John Rosemond

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John Rosemond
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John Kirk Rosemond

(1947-11-25) November 25, 1947 (age 73)
EducationWestern Illinois University
Newspaper Columnist
Public Speaker
Radio Broadcaster
Wilma Rosemond
(m. 1968)

John Rosemond (born November 25, 1947) is an American columnist, public speaker, and author on parenting. His weekly parenting column is syndicated in approximately 225 newspapers, and he has authored 15 books on the subject. His ideas revolve around authority for parents and discipline for children.

Rosemond grew up in Charleston, SC, and the suburbs of Chicago. He attended Western Illinois University, graduating in 1971 with a master's degree (M.S.) in Community Psychology. At Western Illinois University, Rosemond sang lead in a popular campus band, Herkemer Bog, where he met his future wife at a concert.

From 1971 to 1980, Rosemond worked as a therapist and program director at various mental health centers in Illinois, Iowa, and North Carolina.[citation needed] He began writing his newspaper column in 1976, while Director of the Early Intervention Program at the Gaston-Lincoln Mental Health Center in Gastonia, NC. In 1978, the Charlotte Observer purchased the column and put it into syndication a year later. It now appears weekly in over 200 newspapers in the USA. From 1980 to 1990, Rosemond was in private practice as a family therapist.

He is licensed as a psychological associate in the state of North Carolina.[citation needed]


Rosemond has authored or co-authored fifteen books, including:

Books as sole author:

  • Rosemond, John K. (1981). Parent Power!. Fast & Macmillan Publishers. ISBN 0-914788-42-6.
  • Rosemond, John (2001). John Rosemond's New Parent Power! (First ed.). Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 978-0740714153.
  • Rosemond, John (2006). The New Six-Point Plan for Raising Happy, Healthy Children. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 978-0740760778.
  • Rosemond, John (1995). A Family of Value. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 978-0836205053.
  • Rosemond, John (2000). Raising a Nonviolent Child. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 0-7407-0671-3.
  • Rosemond, John (2001). Teen-Proofing: Fostering Responsible Decision Making in Your Teenager. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 978-0740710216.
  • Rosemond, John (2005). Family Building: The Five Fundamentals of Effective Parenting. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 0-7407-5569-2.
  • Rosemond, John (2012). Parent-Babble: How Parents Can Recover from Fifty Years of Bad Expert Advice. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 978-1449422332.
  • Rosemond, John (2009). The Well-Behaved Child: Discipline That Really Works!. Thomas Nelson. ISBN 978-0-7852-2904-9.
  • Rosemond, John (2012). Toilet Training Without Tantrums. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 978-1449418489.
  • Rosemond, John (2013). Parenting by The Book : Biblical Wisdom for Raising Your Child. Howard Books. ISBN 978-1476718712.
  • Rosemond, John (2013). Making the "Terrible" Twos Terrific!. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 978-1449421601.
  • Rosemond, John (2014). John Rosemond's Fail-Safe Formula for Helping Your Child Succeed in School. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 978-1449422301.
  • Rosemond, John (2015). Grandma Was Right after All!: Practical Parenting Wisdom from the Good Old Days. Tyndale House. ISBN 978-1496405913.

Books with others:

  • Rosemond, John; Ravenel, Bose (2009). The Diseasing of America's Children: Exposing the ADHD Fiasco and Empowering Parents to Take Back Control. Thomas Nelson. ISBN 978-0785297475.


Rosemond's radio show on parenting, "Because I Said So!" aired on American Family Radio on Saturdays at 6pm EST until July 2018.[1][2]


Rosemond has received criticism for his recommendations on toilet training[3] and spanking[4] because they contradict other parenting experts' recommendations as well as the official evidence-based policy of the American Psychological Association.[5] Rosemond's statements on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder also have been criticized for being inaccurate;[6] Rosemond says the disorder does not exist.[7]

In 1992, Rosemond wrote a column in which he stated that an 18-month-old girl who had been sexually abused on one occasion by a non-family member (babysitter) was unlikely to ever remember the event; therefore, therapy was not called for. Rosemond's advice was in line with research into human memory which finds that regardless of the nature of an event, permanent memory does not form until around age 36 months, on average.[8] However, it directly contradicts years of research indicating that preverbal trauma has lifelong psychological and neurodevelopmental effects, especially if untreated.[9]

In 2013, the Kentucky Psychology Board initiated a letter to Rosemond from the Attorney General of Kentucky, charging Rosemond with practicing psychology in Kentucky without a license issued by them. The charge was based solely on the fact that Rosemond's syndicated column appears in five Kentucky newspapers. Rosemond sued the Kentucky Psychology Board and Attorney General in federal court, charging them with attempting to suppress his First Amendment rights.[10] He subsequently released the Attorney General from the suit. The Psychology Board refused to back down and the case went to court. Rosemond won in October 2015.[11]


  1. ^ "American Family Radio - AFR Program Lineup".
  2. ^ Rosemond, John. "John Rosemond".
  3. ^ Lemonick, Michael D. (25 January 1999). "War of the Diapers". Archived from the original on February 11, 2001 – via
  4. ^ Paul, Pamela (8 May 2006). "Is Spanking O.K.?". Archived from the original on November 7, 2012 – via
  5. ^ "Corporal Punishment".
  6. ^ "Spreading Misinformation About ADHD". 29 July 2015.
  7. ^ Rosemond, John K. (April 2017). "The 'invention' of ADHD". Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  8. ^ Bauer, Patricia J. (December 2015). "Development of episodic and autobiographical memory: The importance of remembering forgetting". Developmental Review. 38: 146–166. doi:10.1016/j.dr.2015.07.011. PMC 4669902. PMID 26644633.
  9. ^ Putnam, Frank W (March 2003). "Ten-Year Research Update Review: Child Sexual Abuse". Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. 42 (3): 269–278. doi:10.1097/00004583-200303000-00006. PMID 12595779.
  10. ^ "Parenting Columnist Claims Kentucky Censorship". ABC News. 21 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Federal judge rules in favor of columnist John Rosemond in lawsuit against psychology board".

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