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Q: Looking for suggestions about how to manage screen time. Problem is every time we walk in the door of our house, a child says, Can I have screen time? and every time there is a moment of nothing, a child says, Can I have screen time? . . .
  • While spending time with my family over the holidays, I reflected on what makes New Year’s resolutions successful. Although different for everyone, I recalled how determined I was to “do better” every year, both with setting personal goals . . .
  • Q: My husband and I are almost at the point of divorce, or at least I am. I’m not sure he’s even aware of how the fighting, and my anger, are leading me to that decision. He is so concerned with his work, his computer, and . . .
  • Q: I just opened my newspaper and came upon a major article about anxiety in teens and the implications of such. While I haven’t read it yet, I wondered what your thoughts and observations are about anxiety in our children . . .
  • Q: I just read your article about holiday family stress, which really hit a nerve. We just spent Thanksgiving with my family — my parents, my grandfather (my mother’s father), both my brothers and their wives, a sister and . . .
  • This is the time when families get together to celebrate, give thanks, and spend special time together. For many, this holiday brings excitement and joy; however, others may find any holiday bringing their families together to . . .
  • We believe we have an inherent parental right to “manage” our children from birth, overseeing their activities and emotional crises throughout their lives. When our child approaches adolescence, “managing” is less appropriate, and far less . . .
  • Q: My husband and I are having daily power struggles with both our kids, but one in particular. Our “challenging” boy likes to debate everything we say, ask him to do, or tell him he can’t do. He has to be right and won’t back down. . . .
  • We all want to be heard and understood, to be supported when we have a problem. Imagine coming home to your partner, feeling very upset about something hurtful a colleague or friend said to you. What you need most is for . . .
  • Q: I read your column and appreciate the different parenting information. We have three children, but the advice I need most right now is for my wife and me. We’ve been pretty frustrated with our marriage for a long time, probably years. . . .
  • Regretful situations.... We can certainly empathize with one another when reflecting on times we’ve said something we wish we could quickly erase, whether to a relative, a child, friend, neighbor, or colleague. The sharpness, or slip . . .
  • Regrets are like heavy blocks we carry on our shoulders. They weigh us down, they slow our pace. We can’t turn back the clock, nor can we always let go of the anguish stirring in our hearts and minds. We can lament over past mistakes . . .
  • “Why is my child doing this to me?” The comment suggests there is something intentional in the behavior. As is often the case, our reaction, as parents, is typically about the “symptoms,” rather than trying to understand what’s the . . .
  • Q: I’ve been reading your column for a while and remember something about sibling fights. My kids fight all the time, but it’s very obvious who is at fault. My oldest daughter picks on her younger siblings terribly, even when they’re . . .
  • Do adolescents prefer their smartphones to people? No sooner is class dismissed than phones light up, with students focused on their screens. Passing their peers in the hallway, there’s minimal, if any, engagement. Navigating the . . .
  • For weeks, I’ve had discussions with and received questions from both parents and teachers expressing serious concern about our children — their increasing anxiety, their chronic distraction, their behavior challenges. Although . . .
  • I’ve had several questions about divorce recently, mostly regarding the impact on children when parents behave badly with their communication. Rather than list each question, I’m addressing what seems to be common concerns . . .
  • School buses are rolling again, as families face the challenges of schedule changes and new responsibilities. Whether moving from preschool to kindergarten or into first grade, or on to middle school, high school, or college, each . . .
  • I didn’t expect during recent vacation time that I’d observe an incident providing content for my next article. As painful as it was to overhear an exchange at the beach, I realized I wanted to expose this kind of humiliating, abusive parenting
  • As progress is being made, with the first indications of conscience emerging, our parental expectations can sometimes cloud what’s really happening. There is still more to this part of the developmental journey and it serves us well . . .
  • As the teacher, Ms. Jones, was explaining the expectations for this new school year, David was scanning the classroom. He noticed that Sarah had a new backpack, and that Michael was doing something really intriguing. David heard . . .
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