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  • An Older Boyfriend and Comic Fans for 11/18/2017 An Older Boyfriend and Comic Fans for 11/18/2017 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My daughter is a very mature and responsible 20-year-old. She lives at college, works part time and is involved in many community programs. Recently, she told me her boyfriend is a 31-year-old lawyer. I usually trust her judgment, but this boyfriend seems like ...
  • Back to An Unstable Mother and Quitting Baseball for 11/17/2017 Back to An Unstable Mother and Quitting Baseball for 11/17/2017 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: I’ve been raising my granddaughter for almost 17 years. My daughter wanted very little to do with her. Now she has money coming in, and she wants her daughter to come back. I have legal custody, and I’m afraid that if ...
  • Stop Encouraging Misbehavior: 8 Behaviors Parents Should Ignore Children don’t misbehave because it’s educational or enlightening. They don’t misbehave because they’re sick or twisted. Nope, children misbehave for one simple reason—it works. From yelling and negotiating to farting and pinching, acting like a terror pays huge dividends. Crying, whining and complaining all give kids more of what they want, like an ice cream, more PlayStation time, ...
  • Unsupervised Parties and A Control Freak for 11/11/2017 Unsupervised Parties and A Control Freak for 11/11/2017 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: This year we moved our two high school kids to a new area. Both kids report having no friends. It’s been a difficult transition. They say the only way they can make friends is if I allow them to go to parties. But ...
  • Undesirable Music Major and Biking Around Town for 11/10/2017 Undesirable Music Major and Biking Around Town for 11/10/2017 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My son is applying to colleges to be a music major. He has visions of a career on Broadway or in the music business. He’s talented, and I’ve always enjoyed his music. However, I think he isn’t good enough to make a ...
  • Right Before The Last Breath We all die from something. It’s a heart attack. A cancerous tumor. A car accident. Death may be sudden or drawn out after a long excruciating illness. At the end of every life, no matter how that end arrives, there is an infinitesimal moment of time that rests between death and life. It’s milliseconds before ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...

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