State orders parenting columnist to stop dispensing advice

State orders parenting columnist to stop dispensing advice

For more than 30 years, syndicated advice columnist John Rosemond has dished out old-school, no-nonsense tips to parents.

Now, Mr. Rosemond is getting a spanking of his own.

Kentucky officials say he violated state law by presenting himself as a psychologist and then giving parenting advice without a proper license. Mr. Rosemond is a licensed “psychological associate” in his home state of North Carolina, but not in Kentucky.

Kentucky says the tough-love advice he dispensed to a reader about dealing with a spoiled child amounted to the “unlawful practice of psychology” in the state.

In response, Mr. Rosemond filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and members of the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology, accusing them of violating his First Amendment rights to free speech.

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