Expert Advice

  • Teens and Dating

    Is 13 Too Young to Date?Very few parents let their 13-year-olds date, but parents can placate their kids with coed get-togethers.
  • Cursing and Swearing

    When a Child Uses ProfanityHere's some advice on how to handle a seven-year-old who is using profanity he doesn't even understand.
  • Dealing With Bullies

    Best Friend's Son Is Abusive to ChildrenThere are steps that should be taken immediately when a child is striking your children or others.
  • Dealing With Bullies

    Verbal HarassmentHere's what to do when your child is the subject of name-calling at school.
  • Social and Emotional Development

    Children and GuiltChildren lack the appropriate skills for coping with guilt. They often begin to act out when they feel they've caused some harm to befall a parent, .
  • Death and Dying

    Preoccupation with Death and IllnessWhile a child's fear may be focused on one topic, it usually reflects a more general anxiety condition related to a bigger problem.
  • Signs and Symptoms of ADHD

    ADHD, Behavioral Problems, and Failing GradesWhen it seems like your child's problems involve more than ADHD, here's what you need to do.
  • Behavioral Problems

    Punishing in PublicChildren will take advantage if they perceive that you're uncomfortable punishing them in front of others.
  • Lying

    How to Handle Lying IncidentTeens will always try to outwit everyone and distract the adults from the main issue. Set consequences for bad behavior and stick to them.
  • 7th Grade Homework

    Seventh-Grader Won't Turn in HomeworkThe only way any of us learn is through experience and tough consequences. Unfortunately, some kids have to experience the consequences.
  • Dealing With Bullies

    Eleven-Year-Old Called GayWhat used to be unheard of in elementary school is now common practice -- taunting and bullying based on actual or perceived sexual orientation.
  • Getting Organized

    Careless ChildSet up a simple system of rewards to help your child keep track of things.
  • Dealing With Bullies

    Seventh-Grader Is Being HarassedSchool peer-mediation programs are helpful in cases like this. A child can ask for a mediation with the student most responsible for the harassment.
  • Dealing With Bullies

    Students Are Targeting 14-Year-OldIn a serious situation like this, parents should insist on a meeting with all of their child's teachers, the school counselor, and others.
  • Lying

    Twelve-Year-Old Telling LiesBegin by toning down the attention you give to your son's lying.
  • Teens and Dating

    Should 14-Year-Old Talk to Boys on the Phone?Talking on the phone is a privilege, not a right. Whether teens are talking to boys or girls on the phone, the rules should be the same.
  • Pets

    Daughter Mistreats PetsMother is bewildered by her young daughter's mistreatment of pets.
  • Behavioral Problems

    Eleven-Year-Old Is Out of ControlOur expert recommends comprehensive treatment, including intensive therapy for a troubled 11-year-old.
  • Dealing With Bullies

    Adult Harasses Middle-SchoolerWhen harassment verges on physical assault, it is time to take action.
  • Dealing With Bullies

    Harassed 14-year-old Doing Poorly in SchoolHarassment is the number one cause of dropping out of school and can lead students, especially girls, to fail to meet their potential.