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...
Resolving To Be Better Role Models

Resolving To Be Better Role Models

  Q.We love our kids (ages 5, 8 and 13) and want them to grow up to enjoy life and be successful as parents and marital partners. That said, I worry because my wife does not like me to be affectionate toward her around the children, and she is often critical of...
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...
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