Dr. Elaine Heffner: Reliving the feelings of childhood can be helpful as a parent

A familiar feeling expressed by parents is not to be like their own parents in the way they raise their children. They want to correct what they regard as the mistakes that were made with them. By mistakes they usually mean things they didn’t like as children which then somehow impacted on them as adults.One… … Read More


Dr. Elaine Heffner: Consequences are a source of learning and growth

A newly licensed teenager returned home with his father’s car later than the legally mandated hour for a 16-year-old driver. As a consequence, he was grounded – unable to use the car – for two weeks. This was met with great anger by the young person, who thought it most unfair.From the time children become… … Read More


Dr. Elaine Heffner: ‘New’ ideas about reading failures

Everything old is new again. Old ideas with a new look certainly seem to be making an appearance in theories related to child-rearing and education. The latest candidates in that regard are the “new” ideas about reading failure and methods of teaching children to read.Recent national test scores showing that only a third of American… … Read More