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Hello all.

I am very pleased to have the opportunity to author a regular column on parenting for Fabulously40. Raising an emotionally healthy child has always been a formidable task. The pressures and stresses of today's society make this task even more difficult. Fads have come and gone (remember Dr. Spock?), but sound child rearing practices that have actually worked for parents have endured.  

My goal is to share with you some of what I have learned and observed during my last 40 years of working with children and families. You will find that I am very opinionated in some areas and have strong beliefs about certain things. Even if you disagree with some of my opinions, remember that sometimes just the act of actually thinking an issue through, can produce discovery, a re-thinking of the situation, and open the door for improvements.

When I present common problems or concerns, I will also try to share with you solutions and what has seemed to work well for others. I will always try to be light on theory – and heavy on practical application.

Will everything I present work well and apply to everybody? Of course not. Every child and every family is different. But I will try to introduce methods, concepts, and approaches that will provide you with a basic framework for success.  

Although all areas of child rearing will be discussed, generally my focus is on the younger child. It is here where the family foundation for future emotional development - and the ability to successfully withstand the hurricane of adolescence - is formed. Other age groups will of course also be discussed.

The format of this column will vary depending on the issues or concepts being presented. The format will range from articles, to Q&A, to perhaps a "Tip of the Week."  

I would encourage everyone that has a parenting issue or concern that you would like me to address, to send it to me. I can't promise that I will be able to address them all – but I will add them to my list and speak to as many of them as I can. You can send them to me on this website – or directly at: [Link Removed] 

I am looking forward to our discussions.

**James is a Masters level Child Psychologist and Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has worked with distressed families for 40 years. He is the author of the Seamus the Sheltie series of children's books that were designed to assist parents in discussing difficult issues with younger children. Both books have received multiple national awards from parenting organizations. Mr. Beverly has written and published articles on parenting in a variety of media.

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