Dealing with Holiday Stress

Dealing with Holiday Stress

Q. The holidays will be here soon. Every year I get stressed out before and during the holidays. I worry about who’s coming to our house, what to cook, or how to get where we’re going. I also worry about buying and wrapping presents, finances, and ongoing family...

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How to Foster Gratitude in Children

How to Foster Gratitude in Children

Q. Our two kids are ages seven and 12, and they want so many things. They see something a friend or classmate has, and they want it. They see something on TV, and they want it. My husband gives them everything they ask for, and even some expensive items they don’t ask...

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Should Children Attend Funerals?

Should Children Attend Funerals?

Q.My father has been in hospice care in our home and we’ve been told he will die soon. Should my wife and I take our children to their grandfather’s funeral? Our children are two, seven, and ten years old. Our seven-year-old is an anxious child who is afraid of...

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Raising a Child Who is LGBTQ

Raising a Child Who is LGBTQ

Q.Recently our 14-year-old son told us he is gay. Just yesterday, our 12-year-old told me he feels like a girl in a boy’s body. We are shocked, and my husband is having a hard time. How can we love and support our two boys? I think we may lose friends and family over...

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10 Behaviors to Model for Your Kids

10 Behaviors to Model for Your Kids

Q. You often mention that parents need to be role models for our children. Exactly what behaviors and values do you believe we need to model?   A.  Being a good parental role model is important, because children mimic what they see and hear. This is sometimes...

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Why Do I Feel So Guilty Leaving My Baby?

Why Do I Feel So Guilty Leaving My Baby?

Q.My husband and I have a 4-week-old baby who keeps us both worn out. I feel so depleted, but I have to keep myself going. Some friends have offered to watch the baby while I run an errand or go out for a date night with my husband. But I feel so guilty when I leave...

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How Can I Get My 5-Year-Old to Eat Dinner?

How Can I Get My 5-Year-Old to Eat Dinner?

Q. My 5-year-old son has Asperger’s, and I’m working to learn about his needs and how to handle discipline. I have a 9-year-old daughter who didn’t behave the way my son does. So, what should I do when, for example, he refuses to come to the dinner table?   A....

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Is This Depression or Just a Phase?

Is This Depression or Just a Phase?

Q. My 13-year-old daughter has lost interest in things she used to love to do. She doesn’t seem to have much energy. She’s irritable much of the time. Could she be depressed, or is this some sort of phase that girls go through at this age? Should I take her to see a...

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Giving Up the Beloved Binky

Giving Up the Beloved Binky

Q. We’re expecting our first child, and I’m curious about pacifiers. My wife plans to breastfeed our baby. Will we still need or want to use a pacifier? And if we do, when is a good time to get the child to give up the pacifier? A. Sometimes when mothers breastfeed,...

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Parenting in Harmony Takes Work

Parenting in Harmony Takes Work

Q. My daughter and I got into a heated argument the other day. My husband was there, and he took my daughter’s side. It’s been bothering me ever since, and my relationships with both my husband and daughter have been affected. How can I make things right? A. I think...

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Am I a “Lawnmower” Parent?

Am I a “Lawnmower” Parent?

Q.  When my middle school daughter cried because she wasn’t put in the same English class as her best friend, I called the principal to request she be moved. I told my sister about it, and she called me a “lawnmower” parent. She said I make excuses for my daughter and...

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How to Get Teens Out of Bed in the Morning

How to Get Teens Out of Bed in the Morning

Q. We have two boys, ages 13 and 16. My husband leaves early for work, so it’s my job to get the boys up, ready for school and out to the car for the drive to school. I have to call them several times before they finally get up. By then I’m frantic, because we barely...

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