Warding Off A Temper Tantrum — Good Parenting

 

Dear Dr. Debbie,

My sweet two-year-old sometimes turns sour at the least convenient times. We’ll be out running errands, including something fun for her like the pet store, and she’ll have a melt down because I won’t let her take a dog toy off the shelf. Last time it happened I scooped her up and left without buying what we came for. Any quick tips?

On the Run

 

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Little Known Facts Regarding Foreign Adoptions — Good Parenting

 

Dear Dr. Debbie,

My husband and I are contemplating a foreign adoption and have chatted with a few friends and relatives about this. We were shocked and disbelieving when friends who are adoptive parents cautioned that if we adopt a male baby from Russia, he would remain a Russian citizen and would be subject to being drafted into the Russian army. For this reason they have told their son he shouldn’t expect to go back for a visit until he is at least twenty-eight-years-old and no longer eligible for conscription. Are other countries like this about babies that have been adopted by a U.S. family? Wouldn’t it be beneficial to the child to know he or she is welcome as a visitor but securely belongs to his adoptive family and country?

More to Consider

 

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Why Do Toddlers Wander Off? — Good Parenting

 

Dear Dr. Debbie,

Our toddler gave us a scare at the mall today. He was walking between my husband and me when something caught his attention and he started off in another direction. We both called to him and he immediately picked up speed so we had to chase him down. It seemed like he thought it was a fun game. This has happened a few times recently. I’m not sure how to respond because he is not catching on to our panic. Is he just too young to understand that he shouldn’t be on his own?

Thinking About Getting a Leash

 

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Dealing with a bossy personality — Good Parenting

 

Dear Dr. Debbie,

 

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As soon as our daughter could talk she would boss other children around. She’s 3 ½ now and I’m getting concerned that other children won’t want to play with her. So far, she spends her time closely supervised by me, her dad, and her teachers at preschool. I often have to help her rephrase things to other children or redirect her to make their interactions fair. For example, if she announces she’s the captain of the ship, and another child seems disappointed or angered by this announcement, I suggest they could be co-captains.
Most of the time she’s willing to bend to my guidance, but her inclination to boss others around won’t always be so closely monitored as she gets older. Also, she’s going to be an only child so won’t ever have siblings to practice negotiation skills with. How can she learn to treat others less like a dictator and more like a respected equal?

Helicoptering but Don’t Want to

Can a child's IQ be raised? — Good Parenting

 

ThinkstockPhotos 200325083 001Dear Dr. Debbie,

I feel raw. My just-turned eight-year-old was labeled “Intellectually Disabled” from the results of an IQ test at his new school. The school psychologist said it’s highly unlikely he will graduate with a diploma, but could learn Life Skills and earn a certificate. She said IQ doesn’t change much. I don’t think it’s right to limit expectations for his potential based on one test. At home he’s chatty and holds his own in an argument. He struggles with homework, but eventually we get it all done. Unfortunately he’s had a lot of stress and family transitions in his life, but we have reached a point of stability for the foreseeable future. Does he have a chance at completing high school and beyond?

Stunned At a Label

Boosting Language Skills — Good Parenting

 

ThinkstockPhotos 110884456Dear Dr. Debbie,

I have heard that language development happens early. My children are 5 years, 3 years, and 5 months. We have stories routinely at bedtime and keep books, including board books for the baby, in several spots around the house and in the car. The older two sing song games with me in the car – each of us taking a turn, and show the baby how to do Eensy Weensy Spider. We are lucky to have an extended family that includes immigrants who speak a language other than English around our children. Is there anything else we can be doing to promote good language skills?

Mom of Three

 

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