Helping Children To Have Better Behavior

Helping Children To Have Better Behavior

  Q.  I’m the grandmother of five grandchildren of varying ages. None will do what I say when I ask them to put away toys or help with chores. I hear, “I don’t want to. You can’t make me.” I know teachers who complain that the behaviors in school are much worse...
Finding Joy: Coping With Loss Over the Holidays

Finding Joy: Coping With Loss Over the Holidays

Q.  My sister, a single parent, passed away this summer. My husband and I are raising her two children, my 11-year-old nephew and 14-year-old niece. We are all still grieving my sister’s death. It’s hard for me to think of ways to make any of the holidays, especially...
Should You Change Schools?

Should You Change Schools?

Q: Our son Nate has started his freshman year at our local public school, but he comes home every day and asks to change schools. He says he doesn’t fit in there. I don’t know how to handle this request as I have no experience with this. My dad would have just told me...
Dealing With Dyslexia

Dealing With Dyslexia

Q.  Our daughter Olivia struggled with school last year in the first grade. This year was following the same pattern. Recently, her teacher suggested that we have her tested for a learning disability, and we found out that she has dyslexia. I feel terrible that I did...
Never Shake A Baby

Never Shake A Baby

Q.   My husband Jack and I are young parents. We have a two-month-old baby girl, Misha. Jack and I are under a lot of financial stress. We don’t get enough sleep. Misha cries a lot in the evening. Jack told me last night that he wanted to shake Misha to get her to...
Home Alone: At What Age is It Safe?

Home Alone: At What Age is It Safe?

  Q.  My wife Marian and I are discussing when one or more of our kids ages 12, 8 and 6 can be left home alone and for what length of time. We also wonder how old a child has to be in order to be left in the car if one of us quickly runs into the store for one or...
Raising Respectful Kids

Raising Respectful Kids

  Q.  We have young children ages 3 and 5. My wife and I want to raise them to be respectful. We’ve observed disrespectful kids running in restaurants, kicking the seats in front of them on airplanes and even calling their parents names. It seems kids are less...
Celebrating the Special Attributes of Dads

Celebrating the Special Attributes of Dads

Q.  My husband and I parent very differently. He is laid back, lives in the moment and has fun with our kids by doing simple things at home or in the neighborhood. On the other hand, I am more structured with our kids. I’m a planner and a doer who likes to stay busy...
Dealing With Mom Guilt

Dealing With Mom Guilt

Q.  How can I get rid of nagging guilt for not being the ideal mom? I went back to work after each of my three children was born. I felt guilty about leaving them either with a caregiver or at daycare. I still feel guilty about missing milestones like their first...
Coping With Children’s Anxiety

Coping With Children’s Anxiety

Q  Our 6-year-old daughter, Zena, is very anxious. Every night she has to be reassured there are no monsters under the bed or in the closet. Recently, she agreed to a sleepover with her best friend. The friend’s mother called at midnight to ask me to pick up Zena as...
Raising a Good Sport

Raising a Good Sport

  Q  Is it good for children to win at games all of the time? My husband lets our 10-year-old son Neil (an only child) win every game they play together. I wonder if all parents let their kids win all of the time or not. Does never losing affect whether a child...
Making It Through the Terrible Twos

Making It Through the Terrible Twos

Q  Our son Micah is 2 ½ years old. He has become increasingly negative. In fact, his favorite word is “no.” He gets into everything and is constantly on the go. Micah won’t listen to me or his father. If he doesn’t get what he wants, he throws a tantrum. We try to...
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