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Psychologist to discuss basics
of parenting at Central UMC

By Staff
PARENTING BASICS Kim McKelvey and her son Will, 4, walk outside of Central United Methodist Church, site of an upcoming parenting presentation featuring noted family psychologist, syndicated columnist and best-selling author John Rosemond. The program is at 7 p.m. Monday. Photo by Paula Merritt / The Meridian Star
By Ida Brown / staff writer
August 21, 2004
John Rosemond believes the biggest mistake made by today's generation of parents was believing the senseless advise of the experts.
He should know. A noted family psychologist, syndicated columnist and best-selling author, Rosemond used to dispense such "psychobabble," as he calls it.
Committed to helping parents gain perspective of their role in the family, Rosemond regularly gives presentations and conducts workshops nationwide.
On Monday, local parents, educators and professionals will have the opportunity to hear his words of wisdom during an appearance at Central United Methodist Church.
Getting back to basics
Rosemond's focus is general child rearing issues, healthy parenting and the key to effective discipline.
His philosophy to parenting is simple: return to the basics.
First among those basics, he said, is that children should orbit around parents.
Rosemond also believes parental authority should be absolute, and spanking is acceptable.
His talks and workshops include humor, factual information and practical advice.
Currently devoted to speaking and writing, Rosemond was in full-time private practice as a family psychologist from 1980-1990. From 1971 to 1979, he worked as a psychologist in Illinois and North Carolina and directed several mental health programs for children. He earned his master of science degree in psychology from Western Illinois University.
In addition to his speaking engagements and writing, Rosemond is director of the Center for Affirmative Parenting in Gastonia, N.C., a national parenting resource center that primarily provides skillshops and other educational presentations for parents and professionals who work with children and families. The center provides print and audio materials on parenting and child development.

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