Screen Time and Junk Food

What do you recommend parents do to get their kids more physically active. My son is only 10 years old but he’s getting a gut and is glued to screens of one kind or another
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Intertwined 12 Year Old Twins

We have identical twin daughters who rely on each other for just about everything. They dress alike, act alike and are each other’s best friends. They are 12 and we are concerned that they are
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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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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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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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Building a Child’s Confidence through Competitive Play

Ping pong with my Dad My Dad was a gifted athlete who could play any sport well. When I was a teen he noticed that I was having a hard time. Even though I was
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Talking to Tweens about Sex and Pornography

Dear Sharon, We are finding a lot of pornographic type stuff in our12 year old son’s room, hidden away, in closets, drawers, etc. Should we ignore this or should we mention it to him? Is
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Bullies

Dear Sharon, My 12-year-old daughter is being picked on by a group of girls in her school. She is being “bullied” by them in a variety of ways, and she’s afraid of them but she
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