Changing Views on Marijuana — Good Parenting

 

ThinkstockPhotos 805704152Dear Dr. Debbie,

Some mom friends and I were talking about weed. One has a cousin whose treatment for glaucoma includes a medical marijuana prescription. Another has a grandfather whose doctor recommended pot to lessen severe chronic pain. We were wondering if our preteen children would get the impression that, if it’s something that can be prescribed by a doctor, then smoking a blunt, using a bong, or baking “funny” brownies can’t be harmful.

Preparing for “the Other Talk”

Are babies ready to learn? — Good Parenting

 

ThinkstockPhotos 823834260Dear Dr. Debbie,

I’m a brand new mom. Two weeks into this I’m getting used to the exhaustion, immediacy of diapers and wipes (they’re in almost every room of the house now), and near constant nursing. As we settle into a semblance of a routine, I’m wondering how I can best use our time in between feedings, changings, and precious sleeping to our best advantage. Not that we’re rushing, but I’ve heard that it’s the years before school start that really make a difference for how well he will do in school. My son doesn’t seem ready for books and I don’t want to start a screen habit this early.

Ready to (Yawn) Play

Keeping Track of Tweens — Good Parenting

 

ThinkstockPhotos 515278306Dear Dr. Debbie,

I had a mild scare with our daughters and their friends, ranging in age from 10 to 13 years old, at a community event this evening. There were several outdoor activities going on in the park and I felt it was reasonable to let them wander as a pack while I stayed in one area as a “base.” The five of them were explicitly told to check in with me if they were going to go anywhere other than where they had just decided to go. After about 45 minutes I thought it best to get a visual on them, since three of the girls are not my own. They were not where they said they would be. Resorting to calling my older daughter on her cell phone, I learned they had left the park to walk home. No checking in with me when they left. No checking in when they got home. Needless to say I was fuming, but calmed down sufficiently before getting back home to address the irresponsibility.


How can I impress my daughters with the need to stay more closely connected in public places without scaring them? Or, is a little fear what is required to help them keep from disappearing on me?

Mother Hen

Toddler math concepts — Good Parenting

 

ThinkstockPhotos 475086040Dear Dr. Debbie,

Can you give me a logical reason why my two-year-old twins constantly dump out the contents of containers? It could be a tub of toy cars, a box of crayons, a bowl of nuts set out for guests on the coffee table, or all the socks from the laundry basket (they actually worked together on this one).

I think I could tolerate this behavior better if there were a good explanation for it.

Playing Pick Up

Planning for life after high school — Good Parenting

 

ThinkstockPhotos 610242818Dear Dr. Debbie,

Our only child is a senior in high school. We recently learned he is failing one class and just getting by in some others. This is after debating whether to home school (mostly due to the fatigue of the early hours of AACPS), then ultimately arranging an every-other-day schedule through the guidance office.

He was a fine student through middle school. He got decent scores on the SAT’s. Most of his courses have been upper level, with teachers expecting all their students to go to college next year. He has applied only to three colleges, without much investigation nor enthusiasm. How can we help him see his way to a future worth working toward so he can take the right steps in his present?

Tell Me When to Push

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