Encouraging an early love of books — Good Parenting

 

ThinkstockPhotos 656434576Dear Dr. Debbie,

What’s all the fuss about reading books to babies? My in-laws gave us cardboard books as a gift for our newborn but it was at least eight months until she was at all interested in them. And that was mostly to try to open and close them while I was trying to read each page to her. Now that she’s a year old, she’s on the go more than on my lap. Should I be forcing her to sit through a story?

Isn’t It Too Early?

Help children cope with the death of a pet — Good Parenting

 

ThinkstockPhotos 82462964Dear Dr. Debbie,

Our first dog was with us before the children. He died a few months back after a long and adventurous life. Our 10-year-old and 8-year-old coped pretty well. They understood that he had been deteriorating for a while. They even explained to their friends about “dog years” by multiplying by seven to explain his symptoms of advancing age. Unfortunately, the puppy we picked out a week ago quickly went from bad to worse from Parvo. The vet euthanized him this morning. What logic can we bring to this loss?

Too Soon Again

Continued issues with using the bathroom at school — Good Parenting

 

ThinkstockPhotos 637226866Dear Dr. Debbie,

You addressed my son’s issue with using the bathroom at school  a few weeks ago, but things haven’t gotten better. I admit I haven’t invested much time in helping him get attached to his teacher, partly because I’m afraid the problem is bigger than that. Wherever I take him that’s not home, he refuses to use the bathroom. We may be out all day and he just holds it. At the end of a school day, he heads straight to the bathroom for a significant stream of urine. I know this could lead to a urinary infection, but of course that’s not a good enough reason for a five-year-old to change his ways. Other suggestions?

Me Again

Preparing for time in the woods — Good Parenting

 

ThinkstockPhotos 200117127 001Dear Dr. Debbie,

We have started taking the family on a couple of short hikes in preparation for tent camping in a national forest in a few weeks. My husband is a much more experienced outdoorsman than I am, so this is helping me as much as the kids, ages 8 and 6. While I have been taught how to avoid tics and poison ivy, I worry that our adventurous six-year-old or the self-confident eight-year-old will wander off and get lost in the woods. At the same time, I don’t want to seem over-anxious by making them stay by my side the whole time. Is there a “fun” safety drill, like “stop, look, and listen” and “stop, drop, and roll” for this?

Long Pants, Long Sleeves

Adopting twin toddlers — Good Parenting

 

ThinkstockPhotos 546464946Dear Dr. Debbie,

My husband and I have taken in two-year-old twins! We’re super excited about this shift in family roles. We’ve known them since they were born, but the parents, who are family members, have proven to be unsuited. My middle school age daughter, until now, an only child, is thrilled to have more time with the babies.

Obviously I’ve been a mother before, but not of twins nor of children who have bounced around so much in their short lives. What should we be mindful of in the coming weeks and years?

Once Again But Different

Toilet accidents at school — Good Parenting

ThinkstockPhotos 527703837Dear Dr. Debbie,

My five-year-old is in his second year as a special education student. He has a speech delay and some fine motor issues. At home he’ll say he needs to go to the bathroom and gets someone to help him to do so. But he’s had several accidents at school since the new school year started. Last year, the bathroom was just off the classroom. This year, he is supposed to raise his hand to let the teacher know he has to leave the room (and take an adult with him, I presume). I should mention he has had a substitute teacher already and I think this is adding to the problem.

Got To Go’s Mom

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