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Stressed momDear Dr. Debbie,

Our family — my husband and three children ages 2 to 8 — has a pretty good weekday routine. We squeeze in at least one “quality” family activity per weekend around the housework and errands. Why is it, though, when I’m extra stressed from work or a too busy weekend that the children, especially the 2-year-old, are more difficult?

Thrown Off My Rhythm

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mom totDear Dr. Debbie,

My husband, 2-year-old and I recently moved to the Annapolis area for his work. I’m expecting our second baby in a few months and plan to remain a stay-at-home mom for a while. I enjoy spending time with my daughter, watching her curiosity about everything, but wish there was an easy way to get myself connected and contributing to the community. Compounding this adjustment is the fact that I grew up in Europe and English is not my most comfortable language.


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Mom Daughter cookDear Dr. Debbie,

My 10-year-old is on a gluten-free and dairy-free diet. When we got the diagnosis her symptoms were not life-threatening, mainly just belly aches. I've learned to read labels to find such things as wheat free soy sauce. Cooking from scratch is the easiest way to avoid accidental tummy trouble. Most of the time the whole family eats this way aout of convenience. My daughter is responsible for packing her school lunches most days, but I get concerned when she goes to a friend’s home, or on an outing with her Girl Scout troop if I’m not coming along. At what point should I expect her to be able to fend for herself — to be polite but cautious regarding food she is offered away from home?


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