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Sep24th2013

Sometimes, grown children still need a little Mom time

With three children 16, 21 and 24, I often forget what it’s like to be needed absolutely by one’s child. Click to Continue »

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Sep10th2013

The Parent ‘Hood: When your kids’ friends start smoking pot

Your daughter told you some of friends smoke pot. Should you ban them from your home? Click to Continue »

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May14th2013

Living with Children: Rude teens

Q: I went into my 17-year-old’s bedroom to wake him this morning. After some urging, he eventually got up and then told me he hated me. What is the appropriate consequence for this sort of disrespect? A: Actually, I don’t consider that a form of disrespect. Strictly speaking, your son simply informed you of how […]

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Apr23rd2013

Half of parents keep track of kids on Facebook. Should you?

Is Mom or Dad creeping on your Facebook? There’s half a chance. A new study by Education Database Online (www.OnlineEducation.net) says one out of two parents say part of the reason they set up a Facebook account was to keep tabs on their kids. “I think it is fine for parents to check on their […]

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Apr3rd2013

Moving on from a college rejection

Last year at this time, Kendall Livingston felt like a failure. The Fenwick High School senior applied to seven colleges and, despite her stellar academic record and test scores, didn’t get accepted at any of them. Suddenly, her carefully orchestrated future imploded. Livingston had no idea what to do next and considered taking the year […]

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Mar22nd2013

From teens’ sleeping brains, the sound of growing maturity

Listening in on the electrical currents of teenagers’ brains during sleep, scientists have begun to hear the sound of growing maturity. It happens most intensively between the ages of 12 and 16 1/2: After years of frenzied fluctuation, the brain’s electrical output during the deepest phase of sleep – the delta, or slow-wave phase, when […]

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Mar20th2013

The Parent ‘Hood: Raunchy music

Your pre-teen child’s pals listen to seriously raunchy music. Are you a prude to discourage her from listening? Parent advice from a panel of newsroom contributors: Yes. But sometimes that’s your role. Years ago I earned my prude badge by telling my niece that she couldn’t watch MTV videos while baby-sitting my sons. I told […]

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Mar6th2013

The Parent ‘Hood: When girls compare body types

Your daughters have very different body types: one tiny, one more heavyset. What do you do about the constant comparing? Parent advice (from our panel of staff contributors): As the father of three grown daughters, it’s important to get a message across to them early and often: Body type is unimportant. Despite what the kids […]

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Mar5th2013

Ask Mr. Dad: Eating disorders and weak bones are not just for girls

Dear Mr. Dad: As a child, my son used to be quite a bit overweight – his pediatrician said he was borderline obese. About a year ago, though, he started losing weight. He looked great and seemed happier with himself. But he kept on losing weight, long after he needed to. Thinking he might be […]

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Feb27th2013

The Parent ‘Hood: Moody tweens

Your son turned 12 and has been in a bad mood ever since. What gives? Parent advice (from our panel of staff contributors): Hormones. He’ll brighten up around 20. -Bill Daley Ah, the warp-speed leap into adolescence! The brain reorganizes at that age, and it turns kids surly and, sorry to say, a little dumber. […]

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