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Great Kids, Great Parents Blog
By Dr. Paul Holinger


Good News!
Bolivia has become
the 39th country – and 6th
in Latin America – to prohibit corporal punishment of
children in all settings.
Bolivia has a child/adolescent population of 4,654,000.

Dr. Paul Understanding 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: August Aichhorn, John Bowlby, Anna Freud, Sigmund Freud, Hermine Hug-Hellmuth,
Melanie Klein, Margaret Mahler, Rene Spitz, Daniel Stern, Silvan Tomkins,
Donald Winnicott. 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.
I see my job as helping transition the work of these brilliant psychological minds into the public arena.

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

My goal is to help develop great kids and great parents. I 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.

I 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.


What Babies Say Before They Can Talk

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Interferences of Interest
in the Talking Child

As the baby begins to verbalize, usually somewhere between one and three years of age, the interferences with interest can take different form. Parents often get anxious about the expression of feelings and the use of certain words and phrases. Hence, they often act to suppress this expression, rather than use these expressions as opportunities for understanding how their child is feeling and as a learning experience for the child.


  Anna Freud

Anna FreudAnna Freud was the sixth and youngest child of Sigmund Freud and Martha Bernays. She was born in Vienna, began her career as a teacher, and ultimately was essential in creating the field of child psychoanalysis. She emphasized issues of infant and child development and attachment, and she established treatment centers for children during World War II. Among her best known works are The Ego and the Mechanisms of Defense (1936) and Normality and Pathology in Childhood: Assessments of Development (1965).
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 >