Before she retired, Beth Grosshans worked as a clinical child psychologist in Flemington and Princeton, New Jersey. Beth Grosshans also authored Beyond Time, a book about parenting, and is a staunch supporter of Planned Parenthood.
According to Planned Parenthood, the organization received an unexpected rise in queries about birth control at their health centers and via their online portal directly after Donald Trump won the electoral vote and became president-elect. Trump vowed that he would cut the federal funding of Planned Parenthood, which may have pushed citizens to book appointments with the non-profit organization. Although there is no assurance that Trump will push through with his promise, patients are taking the threat to the organization seriously and are actively seeking out Planned Parenthood’s help.
Most of the appointments were set because patients wanted to access birth control before the possible aforementioned stripping of Planned Parenthood’s funds. According to Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley, there has even been an increase in requests for IUD insertions. They predict that the number will rise as long their organization is still operating around the nation.
Educated at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Beth Grosshans has become an expert on issues involving parents and children. Dr. Beth Grosshans coauthored Beyond Time Out, From Chaos to Calm.
Dr. Grosshans contends that many families have gotten out of control, engrossed in a battle of wills. From breakfast through homework, dinner, and bedtime, family life has become conflicted. Parents in such families are aware of these problems, but often don't know what to do about them.
Current parenting philosophies that over-promotes self-esteem and time-out punishments lead to IFP-imbalance in family power (IFP), Dr. Grosshans observes. In IFP, children exercise too much power and parents, not enough. The result is kids unhappy with the amount of power they have been given. Parents are often surprised by the negative effects that IFP has on their children.
The answer is a return to parental authority, along with love and good intentions. Parents should draw on their greater knowledge of the world and their superior judgment when disciplining their children. Living in a situation of well-guided power can help children be happier.
Dr. Grosshans uses a step-wise procedure called the Ladder to deal with IFP situations. Parents should move up the Ladder's increasingly powerful stages. For example, recalcitrant children should be addressed directly, rather than asked to follow a request. If a child refuses a verbal request to go to his or her room, for example, he or she should be carried there.
Experienced Psychologist Beth Grosshans Lectures on Child Development