Parenting & Children Articles

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 ...

I’m 13 and I Like a 20-year-old

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, September 18th, 2014
From the U.S.: I'm thirteen and I like a 20 year-old. I have a tumblr, Doctor Who-based. I met a guy on tumblr who also likes Doctor Who. He posts selfies on his blog, I privately sent him some. I like him. We're friends. I ...

Problems Because of Parents but I Can’t Tell Them

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Sunday, September 14th, 2014
Half of my problems are because of my parents but I cant tell them because I know they have done so much for us. I have had issues with my mum since I was 9 or 10 years old, being called stupid...

Negative Thinking About My Mother

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
A few years my father passed away when I was in uni And we have a family business of a independent grocery store. My dad used to run everything and my life was pretty comfortable. I have a older brother and a older sister. My sister got married ...

My Girlfriend Doesn’t Show Me Love

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, September 8th, 2014
From the U.S.: Hi, my girlfriend and I have been together for 2yrs and we have and 8 month old together. The reason I'm here is because within the last couple months my girlfriend has changed a lot. When we first got together she couldn't ...

Feel Like I Can’t Breathe During Times of Stress

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Saturday, September 6th, 2014
My spouses ex is consistently in our life trying to cause extreme stress in our life by threatening to withhold my step-child as a way to torment us, by threatening to cause us financial hardship, by overall just being overly hostile in any ...

I Want to Tell My Parents about Depression but Mother Thinks It’s Foolish

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Thursday, September 4th, 2014
Since I was in elementary school I use to pinch myself or punch my stomach, as I grew I began to cut in 7th grade and began to think of suicide in 8th and tried to with pills but didn't work for it ...

I’m Married and in Love with a Married Woman

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, September 4th, 2014
From S. Africa: My cheating habits started a few years back. I feel that I was pushed into the hands of another woman. My wife hadn't been working for some years at that time and we just had our second child a few months back. ...

Does My Stepbrother Have an Anxiety Disorder?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
From the U.S: Hi. I'm 14. I have a step brother that lives in my dad's house. His mom (my step mom) lives in the house as well. I recently moved in with my dad. My step mom is very protective over her son who ...

Behavior Issues?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Monday, September 1st, 2014
My son will be 3 next month and for the longest time he has been a terrible toddler to say the least. He will not listen to anything I say. I try redirecting him, I try spanking him, the corner. Doesn't seem to phase him. ...