When Grandparent Gifts Are Too Grand

When Grandparent Gifts Are Too Grand

Q  My wife and I have three children, two daughters and a son. The girls are fiercely competitive about who gets the most or the best gifts for birthdays and holidays. Our oldest daughter is 17 and has always been my father’s favorite grandchild. She can get anything...
Raising Kinder Kids

Raising Kinder Kids

 Q.   My husband and I have two sons and a daughter, ages 6, 10 and 15. None of our kids are particularly kind to others. They think mostly of themselves and what they can get from people without being nice or respectful. What can we do to raise kinder kids,...
Should My Child Be More Outgoing?

Should My Child Be More Outgoing?

6 Tips for Making Friends   Q  Our son Robin is 7 years old. He’s an only child. Robin worries me because he doesn’t have friends or seem interested in making friends with other children. Robin does play games with my husband and me. But I think he’d have a lot...
Safe Grandparent Visits

Safe Grandparent Visits

Q  My mother is 90 years old. She lives 30 minutes away but hasn’t seen her grandchildren for weeks. She asks every day when she’ll get to see them. I’m worried about her as she seems to be depressed and discouraged. I’ve tried to keep our children safe at home. I...
Thinking About Homeschooling?

Thinking About Homeschooling?

  Q. It really scares me to think about my children going back to school with other kids, teachers, and staff. I’m thinking about homeschooling them, but I have no idea what is involved or if I have what it takes to successfully do so. What advice do you have for...
Family Bonding During Quarantine

Family Bonding During Quarantine

Q  We went from everyone in our family of three going in separate directions nearly every waking hour to being together 24/7. I feel like we are growing apart rather than closer together. My husband Sam’s habits annoy me a lot, and I tell him so. When he changes...
6 Secrets to Being “World’s Best Dad”

6 Secrets to Being “World’s Best Dad”

Q.  My wife and I have two boys ages 9 and 6 and we are expecting another child. During this time of COVID-19, I’m working from home. Of course, I’m spending more time with my boys and my wife. I want to be a great dad and role model for our boys. Do you have any...
Express Love Through Teaching Useful Skills

Express Love Through Teaching Useful Skills

Q.  My husband and I have six children. Since we’ve all been spending so much time together at home, I’m finding that I’m so tired and grouchy, I want to nap all day. However, I can’t because I have household chores like cooking, cleaning, laundry, and more. I’m...
Is Your Family Ready for a Pet?

Is Your Family Ready for a Pet?

Q.  Our children are seven and nine years old. They’ve been asking us for a dog. How can we tell if our kids are ready to take on the responsibility of caring for a dog on their own?   A.  Your children are at an age when it’s possible for them to help with the...
Can a Child Be His Own Superhero?

Can a Child Be His Own Superhero?

Q.  My first-grade student, Tony, is a little guy who always has his head hung low. When asked to do something, he says he doesn’t know how to do it, or he can’t. Recently he told me he is “no good.” His mother does not seem as interested or involved as other parents....
6 Ways Parents Can Model Healthy Relationships

6 Ways Parents Can Model Healthy Relationships

By Betty Richardson Q: Sometimes I don’t like my husband much and often don’t agree with him or appreciate him. Will my lack of love for my spouse affect our kids negatively? A This question could have come from a husband, a partner of the same gender, or divorced...
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