Positive Parenting

Coping After a Divorce

Q: I am a middle-aged divorced man with joint custody of four boys, aged six to 15. My sons have continual fights about the same issues and I need some…

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Auditory Processing

Q: My 9-year-old son is in a new special-ed school this year. He has had problems learning since he was in kindergarten, and this is actually the fourth school he…

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Bad Influences

Q: I know that I am touching on a controversial topic, but it is affecting so many — I’d just like to get a take on your feelings about this.…

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Concern for a Grandchild: Mix In or Not?

Q: My question involves the frustration of having to still be the parent — even when my child is married with children. How can I deal with seeing my daughter’s…

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Looking for Negative Attention

Q: I have a 9-year-old son who continually looks for negative attention. He is the fourth of seven children, and seems to have a bit of perfectionism about him (both…

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Divorce Conflicts — Dual Loyalty

Q: I am the mother of three children — two boys, age 11 and nine, and a girl age seven — and have been separated from my husband for about…

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Joining — or Missing — the Class Trip

Q: I have a question regarding my 12-year-old son. He was diagnosed with ADHD a few years ago and is now attending a special school where they are working on…

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Sister Squabbles

Q: Bli ayin hara, we have a number of daughters, all of whom are close in age — sometimes too close for comfort. Our 14-year-old — the middle one —…

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Whose Fault Is It?

Q: Bli ayin hara, we have a number of very active children at home who, as you can imagine, all have different needs. Try as we might to make it…

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Managing a Single Parent Home in Transition

Q: Dear Shira, I am the mother of three children — a 14-year-old daughter and two sons, one age 10 and the other seven. At this point I’ve been separated…

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School Choices

Q: I’m facing a real dilemma regarding my 6-year-old son. His older brothers went to a neighborhood school, and we have been happy with it. The problem now is deciding…

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My Son’s Social Skills Need Improvement

Q: My 10-year-old son is severely lacking in social skills. It’s very difficult to point this out to him and show him where he goes wrong. When I describe ways…

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The Out-of- the-Box Child

Q: My 14-year-old son is so different from his father that my husband just can’t relate to him. My husband is super conventional and always careful to follow rules. My…

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Differing Opinions on a Dependent Adult Daughter

Q: I have heard only too often about the idea of parents presenting a “united front” to their children, even if the parents’ opinions actually differ. Sometimes my husband and…

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Am I Giving Enough?

Q: I have a very hectic schedule. I help take care of my elderly mother, I have a job where I put in 30 hours a week, and I have,…

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My Child Won’t Talk

Q: My four-year-old daughter is starting kindergarten now, and I’m very concerned about a problem she had last year in nursery: She barely spoke to any classmates or teachers! (She…

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