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Parent Guidance

Communication

How am I suppose to handle a situation where my children are being bullied and treated badly by their other parent (divorce). My kids confide in me but are not able to tell anyone else about the events, thus making it very hard to correct. How do I encourage them to be able to speak honestly about their behavior?

How am I suppose to handle a situation where my children are being bullied and treated badly by their other parent (divorce). My kids confide in me but are not able to tell anyone else about the events, thus making it very hard to correct. How do I encourage them to be able to speak honestly about their behavior?

My 33 year old daughter recently moved back in with me with her six kids and I realize that she doesn’t parent at all. And, my daughter does not work and expects me to pay all the bills. She’s not even taking care of the house or cleaning up herself. If I say anything she doesn’t like she threatens to move out and not let me see my grandkids. I’m at my wits end what do I do?

My 33 year old daughter recently moved back in with me with her six kids and I realize that she doesn’t parent at all. The 17 year old already quit school, 13 year old plays video games all night long, the nine-year-old is watching the twin two year olds and the five-year-old while I’m at work all day. And, my daughter does not work and expects me to pay all the bills. She’s not even taking care of the house or cleaning up herself. If I say anything she doesn’t like she threatens to move out and not let me see my grandkids. I’m at my wits end what do I do?

My husband the father of my children passed in 2009. I noticed some time after that my son was lying a lot. My son is now 18 and lies about everything. I don’t understand why anyone would lie like this. I taught my children the importance of being honest and l have done my best to lead by example.

My husband the father of my children passed in 2009. I noticed some time after that my son was lying a lot. My son is now 18 and the lying hasn’t stopped. He lies about everything. The other day when I got home one of the kids had done the dishes. I asked my son who did the dishes? He said his sister did. When I said something to her about the dishes turns out he lied. He had done the dishes. I don’t understand why anyone would lie like this. I taught my children the importance of being honest and trustworthy and l have done my best to lead by example which makes this extreamly frustrating. Please help me help him fix this.

My 19 year old daughter moved out of our home in May and is living with a man 10 years older than her. For many reasons, we believe she may have a sexual addiction. We would like to bring up this idea of addiction with her but want to do it in the best, most loving way. Any ideas how we can encourage her to consider this possibility of addiction when she lives far away from us?

My 19 year old daughter moved out of our home in May and is living with a man 10 years older than her. For many reasons, we believe she may have a sexual addiction. While we have regular positive communication with her, it is pretty surfacy and she often accuses us of being “judgy” when we try to talk about things relating to her moving out and sexual activity. We would like to bring up this idea of addiction with her but want to do it in the best, most loving way. I’m sure she will deny it and tell us her behaviors are normal. Any ideas how we can encourage her to consider this possibility of addiction when she lives far away from us (800 miles away) and we feel we have little or no leverage? We don’t want to say the wrong thing and lose the opportunity all together.

Our 16 year old son was caught doing inappropriate things on his phone. He had been caught before, was warned and more restrictions were put. This time it was worse. One of his friends created an account for him and it jeopardized my husband since the phone is in his account. My husband is so upset because he says my son feels no remorse or he doesn’t seem sorry. This morning my husband told me he is seriously considering just giving him a flip phone. I really don’t want to go to that extreme. I think with more restrictions and more guidance he will be okay. I’m just worried this will drive him further away from us.

Our 16 year old son was recently caught doing inappropriate things on his phone. He had been caught before and was warned and more restrictions were put. Well this time it was worse. Seems one of his friends created an account for him and it almost jeopardized my husband since the phone is in his account. My husband is so upset because he says my son feels no remorse or he doesn’t seem sorry. This morning he told me he is seriously considering just giving him a flip phone. I really don’t want to go to that extreme. I think with more restrictions and more guidance he will be okay. I’m just worried this will drive him further away from us. As it is he isn’t very open.

Our 15.5 year old son has locked himself in his room for the past 6 months. He comes down to get food only if I (his mother) am not around and he only eats in his room. He locks his bedroom door and will not anyone in. He will not talk to me but will talk to his father and brother, but still only a little bit. He has punched holes in his walls. He has failed some of his classes. He will not talk to a therapist, though my husband has tried to get him to. What can we do?

Our 15.5 year old son has locked himself in his room for the past 6 months. He comes down to get food only if I (his mother) am not around and he only eats in his room. He locks his bedroom door and will not anyone in. He will not talk to me but will talk to his father and brother, but still only a little bit. He has punched holes in his walls. He has failed some of his classes. He will not talk to a therapist, though my husband has tried to get him to. What can we do?

I think my 17 year old son is in a codependent relationship. They have been together for 1.5 years. They’re together at least 5 hours/day and the rest of the day they text each other. When they fight he suffers and gets panic attacks. I’m concerned because he is going to College soon and I’m afraid he is going to give up on school to stay close to her. How can I help?

I think my 17 year old son is in a codependent relationship. They have been together for 1.5 years. They’re together at least 5 hours/day and the rest of the day they text each other. When they fight he suffers and gets panic attacks. I’m concerned because he is going to College soon and I’m afraid he is going to give up on school to stay close to her. How can I help?