Positive Parenting

When a Child Feels Like a Nebach

Q: Bli ayin hara, we have a bunch of lively sons in our home — ages 2 to 15 — each with a very different temperament. My husband and I…

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Getting to School — Father-Son Conflicts

Q: I can greatly relate to the parent who complained about the difficulty of getting her teenage son out to school in the morning. My situation is a little different.…

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Overcoming Chronic, Excessive Lateness

Q: I have a 16-year-old son who is having trouble arriving to mesivta on time. He isn’t the best in learning, and his kriah is still not great. Until last…

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Appropriate Role of Grandparents

Q: In past columns, you discussed ways to speak to one’s adult children about Yom Tov visits and what to expect from them in terms of listening to their parents’…

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Step-Parenting

Q: After being divorced for two years, I have recently remarried. My ex-husband has severe mood swings and behaves inconsistently with our children. He is too easily influenced by their…

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Can I Trust Our Therapist?

Q: I am a mother of older married children from a previous marriage, and I have a 9-year-old son with my current spouse. I had a very difficult first marriage…

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Should My Son Switch To the Parallel Class?

Q: My 10-year-old son is having a difficult time with his Rebbi this year. I know that starting Gemara isn’t easy for him, as he is a very active child…

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Overcoming Disrespectful Classroom Behavior

Q: My 14-year-old son Yehoshua* has been getting in trouble in mesivta lately, due to his disrespectful attitude towards his Rebbi. Yehoshua never had this issue before with teachers, but…

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Creating Warm Family Memories

Q: I have warm childhood memories of Chanukah, and would really like my children to have similar ones. But Chanukah 5778/2017 occurs in a different world than the one I…

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Respecting Your Child’s Feelings

Q: My 10-year-old son is receiving counseling services in school from a skilled and caring therapist. Last year, he had a very hard time getting along with his classmates. Although…

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Too Smart for Our Own Good?

Q: I can relate well to last week’s letter-writer who spoke about a charismatic child towards whom both adults and children easily gravitate. We have a 12-year-old son who possesses…

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Jealousy Among Siblings

Q: Our six-year-old daughter is very socially savvy — I don’t know how else to describe it. She’s tremendously helpful with guests; she can be very affectionate, and she truly…

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First Impressions in Shidduchim

Q: I have two older children who are not yet married and, as I’m sure you can guess, this puts great pressure on my husband and me. I know there…

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It’s Beginning to Feel Like a Burden

Q: Baruch Hashem, we had a lovely month of Yamim Tovim, and I know that I am fortunate to have a healthy and happy family. So I feel a little…

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Looking Back at Yom Tov

Q: Getting back on schedule after the Yamim Tovim has its pluses and minuses. The performance of ordinary daily activities provides a sense of order and structure, which I greatly…

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Drinking and Peer Pressure

Q: As the new year sets in and I begin to think ahead, I cannot help but recall some uncomfortable confrontations I had with my teenage sons last year in…

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