Does My Teen Have ADD, or Is He Just Too Lazy to Do His Homework?

Dear AdviceMama,
My 14-year-old son is an intelligent young man who is failing school due to his inability to turn in his homework assignments. ...
It's possible that your son has attention and organizational challenges, even if he doesn't qualify for a diagnosis of ADD.

My Stepdaughter Wishes My Son and I Would Go Away!

Dear AdviceMama, My stepdaughter is causing a ruckus in our household. Recently she revealed that she feels like an outcast and wishes that ...
As you've obviously figured out, developing relationships with stepchildren is easier said than done.

Help! My Children's Mother Teaches Our Kids to Cheat and Lie

Dear AdviceMama, My ex-wife, who has primary custody, has created Facebook pages for our 10 and 12-year-old children. The photos make my son look...Your children need and deserve two caring and attentive parents, which requires you to do your utmost to make peace rather than war with their mother, if at all possible.

My 13-Year-Old's Impulsive Behavior Drives Children and Teachers Crazy!

Dear AdviceMama, My ADHD son has impulse problems. He is 13 years old and his behavior drives other children away. His teachers are beyond ...
Given how frequently he frustrates friends and teachers, he's probably highly sensitive to feeling scolded or reined in by those who try to force him to "act his age."

My Kids Won't Eat Healthy Snacks!

Dear AdviceMama, I have a very difficult time getting my 5-year-old and 9-year-old to eat healthy snacks. All they want are things like potato chip...When you offer your children good food to snack on, try not to come across as though you care so much about whether they eat it.

Even After Divorce, Love CAN Be All There Really Is...

Unlikely grouping: Susan Stiffelman with her former husband David, left, and an old boyfriend Peter, right. Courtesy of Susan Stiffelman ...After a divorce, It's easy to get swept into the storm of emotion and remain stuck there.

Six-Year-Old Daughter Overcome With Anxiety When Faced With Anything New

Dear AdviceMama, Help! We need some advice about our daughter's anxiety. She is 6 years old. Whenever she starts something new (pre-school, kinderg...If you ask your daughter to tell you why she's anxious, and focus on using logic to convince her that there's nothing to be afraid of, you won't get very far.

Boy, 11, Disconnects From Family After Half Sister's Birth

Dear AdviceMama, I was hospitalized for a month after having a new baby girl, and during that time my 11-year-old son, who was looked after by his ...It's easy to see that your son may be struggling to figure out where he fits in to this new family.

My Son's Mean-Spirited Grandmother May Be Preventing Him From Grieving His Father's Death

Dear AdviceMama, My 9-year-old son lost his father last March in a motorcycle accident. His paternal grandmother filed for custody of...
It is clear that what your son needs and deserves is to have the unified support of his loved ones to help him through his grief.

Was I Right to Change My Daughter's School Because of Bullying?

Dear AdviceMama, What do you do when your child is being bullied by a group of children at school? I went to the vice principal, the counselor and ...As a parent, our instinct is to protect our children. When your daughter was being bullied, you tried to make it stop, and when it didn't, you did what you felt was necessary to keep her safe.


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