John Rosemond

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John Rosemond
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John Kirk Rosemond

(1947-11-25) November 25, 1947 (age 75)
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, with 15 books on the subject. His ideas revolve around authority for parents and discipline for children.

Personal life and education[edit]

Rosemond grew up in South Carolina until age 7 when he moved with his family to Chicago. He earned his master's degree in psychology at Western Illinois University.[1]

At age 20, he married Willie Herman. They had two children.[1]


Rosemond has received criticism for his recommendations on toilet training[2] and spanking[3] because they contradict other parenting experts' recommendations.

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.[4] However, it directly contradicts years of research indicating that preverbal trauma has lifelong psychological and neurodevelopmental effects, especially if untreated.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7]


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

Books as sole author:

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.


  1. ^ a b Duckett, Jodi (March 14, 1999). "Just an old-fashioned dad parenting expert John Rosemond defends his views". Morning Call. Allentown, Pennsylvania. p. E01. Gale A71547123.
  2. ^ Lemonick, Michael D. (25 January 1999). "War of the Diapers". Archived from the original on February 11, 2001 – via
  3. ^ Paul, Pamela (8 May 2006). "Is Spanking O.K.?". Archived from the original on November 7, 2012 – via
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Parenting Columnist Claims Kentucky Censorship". ABC News. 21 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Federal judge rules in favor of columnist John Rosemond in lawsuit against psychology board".

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