Dealing with a Child’s Fear of the School Bus (Assets #3, 5, 37)

How can we help our child overcome his terror of the school bus? The school is too far away for him to walk, and my wife and I both work, so it isn’t feasible to drive him back and forth every day. What can we do? It would be helpful to have some more...

Preschooler Is a Picky Eater (Asset #11)

How can we get our finicky four‐year‐old to eat what we put in front of her? Her highly selective eating habits are driving us up the wall. We never allow between‐meal snacks, yet dinnertime has become a major pain. I see this refusal to eat as disobedience, but my...

Disciplining a Child Who “Runs Away” (Asset #1 & 2)

How do we deal with a small child who takes off and has to be chased down every time he misbehaves and suspects that he’s about to be punished? He tends to run away whenever any kind of problem surfaces, and we have to run after him just to talk to him, let...

Dealing with Lazy Teenagers (Assets #11, 21-25)

How can I motivate my two lazy teenagers? They won’t help me around the house, and they consistently wait until the last minute to do their homework. As a single parent, I usually don’t have the energy to make them get down to work. Is there a way to break...

Concerned About “Middle Child” Issues (Asset #37)

Should I be worried about having a third child? My husband has concerns about what he calls “middle child syndrome.” Do you think his misgivings are justified? You can tell your husband that his fears are largely unfounded. The good news is that middle...

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