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Do My Kids Have to Add Grandma and Uncle Joe to Their Facebook Page?

Dear AdviceMama, My high schoolers have Facebook pages. We have relatives that have "friended" them who they have added so as not to hurt feelings. My kids and I are not happy that these relatives are using Facebook to find out things about...Although this appears to be a Facebook issue, it strikes me as also being about the fact that your relatives show a "cyber" interest in your kids, without demonstrating one in the "real" world.

Does Shame Keep Parents From Telling Their Difficult Truths?

For years, Katie Granju's mommy blog, mamapundit, had a faithful audience of parents who enjoyed her musings on daily life with children. She shared things that every parent could relate to with humor and candor. But when her 18-year-old son died...

Our 16-Year-Old Son Announced He is Gay

Dear AdviceMama, My 16-year-old son told me that he is gay. We are very involved in our church and he has always said he wanted to go into ministry and possibly be a youth pastor, so this really threw me for a loop. What do I do now? Signed,...AdviceMama offers a few words to this mom whose pastor-to-be son just came out of the closet.

How Can I Get My Son to Brush His Teeth?

Dear AdviceMama, When it's time to brush his teeth, my son always puts up a fight. What should I do? Signed, Dental Dilemma Dear Dental Dilemma, Your son doesn't like to brush his teeth for the same reason he probably doesn't like to do...Do your kid's grimy teeth and rank breath have you worrying about his future social life? Find out how to get him on the dental hygiene bandwagon.

Are We Really Raising a Generation of Nincompoops?

Today's parents are raising a generation of children who, while remarkably tech savvy, are at risk of losing a grip on fundamental life skills, according to a recent article by Associated Press writer Beth Harpaz. Harpaz refers to 7-year-olds who...

My Son Is Awful to His Younger Sister. What Can I Do?

Dear AdviceMama, My 13-year-old son responds negatively to his 10-year-old sister. Since he was little, he has criticized her, whispered sarcastic remarks and even shoved her. We have tried to praise him when he's positive toward her,...
Imagine how you'd feel if your husband brought home a new wife and tried to convince you that he still loved you the same, and that he was sure that this new woman would add to the happiness of your family.

Should I Keep Loaning Money to My Adult Daughter?

Dear AdviceMama, I've loaned $5,000 to my grown daughter (she's in her 40s). She has also borrowed money from her sister and stepmother in the last year and a half. She has two homes, one that she and her family live in and a vacation home in...You tell your teenager that the money tree in the backyard has stopped growing and they're on their own the next time their bank account nears zero. Then your teenager is hungry, and the money tree sprouts a new branch. And then your teenager turns 40. AdviceMama has just the answer for one mom who needs to cut her adult daughter off before there are no leaves left for herself.

My 17-Year-Old Is Drifting Away! What Should I Do?

Dear AdviceMama: I have a 17-year-old daughter and I sometimes feel like we're drifting apart. We used to be close, but not so much now. Is this just a part of growing up? Do I just give her the space she needs? Signed, Sad Mom Dear Sad...It's been 17 years since the umbilical cord was cut for this mom, but she doesn't know how to handle her teen drifting away. AdviceMama's heard this one before and offers advice on how to adjust.

How Can I Get My Child to Do His Best on His Homework?

I don't want to speak in absolutes, but I can say with reasonable certainty that there aren't more than a handful of children who actually like doing homework. Kids are wired to enjoy the moment, and generally speaking, answering questions...
Even if your kid hates doing homework, there are ways to ensure they are doing their best.

Ex-Husband Only Calls Daughter Twice a Year and She's Furious!

Dear AdviceMama, My 8-year-old daughter has not seen her father for over three years. After our divorce he just picked up and moved across the country. He only calls my daughter on her birthday and Christmas. She is hurt and very angry with her...

'I'm Not Going to School and You Can't Make Me!'

As the new school year begins, more than a few children are struggling with first day jitters. Some may go so far as to dig in their heels, refusing to even get on the bus when the dreaded day arrives, leading to escalating punishments and bribes...

Six Ways to Help Kids Adjust to a New Teacher

Some children naturally embrace change, eagerly weaving new people into their lives. But many kids form attachments slowly and cautiously, making the challenge of bonding with a new teacher an additional stressor when the school year begins. ...

My 7-Year-Old is Getting Kicked Off the School Bus for Misbehavior!

Dear AdviceMama, My 7-year-old is very cranky most of the time. Time outs and taking things away from her don't seem to work. She got kicked off the school bus and sometimes has to sit in the school office at recess. I had her treated for ADHD...

Am I Horrible for Being Excited That My Daughter's Returning to College?

Dear AdviceMama, My youngest of four daughters is heading off to college for her second year. I cannot tell you how happy it makes me that my husband and I will have the house to ourselves again. When she came home in May I thought I was going...

'You're Not the Boss of Me!' is My Daughter's Favorite Line!

Dear AdviceMama, My almost-8-year-old and I butt heads a lot. She acts like she is the boss and I feel like I am always yelling at her. How do I get her off her pedestal? How do I let her know I'm the boss -- not her? Signed, I'm the...

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