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Something's Gotta Give, and That Something Is Electronics

Posted 6 days ago

Q: We would like to limit our 16-year-old son’s video game and cell phone time. We think homework should come first and then free time. He wants to relax with his video game and phone after...

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Occasional Tantrums Don't Indicate Bipolar Disorder

Posted 1 week ago

Q: Our 3-year-old son is very sweet, loving, and generally well-behaved. Occasionally, however, he breaks into a huge tantrum during which he becomes uncontrollable. The word “possessed” comes to...

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Parenting Disagreements Fracture More than Just Marriages

Posted 2 weeks ago

A journalist asks, “Why do today’s parents seem to be having so many more parenting difficulties than did parents of previous generations?” There is more than one answer to the question; or,...

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Custody Issue: Teen Acts Aggressively Towards Mother

Posted 3 weeks ago

Q: My ex-husband and I have pretty much fifty-fifty custody of our 15-year-old son, who has become infected with his father’s disrespect for me. When he’s with me, he makes it very clear that he...

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Grandparents Raising Grandson

Posted on 12/29/2015

Q: Our daughter died last year—long, sad story—leaving behind a 2-year-old boy. The father—not named on the birth certificate—is not and never has been a factor in the child’s life and gave us...

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2 Yr. Old Climber Makes Mom Crazy

Posted 1 week ago

I am all about letting my 2 1/2 year old roam freely in my house, and I have made sure to put away anything I don't want him to play with. But, this kid!! He is constantly climbing! I find him...

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17 and won't take responsibility

Posted 2 weeks ago

My almost 17 year old son is a Junior in high school. We need help parenting him. And I feel the hourglass is quickly running out--he's supposedly 18 months from graduation/launching into...

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Disrespectful 12 year old

Posted 2 weeks ago

My almost 12 year-old son is surly, disrespectful and generally sullen. He and his friends crank called me yesterday (using one of their cell phones, my son doesn't have one), and I did not...

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2.5 yo Potty Training

Posted on 12/31/2015

We are having some difficulties potty training our 2.5 yr old daughter. She showed interest last summer, so we bought her a little potty and pull-ups. She started doing fairly well, but still went...

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8 year old Reading in Bed

Posted on 12/31/2015

Our 8-YO son reads after lights-out. This on its own wouldn't bug us much (wanting to read is a good problem to have, we know!), but he also comes out of his room fairly often to "use the...

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