Parenting & Children Articles

Emotional Abuse from Her Therapist?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, December 13th, 2014
Several weeks ago my wife of two years asked me for a divorce. I was shocked -- I'd thought things had been going well. Not two weeks before she had gushed to me about how excited she was to have a future with children and ...

I Think I Have ADD

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, December 12th, 2014
I'm really forgetful and absent minded and as a writer I can never bring myself to finish my own projects because I get bored and try to start a new one. At school I'm terrible at math because the teacher will explain the formulas to ...

Mother Is Depressed

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
My mother has had a terrible childhood. Her father was always drunk and she witnessed him beat her brothers because he was jealous that his wife (my mom's mother) was paying too much attention to them. My mother also grew in intense poverty (she fixed ...

My Dad Watches Me at Night

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, December 5th, 2014
From a 15 year old in the U.S.: During my sleep, sometimes my hand is inside in my shorts. Or sometimes inside my underwear unconsciously. I am not sure how this started. Anyways, I was sleeping and felt like someone was watching me. So, I ...

I’m Not Sure What’s Wrong with Me

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, December 5th, 2014
Hi, I'm a 28 year old female. For the past year and a half I've been getting worse my fiance doesn't want to listen to me. Growing up I was a happy loving kid. Got along with everyone, my senior year I lost my best ...

Daughter Mean to Her Brother

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
My 13-year-old treats her 11 year-old brother poorly much of the time. She won't let him in her room, responds in a mean way when he tries to talk to her or asks her a question, and is just generally nasty to him much of ...

12 Years Old and Wondering, Am I Going Mad?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
From Australia: I’m 12 years old and started year 7 in February and I guess it’s always tough for everyone right now. I know this but I think that what I’m going through will never go away. It’s been going on for 2 or 3 ...

10-Year-Old Son Hoarding and Stealing

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Thursday, November 27th, 2014
We have had issues for a long time now with our now 10-year-old son hoarding food, garbage, etc. in his room. Also this is the second time he was caught stealing something. First time was from a friend, this time school. Another issue ...

Brothers Showed Sexual Interest in Me

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
From Kuwait: When I was about 12, my older brother would want to hang out and watch movies and stuff, while we were watching he would pull his penis out. He wouldn't really do anything or try to touch me, it was just there and ...

I Should Be Happy for My Boyfriend But I’m Not

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
My boyfriend has a very complicated family. No one in his family has seen a happy, healthy marriage or relationship. His dad has always cheated on his mom. She claims to stay due to financial reasons and due to the children being young. They are ...

I Need Help for My Grandmother

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, November 24th, 2014
From Nepal: My grandmother is at the age of 70s. She is over dominating and enjoys when she creates disputes in the house everyday. She does not feel any shame publicizing family matters openly and badly abusing family members. She has superiority complex for no ...

Do I Follow My Dreams or Give Up?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
From Pakistan: I am born of a middle class family. I wanted to get admitted in a famous arts college in my city. I spent a whole year preparing for the test. I got to the interview after passing drawing and aptitude test, but couldn’t ...