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  • 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 ...
  • Visible Tattoos and a Sugary Breakfast Habit for 04/07/2018 Visible Tattoos and a Sugary Breakfast Habit for 04/07/2018 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My son will be 18 in a few months. He has been accepted into college and will be moving to a big city in the fall. He says that once at college, he’s going to get a tattoo on his hand or ...
  • Lonely Mom and Dealing With Miscarriage for 03/31/2018 Lonely Mom and Dealing With Miscarriage for 03/31/2018 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: I have two kids. When my oldest was born, I had lots of friends to meet for play dates. Those friends provided me with a lot of social and emotional support. I never realized how much until I had my second son. My ...
  • Emma González and the Unknown Costs of Early Activism I’ve been watching the Parkland survivor advocates feeling simultaneously in awe of their courage and fearful for their futures. I am absolutely astonished at their strength, power and passion. They have been able to achieve what many exceptionally accomplished adults have not. They have advanced the discussion on gun control, and they deserve our never-ending ...
  • Snooping Mistakes and a Pesky Pacifier for 03/24/2018 Snooping Mistakes and a Pesky Pacifier for 03/24/2018 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My 16-year-old daughter tells us nothing about her life. So when she goes to bed, I sometimes browse through her cellphone. At first I just noticed typical teenage girl gossip. But then I read about a boy she likes and is trying to ...
  • A New Dress Code Policy & A Win for Girls Sometimes a small change can make a massive difference. Today I found out my school district changed it’s dress code policy. What might look like minor language alterations actually add up to a huge development. Last year my 13-year-old daughter was objectified, mortified and singled out due to her size (tall) and gender. First we were ...
  • Potty-Training Resistance and a Nickname for 03/17/2018 Potty-Training Resistance and a Nickname for 03/17/2018 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My nearly 4-year-old daughter is not potty trained. At preschool she is prompted to use to toilet every hour or so, and she successfully tinkles. But at home she refuses to tell us when she needs to go and has a tantrum when we ...
  • A Falling Hero and Perfect Profanity for 03/10/2018 A Falling Hero and Perfect Profanity for 03/10/2018 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My son’s sports idol is a womanizing, arrogant jerk by most accounts. At only 10 years old, my son isn’t aware of most of his hero’s problems. Despite recent allegations of serial extramarital affairs, my son said he loves him anyway. As a ...
  • A Broken Promise and Nighttime Cellphone Rules for 03/03/2018 A Broken Promise and Nighttime Cellphone Rules for 03/03/2018 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My daughter couldn’t find her glasses, so she offered to give her brother a crazy amount of money if he were to find them. He suggested that she check her backpack. When she did, she found her glasses. Now, my daughter refuses ...

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