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Thursday, February 23, 2017
  • Q: I need some help in curbing my anger towards my kids or, at least, learning what’s acceptable and what’s out of line. I blame one of my kids a lot, because he can’t seem to do anything right. He’s never ready on time, he doesn’t do . . .
  • Whenever I reflect on my parenting journey, I’m reminded of many mistakes I made, sometimes wishing I could have a “do-over.” If I didn’t listen to what my child was telling me — with behavior, facial expressions or body language . . .
  • Before becoming a mother, I believed parenting would be both demanding and gratifying. However, I never fully understood the meaning of sleep deprivation, of humility, or the importance of maintaining a skewed sense of humor. . . .
  • Conflict and divisiveness are at the forefront of our news. It is with this uncertainty and instability that we might be more easily drawn into conflicts. Opposing views can lead to posturing with others, while our children . . .
  • Q: I don’t get how my kids can be so different from me and my husband. Well, one of our boys is a bit like my husband, but the other two (boy and girl) have personalities that are totally different. I get frustrated, and pretty angry at times. . . .
  • Some years ago, teachers at a New Hampshire school asked me to do a training on “Anger in the Classroom,” to which I responded: “Whose anger? Students or teachers?” Silence for a few moments.... “Well, the students, of course!” . . .
  • “I hate you!” OUCH! How many times have parents heard that from their child? Whether we respond or react depends on our relationship to anger. Let’s face it. Aggression is normal. From the infant screaming in anger when he’s . . .
  • It’s not surprising that many parents speak of post-holiday blues, both for themselves and sometimes for their children. The confluence of factors — holiday preparation, expectations, shopping, overspending, overdoing . . .
  • While I was growing up, my best friend was Jewish. I was blessed with celebrating both holidays, Chanukah with my friend’s family and Christmas with my own. These celebrations shaped so many cherished memories. My parents created . . .
  • I know very little about this Santa helper. When my children were small, this elf hadn’t been “invented.” Instead, myths circulated at preschool, kindergarten and children’s holiday events about the magical powers of Santa . . .
  • It’s hard to believe the holidays are upon us again. The festive details are not always noticed or appreciated by those who are alone, suffering, compromised in any way. For many families, the holidays are a time of overscheduling . . .
  • Q: We’re facing divorce and have heard about mediation. I’m not exactly sure what it is, what’s nvolved, but we want to do this as easily as possible for our children. Whatever information you can provide in helping us to decide . . .
  • Q: We let our kids have an hour, more or less, of TV time every day. They constantly fight over who gets to sit in the “best” (it’s more comfortable) chair to watch television. One will say, “You always sit there, now it’s my turn” ...
  • The pollsters and pundits were wrong, misguiding a voting population trusting they were accurately predicting the outcome of an election more contentious than what most of us have witnessed in our lifetime. What seemed . . .
  • Such a large part of our child’s day is obscured from us. We love them and miss them and want to connect. Ideally, we’d like to know as much as possible about their experiences, what they learned, how they feel about their . . .
  • That last frustrating conversation with your adolescent daughter stays with you for hours. She walked away, leaving you wondering, “Could I have done anything differently?” You don’t understand why, with your years of experience . . .
  • Q: My wife and I have been separated for about 7 months and are now working through the divorce process. We recently told our kids that we weren’t getting back together, and although they seemed to take it well (they’re 6 and 3) . . .
  • Sam didn’t understand what Ella wanted. She had mentioned how much she disliked her job many times, how tired she is balancing that with family, and her need for more personal time. He had made numerous suggestions . . .
  • Q: My daughter is 11 and isn’t popular with lots of friends. In fact, she has just one best friend, who she spends all her time with outside of school. They do sleep-overs at each other’s house and spend a lot of time together . . .
  • Q: I wish my kids would talk to me. My daughter is 14, and my two other kids are 10 and 7. I know I get pretty mad and probably yell too much, but they never do what I tell them to do, and my two oldest can get really . . .
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