John Rosemond

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John Rosemond (born November 25, 1947) is a nationally syndicated columnist on parenting and has authored 14 books on the subject.

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 psychologist and program director at various mental health centers in Illinois, Iowa, and North Carolina. 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, John was in private practice as a family psychologist.

John Rosenond is married and has two children, Eric and Amy. He is licensed as a family psychologist in the state of North Carolina.


Rosemond's first book, John Rosemond's Six-Point Plan for Raising Happy, Healthy Children, was published by Andrews McMeel in 1989. It received a lot of attention, both positive and negative, because of his advocacy of a non-psychological philosophy and traditional parenting methods. That book has since been republished in a greatly expanded edition titled John Rosemond's NEW Six-Point Plan for Raising Happy, Healthy Children. Rosemond has since authored fourteen books on parenting and family issues, including A Family of Value, Making the Terrible Twos Terrific!, Teen-Proofing, Toilet Training Without Tantrums, Parent Babble, The Well-Behaved Child, and Grandma Was Right After All!. In 2007, Rosemond published (through Howard Books) his first book with an explicitly Christian theme, Parenting by The Book.


In August 1995, Rosemond started a radio show from a studio in his home town of Gastonia, North Carolina. WSIC in Statesville aired it live, and WCGC in Belmont, near Gastonia, tape-delayed the show. Other markets for the show were Durham, North Carolina; Atlantic City, New Jersey; Tallahassee, Florida; Rome, Georgia; Reading, Pennsylvania; Ames, Iowa; and Chicago.[1] John's radio show on parenting, "Because I Said So!" airs on American Family Radio networks on Saturdays at 6pm EST.

Actions taken against Rosemond by State Psychology Boards[edit]

The North Carolina Psychology Board has taken action against John Rosemond on two occasions.[2] Rosemond was given a formal reprimand[3] from the North Carolina Psychology board in 1988 when he ran an advice column telling a parent that a child should stop receiving psychological therapy. The board took further action in 1992, after Rosemond stated in a column that a child sexual abuse victim did not need any therapy. According to official documentation,[4] Rosemond's advice against seeking therapy for a sexual abuse victim may have violated ethical standards. Due to that column, the board requested that Rosemond receive supervision and he complied voluntarily.[5]

In 2013, the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology was sued by Rosemond after the board threatened to take legal action if Rosemond did not stop giving psychological advice in states where he was not licensed.[6]


Rosemond promotes what he calls an old-fashioned parenting philosophy and a traditional disciplinary approach as well as conservative politics. Rosemond, a psychologist, generally begins his presentations by telling his audiences that "psychology is a secular religion that one believes in by faith" and that psychology has done more harm than good to the American family. His claims regarding old-fashioned parenting and childhood have been criticized for relying on the good old days cliché and for implying, contrary to known evidence, that societal problems such as suicide did not exist in the past.[7] In other criticism, Rosemond has been described as closed-minded and simplistic and accused of dismissing new research simply because he disagrees with it while clinging to his belief that almost all childhood problems could be solved with his own parenting rules.[8] Rosemond has received criticism for his recommendations on toilet training[9] and spanking[10] because they contradict other parenting experts' recommendations as well as the official evidence-based policy of the American Psychological Association.[11] Rosemond's statements on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder also have been criticized for being inaccurate;[12] Rosemond says the disorder does not exist.[13]


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