Helping a child manage a special diet — Good Parenting

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?

Mom

Mastering the stairs safely — Good Parenting

baby stairsDear Dr. Debbie,

My baby has been crawling for a couple of months and yesterday he caught me by surprise, managing to get up two steps on the stairs before I dropped what I was doing to pick him up. We will now put up a baby gate. Should I be helping him to master climbing upstairs? And what about climbing down? During the workweek, he is in an infant classroom in a childcare center without any access to climbing other than some large foam blocks.

Catcher’s Position

No devices at the table — Good Parenting

texting at tableDear Dr. Debbie,

I think our family needs some rules, or at least guidelines, about the use of cell phones and other devices at the dinner table. I grew up with a “no tv and no phone” standard for family meals, which took place two or three times a day. Now that our oldest has a phone of her own (she’s 12), I’m leaning toward all of us (my husband and myself included) leaving our phone on silent when we’re at the table together.

Time to Talk

Promoting friendship across economic differences — Good Parenting

FriendsDear Dr. Debbie,

We’re considering a local move which would likely put our children in a new school. One of the neighborhoods we are considering has a wide economic mix. Since both my husband and I grew up among neighbors of similar means, we’re wondering how to support friendships with children who come from a lifestyle vastly different from ours.

Mrs. Middle Class

Is attachment parenting spoiling or nurturing? — Good Parenting

Mom babyDear Dr. Debbie,

Our extended family members have been giving me very diverse suggestions/directives about holding my baby. Some are saying, “Don’t spoil him. He’ll expect to be held all the time,” while others urge me to hold him and pass him around as much as possible. Beyond just holding him, I’ve been criticized for “letting” him make noise at a family dinner in a private home — not a restaurant — by one of the oldest family members who is in her 80s. On the opposite extreme, three others made sure to tell me they admired how easily I soothed and entertained him when he started to get fussy. I’m looking for a comfortable position on this issue and some sound arguments to defend it.

Trying to Get This Right

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