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Be a Coach not a Critic: Good Parenting with Dr. Debbie

Dear Dr. Debbie, I catch myself sounding like my mother, telling my child to: “Look where you’re going!” after she’s just tripped, or asking, “What...

Camp Complaints: Good Parenting with Dr. Debbie

Dear Dr. Debbie, My school-age children are at a summer camp that includes van trips to a nearby pool. Yesterday at pickup time I overheard...

Decenter to Gain a Child’s Cooperation: Good Parenting with Dr. Debbie

Dear Dr. Debbie, My children, ages 2 ½ and 5, are generally manageable for myself, their dad, and other adults. They even do well with...

A Call For Help: Good Parenting with Dr. Debbie

Dear Dr. Debbie, Is it normal for a four-year-old to talk about suicide? More than once my little nephew has said he wants to kill...

When to Quit: Good Parenting with Dr. Debbie

Dear Dr. Debbie, My six-year-old is registered for several one-week day camps this summer. This past week, when I picked him up on Thursday he...

Thumb Sucking Alternatives – Good Parenting with Dr. Debbie

Dear Dr. Debbie, My three-year-old sucks her thumb when she goes to sleep, and occasionally just to calm herself. We are going out to the...

Strong-Willed Two-Year-Old: Good Parenting with Dr. Debbie

Dear Dr. Debbie, I have a two-and-a-half-year-old who says, “No!” all the time. Well, maybe not all the time, but a lot of the time....

Mom’s House vs. Dad’s House: Good Parenting with Dr. Debbie

Dear Dr. Debbie, We have two children, ages two and four, who split time between my home and their Dad’s. The older one is starting...

A Change is Coming: Good Parenting with Dr. Debbie

Dear Dr. Debbie, I am surprised to see opposition to the long-awaited shift to an 8:30 am start time for high school in Anne Arundel...

Scared for Our Children’s Future: Good Parenting with Dr. Debbie

Dear Dr. Debbie, I was already in a steady state of anxiety about sending my children to school – even masked and vaxed – but...

Is He Behind or On His Own Path? Good Parenting with Dr. Debbie

Dear Dr. Debbie, I am homeschooling a seven-year-old and a six-year-old. The older one picked up on reading right away. Last year by this time...

May is Mental Health Awareness Month – Good Parenting with Dr. Debbie

Dear Dr. Debbie, I just wanted to put in a pitch for parents to address mental health with their children. It’s not an easy subject...

Precautions for Pandemic Parties: Good Parenting with Dr. Debbie

Dr. Debbie, We are trying to plan a party for our soon-to-be six-year-old next month but are still concerned about social gatherings. Some of his...

Tweens and Screens: Dr. Debbie’s Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, We relaxed our family’s screen-time limits during the pandemic, but now that the kids’ social lives have opened back up and they...

Insistence on Clean Hands: Good Parenting with Dr. Debbie

Dear Dr. Debbie, Recently our two-year-old has become a bit of a fanatic about cleaning her hands. Often I don’t even see what she’s complaining...

Tricky People, not Stranger Danger: Good Parenting with Dr. Debbie

Dear Dr. Debbie, My 20-month-old and I are doing more venturing out into public and even though she doesn’t know about life before the pandemic,...

Switching Parents Each Week (Is It Daddy Day?): Dr. Debbie’s Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, My daughter’s father and I are co-parenting in separate homes. She’s two. Almost every day she’s with me she’s asking if it’s...

Chipmunk Cheeks: Good Parenting with Dr. Debbie

Dear Dr. Debbie, My toddler walks around with food in his mouth. He’ll say, “All done,” so I get him out of the high chair...

Controlling Screen Time – Dr. Debbie’s Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, My eight-year-old absolutely pitches a fit when I try to get him to turn off a video game or a YouTube. I...

Communicating Before Fluent Language – Dr. Debbie’s Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, Our two-year-old babbles nearly non-stop. I catch less than half of what she’s saying. My wife sometimes is able to translate what...

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