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Reluctant Book Reader—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie,My four-year-old has been much too squirmy to ever get through a whole picture book with me. I’m ready to give up...

Will Kids Ever Chat Again in Person?—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, My middle schooler is back at school a couple days a week and tells me that it’s a bit weird. In particular,...

Earth Day To-Do’s—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, Some days it’s easier to manage our carbon footprint as a family. Mostly I’m the one who has to remind the children...

Losses in Learning are Relative—Good Parenting

Dr. Debbie My children will continue learning from home for at least the rest of this school year. It’s just not worth the risk to...

Don’t Force Swim Lessons

Dear Dr. Debbie, My uncle has been getting on me about signing up my five-year-old for swimming lessons. While I agree that at some point...

The Meaning of Play—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, My three-year-old and five-year-old have sustained periods when they actually play well together with make-believe. I try not to interrupt, but stay close...

Helping from Afar—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, It’s always sad when a child loses a parent, but in this case the family is kind of close. My teen-age daughter...

Maryland Day Weekend—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, With spring in the air, and a year of Social Distancing already, my family is itching to get out and about. Although...

Questions Lead to Learning—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, My four-year-old asks a lot of questions. It started soon after she turned three, but the questions are more frequent and more...

Corona Fatigue Syndrome—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, My children seem to be showing signs of anxiety. Compared to a year ago, they’re much more clingy, argumentative, sullen, competitive with...

Some of the Best Toys Aren’t Toys—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, What exactly makes something a good toy for a one-year-old? I’m not talking about anything obviously designed for a toddler to play...

Learning from Natural Consequences—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, Chores are supposed to make a child feel valued and competent, right? My fifteen-year-old has to be reminded and reminded to take...

Normal Thievery—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, My otherwise intelligent seven-year-old made a big mistake. She went grocery shopping with me and watched as I put $40 cash in...

African American History Month From Home—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, The pandemic is giving us LOTS of family time. Usually in February we’d be taking the kids to library and museum programs...

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...
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