Procrastination King and Family Dinner for 11/04/2017

Procrastination King and Family Dinner for 11/04/2017
Dear Family Coach

Dear Family Coach: My son is the king of procrastination. He often manages to complete his work at the very last minute. Other times he doesn’t. But every time there is arguing, stress, nagging and at least one total freakout. How can I help my son break this habit? — Procrastinator’s Dad

Dear Dad: Procrastination in and of itself isn’t a problem. While it may be unpleasant for you and your son, if he is completing his work, then the delaying isn’t having a disastrous effect. The issue is the arguing, the stress and the nagging that tend to accompany the delays.

Updated: Sat Nov 04, 2017


Procrastination King and Family Dinner for 11/04/2017

Snapchat and a Bossy Daughter for 11/03/2017

Snapchat and a Bossy Daughter for 11/03/2017
Dear Family Coach

Dear Family Coach: My almost 13-year-old daughter is begging for a Snapchat account. I am resistant, but she is wearing me down. I am not even sure why I am unwilling. Should I hold my ground? — Not Sure Parents

Dear Not Sure: Parents have been drilling into their kids’ heads that anything that is put on the internet is forever. A text, a silly photo or that stupid video put on YouTube all leave a digital footprint that never goes away. Enter Snapchat, the app that allows people to send a photo that’s only up for a few seconds before it disappears. It’s great in theory but not so much in practice. While Snapchat deletes your posts immediately, the app can’t control users’ ability to take a screenshot. A screenshot means the picture is forever. Young people often have a false sense that anything posted will only be seen briefly.

Updated: Fri Nov 03, 2017


Snapchat and a Bossy Daughter for 11/03/2017

A Follower Making Poor Choices and Consequences for 10/28/2017

A Follower Making Poor Choices and Consequences for 10/28/2017
Dear Family Coach

Dear Family Coach: My 9-year-old son seems to be getting into more trouble at school this year. He’s not the one who starts the fooling around, but he is definitely a joiner. He doesn’t want to miss out on being with his buddies. His behavior is not affecting his grades, as he is a good student. But what’s the best way to remedy his misbehaving? — Follower’s Father

Dear Father: There are two probable culprits behind your son’s behavior: He is fearful that if he doesn’t follow his friends, he won’t have any. Additionally, he might be a bit impulsive. This means he often makes quick decisions without thinking through the consequences. In order to help your son make better choices, it’s important to address both potential culprits.

Updated: Sat Oct 28, 2017


A Follower Making Poor Choices and Consequences for 10/28/2017

Angel At School Hits At Home for 10/27/2017

Angel At School Hits At Home for 10/27/2017
Dear Family Coach

Dear Family Coach: My 6-year-old daughter hits either me or her brother when she gets frustrated or doesn’t get her way. I’ve tried everything to teach her that hitting isn’t acceptable. She always has excellent behavior at school. I’m a single mother who works, and I try my best. What am I doing wrong? — Punching Bag Mom

Dear Mom: Your daughter is a perfect angel at school. I’m sure she becomes frustrated there, yet she doesn’t hit anyone. That’s because she knows hitting is not acceptable behavior. There are likely firm consequences and no-nonsense policies set in place at school. At home, it’s probably a different story.

Updated: Fri Oct 27, 2017


Angel At School Hits At Home for 10/27/2017

Ruined Skin and Taking a Knee for 10/21/2017

Ruined Skin and Taking a Knee for 10/21/2017
Dear Family Coach

Dear Family Coach: My daughter is a freshman in high school. She’s addicted to makeup and wears it all the time. Sometimes she just plays around with it in her room for fun. She’s gotten quite good at it. But her complexion is deteriorating. She doesn’t seem to care, even as she breaks out. What can I do to get her to wear less makeup and care for her skin better? — Concerned

Dear Concerned: Gene Simmons and Bobbi Brown were also addicted to makeup, and look where it got them. Your daughter is a teenager, and she’s experimenting with makeup. That’s certainly age-appropriate. Asking her to lay off of it is akin to asking her to stop texting with her friends. It’s just not going to happen. Also, her skin might be deteriorating due to puberty, not just the makeup.

Updated: Sat Oct 21, 2017


Ruined Skin and Taking a Knee for 10/21/2017