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I feel like my daughter is making all the wrong decisions and I don’t know how to help her.

My husband and I are in need of help in regards to our daughter. She is 18 and has moved out with her partner. We allowed her partner to move in with us at first, she stayed for over a … Continue reading

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How can we set common ground rules for my stepdaughter when she is with us only 50% of the time?

My 13-year-old stepdaughter lives at our home 50% of the time. We have had many issues with unusual behaviours that seem to be getting better, and that we think are the result of different rules and expectations at each home. … Continue reading

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My eleven-year-old daughter is struggling with friendships at school.

My eleven-year-old daughter is struggling with friendships. She is very outgoing but has trouble forging close friendships. She goes to a private school with a no bullying policy. She is not bullied but comes home in tears often because she has no … Continue reading

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My teenage daughter has become non-communicative.

My 14-year-old daughter has become non-communicative with us. When we speak to her, she answers curtly, if at all. She often answers rudely with a distinct lack of respect. Even when she needs something, she will avoid speaking to us as … Continue reading

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200th Ask Dr. Pat Blog! – A thought on Eating Together

Eating as a Family People often ask how they can maintain a strong relationship with kids throughout their lives, perhaps especially during the difficult teenage years. There is no magic answer, no golden rule, all families have a different dynamic. … Continue reading

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My daughter is struggling with the social dramas of middle school.

My twelve-year-old daughter is having some issues with making and keeping friends. She is very sensitive and is having a hard time with all of the drama associated with middle school. I am concerned about how to make her feel … Continue reading

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How do we handle our daughter dating a man almost twice her age?

Our 22-year-old daughter is dating a 38-year-old co-worker (he has his own home and a thirteen-year-old son who lives with the mother). This man is on his second career, having lost his job as a welder and retrained in health … Continue reading

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