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Saturday, November 18, 2017
  • 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 . . .
  • In trying to positively influence behavior, we must first look below the surface to connect to our child’s feelings and needs. Otherwise, we are not helping our children very much, because the underlying problem has not been addressed. . . .
  • A child of 2 buries his face whenever he hears thunder. His dad reacts, “I don’t like it that he acts so scared.” Another child of 4 is trying to tie her own shoes, reacting with fury when she fails. “What makes her so angry?” questions . . .
  • Q: Could you please write about behavior. I’m forever trying to get my kids to behave well but it seems I’m never successful. Any guidance would be helpful.Thanks.
  • 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 . . .
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