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Monday, July 24, 2017
  • Q: I’ve read your articles about sibling rivalry, but I still am struggling with the effects of my childhood. It’s not just me, because I’ve talked with some of my friends who experienced the same thing. I now have kids of my own and . . .
  • Q: I’m worried about one of my kids. My son is 8 and seems to always be rejected; he doesn’t have any real friends. We try inviting some of his classmates to our house and, recently, I asked two of his school “friends” to . . .
  • The end of the school year brings celebrations, transitions, and good-byes. Moving from one chapter in our child’s development to the next stage in her journey, we probably feel some sadness, mixed with joy, pride and relief. For many . . .
  • Q: My husband and I are fighting all the time, and have been for quite a while. I hate to admit that our two kids are exposed to this daily. The tension is terrible, and as much as I want to get along with him, everything about him frustrates . . .
  • Q: I believe teaching my kids a lesson so they won’t behave badly is the best path, even if it means doing that when we’re out in front of other people. They get publicly “shamed” (a term my sister-in-law accused me of when she . . .
  • Parent Question: My daughter will be playing quietly until I get on the phone. She then starts being loud and demanding my attention. How do I manage her while I need to finish my time on the phone? . . .
  • When Lydia became a grandmother, she reflected on her parenting behaviors with new understanding. Having attended a conference on adult children of alcoholics (ACOA), she realized she grew up in a “dysfunctional” family. . . .
  • Q: Last week’s question really stirred me. It’s close to some of our problems, although we’re not divorced yet, only a trial separation. I thought we might get back together, if we could work . . .
  • Q: When there is a lot of tension between divorced parents at our children’s events, how can we make our children comfort able and not feel in the middle? When A. The other parent is asking the kids to . . .
  • Everyone’s dressed, breakfast finished, with you ready to head to your parents. “Arrrggghhhhhh!” More wailing . . . has someone been struck, bitten?! Investigating, you discover your 4-year-old, Eben, doesn’t like . . .
  • “I HATE you! I wish you were dead!” Face contorted, eyes blazing with contempt, 8-year-old Ben screamed uncontrollably at his mother, as he ran from the kitchen to his room. The murderous message was the . . .
  • Last summer, I responded to a parent’s question about her daughter’s love of television. Subsequently, the dilemma many families face with screen power struggles compelled me to respond further. What’s typically . . .
  • Assumptions ... expectations.... Relationships are important work. Certainly not the kind of effort to avoid, but rather the kind of work that requires a strong commitment to rolling up our sleeves . . .
  • Q: I have a son who’s graduating from high school this year and a daughter, 19, who will be returning from her first year in college next month. It’s such an anxious time for me. I don’t know where to draw the line with either . . .
  • Q: We want to have another baby, but aren’t sure when’s the right time to do that so our child isn’t jealous. I never got along well with my siblings, but my husband had a pretty great relationship with his two younger brothers. . . .
  • Children can reintroduce us to the world, if we remain open to that possibility. Sharing a child’s lens of exploration, curiosity, excitement and discovery can be one of our most pleasurable experiences. What makes us often too hasty . . .
  • Q: I know you’ve written a lot about kids’ behavior, and I’m trying really hard to follow your good advice. I guess I need some reminders, because my three kids are not behaving. Even my two little ones don’t do what I tell them to . . .
  • A few years ago, I was in close proximity to a mixed- age group of children. The opportunity provided a spontaneous “ah ha,” as I observed the children’s unique reactions to the stimulation of loud music and the large event . . .
  • Power struggles between parents and children are more about power imbalance than “fluff”! If we want to move from power struggles to cooperation and problem solving, we must be willing to remove the “fluff” from our ears . . .
  • Parenting is probably the hardest job we will ever have. Most parents don’t want to admit failure. Consider the qualities you want your children to have, asking yourself whether what you’re currently doing will ensure they have them. . . .
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