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Wednesday, December 07, 2016
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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 . . .
  • Q: My soon-to-be ex-wife includes our 6-year-old daughter in many divorce discussions, which really upsets me. Fortunately our other child is too young to be involved. My wife took my name when we married. Now divorcing . . .
  • Children are always our most important teachers. To learn from them, we must listen, truly hear and understand them — not just their words, but their emotions, what their behavior is telling us — allowing us to respond rather than react. . . .
  • As children navigate the slippery slope of conflict, trying to maintain power to get what they want, the lens of collaboration is usually clouded with self-interest. Our responsibility as parents, teachers and influential adults . . .
  • Two children playing contentedly on the playground, or in the backyard, for an extended period of time allows teachers, or parents, to settle into feeling almost blissful. But the calm is abruptly pierced by a shriek from one of the . . .
  • A particularly wonderful memory I have of my children’s imaginative play is one of many theatrical performances by my father for his grandchildren (the same he’d done for my siblings and me when we were children). . . .
  • As the stranger approached, the young boy quickly retreated behind his mother, listening to the interaction between his mom and the other woman. “Can’t you say hello?” No answer. “Wow, he’s quite shy,” the woman . . .
  • Q: “We are in the midst of the divorce process and have set up two homes. With our shared custody arrangement, our two young children (age 2 and 6) are dealing with a LOT of change. Do you have any advice on how to . . .
  • Children are often thrown into the middle of high-conflict divorces. When there’s no better means of revenge or retaliation with an ex-spouse, children become the unwitting pawns. They can easily become the messengers . . .
  • Q: I need some advice in dealing with our 2-1⁄2-year-old son. We also have a 4-year-old daughter and a 6-month-old baby. Just lately, my son has been hitting both them and us. The other day he kicked me twice.
  • Q: Conflict and fighting are constant in our house! Between my husband and me, with our kids, and even with my parents and us when they visited last week. That was the final straw, making me see we need help. . . .
  • Q: My daughter LOVES TV. She loves to watch shows, movies.... She and I are very similar in that we find the television a welcome escape. Yet, she could easily spend an entire day zoned out in front of the device.
  • Q: Growing up, we had a Great Dane, Olli. Olli was such a bundle of love. YET, she was not well trained. My mother wanted her to learn to at least sit. So every day, my Mom would give her a treat if she . . .