Ask the Child Psychologist

A good relationship with your children gets you through the hard times and creates more frequent good times. It helps you listen to, learn from, and meet the unique needs of your growing child. It doesn't change your kid's personality, but it makes it easier for you to influence him, so he's more cooperative and discipline isn't as much of a challenge. What's different about Connection Parenting is that it's about the relationship with your child, rather than a set of "skills" to make you a better parent. You're a fine parent the way you are, if you're in touch with your natural parenting instincts. is pleased to introduce Laura Markham, Ph.D., a "Connection Parenting" expert who specializes in helping families nurture the parent-child bonds that protect today's kids. Her common-sense advice gives parents the inspiration and self-confidence they need to create a family culture where everyone flourishes and even the teenager treasures family time. In addition to answering questions on her forum, Dr. Laura answers your questions live in our Chat Auditorium on Wednesdays.

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Laura Markham

As both a mom and a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Laura Markham offers a unique perspective on raising kids. Her relationship-based parenting model has helped thousands of families across the U.S. and Canada find compassionate, common-sense solutions to everything from separation anxiety and sleep problems to sass talk and cell phones.

Have a question about parenting your child? Ask Dr. Laura on her Forum, Chat with her live on the chat on Wednesdays, or Tune in to her radio show and ask her in person! She takes calls every Wednesday at 9am Pacific/ 10am Mountain/ 11am Central/Noon Eastern at

Dr. Markham is the founding editor of, where she regularly takes on a wide range of challenging questions from parents who struggle with "the toughest, most rewarding job on earth." In private practice, and as a speaker and presenter at parenting workshops and seminars, she enjoys connecting face-to-face with parents to help them transform their relationships with their children, regardless of age.

She is the author of an upcoming Q&A e-book series, Ask Dr. Markham, which will have editions for all ages from birth to teens, and of the soon-to-be-released, The Secret Life of Happy Moms, which lays out her relationship-based approach to raising kids who turn out great.

Dr. Markham received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University in New York. She's held many challenging jobs, including running publishing companies with 100 employees, serving on corporate boards and coaching business leaders, as well as counseling families and children. Bottom line, she says, "Raising children is the hardest, and most rewarding, work in the world." Dr. Markham lives in New York, with her husband, 14-year-old daughter, and 17-year-old son.