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Anticipating First Steps—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, Life has been anything but normal with a baby added to our family just before lockdown last March. She’s mostly been at...

Staying Active in the Winter—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, After two weeks into the new year, I’m failing on my resolution to have the whole family be more active and to...

Filtering the News—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, I’m trying to process what happened at the Capitol so I can help my children, ages 8 and 10, put this unprecedented...

Toddler Shenanigans—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, My toddler is out of control. Well, not all of the time. But it seems like as soon as I turn my...

Clothes Free Comfort at Home—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, Our four-year-old has developed a habit of streaking through the house before bath time. The one-year-old has been trying to join in,...

Only Child Syndrome—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, We have an only child. In many ways she seems more mature than other seven-year-olds, at least from what I remember before...

Selective Hearing—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, Why don’t my children listen to me? Their hearing is perfectly functional for whispered conversations to each other during a scary movie....

Social Models and Feedback—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, We’re back to staying at home almost all of the time because of the rise in Covid-19 cases. I miss chatting with...

College From Home—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, Thanksgiving brought our college student home for the rest of the semester, and next semester, too. She’s trying to take this in...

But When, Mommy?

But When, Mommy? Dear Dr. Debbie,My daughters, ages 8 and 11, have a list of things they want to do when the coronavirus pandemic is...

Native American Heritage

Dear Dr. Debbie,Our family has been embracing cultural diversity while spending time at home during the pandemic. Our children are 4, 8 and 11....

The 3 R’s of At-home Education During a Pandemic—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, Let me start by saying I appreciate how hard my children’s teachers are working to salvage what they can from this school...

Coronacoaster Continues—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, Is it just me or does it seem everyone is on edge? To say there’s a lot on my mind is an...

Preparing for a Move—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, How much advance notice should an eight-year-old and a five-year-old get before a move? It’s not far away, but I suspect the...

Teen Wants to be Vegetarian—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, My thirteen-year-old daughter has announced she’s a vegetarian. That would be fine with me, except she is adding the careful reading of...

Skin Color Awareness

Dear Dr. Debbie, Our four-year-old is starting to talk about skin color differences. We have varying shades in our family, from tawny to sienna, but...

Choose Words Of Patience And Strength

Dear Dr. Debbie, “It’s too much to deal with” is my four-year-old’s new expression. When the seven-year-old encounters connectivity glitches during online schooling she says,...

Unschooling is an Option for Home Schooling

Dear Dr. Debbie,I have a 5-year-old and a 3-year-old. We started homeschooling for Kindergarten and Preschool last week and I feel utterly defeated. Before...

What Children Need Going Forward—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, I realize there are no perfect solutions for this school year even with the welcome flexibility our older child has as a...

(Sometimes) Unhappy Children—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie,Is there a secret to happiness? Sometimes one or more of my children, ages 8, 10, and 13, will quickly recover from...
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