Positive Parenting

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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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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