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Lots of Kids Are Perfectionists

Posted 3 days ago

Q: Whenever my 4-year-old son tries something new, he becomes very frustrated if he has any difficulty at all. This happens when practicing numbers, letters, or anything else I try to teach him....

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Don't Let Ex's Parenting Shortfalls Influence Your Parenting

Posted 1 week ago

Q: We are a struggling blended family. My husband has three children (ages 7, 12, 17) from a previous marriage. Their mother's home is focused on the easiest way of parenting. She allows...

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A Hardly-Ever-Fails Thumb-Sucking Program

Posted 2 weeks ago

Q: Our 7-year-old son has sucked his thumb forever and more or less constantly. He has recently switched to sucking his index finger and putting his right hand down the back of his pants at the...

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Don't Turn Bedtime Fears Into a Disciplinary Issue

Posted 3 weeks ago

Q: My 6-year-old daughter watched too many episodes of a certain TV show when she was sick and now she doesn't want to go to sleep at night because she is having scary thoughts related to the...

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It Is Not a Parent's Job to Solve All of a Child's Problems

Posted on 3/29/2016

Q: We have a 7-year-old son and two girls ages 9 and 6. The girls are gifted academically and athletically. He simply can’t keep up with them. They’re even better at bike-riding. As a result, he...

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Feelings Hurt Among Three Friends

Posted 1 week ago

We're having a little "drama" between three 11 year old (5th grade) boys. All three boys are the youngest of four siblings in their families. Two of the boys are cousins, one is a mutual friend...

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4-Year-Old Gets Frustrated Easily

Posted 1 week ago

My son is 4 yrs. He is an only child. When trying something new, he gets very frustrated very fast if he can't do it right within a couple tries. This happens when practicing numbers, letter or...

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Monitoring 17-Year-Old's Cell Phone Texts

Posted 1 week ago

My son will be 17 in July. Do you think it is inappropriate for me to read his text messages without his knowledge? He has been experimenting sexually with girls, touching and heavy kissing...

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Parenting in Step Families

Posted 3 weeks ago

We are a struggling blended family. My husband has 3 children (ages 7, 12, 17) from a previous marriage. They would most likely still be married if they saw eye to eye on how life/children...

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Talking to Teen About Feelings

Posted on 3/30/2016

Hi! I heard John on his radio show recently say that we should not engage in conversations about feelings with our children. My 13 year old son is having a difficult time at school with fitting...

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