Q&As

Household Chores

I wish my husband would realize there's more to cleaning than just picking up things. I feel bad complaining, and he gets mad easily when I try to communicate with him. What can I do?

How Does an Extrovert, Parent an Introverted Child?

How does an extrovert parent an introverted child?

How Parent When Angry

As my kids have become teenagers our whole family has noticed that when one of the kids disobeys or mouths off I increasingly “lose it” and react with anger and sarcasm. I’m not proud of that and need to make some changes. Any suggestions?

How To Approach Teens About Drugs

Over the past several months we’ve noticed some behavior and personality changes in our 15-year-old son and are concerned that he may be using drugs.  How can we know if there’s a problem?  Should we say something to him?

How To Forgive Hurt

Our teenage son was rejected by several of his friends and his hurt has turned into a bitterness and hatred that concerns us. We’ve encouraged him to forgive them and move on but he says he can’t. How can we help him?

How to Guide Children through Anger

Sometimes my 9-year-old daughter will shout “I Hate You!” to one of her siblings, her friends or even to one of us. How can we help her learn not to do this?

How to Parent After a Crisis

We live in a part of New Jersey that was hit by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.  Our kids have seen friends and family lose their homes, live in temporary shelters and are now just starting to get their lives together.  How do we help them deal with the fears and worries they’ve expressed as they see some family and friends struggling to survive?

How to Prepare Children for Moving

We’re preparing for a major move from the only home our three kids have known. At 6, 8 and 11 they’re already experiencing a range of painful emotions. We’ve heard some horror stories from parents who got moving wrong. How can we get it right?

Internet Pornography

My husband confessed that he’d been engaging in Internet porn for several months. I feel totally crushed. It’s so hard to know what to do. Please give me some perspective.

Jobless Spouse

My husband is showing no initiative to find a job. I'm not sure how much longer I can take this. I love my husband with all my heart, and I just want to resolve this problem.

Late Discipline

Is it too late to start over with our son -- and do you have any tips for how we can do it better this time?

Learning to Rate Your Emotions

Our daughter seems to live from one crises to another.  Every problem is the “worst thing that could ever happen to anybody” and she can become emotional and fall apart over the smallest disappointment or setback.  What can we do to help her be less emotional?

Leave and Cleave

My wife and I struggle over the topic of loyalty to each other verses our relationship with each other's family.

Leaving a Legacy for Your Children

I grew up in a negative home where it seems like nothing I ever did was quite good enough. Love was expressed in the form of criticism and it’s impacted who I am as a person and a parent. What can I do to make sure I don’t leave that legacy for my kids?

Life Adjustments

We just moved to a new town. My daughter will be in 6th grade; my son will be in 9th grade. How can I help them adjust?

Live-in Father-in-law

My wife’s 92-year-old father moved in with us three years ago after his wife died. We do most everything together—at Pop’s speed. Any advice on how to see my way through this circumstance?

Live-in Sister-in-law

I love my sister-in-law –and I’d love to see her get her own place. My husband and I have no intimacy or privacy. She has no social life, so she’s always around. What can I do?

Looking for Signs of Depression

Over the past several months we’ve noticed a significant behavior change in our 9-year-old son.  He just seems more depressed but we can’t think of any reason why he might be depressed.  Should we be alarmed and what can we do?

Loving Discipline

I give her options about unimportant things, such as what she will wear to school, but I put my foot down when she refuses to wear her coat on a cold day. Nevertheless, she persists and we end up in a terrible battle of wills. How can I make her obey without breaking her spirit?

Loving Your Husband

How do I love my husband?

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