Parenting & Children Articles

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 ...

I Hate My 4-Year-Old Stepson

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
From the U.S.: First a quick background about the kid, he's currently 4, lives with my fiancé because his mom does not care to have him, although no legal custody was settled. Lady smokes weed, drank alcohol while pregnant. My fiancé has always worked 2 jobs to ...

Handling Severe Anger Issues

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Monday, November 17th, 2014
I've always had an anger problem. Always. It's just never been as intense as it has been for the past year. I could be laughing and enjoying life one second and in the blink of an eye any little thing could set me off and ...

We Cheated on Each Other, Now Our Daughter Is in the Middle

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Thursday, November 13th, 2014
My husband and I have been together 3 years we have a 2 year old daughter together, I began noticing him getting distant, I invaded his privacy by checking his phone, I saw messages from other women one being my own cousin who wanted to ...

Mom Is Cheating…What Do I Do?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, November 9th, 2014
From Canada: Hi, I know that my mother is cheating on my dad. A few months ago, my sister heard on the phone with another man. The way she spoke to him was an immediate red flag. My sister told me and I believed her. ...

Mom Thinks My Boyfriend Is Abusive

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, November 9th, 2014
My boyfriend and I are both 16 years old. We have been dating for about a year I broke up with him once because I just got out of a 3 year relationship and wasn't ready to date again. But we got back together and ...

Relationship with My Mother

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Thursday, November 6th, 2014
I've been having problems with my mom. So I think this all started about four years ago when I was graduating high school. I was dating this girl at the time, my mom and I got along ...

My Mom Wants Me to Go to a Tech H.S.

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, November 3rd, 2014
From a 14 year old girl in the U.S.: My mom keeps on telling me about this high school, Aviation Technical High School. I know that going to this school means going on a path to become a successful engineer. I told her that I ...

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 ...