Parenting & Children Articles

My Husband’s Parents Plan Our Vacations

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, February 9th, 2015
From the U.S.: I love my husband of 17 years very much. Each year his family plans multiple camping trips, and while it's not always my first choice. We go on almost all of them. This year, they want to us to go to Disneyland. ...

Stressed and Loads of Other Feelings

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Monday, February 9th, 2015
There's a lot of feelings going on inside me for nearly two years now and I can't always make sense of them or why they're there. I've stopped caring about a lot of things and people, I still care about the few friends and some ...

Confused about Daughter’s Teacher’s Behavior — Possible Histrionic Personality?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, February 7th, 2015
My daughter's 3rd grade teacher behaves inconsistently and unusually, which makes it difficult to interact with her. Within weeks of meeting her, she asked me to be her friend (though clarifying that we couldn't "hang out" until after my daughter graduates her class), shared overly ...

My Son Has Totally Changed

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
From the U.S.: Our son had always been warm and close in our family growing up. He is very smart and had a great childhood. He went away to get his PhD and marriage. About 3 years ago there was a huge change in his ...

How Do I Deal with My Abuser?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, February 2nd, 2015
From the U.S.: When we were little, my sister, 4 1/2 years older, sexually abused me for about 3 years. I've thought about it from time to time over the years, but I more or less have moved past it. I live with my parents ...

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 ...