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Discipline in Step-Families

It may be necessary to get all parents and step-parents involved in counseling, if discipline between step-families becomes a problem. read more

Can Mom and Stepmom Homeschool Jointly?

Does the boy's natural mother have the ability and commitment to homeschool? The rewards are great, but homeschooling involves a serious commitment by a generous, loving parent. read more

Stepdaughter Says She Hates Stepmother

This type of response to a stepparent's setting limits are a child's way of manipulating and are very normal. read more

Daughter Mistreats Pets

Mother is bewildered by her young daughter's mistreatment of pets. read more

Rivalry Between Sisters

Sibling rivalry is at its worst when the younger child outshines the older sibling. read more

Does Homeschooling Improve Parent-Child Relationships?

Homeschooling seems to remove many of the stumbling blocks that traditionally schooled parents and kids encounter. With no pressure to conform or fit in, there is also no need for rebellion. read more

Teasing in the Home

Ask your older children to put themselves in your little guy's place. Sometimes children don't realize how painful words can be. Try to talk about these things when you and the kids are alone and relaxed, perhaps just before bed. read more

Should Sister and Brother Share a Bedroom?

Find out what our expert has to say about a nine-year-old girl and a six-year-old boy sharing a bedroom. read more

Is My Son Abusing His Homeschooling Freedom?

The fact that your son is completing his assignments and turning them in each week shows that some work is being done. read more

Boy Has Crush on Stepmother

The primary objective in dealing with this crush is to make certain that this boy is not made to feel rejected, abnormal, or perverted. read more

Depressed After Brother Leaves for College

A parent asks how to help her younger son deal with his brother going off to college. read more

Mom Angered by Son's Attitude

It's important to maintain some emotional distance in a mother-son relationship. Otherwise, both can get locked into an losing battle for control. read more

Older Daughter Is Mean to Sibling

Forcing your older girl to include her sibling when she visits her friends is setting her up to resent the little sister you want her to care for. read more

Is My Stepdaughter's Homeschooling on Target?

The issue here is not verifying if your stepdaughter is on-target with her public-schooled peers, but rather understanding both the homeschool philosophy and how children learn. read more

Making Discipline Work

Good discipline begins with a discussion of what is and is not acceptable behavior in your home. read more

Grandparent Wants to Help Gifted Grandchild

Grandparents can assume some wonderfully unique and significant roles in the lives of their gifted grandchildren. read more

Trusting Your Teen

How can you trust your daughter if she is not trustworthy? You should set the expectations, boundaries, and consequences for study and dating. read more

Stepson Not Helping with Chores

You have every right to determine the rules and consequences for the time your stepson spends in your home. Those should include helping around the house, playing fairly, and managing his anger. read more

Son Is Gifted, but Daughter Isn't

The problem of having one sibling identified as gifted and the other not qualifying for the program is difficult, but not insurmountable. read more

Out of Control Kids

You may need to try family counseling if out-of-control stepchildren aren't responding to discipline. read more

New Baby, New Problems

It's not uncommon for a formerly only child to react negatively when a younger sibling is born. read more

Stepson Caught Between Parents

Our expert encourages a stepmother not to discipline her stepson for things he does while at his mom's home. read more

The Other Mother

Find out how best to deal with the other parent of your significant other's child. read more

Grown Up Too Soon

When a younger child is determined to prove she's as "grown up" as her older sibling, parental intervention may be required. read more

Ex Forbids Interracial Dating

Our expert advises a mother to discuss her dilemma with her ex and her daughter in the presence of a skilled, family-oriented therapist. read more

Step-Sibling Rivalry

Jealousy often flares up when a child from another marriage gets a new sibling. read more

Homeschooling Two Children

Find out whether homeschooling your children is right for you. read more

Daughter Maturing Early

Your attitude toward your maturing daughter is the most important tool you have for helping her feel good about herself. read more

Rivalry Between Brothers

Conflict between siblings is normal. What's important is how the children and parents handle the conflict. read more

Separating a Child and Parent

Encourage a child to be a separate person from his mother. read more