Toddler Attachment to Pacifier or Blanket (Asset #2)

At what age do you think a child is too old for a pacifier? We’ve tried several times to take it away, but it’s like pulling teeth. I’ve also been wondering about my son’s attachment to his blanket. Is it a problem if we let him keep it? At...

Violent Toys and TV Programs

General call to parents to be aware of exposure to the Assets vs. time with video games Should I be concerned that my young son has been spending a lot of time watching violent cartoons and playing with the “spin-off” action figures marketed by the...

Dad Concerned About Preteen Girl’s Interest in Boys (Asset #31)

Is twelve years old too young for a girl to be expressing a keen interest in boys? My husband and I have a difference of opinion on this point. Our daughter and her best friend like to talk about “cute” boys and often tease each other about who has a crush...

Dads and Moody Teenage Daughters (Assets 37 & 38)

As a father, what can I do to improve my relationship with an emotionally erratic adolescent girl? This past year has been difficult for me. I’ve watched my daughter make the transformation from a kind, joyful, cooperative little girl to a sullen, argumentative,...

Dealing with a Defiant Child (Assets 1, 2, 11, 16)

How do I handle a kid whose behavior ranges from telling me to “shut up” to slamming a door on her younger sister to trying to steal money from my wallet? My daughter is the classic “defiant child.” She hates school, has trouble getting along...

Dealing with a Teen Who Struggles with Drug Addiction

Where can we turn for help with the challenge of confronting our adolescent son’s problem with substance abuse? It might even be fair to say his abuse has escalated into a full-blown addiction. We’re devastated and don’t know what to do. Any...

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