Loneliness in Kids

Loneliness in Kids

  Q My 13-year-old son Sam recently told me that he is feeling lonely. Before the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sam had friends that he interacted with in person every day. Then suddenly their in-person interactions were shut off and gradually he and his...

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The Power of Positive Thinking

The Power of Positive Thinking

  Q  I’m a single mother. My daughter Vivian is a freshman in high school. She doesn’t want to go to school any more. She uses a lot of negative self-talk such as, “I’m stupid. I’m dumb. I just can't do the school work.” She procrastinates doing schoolwork or...

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What Can You Expect from Family Counseling?

What Can You Expect from Family Counseling?

Q My best friend and her husband are struggling with how to help their daughter, Amber, age 14. Amber is slipping out of the house at night, skipping school, not following rules and possibly doing drugs. I wonder if doing family therapy would help them. What could...

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Why Books and Libraries are Still Important

Why Books and Libraries are Still Important

  Q We have eight-year-old twin boys who are in the 3rd grade. My husband works in the software technology field and thinks books and the need for dictionaries are obsolete. I disagree and make sure each of the boys has a set of their favorite books. I still read...

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How Does Remarriage Affect Kids

How Does Remarriage Affect Kids

Q I’m planning to get remarried in April. I have two children, ages five and nine. My fiancé has a daughter who is 14 years old.  I’m wondering what kind of behaviors my children and his child might exhibit before and after the wedding, especially when we all move in...

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Help Your Child Nix the Nightmares

Help Your Child Nix the Nightmares

  Q Our son Matthew is seven years old and has begun to have scary nightmares. He has dreams about being kidnapped and hidden in a closet where no one can find him. How common are nightmares in kids? What causes kids to have nightmares and what can parents do to...

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Manners Still Matter

Manners Still Matter

  Q.  My sister’s ten-year-old son, Travis seems to have no manners at all. “Please” and “thank you” are not part of his vocabulary, and he has great fun belching as a means of communication. My sister is being deployed by the Red Cross for three weeks, so Travis...

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Beyond Temper Tantrums: What is ODD?

Beyond Temper Tantrums: What is ODD?

  Q We have a nine-year-old son who has just been diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). We were told from the time he was three that he was just “strong-willed.” How can a parent or professional tell the difference between a “strong-willed child”...

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10 Ways to Boost Your Kids’ Confidence

10 Ways to Boost Your Kids’ Confidence

  Q Recently I read an article about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The article emphasized that she possessed great self-confidence throughout her life. I have a five-year-old daughter. What should I do (or not do) as a parent to build up my daughter’s...

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Helping Anxious Kids

Helping Anxious Kids

  Q We have an eight-year-old son who is worried about going to a new school this year. He thinks the other kids won’t like him and will bully him. He worries that he won’t get good grades. How can my husband and I help him decrease his anxiety? Worry and anxiety...

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Is It Bad to Swear In Front Of Your Kids

Is It Bad to Swear In Front Of Your Kids

Q My husband swears in front of our children. He doesn’t swear at our kids directly, but I’m still concerned. We have two boys, age, nine and eleven, and they’ve both gotten in trouble at school for using bad language during recess. A Some sources say hearing swear...

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Does My Family Need A Will?

Does My Family Need A Will?

Q  We have three children, and of course when we die, they will inherit whatever we have left. We don’t have a lot of money, property or things to will to anyone, so why would we need wills?  What does a will cost? A  The most precious things you have are your...

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