Positive Parenting

Old Family Scripts

Q: On the topic of adult children, I find it quite interesting to observe a different aspect of sibling rivalry. When two sets of married children visit at the same…

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Here Comes the Bride… And Who Else?

Q: The letter you published about a boy’s upcoming bar mitzvah touched a chord in me. One of my daughters is getting married soon, and whom to invite presents a…

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The Bar Mitzvah Boy’s Parents Are Divorced

Q: As an aunt, I find myself in a situation where I want to help my nephew navigate his upcoming bar mitzvah. His parents went through a very difficult divorce…

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Social Issues at Camp

Q: My 14-year-old daughter went to sleepaway camp last summer with a close friend from her class. This friend was not very loyal in camp. She began to make new…

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Our Son Wants to Go to Sleepaway Camp

Q: Our 11-year-old son wants to go to sleepaway camp this summer. I am from Israel, my husband of 14 years is American, and we have different opinions on this…

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Dealing With a Family Member’s Illness

Q: Unfortunately, my mother has not been well in recent months. She now lives in a nursing facility, as she has dementia and can no longer be maintained at home.…

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Fighting Among Siblings

Q: Baruch Hashem, we have been blessed with a house with many-aged children, and sometimes, the “many opinions” of my children can be overwhelming. If your office was closer, I…

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Don’t Do Me Favors!

Q: As Pesach is over, I am looking back at the positive and negative times that my husband and I experienced over Yom Tov. All in all, I came away…

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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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