Parenting & Children Articles

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 ...

Hurt by Daughter’s Lack of Disclosure

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Saturday, September 27th, 2014
My daughter was date raped six years ago. She did not tell anyone at the time. Last week she told my sister and wrote about it on her blog. As her mother I feel hurt that she did not take me aside and ...

My Step Kids Hate Me

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, September 26th, 2014
From the U.S: I am married and living with 6 step kids ranging in age from 5-18. I have done all I can to be a good step parent. Their mother makes it very hard because she does not discipline the kids nor does she teach ...

Mother Treats Me Differently because I Have an Older Boyfriend

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Thursday, September 25th, 2014
My parents recently found out about my boyfriend who is older than me. I am 19 and he is 32. We met three years ago and we clicked right away, but we were aware of the legal issues that would arise if we ...

Disturbing Dreams

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
Let me start by saying I would never hurt my son in any way. I have a son who is almost two and I have had a few disturbing dreams about him. In these dreams I'm beginning to perform sex acts on complete strangers then ...
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