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Discipline Issue with an Extremely Defiant 4-Year-Old

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
Hello. My girlfriend has 2 boys ages 5 and 4. The 4-year-old is in a very big power struggle with her. He is urinating all over the house, shouts at her, and routinely disobeys. He can be physical at times with his brother and mother ...

My Wife Doesn’t Show Me Love Anymore

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
From the U.S.: My wife and I have been married for 4 years now. We started to have issues about 2 years ago. I feel like since we have been officially and legally married that she doesn't care about me. First thing is, I tried to ...

Helicopter Parents Ruining My Relationship

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, January 23rd, 2015
My parents can be described at helicopter parents. They have always been very involved in my life and even moved with me when I went away to college. In college, I developed a serious relationship with a guy who I've been seeing for over 3 ...

I’m Having Problems with My 3-Year-Old Stepson

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
From the U.S.:My fiancé and I have been dating for 3 ½ years. We have a two year old son together and he has a son that is 3. My stepson's mother left and hasn't returned since he was 6 months old. I have been ...

My Grandparents are Hoarders

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
I'm 17 and I have depression and anxiety disorder which is very difficult to cope with. But aside from that, my grandparents have custody of me. They are good people and give me my basic needs, but they are verbally abusive and they're hoarders. Even ...

My Husband Has the Desire to Kill

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
Hey. I'm just really looking for some serious advice. I really believe my husband is a sociopath. When we first started dating he would mention that it's hard for him to have feelings. He also said when he was a kid he would torture cats ...

My Mom Is Depressed

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
From the U.S.: I'm 15. I've been noticing a difference in my mom. She cries a lot more and doesn't really talk or get out of the house. every time I ask her what's wrong she just says "its one of those days" but it's ...

Daughter Believes Father Molested Her

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, January 19th, 2015
From the U.S. My husband was good father but verbally abusive at times and hard on the youngest of our 2 daughters. However, deep down I do not believe that he molested her. She has no memory of actual sexual abuse but says he rubbed ...

Daughter Hates Step-father

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, January 18th, 2015
My first husband and I had a daughter together. He passed away when she was 5. I remarried when she was almost 11. We had a son and twin girls together. She is now married for 2 months. We got together to exchange gifts for ...

I Have No Trust in My Baby’s Father

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, January 17th, 2015
From the U.S.: Basically I got pregnant in a long distance relationship and after 8 months he finally moved to be with me. But I've read txts where he tells his mom he's going to abandon the child and come back home to them after ...

How Do I Cope with Bullying?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, January 16th, 2015
From the U.S.: I'm a sophomore in high school, and I feel low on confidence. Mainly because in my odd day 4th period class there is always this kid who makes fun of me, and he always tries to point out my flaws. I tried ...

Can He Be a Father to a Fatherless Girl?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
From the U.S.: A friend of me and my wife has a 12-year-old daughter. She recently became close to me and my wife. I'm a little nervous about it because she tells me she likes me like a father. She used to tell me and ...

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