Parenting & Children Articles

Cutting and Pressured by Friend/Life

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, November 1st, 2014
My friend has been trying to tell my family that I cut. She cuts too and sees a therapist. She will not stop telling me to do something about it when I don't want to tell anyone. I'm not the type of person to share ...

My Boyfriend and His Mother Seem Too Close

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, October 31st, 2014
My boyfriend an I have been together almost a year, and I noticed some odd things about the relationship with his mother. He has an older brother and an older sister. They both have jobs, pay rent, help out, his sister is married and moved ...

Child Visitation

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, October 30th, 2014
From the U.S.: My husband and I are separated and he just bought a new home and is looking to start taking our 2.5 year old overnight 1 or 2x during the week. I am TOTALLY against during the week because of school, and I ...

My Husband Has a Crush on My Sister

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
From the U.S.: I've been married for 16 years since high school and have two kids. Due to my families situation my mom and sisters lived with us for a year or two here and there. In the past, I had no problem with my ...

Issues with My Long-Term Girlfriend and Mother

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, October 20th, 2014
From the U.S.: I recently moved to Philadelphia to be with my girlfriend after we have had a long distance relationship for 5 years. I have always had an issue saying no to my mother being somewhat of emotional support system for her since my ...

Developmental Problems with Daughter

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, October 18th, 2014
From the U.S.: Not (fearful of) separation she will go to school and can be left with people without incident. In public though (she) is very clingy. Was non verbal in preschool which was 2.5 hours a day 4 days a week all year. Since ...

Why Am I Never Content?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, October 17th, 2014
I started dating my husband when I was 15, I am 27 now. We have been married and living together for 2 years now, and I should be happy... Right? I mean, I have all the things a woman my age should want... but I ...

Boyfriend’s Daughter Says I’m Evil

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, October 16th, 2014
From the U.S.: My boyfriend was recently separated when we met 1.5 years ago. They are still in process of the divorce and he has full custody of two kids, a girl now 14 and boy now 12. We waited about 7 months before the ...

Husband Smokes Pot and I Am Not OK with It

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Saturday, October 11th, 2014
My husband and I have been together for almost 20 years. We have had a considerable amount of problems in our marriage due to emotional baggage from dysfunctional family issues and previous relationships. My husband knows that smoking pot is not acceptable to me and I ...

My Mom Is Threatening to Throw Out My Pet

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, October 11th, 2014
Today my mother threatened to throw my five-month-old kitten out. This may seem silly, but I take these things very seriously. I value animals higher than anything; they are really the only things I seriously care for (cats especially). My kitten is practically the reason ...

I Am Living in a Sexless Marriage

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
From the U.S.: I am about 6.5 months pregnant, and since I have gotten pregnant my husband has refused sex all but one time early on. I am very frustrated. He says it is because it is weird to think about with the baby, but ...

After 10 Months Boyfriend Won’t Spend Time with My Kids

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Monday, September 29th, 2014
I met my boyfriend about a year ago. He was coming out of a bad 6 month relationship. To start I need to say, from what he has told me, he has been scared from almost every relationship. Even his parents. When I met him ...
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