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Great Kids, Great Parents Blog
By Dr. Paul Holinger


Good News!
Bolivia has become
the 39th country – and 6th
in Latin America – to prohibit corporal punishment of
children in all settings.
Bolivia has a child/adolescent population of 4,654,000.

40th: Cabo Verde, Africa

41st: Argentina


A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll
found in the USA that over
65% of those polledapproved
of physical punishment.
Believe it or not: In 19 states
in the USA, physical
punishment of children
is still legal in the schools.

Dr. Paul HolingerUnderstanding infant and child development is so important and can be so helpful in improving our parenting. We can always learn ways to enhance our relationships with our children.

There are geniuses in this field who deserve to be household names: Sigmund Freud, Sándor Ferenzi, Donald Winnicott, Heinz Kohut (psychoanalysis and psychotherapy); Anna Freud, Melanie Klein, Hermine Hug-Hellmuth (child/adolescent analysis and psychotherapy); August Aichhorn (adolescence); René Spitz, Selma Fraiberg (neglected, abused infants and children); John Bowlby, Margaret Mahler, Daniel Stern (attachment, development); Silvan Tomkins (affect theory).

Much of the mission of this website is to bring the work of these great men and women
into the spotlight and learn all we can from them. We see our job as helping transition
the work of these brilliant psychological minds into the public arena.

Within this site we have written and gathered many interesting articles and recommended readings to help answer questions for parents just like you. We address topics including:

Our goal is to help develop great kids and great parents. We hope to do this by discussing information about infancy and childhood — and especially about the feelings of infants and children. Why the focus on feelings? Because feelings lead to behaviors — our actions or inaction stem from our feelings.

We invite you to use and explore this site to gain a better understanding of your children and how to better communicate and interact with them.

Warmest wishes,
Paul C. Holinger, M.D., M.P.H.


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Language has been described as one of humans’ most important evolutionary advances. We will explore language with specific reference to individual development and its relationship to affects and cognition.

So what is language? Let’s keep it straightforward. Merriam-Webster’s says language is: the words, their pronunciation, and the methods of combining them used and understood by a community; the audible, articulate, meaningful sound as produced by the action of the vocal cords; and a systematic means of communicating ideas or feelings by the use of conventionalized signs, sounds, gestures, or marks having understood meanings.


  Daniel Stern, MD

Daniel Stern was a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who had a profound
impact on our understanding of infant and child development.
His pioneering book The Interpersonal World of the Infant:
A View From Psychoanalysis and Developmental Psychology
(1985) changed the landscape of
knowledge about human development.
Physical punishment does not help,
it makes things worse, and there are much better alternatives.
See the following international organizations
for more information.

endhittingusa.org >
endcorporatlpunishment.org >