Summer Math — Good Parenting

 

Dear Dr. Debbie,

Our second grader struggled so much with math this year that his teacher suggested we invest in workbooks this summer. She mentioned concepts such as number line, patterns, and categorization that need to be worked on. The whole family was really looking forward to a break from school, so I’m wondering if there aren’t some more exciting activities than workbooks for sharpening his math skills.

School’s Out for Summer

 

 

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Band Aids for Nonexistent Boo Boos — Good Parenting

 

Dear Dr. Debbie,

My very dramatic three-year-old has gotten in the habit of asking for a band aid about once every other day. Sometimes I distract her, but other times Daddy finds it easier to just give her one. I’m confused about the message(s) we’re giving her. Yes, I’m concerned if she is hurt (though there’s no blood), but the cost of band aids, or anything else, shouldn’t be taken so lightly.

Sympathetic but Frugal Mom

 

 

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Can Commitment be Taught? — Good Parenting

 

Dear Dr. Debbie,

Would good parenting make a difference for teaching a child to honor his or her commitments? I only have a small pool of sitters to rely on, mostly teen-agers and one who is forty-something, and a few have repeatedly caused me to scramble at the last minute to find a replacement or to have to back out of my own commitments. I’d like to think my children will be people who can be counted on.

References Please

 

 

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Is Racism Ever Excusable? — Good Parenting

 

Dear Dr. Debbie,

Our extended family includes four generations who get together several times each year. I’ve learned to expect “backward” thinking from one elderly relative in particular (now in her eighties), but now that my children are old enough to understand her racist comments, how do I explain this behavior to them? Should I confront the older adult? I certainly don’t wish to cause a family rift.

Tongue Tied

 

 

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