Positive Parenting

The Neighborhood Clique Is Excluding My Daughter

Q: My 9-year-old-daughter has been having conflicts with the other girls on the block and it’s become a major issue. It seems that certain girls get into their own exclusive…

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Defusing Fighting Between Siblings

In our previous column (June 3), we focused on the problem of a child having an overbearing nature and how to work with this type of child. The issue of…

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Older Sister Manipulates Younger Ones

Q: During the week we read Parashas Kedoshim, my children were discussing the idea of nekamah (taking revenge). It was particularly relevant to two of our daughters, who often take…

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An Almanah Seeks Guidance

Q: I am a mother of three children, and I lost my husband about four years ago. Two of my children have special needs — our daughter with her emotional…

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Different Chinuch Wave Lengths

Q: We are the parents of five children, the oldest of whom is a 15-year-old girl, and I’m coming across a major difference in the way that my husband and…

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Brothers in Conflict

Q: I’m writing to you about my two oldest sons, ages 12 and 14, who have an ongoing negative relationship with each other. My wife and I divorced about four…

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The Importance of Learning to Conform

Q: Our 14-year-old daughter has unfortunately been acting up in school in recent months. One issue is that she’s been just a little bit too chutzpadig when speaking to school…

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Rivalry Between Brothers-in-Law

Q: As Yom Tov approaches, I do appreciate the brachah of having our children and their families with us, and I’m not making light of this gift. However, the type…

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Should I Worry About Worrying?

Q: Over the past half year, our 11-year-old daughter has been continually over-worrying about small daily occurrences. My husband and I try to reassure her, telling her her fears are…

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Whose Approach Is Right For Our Teenage Son?

Q: My husband and I have difference approaches when it comes to interacting with our 15-year-old son. He is having a hard time in school these days, particularly because he…

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Divorce Duels

Q: I have been holding on to a marriage for many years, hoping that our relationship will improve. Now it has gotten to the point where it is clear that…

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Am I Doing Too Much?

Q: I realize that there are no fast and easy answers to what I’m asking. I just need to get a perspective on how much hishtadlus I need to make…

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Anger Management — Unmanaged

Q: Your column last week struck a chord with me: My son also refused to go to school last week, and I also had to “bribe” him to go —…

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Caught in a White Lie

Q: I made a big mistake with my daughter’s school and I’m not sure how to get out of it. By the time you respond to this, I hope the…

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How Much Can an Aunt Help?

Q: I’m a 27-year-old unmarried aunt, who tries to help her very overwhelmed sister with a family of six children. I’m writing to you (though I’m not yet a parent),…

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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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