoming a Step-Parent? Here’s What You Should Know!


The relationship between step-parent and stepchild is a unique and often tricky one, though one that can also prove rich and rewarding. And it is more common than most people realize. In 2014, for example, the U.K.’s Daily Mail newspaper reported that nearly one in three British families now include a child from a previous relationship. A Good Start First impressions can make a big...

Mark Goddard, Ph.D.

Mark Goddard, Ph.D.

Mark Goddard, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and a consultant specializing in the social-personality psychology. His publications include magazine chapters, articles and self-improvement books on CBT for anxiety, stress and depression. In his spare time, he enjoys reading about political and social history.

*The views expressed by Mr. Goddard in this column are his own, are not made in any official capacity, and do not represent the opinions of his employers.