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Great Kids, Great Parents Blog
By Dr. Paul Holinger


Good News!
Two more countries
have banned physical punishments in
all settings—
Benin and Andorra.

There are now 46 countries worldwide prohibiting all
physical punishment, including
in the home
—28 of them are in Europe and 7 in Africa.

Benin – in West Africa; population about 10,000,000; child population about 5,000,000; language: French.

Andorra – in Southwestern
Europe; population about 80,000; child population about 15,000; language: Catalan; tourism: over
10 million visitors annually.

Over 100 countries have now banned physical punishment in
the schools. The United States
is not one of them: in fact,
19 states in the United States
still permit physical punishment
in schools.

Dr. Paul HolingerUnderstanding infant and child development is so important and can be so helpful in improving our parenting. We can always learn ways to enhance our relationships with our children.

There are geniuses in this field who deserve to be household names: Sigmund Freud, Sándor Ferenzi, Donald Winnicott, Heinz Kohut (psychoanalysis and psychotherapy); Anna Freud, Melanie Klein, Hermine Hug-Hellmuth (child/adolescent analysis and psychotherapy); August Aichhorn (adolescence); René Spitz, Selma Fraiberg (neglected, abused infants and children); John Bowlby, Margaret Mahler, Daniel Stern (attachment, development); Silvan Tomkins (affect theory).

Much of the mission of this website is to bring the work of these great men and women
into the spotlight and learn all we can from them. We see our job as helping transition
the work of these brilliant psychological minds into the public arena.

Within this site we have written and gathered many interesting articles and recommended readings to help answer questions for parents just like you. We address topics including:

Our goal is to help develop great kids and great parents. We hope to do this by discussing information about infancy and childhood — and especially about the feelings of infants and children. Why the focus on feelings? Because feelings lead to behaviors — our actions or inaction stem from our feelings.

We invite you to use and explore this site to gain a better understanding of your children and how to better communicate and interact with them.

Warmest wishes,
Paul C. Holinger, M.D., M.P.H.


What Babies Say Before They Can Talk

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Educational philosophy and policy have spawned a massive literature and a huge variety of alternative methods. So what does education and educate mean? Merriam-Webster’s has a variety of definitions: to provide schooling for; to train; to provide with information; to inform.


  Dr. Hermine Hug-Hellmuth

Dr. Hermine Hug-Hellmuth (1871-1924) was one of the early pioneers in therapy with children.
She was one of the first child analysts. In addition to writing about child psychotherapy and
psychoanalysis per se, she was also prolific in her lecturing and writing for the public.
Among her publications is a remarkably comprehensive book titled: New Ways to the
Understanding of Youth: Psychoanalytic Lectures for Parents, teachers, Educators,
School Doctors, Kindergarten Teachers, and Social Workers.
Physical punishment does not help,
it makes things worse, and there are much better alternatives.
See the following international organizations
for more information.

endhittingusa.org >
endcorporatlpunishment.org >
New resource from the Global Initiative To End All Corporal Punishment of Children
Domestic Violence & Corporal Punishment.pdf >