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  • Saving Sex Ed and an Overloaded Parent for 05/26/2018 Saving Sex Ed and an Overloaded Parent for 05/26/2018 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My school district has a sex education program that I don’t care for. Parents have the option of signing their children out of the class. I opted out for my two older children. However, this year all of my younger child’s friends ...
  • Creating Good Readers and Brushing a Toddler's Teeth for 05/19/2018 Creating Good Readers and Brushing a Toddler’s Teeth for 05/19/2018 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: I want my kids to be good readers and read as much as possible. What’s the best way to make this happen? — Literary Dad Dear Dad: Being a good reader and enjoying reading are two totally different things. It is possible ...
  • Letting Kids Handle Their Money and a Tattler for 05/18/2018 Letting Kids Handle Their Money and a Tattler for 05/18/2018 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My children often receive holiday cards with money inside in the mail from their grandparents. They usually spend the money on stupid stuff they don’t need. One time my son gave a $50 bill to the American Heart Association, which is ...
  • Fiery BattleBots Fight in a Bulletproof Cage, It’s The Ultimate Family Show BattleBots is one of the best family shows on television. After a year hiatus, thankfully Discovery Networks (Discovery and Science Channel) decided to revive the show. BattleBots like a mashup of mixed martial arts and a monster truck battle. Two remote controlled robots are put into a bulletproof cage and let loose on each other ...
  • An Uncooperative Bar Mitzvah Boy and a Budding Rapper for 05/12/2018 An Uncooperative Bar Mitzvah Boy and a Budding Rapper for 05/12/2018 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My son is scheduled to have his bar mitzvah next year, and it’s a very important event for our family. Unfortunately, he doesn’t see it that way. He never practices; he drags his feet to Hebrew school; and he has ...
  • A Conference, Powerful Words & Silencing Your Inner Critic Going to conferences always brings out my deeply hidden insecurities. On any typical day I am a fairly confident person. I work hard. I try to be nice to people. Life is generally good. But in the weeks leading up to any conference I’m a little shaky. I start obsessing about clothing (which I never ...
  • Promiscuous Neighbors and Occasional Formula Feeding for 05/05/2018 Promiscuous Neighbors and Occasional Formula Feeding for 05/05/2018 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My next-door neighbor is a single mom who works long hours. Her 13- and 15-year-old daughters are often alone. They are good kids. But I see random boys coming and going a lot, and I’m worried the girls are making bad choices. I’d ...
  • Sexy Songs and a Son's Diary for 04/28/2018 Sexy Songs and a Son’s Diary for 04/28/2018 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My 8-year-old kid loves Katy Perry songs, which are seemingly all about sex. However, we’ve been innocently singing along in the car and having a blast. Well, that is until recently, when I heard her singing about a menage a trois in public. ...
  • A Sunday Sleepover and Conflicting Stories for 04/21/2018 A Sunday Sleepover and Conflicting Stories for 04/21/2018 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My 14-year-old daughter was invited to a birthday pool party at a local resort. It’s being held on a Sunday night. The girls are expected to sleep over and miss school on Monday. I told my daughter she could attend the party but ...
  • Fearing ADHD Meds and a Hair Catastrophe for 04/14/2018 Fearing ADHD Meds and a Hair Catastrophe for 04/14/2018 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My daughter has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She showed the signs for several years. However, recently, she has had much more trouble in school, and even with her friends. Her doctor recommended she try medication to help control some ...

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