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How to Talk to Teens About Internet Pornography

Posted 3 days ago

Q: We recently discovered that our 12-year-old has been visiting pornography sites of all sorts on the Internet. When we caught him red-handed, he began crying and said he is addicted. Apparently,...

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Autism in Its Classical Form Is Very Real

Posted 1 week ago

I am perennially asked whether I do or do not “believe” in autism. I suspect that on most occasions, it’s a test. Nonetheless, it’s a fair question that usually takes this form: “I know you don’t...

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The Most Powerful Love Is Tough Love

Posted 2 weeks ago

Q: On several occasions over the last six months or so, our 12-year-old son has told us he’s been thinking about suicide. Apparently, he’s been the target of a couple of school bullies and...

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Family Is Family, No Matter the Prefix

Posted 3 weeks ago

Q: We have two married daughters, one of whom is adopted. The biological daughter has two children who, we recently discovered, have been told that it is wrong to call our adopted daughter “aunt...

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The Definition of Bullying Has Been 'Dumbed Down'

Posted on 6/18/2019

Q: Our son is 13 years old and in the 7th grade. Last week he came home from school complaining about how a few of his friends have been bullying him. These same boys were at his birthday party...

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Adjusting to Preschool Can Be Tough

Posted 2 weeks ago

My almost 3-year-old son has been attending the same Montessori-based preschool for the past year. 90-95% of the AM drop-offs have been difficult for him resulting in a meltdown. His teacher...

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Put Preschooler's Sleep Problem to Rest

Posted 2 weeks ago

Hello! Our daughter just turned four. There are periods when she wakes up several times during the night crying. We go to her room, give her a sip of water, tuck her in, and she goes back to...

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How Do I Get My Children to Play Outside?!

Posted 2 weeks ago

How do I get my boys to play outside? We are locked in a power struggle at the moment over this. They never watch TV or videos. They get rambunctious playing inside the house all the time, and I...

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No Gun Play at School!

Posted 4 weeks ago

My 6-year-old keeps pretending he has a gun at school. We just got a second note from the school that our son was pretending to play with a gun (made out of paper) at school and scaring other...

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Nap Time With Twins

Posted on 6/9/2019

Hello. I have twins who are 20 months old. At nap time and bed time, one twin falls asleep readily. However, the other twin fights sleep. She doesn't cry or seem too upset. She just sits...

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