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...

Cutting is a Call for Help (Assets 1, 2, 17, 18, 19, 20)

When life gets hard, sometimes kids harm themselves via cutting in order to express their psychological distress.  Although it may be alarming to parents, a son or daughter’s cutting is a call for help and a way to cope with emotional pain. The Issue Cutting usually...

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