Thoughts for Parents who Work Long Hours

A dad and mom came to talk with me about the eldest of their two children, Marty. He was becoming increasingly stubborn and upset at home. The family had been fortunate in many ways; mom
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Teens and Tweens Need to Keep their Parents Informed.

A basic rule that I share with parents of teens and tweens is that whenever possible Moms and Dads should know where their children are, who they are with and when they will be coming
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When Should Children Get a Cell Phone?

Our 8 year old daughter wants her own cell phone. What do we do? She says other kids have them. Help! Dear Parents, As the particulars of families vary widely I believe that there is
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Cruise to Graduation

This story is a testament to the power of parent child relationships. S. was a single Mom of a high school senior. A widow, she had been living alone with her son for many years.
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12 Year Old Bully

Dear Sharon, Our next-door neighbor’s son is a bully. He is 12 years old, sizeable and formidable. I know he’s a bully because my 10-year-old son is one of his many victims. I don’t know
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Parenting Teens and Tweens

One basic guideline for parents of adolescents is to know where their child is and who they are with whenever they are away from home.

When, If and How to say no to Tattoos and Piercings.

Dear Sharon, Our son is 13 and he’s driving us crazy. He’s into heavy metal music and now he wants to have his body tattooed and pierced. So far we have managed to keep this
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Young Teen Keeps Mom from gyn Visit

Dear Sharon, My daughter has just turned 14. She wants me to make an appointment for her to see a gynecologist and I am very upset. She also wants to go alone. What should I
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Tweens and Household Chores

Dear Sharon, Our 12-year-old daughter is being asked to do a few household chores to help out. Nothing major, but small chores that we want her to do on a regular basis to help her
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Helping Children Communicate

When my oldest son was a teenager he would come home from school in a sulky and uncommunicative mood. He would usually make a hamburger when he first walked in the door. If I said
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