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  • A Classmate's Suicide and an Unfriendly Mom Friend for 01/13/2018 A Classmate’s Suicide and an Unfriendly Mom Friend for 01/13/2018 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: A child in my daughter’s high school committed suicide over the holiday break. My daughter didn’t know the child and doesn’t seem particularly bothered by the incident. I’m not sure if I should discuss this incident or just let it blow ...
  • A Square Peg and Walking to School for 01/06/2018 A Square Peg and Walking to School for 01/06/2018 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My wife and I are raising three kids. We are a sporty high-achievement family. As parents, we have been instilling the values of hard work and persistence. Unfortunately, my youngest son doesn’t seem to be fitting in with the rest of us. ...
  • Party Pooper and Sleepovers for 12/30/2017 Party Pooper and Sleepovers for 12/30/2017 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My family has been invited to a New Year’s Eve party. There will be lots of food, kids and karaoke. My 14-year-old daughter doesn’t want to go. She wants to stay home by herself. She often tries to opt out of family plans she isn’t ...
  • A Cheater and a Gaming Spender for 12/23/2017 A Cheater and a Gaming Spender for 12/23/2017 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My 16-year-old daughter was caught cheating on a test. She was overwhelmed and made a bad choice. Now it seems like it will ruin all of her hard work because it will be reported to colleges. She is beyond distraught, and I’m worried ...
  • The Best Drone for Kids, Ever! My son, Emmett, absolutely loves anything remote controlled. He loved little RC cars, and now he loves drones. Over the years we have been through many. That’s because most of them last a few days to weeks. Inevitably, the propellers twist or there’s a mysterious controller disconnection or the frames break from impact. It’s always ...
  • No Present Christmas and a Bogus Girlfriend for 12/16/2017 No Present Christmas and a Bogus Girlfriend for 12/16/2017 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My 14-year-old son has told me to get him nothing for Christmas. He says he doesn’t need or want anything. Meanwhile, his brothers have long lists. Money isn’t an issue, yet I’m struggling with not getting him something. I don’t want him ...
  • Santa Surveillance and Checking Bedtime at College for 12/09/2017 Santa Surveillance and Checking Bedtime at College for 12/09/2017 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My kids’ behavior has been dreadful lately. I’ve tried everything, and I feel like I can’t make a dent. The kids love Christmas and Santa, so I’m thinking about getting The Elf on the Shelf to encourage good behavior. Even though I’ve ...
  • Sabotaging College and Emotional Meltdowns for 12/02/2017 Sabotaging College and Emotional Meltdowns for 12/02/2017 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My son is a senior, and he is slowly throwing away all of his options for college. He has excellent SAT scores, but his grades are erratic. He isn’t going to class and is missing a lot of assignments. When confronted, he is remorseful ...
  • A Homebody and a Christmas Tree for 11/25/2017 A Homebody and a Christmas Tree for 11/25/2017 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My son is strongly considering a college close to us so he can live at home. It’s not a financial decision, as we have set aside enough money for dorms. My wife and I love our son, but we feel it would be ...
  • 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 ...

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