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"My teenage daughter confides in her step-mother and not in me. How can I get her to come to me when she needs to talk?"

"My teenage daughter confides in her step-mother and not in me. How can I get her to come to me when she needs to talk?"

Monday, October 7 2013, 10:05 AM CDT

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“What do parents need to consider in order to encourage their kids?”

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“My husband travels and when he’s gone our kids take advantage of the situation. What can I do?”

"I am a single mom and my ex-husband gave our kids a ridiculous number of gifts for Christmas -- again! How am I supposed to handle it? I can't compete with him financially."

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It’s so easy to over-buy for my kids at Christmas. How did you handle it when your kids were young?

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My junior high daughter has changed overnight and her screaming and fits are driving everyone in the family crazy. Help!

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“I know I shouldn’t allow my 5 year old to be defiant, but I’m not exactly sure how to identify that kind of behavior. Can you give me an example?”

My teenage daughter trouble getting up in the morning. Any suggestions on solving this one?

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"My teenage daughter confides in her step-mother and not in me. How can I get her to come to me when she needs to talk?"

“My son is 7 and is a picky eater. Can you give me some help?”

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“We have 2 teenaged sons. They have been given strict rules for video games…weekends only & a time limit of 2 hours each day. They are sneaking in extra time on those days. How do we regain control, without having them rebel?”

"We recently moved across the country. Our teenage son has always been in a private school but this new one is very small. He’s lobbying to attend the public school. What are your thoughts?"

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"My husband makes plans with our daughter before checking with me. I think that’s wrong. What do you think?”

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“My husband and I have been married for 3 years. Neither of us is 100% certain we want to have children. Do you have any advice or resources to help us prepare for possibly being parents?”

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“What are your thoughts about removing an older sibling (2-year-old) from the home for a week or so when mom brings a new baby home? My daughter is considering this.”

“My 13-year-old stepson refuses to cut his way-too-long hair. He doesn’t wash it regularly either. We’ve tried paying him to get it cut but that doesn’t help and neither does his mother. What next?”

“My kids are growing up so quickly. They will soon be gone from home and I do not want to waste this time we have together. Any thoughts on how I can accomplish my goal?”

"Do you have any ideas for making curfew enforcement a little easier? I am wearing myself out by staying up waiting for my daughter to get home."

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"Our 19 year old son has made many poor choices including moving out on his own. He's moving home soon as a self-declared "changed man" and we wondered if we should force him to make restitution for what he's done wrong."

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"I don't know if my daughter is strong-willed or not. Can you give a description of a strong-willed child?"

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“My husband is a strong disciplinarian and I am not. I feel he’s wrong and he thinks I am. Who’s got it right?”

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