Dear AdviceMama, I have a 9-year-old son, and three and 2-year-old daughters. My son has had a temper since he was a baby. I thought his tantrums would end by 4 years, but they are getting worse. He throws tantrums for everything: He...Looking after three young children is tough already, but having one who frequently has tantrums will wear down even the saintliest parent.
Dear AdviceMama, What can I do about my children's sibling rivalry? They fight all the time! Signed, Exasperated Mom Dear Exasperated, It's natural for children to feel frustrated when big sister takes the last cookie, or little...When siblings cannot negotiate disagreements without hurting one another parents need to take action.
Dear AdviceMama, During my pregnancy, my 3-year old could not have been more excited about having a little brother or sister. He told everyone he was going to be a big brother and couldn't wait for "his" little baby to be born. He was...Be patient with your son, and help him cry whenever he's upset.
Dear AdviceMama, I have a 4-year-old son. What do you recommend when he whines? It drives me crazy, but when I try to get him to stop, he just does it more! Signed, Driven Crazy Mom Dear Driven Crazy Mom, I feel for you. While...A child's plaintive, repetitive whimpers can make even the most easy-going parents lose their patience.
Dear AdviceMama, My 15-year old son just admitted to me he tried marijuana over the summer. I have no idea how to handle this. I talked to him about drug use, making good choices, my disappointment in him, etc., but do I punish him? How...My 15-year old son just admitted to me he tried marijuana over the summer.
Dear AdviceMama, Once my sons are on the computer or video game, I can't get them to come to dinner or do their homework. They say they aren't hungry, or that they have to use the computer to do their homework. What can I do? Signed,...Can't get your kids to unplug? Take a look at your own tech behavior.
Dear AdviceMama,How do I get my 7-year old daughter to stop trying to get out of chores? I have tried everything except spanking. I do not believe in physical punishment at all for any reason. Thanks. Signed, Wanting Help! Dear Wanting,...How do I get my 7-year old daughter to stop trying to get out of chores?
Dear AdviceMama, My 3-year-old loves to play with our neighbor's child, but things often fall apart when the other child hits my daughter. What should I do? Signed, Mom who wants a bruise-less kid Dear Mom, When our child is...When our child is threatened or harmed by anyone, our instinct is to take action, and that's a good thing.
Dear AdviceMama, My 12-year-old wants to do things that her friends get to do, but I don't think she's old enough and she's furious ... what should I do? Signed, "Meanest Mom" Dear Mom, When it comes to contests, there's one that...We need to be our child's parent, and that often means they aren't going to like us, AdviceMama says.
I have to scream every morning to get my 16-year old daughter up for school. She stays up too late and is always tired. Any suggestions?This question has two parts. The first is about the age-old problem of getting kids up in the morning...Does your teen seem tired all the time? She's probably not getting enough sleep.