Parenting & Children Articles

Can He Be a Father to a Fatherless Girl?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
From the U.S.: A friend of me and my wife has a 12-year-old daughter. She recently became close to me and my wife. I'm a little nervous about it because she tells me she likes me like a father. She used to tell me and ...

Daughter Has Some Behavior or Anger Issues, Are They Cause for Concern?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Sunday, January 11th, 2015
Hello, I have a daughter who is now 16. Recently, she has stolen from me twice but I did not confront her about it. She stole before, when she was in preschool but minor things like candy and a school supply. Other than that, she ...

My Parents Are Having a Threesome

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
Within the past two years we have recently found out that my mother had been cheating on my father for 4 years, I was furious and dislike her to this day. But more recently, 7:30 am this morning to be exact, I found out my ...

My Boyfriend’s Parents Don’t Approve of Me

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Monday, January 5th, 2015
Him and I started dating in a mental health treatment facility, so the relationship wasn't supposed to happen since we were both working on depression. Our child youth workers called his parents and told them the relationship was unhealthy, but told us that we could ...

Help Me Adjust to My Fiance Already Having a Child

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, January 2nd, 2015
From the U.S.: It's very hard for me. I love my fiancé very much, and I really like his 5 year old son, we all get along. Trouble is, I am incredibly sad he has a child with another woman. I want to have a baby ...

I’m an Extremely Picky Eater

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Friday, January 2nd, 2015
According to all my research, I do not have an eating disorder. I do not even own a scale, I have no desire to change the way I look and my weight is not something I even think about. However, food is running ...

My Parents Left Me

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
From Jordan: My parents got divorced when I was 10, I lived with my mother in a house that she bought, she used to treat me well and care for me and my older brother, but a year ago, she left us and took my ...

Mother and Daughter Have a Volatile Relationship

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
From Australia: My mother and I have always had a volatile relationship. Last night she drank a bottle of red wine and when I queried her about it she became angry and went to her room and came out with her bags saying I will ...

‘Menopausal’ Mother

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Monday, December 29th, 2014
I'm 15 years old and I live in a well-off lifestyle with my parents and three other sisters. This summer me and my family moved from Connecticut -- after 10 years -- to Utah. Since the move there have been major issues that escalate in ...

It’s Been so Long since I Slept Peacefully.

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, December 28th, 2014
From 17-year-old in Malaysia: First of all, my family. I did not grow up with my family since I was 2 months old. I only go back home on weekends. On weekdays, it's just my grandma and I. I think my mum dislikes me. She ...

My Parents Won’t Accept My Boyfriend

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, December 26th, 2014
I have read many different types of answers to this concern, but I believe my case is different. I am away for college and almost 3 years ago, I met the love of my life and have been with him for almost 2 years. He ...

Mother with Hoarding Disorder Is Tearing Up the Family

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, December 24th, 2014
From Croatia: I'm 21-years-old, and my mother is 51. My whole life I've been witnessing her being just crazy about collecting everything, from cans to old, warn-out clothes. As I grew, I always was the strongest one to confront her and not let her ruin ...