Positive Parenting

Mutual Expectations

Q: I feel that my children could be doing more to help around the house. Not only are they not participating, but they expect that everything will continue as usual,…

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Sibling Conflict

Q: We have three sons, ages 10, 8 and 4. The eldest, Shloimy,* often has an “attitude problem” and becomes angered quite easily. His relationship with my husband is not…

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Suspended From School

Q: Our 16-year-old daughter has been exhibiting troublesome behavior in recent weeks, and my husband and I don’t know how to respond. She shows a lack of interest in schoolwork…

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Growing Up Without a Father

Q: My husband passed away three years ago, leaving me to raise our nine-year-old son and seven-year-old daughter. I find the job of parenting overwhelming, as the children are very…

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It May Be OCD

Q: I have a family of seven children, bli ayin hara, the oldest being my 14-year-old daughter. She is what every mother would want — smart, helpful, tzniusdig, with very…

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Teasing Among Siblings

Q: My oldest daughter (of several, bli ayin hara,) is 12, and is followed by a 9-1/2-year-old girl. My second daughter greatly desires the company of her older sister, who…

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Getting in Touch with Emotions

Q: I have a family of seven children, bli ayin hara, and devote a lot of time to their individual needs. My 16-year-old daughter is quite shy and is feeling…

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Avoiding Power Struggles

Q: My 10-year-old son has an anger-management problem that we’ve been working on for the past year and a half with a therapist. We have seen major improvement, but recently…

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Sibling Conflict and Perceived Favoritism

Q: My husband and I have four children, bli ayin hara; the oldest two are girls, ages 13 and 15, followed by a boy, 9, and a 2-year-old girl. The…

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Inculcating Hakaras Hatov in the Home

Q: I find it very difficult to relate to my children’s lack of gratitude. How can they receive so much yet appreciate so little? When I was growing up, my…

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Encouraging Positive Changes

Q: Our family consists mainly of girls, ages 6-19, with strong personalities that differ from each other. Unfortunately, my 10-year-old daughter (who, I admit, has some annoying habits) is being…

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Finding the Right Yeshivah

Q: I am a mother of three boys in a large frum community in the U.S. As my husband’s yeshivah, growing up, was not the yeshivah of his choice for…

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Familial Communication

Q: I am blessed to have a family with a good number of children (bli yin hara), and to the world at large, we seem like an ordinary type of…

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The Unhappy Child

Q: My 11-year-old son has lately been very anxious and unhappy. He is not doing well in school and claims that he is just stupid (which is not true). We…

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Encouraging Daily Routine With Your Children

Q: I feel that we live in a very impulse-driven world, where my children only want one stimulation after another. “Bored” is the most negative word in their dictionary, and…

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Sibling Rivalry

Q: We have three lovely kids — two girls ages 6 and 3, and one boy of 4 months. The girls are best friends and can play beautifully together. They…

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Issues of Joint Custody

Q: My sister is a divorced mother of six who is having a difficult time with joint custody and her general relationship with her children. For as long as I…

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Should I Mainstream My Son?

Q: My 14-year-old son has been in a special-ed school since he was about 9 years old. He had severe behavioral issues (such as continually getting out of his seat,…

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