Parenting & Children Articles

Wasn’t Allowed to Speak

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
My parents adopted me when I was six months old and kept me from talking as a child, but I was okay with it because they were usually working and had their business partners at the house, so I was always quiet and didn't interrupt. ...

Was My Daughter Sexually Abused?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, August 25th, 2014
I think my daughter was sexually abused. I took her to a doctor,unfortunately too late for physical evidence. Doctor and I talked. They didn't feel that daughter's behavior (my 3 years old) was that of one that was sexually abused. They said she seemed too friendly. ...

Our Daughter has Disengaged from the Family

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, August 24th, 2014
From the U.S.: Our 21 year old daughter recently told me and my husband that she does not feel close to our family and does not care at this point. My daughter is the youngest and has an older sister (three years older). My husband ...

Did I Make a Huge Mistake?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
From the U.S.: I'm 44 and have a 15 yr history with husband. We have a 13 yo son with some special needs. Been through hell with this man, who started using crack before our son was 2, abusive while using. Verbally/emotionally and some physical. ...

Did My Fathers Absence Affect My Development?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, August 22nd, 2014
My parents split up when I was ten years old. They got divorced legally when I was fifteen years old. From the ages of ten to fifteen I lived with my mother and I only briefly saw my father three times that I can remember. What ...

Are My Son’s Tantrums Normal?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, August 21st, 2014
From the U.S.: Sometimes my son mid-tantrum will transform into a very scary calm obsequious mode. Should he be looked at? Usually my son will throw tantrums that we feel are normal for a 5 year old. But once in a while, I think when ...

Never Feeling Love Enough

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
I have a constant need for love that is never satisfied. I ask for hugs and physical contact and attention constantly, even though I have a strong and loving environment. I feel as though I have an empty hole in my stomach that can only ...

My 3-Year-Old Stepson Randomly Bursts into Tears

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, August 18th, 2014
From the U.S.: My three year old stepson will burst into tears at random moments. He says he can't help it, and when we ask him what's wrong he says nothing. When we ask if he is happy or sad or mad or scared, he ...

My Adult Kids Insist on Having Dogs that Make Me Sick

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, August 15th, 2014
From the U.S.: I have severe asthma to dogs--no breeds are possible. My children grew up knowing this, my daughter has witnessed an anaphylactic episode that I had once. My ex-husband has history of downplaying this problem, has problems with true empathy or sympathy (possible ...

Worried that My Sister May Not Survive the Stress

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
I am desperately trying to help my sister, whose life is out of control with no way out that she can see. I fear for her mental and physical health. First, she is in a terrible marriage but her husband has health issues ...

Step-Dad’s Boundaries Aren’t Okay

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
From the U.S: I'm a little curious. I'm 17. I have this step-dad who seems to be rather fond of me but I cannot tell if this is normal or not. Anyway, here's the gist of it, once or twice, he asked me if I'll ...

Mother Causing Money Stress

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, August 9th, 2014
My mother has been talking bad about me to family members because I sent my son on vacation with two-hundred dollars. He receives income from his deceased father, and she thinks the child should receive half each month. She said he will resent me later. ...