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  • A Slob and a Deliberately Unhelpful Daughter for 09/16/2017 A Slob and a Deliberately Unhelpful Daughter for 09/16/2017 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My teen son is a slob, and it drives me insane. The other day I decided to help him clean up. It took us four hours, but everything had a place and the room was spotless. Not a day later, it was ...
  • Gifts Giving and Receiving for 09/15/2017 Gifts Giving and Receiving for 09/15/2017 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: A friend visited recently and brought a toy for both of my children. The 5-year-old received an awesome puzzle, and the 3-year-old received a dolphin bath toy. Unfortunately, my older son became obsessed with his brother’s dolphin. He pushed his gift aside and obsessed over ...
  • Play Dates With a Stay-At-Home Dad and a Stinky Teen for 09/09/2017 Play Dates With a Stay-At-Home Dad and a Stinky Teen for 09/09/2017 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: I’m a stay-at-home dad, and most of my play dates have been with other dads so far. But I’m becoming friends with moms, too. We all have one big thing in common, but I just feel like it ...
  • Potential Football Injuries and Stealing a Candy Bar for 09/08/2017 Potential Football Injuries and Stealing a Candy Bar for 09/08/2017 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: I allowed my son to play high school football last year because he’s a former soccer player, and the coach said he needed him to kick and punt. I was comfortable with that, and he had a great time. This year, ...
  • What I Won’t Miss About Elementary School   This year my kids both moved up schools. My son is now a 6th grader in middle school and my daughter is in 9th at a new high school. The other day I drove by the local elementary school and thought I would feel a pang of sadness to be finished with that part of ...
  • Unsupervised Play and Losing Friends for 09/02/2017 Unsupervised Play and Losing Friends for 09/02/2017 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My children are grown now, but I feel deeply concerned by the hypervigilance that I see in today’s parenting style. Playing unsupervised and out of sight of adults, and simply spending time alone (outdoors mostly) was crucial to my childhood years and my children’s ...
  • Obnoxious Teen Revolts and a Reasonable Curfew for 09/01/2017 Obnoxious Teen Revolts and a Reasonable Curfew for 09/01/2017 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My wife and I have four kids ranging in age from 10 to 16 years old. Everyone is so busy. I wanted to have one night of the week when we are all together for game night. Everyone is excited about it ...
  • Buying A Car and Gender Roles Buying A Car and Gender Roles
  • A Late-Night Suicide Threat for 08/26/2017 A Late-Night Suicide Threat for 08/26/2017 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: Last night, my 16-year old snuck out of the house with friends at 2 a.m. They were on a mission to help a girl who was threatening suicide. My son did call me after they called the police. But I don’t know why he got ...
  • A Basement Hangout and a Dead Cellphone for 08/25/2017 A Basement Hangout and a Dead Cellphone for 08/25/2017 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My 16-year-old son has a girlfriend, and her mom does not allow them to be alone at my house. They prefer to hang out in our finished basement, but I don’t want to keep going down there. Should I tell them they ...

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