Corporal punishment is bad, so it’s good to not do it or stop doing it. More about that later. Adrian Peterson did not impose corporal punishment. Peterson beat his 4-year-old son with a tree branch, inflicting cuts, welts and bruises over several parts of the boy’s body, including his genitals. Adrian Peterson abused his 4-year-old son.
Dan views his writing as a second therapeutic “voice” and seeks to be helpful, provocative and entertaining. There is no reason dead serious issues such as autism, family dysfunction and adolescent turmoil have to be dealt with devoid of humor, warmth and even joy.
This post originally appeared on Huffington Post in October 2014.
A couple recently came into my office. On paper, they had a reasonably healthy marriage. Greg had suffered some setbacks at work, and got depressed sometimes, but Sue did her best to be kind and generous. They still got the kids to soccer games, managed work demands, went to church every Sunday. Most significantly, they tried hard to avoid fighting, and they had basically succeeded.
This post originally appeared on Huffington Post in September, 2014.
If “hope” was a drug, the worst addicts would be parents. Proof came in a recent New York Times Magazine cover story, “The Kids Who Beat Autism,” which offered a few Cinderella stories against a common evil step-sister, the motley crew of diagnoses lumped into Autistic Spectrum Disorder.