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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 . . .
  • 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 . . .
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