Dear Mr. Dad: My first baby is due in a few months, but I'm going to miss the birth. I've been out of work for more than a year and just landed a great job. The problem is I need to go to across the country for a six-week training that starts on my baby's due date. The company is very family-friendly, but this session is mandatory. We burned ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- To further reduce the risk of sleep-related deaths in infants, children's health experts on Monday issued updated safe sleeping guidelines that emphasize the importance of a baby sleeping in the same room -- but not the same bed -- as the mother.
And in what might be a surprise to many new parents, the American Academy of ...Read more
Q: In the past you have suggested divorced parents both go trick-or-treating with their kids. I hate my ex. We have been divorced for almost five years and she's still a selfish, obnoxious person and I don't want to be anywhere near her. I can't cover up my disgust and that can't be good for my children to witness -- but we did not put Halloween...Read more
Q: Do you have any advice for a single woman who's in love and romantically involved with a married man? I know the decision to go down this path was foolish, but there's nothing I want more than to begin a new life with this man. He wants the same, but he's dragging his feet and seems unable to leave his wife, even though his marriage is a mess...Read more
Dear Family Coach: I know my son occasionally attends unsupervised parties, where some teens are drinking. Do I have an obligation to tell the parents of the kids who attend about the drinking? -- Unsure
Dear Unsure: You are under no obligation to parent other people's children. Parenting your own kids is hard enough. I wouldn't call the ...Read more
ATTENTION LEE LITTLEWOOD EDITORS: THERE IS A MANDATORY CORRECTION TO BE MADE TO THE COLUMN FOR RELEASE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21. IN THE THIRD PARAGRAPH, THE SENTENCE, "MY FAVORITE HERO (WHO'S ALSO A RELATIVE), IS UNSTOPPABLE HELEN KELLER WHO'S "DEAF. BLIND. LIMITLESS." SHOULD BE CORRECTED TO READ, "MY FAVORITE HERO (WHO'S ALSO A PERSONAL RELATIVE), IS...Read more
Noting that October is Bullying Prevention Month, several editors have asked if I am willing to write an apropos column. I am and for two reasons feel eminently qualified to do so.
My first qualification is that I was bullied as a youngster. It began in the fifth grade with George K. He would run me down, wrestle me to the ground, ...Read more
Dear Family Coach: I'm raising three boys. The oldest is 15 years old, and the youngest is 10. Lately, there is example after example on the news of women being demeaned, groped or raped by men. I know from my own experience how often this occurs. How can I teach my boys to honor and respect women and keep their hands to themselves? -- Concerned...Read more
H.A.L.F.: The Deep BeneathNatalie Wright
H.A.L.F. #9 is the product of genetic engineering. Created to be a weapon in a secret war we don't know is coming, he proved too powerful to control. He has lived for seventeen years in an underground lab, sedated and trained to be a cold-blooded killing machine....
On any given day, pediatrician Lindsay Irvin estimates a quarter of her patients need psychiatric help. She sees teens who say they are suicidal, and elementary schoolchildren who suffer chest pains stemming from bullying anxiety.
Though she does her best, she doesn't consider herself qualified to treat them at the level they need at her ...Read more
Q: Although my husband grew up with divorced parents, I did not, but recently my parents also divorced and all are now with new partners or remarried. This means my husband and I have to travel to four different homes around the holidays. My husband takes this in his stride, but I'm stressing because we have a two year old and all this traveling...Read more
Dear Mr. Dad: We're a few months away from becoming parents for the first time and we've been sanitizing our house to prepare it for our baby. We've got antibacterial soaps all over the place -- no one's going to touch our baby with dirty hands! We're planning to give away our dog -- we've had him for a long time and he's very sweet, but we're ...Read more
Q: Communication has become an issue with our family. It seems that none of us spend time talking anymore. I don't know how this happened, but I'm concerned about how it's affecting our relationships. What can I do to change the situation?
Jim: You're wise to work toward reversing this trend. Regular and open conversation is essential to ...Read more
Dear Family Coach: I typically plan my son's birthday parties, but this year I am swamped at work and cannot give the task my full attention. I asked my husband to take over, and he happily accepted. The problem is, I am having trouble letting go. Even if my husband does a good job, I can tell it won't be good enough for me. Should I let him ...Read more
Child psychologists and educators suggest that kids read books when they have issues with potty training, healthy eating, new siblings and other adjustments. These books should also be suggested, for they promote kindness -- the antidote to bullying and mean behavior. Books rule!
"Be the Change" by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus; illustrated...Read more
Q: Dinner with our three kids always, and I mean ALWAYS, turns into a disaster. Typically, the oldest, 11, begins to needle the youngest, 6, and then, when the middle one, 9, figures out which of them is winning, he jumps in on that side. We've yelled, sent the instigator from the table so we can restore a semblance of order, not ...Read more
Dear Family Coach: My teenage daughter is a slob. She drops her stuff all over the house and "forgets" to clean up after herself. Her room is also a disaster. I generally allow her to keep her belongings in a manner she sees fit. If they are a mess, that's her problem. But sometimes she forgets to bring her instrument or important homework to ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- A 9-year-old girl, misdiagnosed with the stomach flu, died after a doctor failed to communicate to her Vietnamese-speaking parents that the drug he prescribed for her could have dangerous side effects.
A 78-year-old stroke victim had to have her leg amputated after doctors and nurses didn't understand her when she complained, in ...Read more
Q: My mother passed away unexpectedly earlier this week while our children, ages 10 and 12, were in their father's care. The kids were very close to her. I made him aware of her passing when I asked him to swap time with me so that the kids and I could attend her funeral out of state. He declined, and expected me to allow the children to stay ...Read more
Dear Mr. Dad: My 13-year-old son is a complete screen addict. He's on his phone or a game console or a computer all the time. You've written a lot about how to get kids to unplug, and I know that as the parent, I can shut off his phone or remove the devices from the house. But things are complicated because he really does need to use the phone ...Read more
Q: Our daughter is married to a good, kind, giving man. We love them both very much, but most of the time my daughter is disrespectful and mean to her husband. He's passive and just takes it from her. This upsets our entire family and I'm inclined to speak with my daughter about it. Do you think I should?
Jim: This is a judgment call that ...Read more
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