Celebrating your child's achievements

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I think when it comes to grades, there's 2 things to keep in mind: is my child a generally successful or do they need a plan of remediation? To think of a plan of remediation is a lot more complicated. It has to be proportionate to the problem and time to the severity of the problem. The bigger the problem, the more immediate the reward you're going to have and the more specific the reward. I think if the kids are doing generally fine, it's just a celebration. Hooray, we have enough stress as parents. My god, the marriage satisfaction rates go down when kids enter our lives and go back up when they leave. We got so much stress all the time and if the kid comes home with a good report card, Let's totally enjoy in whatever way we want that make sense to us. Once you've seen one family, you see one family and I think in terms of celebration - enjoy. They are no rules.

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David Palmiter, PhD, ABPP

Psychologist & Author

Dr. David Palmiter is a professor of Psychology and Counseling at Marywood University. He is a practicing and board-certified clinical psychologist, a past president of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, the author of over three dozen publications, including two books on promoting resilience in youth, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (true of < 6% of psychologists), the American Academy of Clinical Psychology and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association in youth. He has also given hundreds of workshops on family issues for organizations such as The Navy SEAL Foundation, The Master Therapist Series at the University of Connecticut, The American Psychological Association and the McGraw-Hill Financial Group and completed hundreds of media projects for outlets such as CNN, The New York Times, US News and World Report and the Wall Street Journal. David is also a dad of three (two studying at Cornell University and one still in high school) and husband of 27 years to Dr. Lia Richards-Palmiter. A central aspect of his professional mission is to put air under the wings of parents as they try to raise happy and resilient children and teens.

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