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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 son is impossible to deal with since his baby sister arrived.

I have a five-year-old son, and a two-and-a-half-month-old baby girl. My son has been the centre of attention for five years and we have tried to prepare him for having a baby in the house. He was excited to have … Continue reading

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How can I change my son’s expectations of his time with grandpa?

I have a 14-month-old who is generally a content little boy, but he is very curious and active. He has a great relationship with my in-laws who love spending time with him. His grandpa is very eager and enjoys entertaining our … Continue reading

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I know Christmas should be a happy time but it fills me with dread.

I know I should be looking forward to Christmas with my husband and children. My son (age 1) and daughter (age 4) are very excited about Christmas but I just think of Christmas with dread. I had a difficult childhood … Continue reading

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My daughter is ADHD, ODD, violent and I need to get her help.

How do I find the help for my daughter that she needs? She is ADHD, ODD and violent, but I believe it to be more than that as it’s like she has no feelings. She is doing street drugs and … Continue reading

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My daughter has no interest in potty training.

My daughter is turning four soon, and is still not potty-trained. She is normal in all other areas of development, but becomes very upset with the notion of giving up her pull-ups and using the toilet. She has used it … Continue reading

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My wife is not strict enough with our children.

We have three children, a boy age five, and two girls who are three and eight. My wife is a fabulous mother except she is too soft. Things get out of control with the children. Then she cracks down on … Continue reading

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My fourteen-year-old son is incredibly lazy. What can I do?

My fourteen-year-old son is incredibly lazy. He won’t do anything to help around the house. He just doesn’t seem to care. What can I do? He may be lazy, but more likely you haven’t made it clear, over time, what … Continue reading

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I disagree with my husband’s methods of discipline, what can I do?

My husband is very harsh with the children. He is particularly harsh with our son, aged 14 years. He constantly yells at him and has spanked him when he was younger. He is a good husband and a good person … Continue reading

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I don’t think my son is being challenged enough at school, am I being too pushy?

My son, age 10, is smart and a really nice person. He does well at school but he hardly works at all. He doesn’t study but does well on tests. If he has an assignment, he does it at the … Continue reading

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