Parenting & Children Articles

Conflicted Feelings Towards My Husband

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
From the U.S.: To give a little background, My husband and I have been married for 13 years. We have three young children...ages 3,8,11. Until recently I have been a stay at home mom for the entire marriage. In my perspective, We have had a ...

My Friend Is Raising Her Grandson & I Think There Are Problems with Him that She Won’t Accept

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
The child is a 5 yr old little boy and I have noticed many things that have prompted me to research things and have come up with Sensory Processing Disorder. His grandmother, who is raising him, is a RN and will not entertain the possibility ...

My Parents Are Trying to Control My Life at 25

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, June 29th, 2014
From the U.S.: I am an only child and since I was born my parents have been extremely overprotective. This was a problem throughout high school, because I could never stay out late, sleep over my friends house, go to any parties not even a ...

Is it ADD/ADHD?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, June 28th, 2014
My son was recently given a disciplinary note from his teach because he distracts other kids in class he lacks focus and concentration and he does not complete tasks. His teacher stated that he does not follow any instructions given to him and he does ...

My Marriage Is Silently Breaking Down

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, June 27th, 2014
I was married two years back. Before marriage I made it clear to my husband that I cannot live with my in-laws under one roof. However since he was not earning very well I agreed to live in the same apartment but in separate flat ...

My Husband Wants Me to Yell at Him

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, June 26th, 2014
I'm not a fan of yelling.. If I do then I've been pushed really far. My husband comes from a family that routinely treated him insignificantly and verbally/emotionally/ and to some degree physically abused him. His father was a preacher, he grew up in ministry. ...

Fiancé Broke Up with Me at My Daughter’s Graduation

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
Today my daughter graduated from high school. My ex-wife's father and sister came from out of state to support my daughter. My mother also came from out of state. At the event we all sat together. I could tell my fiancé was not happy or ...

I Think I Want to Meet My Dad

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
From Canada: My parents got divorced when I was about 3 years old. I don't really remember my fahter coming around much after that. He went back to live in Jamaica with his mother. I always overheard rumors about how he's in a wheelchair, he's ...

I Think I Have PTSD

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
From a 16 year old in the U.S.: I got sexually abused by my step father for 14 years. When I was 13, I got raped twice. Now, I constantly have these flashbacks. I get shaky and nervous...as if it's happening to me right then. ...

My Family Treats Me Like Garbage

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, June 22nd, 2014
Dear Residential Therapists, I am the youngest member in my household and I have an issue with regards to how I am often treated by my closest family members. I guess you can say I've lived an alternative lifestyle. I pursued post secondary education later in ...

Move in with Girlfriend?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, June 20th, 2014
I am 19 and have been with my girlfriend for 3 years. She basically lives with me anyway, she's here everyday and spends pretty much every night. We want to live together but my parents told me it's "unnatural" (not in a religious sense) and ...

My 9-Year-Old Son Needs Help

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Friday, June 20th, 2014
My soon to be 9 year old son is constantly saying he wishes he was dead, or that he is going to kill others. He punches himself in the head. He has severe mood swings. loud noise bothers him deeply, where he has to cover ...
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