Not Perfect, But Good Enough

Not Perfect, But Good Enough

Q. We were eating in a restaurant when my 16-year-old son blurted out “You’re bad parents!” This presumably because we took away his cell phone during the meal. He said he was expecting an important text from his girlfriend. He and his sister left and started walking...
Little by Little, Work on Skills All Summer

Little by Little, Work on Skills All Summer

Q. This summer, all my kids want to do is have fun. They ask to swim and play all day. They ask to eat junk food while skipping vegetables and fruit. I enjoy the summer break too, but when do I need to get them ready for the next school year? A. I’m all in for summer...
Just Lively or Something Else:  Do My Boys Have ADHD?

Just Lively or Something Else: Do My Boys Have ADHD?

Q. My husband and I have two boys (3 and 6), and both their teachers tell me they can’t sit still. The younger one won’t stay on the rug during story time. His older brother is often in trouble for not staying in his seat. I know the teachers are frustrated, and I...
Strategies for Solving the Selfish Child Problem

Strategies for Solving the Selfish Child Problem

Q.  My 9-year-old daughter is so selfish. We live with my sister and her kids (ages 5 and 2). My daughter won’t share or let them in her room. She’s disrespectful to me and my sister. I’m irritated with having to tell her the same thing over and over. How can I get my...
Help Girls to Speak Up and Speak Out

Help Girls to Speak Up and Speak Out

Q.  My friend just discovered that her teenaged daughter was sexually abused years ago but didn’t tell her. My husband and I have three girls (14, 11 and 7). If someone even tries to abuse one of them, I want her to tell me so I can stop it. Why don’t girls who’ve...
Time Outs Can Be Effective With the Right Technique

Time Outs Can Be Effective With the Right Technique

Q.  My husband and I have two sons (18 months and 4 years). They are a handful. One of my friends suggested using time outs, but I’ve heard they don’t work. Is my toddler too young for time outs, and do you think they work? A.  Some people believe time outs don’t work...
How to Teach Lessons About Consent

How to Teach Lessons About Consent

Q.  My husband and I work hard to raise our boys (ages 3, 7 and 11) to be good men. All the news about powerful men being accused of sexual misconduct has me wondering. What lessons should I be teaching my sons so they understand appropriate sexual behavior? A....
Having Enough, Being Enough

Having Enough, Being Enough

Q.  The holiday season always leaves my family stressed and deflated. The kids have a case of the “gimmes,” I feel the burden of trying to visit out-of-town extended family and when the holidays are over, we all seem disenchanted. How can we turn it around this year...
What Can I Expect  as a Kinship Caregiver?

What Can I Expect as a Kinship Caregiver?

Q.  My husband and I recently took in my cousin’s children when he and his ex-wife could no longer care for them. They’ve settled in, but are there any future challenges we should look out for? A.  There’s a set of challenges that most non-parental full-time...
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