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James Windell


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I can answer questions related to normal child development, disturbed behavior and how to provide appropriate guidance and discipline.

Experience in the area

I've been a clinical psychologist in a juvenile court, worked in school settings, been a child psychotherapist in a private psychiatric clinic and consulted with schools, courts, hospitals and daycare centers.


American Psychological Association
Michigan Psychological Association


I have been a columnist with the Oakland Press (Oakland County, MI) for 21 years writing a weekly column called Coping With Kids, which is also published weekly in the Staten Island Advance. I have been a mental health columnist with the Detroit Free Press and a columnist for Working Mother Magazine. In addition, I have published articles in professional journals. I have published 16 books, among them are "8 Weeks to a Well-Behaved Child" (IDG Books), "Discipline: A Sourcebook of 50 Failsafe Techniques for Parents" (IDG Books); "Children Who Say No When You Want Them to Say Yes" (IDG Books), "What You Need to Know About Ritalin" (Bantam Books) "6 Steps to an Emotionally Intelligent Teenagers" (John Wiley & Sons), "The Fatherstyle Advantage" (Stewart, Tabori & Chang) and "Defusing High Conflict Divorce" (Impact Publishers). My latest parenting book (2012) is "The Everything Child Psychology and Development Book." Articles about my work with parents has appeared in the New York Times, the Chicago Sun Times, the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press. My website at includes more information about me, my books and includes many columns I've written.


B.A. in Psychology from Wayne State University
M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Oakland University

Awards and Honors

Best Educational Program by Juvenile and Family Court Judges Association (National award for the development of a parent training program for parents of delinquent teenagers. Beth Clark Service Award from the Michigan Psychological Association.

What do you like about this subject?

I enjoy toddlers because their behavior and development is endlessly fascinating.

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Lester04/12/16101010Very supportive and kind
Shane02/12/16101010Thank you!

Recent Answers from James Windell

2016-12-03 3 year old doesnt listen and shows signs of aggression:

Hello Dina,     You may not be doing anything wrong. Parents are not always responsible for the behaviors of their children.     However, there are good and "not-so-good" strategies for dealing with more

2016-11-16 5yrs old refuses to fall asleep:

Hello,     Thank you for your responses.     Part of the problem may be that he sees himself as too old and too "grown up" to take daytime naps. However, if he is getting 8 to 10 hours of sleep at night

2016-11-15 5yrs old refuses to fall asleep:

Hello Mandira,    Before I offer you some suggestions, I would like to learn more about your son and his sleep habits.    Please answer the following questions:   1. Up to six months ago, did he take a

2016-06-27 Potty:

Hello Dena,    It sounds like your daughter has been doing well with potty training. However, since she is still a toddler, there will be accidents.    Perhaps being in the water taking a bath, she had

2016-06-21 2 year old boy adjusting to new sibling:

Hello Laura,    Some parents go through what you are describing without the added of a new baby in the family.   And, of course, what your son is displaying is well within the range of normal, typical


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