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What's in a Name?

Posted 4 days ago

Q: I want to legally change our daughter’s name. No one pronounces it correctly and I think it’s going to cause her more problems as she gets older. My husband doesn’t want to, however. He says...

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Co-Sleeping Is Detrimental to Marriage

Posted 1 week ago

A New York writer named Jonathan Daniel Stern, writing in the August 7, 2019, issue of the e-zine “Fatherly,” laments that co-sleeping has destroyed his marriage. As best as I can figure, Stern...

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A Trophy Child Is Not a Happy Child

Posted 2 weeks ago

Proving, once again, that fact is stranger by far than fiction, a grandmother recently asked me what she should do about her daughter-in-law who, despite her husband’s increasingly meek...

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Methylphenidates for ADHD Affect Brain Function

Posted 3 weeks ago

I’ve always promised myself that this column would never get “academic,” but I see no choice with respect to the issue at hand, so here goes…as simple as I can make it. ...

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Loving Parents Who Set Boundaries Best for Adopted Kids

Posted on 8/21/2019

Q: A Christian (but very liberal) adoption agency recently turned down our application because they disapprove of our parenting approach, which is your parenting approach. We told them we...

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How to Discipline at Home for Misbehavior at School

Posted 5 days ago

Hello, our 4-year-old scratched another student at school today because he wouldn’t be his friend. How do we discipline at home for school misbehavior? Thank you!

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Grandparent Etiquette

Posted 6 days ago

I am a single mom with a 6-year-old girl. Both sets of grandparents live close by, and she is very close to both of them. I am trying to teach her that when we visit, she is to say hello,...

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Curing the School Blues

Posted 2 weeks ago

My second grader claims she hates school and her teacher. What can I do to help her love school and be positive?

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A Lying, Stealing Moment

Posted 3 weeks ago

Last night my 7-year-old confessed that she had opened a package and eaten some candy with her 11-year-old sibling that morning at the store. I had no idea this happened. I briefly discussed that...

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Concerns About Child's Adjustment to New Sibling

Posted on 8/21/2019

Our 3-year-old daughter has a brother coming early January. I am pretty nervous about how she will react and if I have what it takes to continue to make her feel secure. My brother came when I was...

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