Parenting & Children Articles

My Mother Doesn’t Understand Who I Am

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
From the U.S.: I am now a rising sophomore, but am being treated like I graduated elementary school. My mother and I do not understand each other at all. Firstly, we have very different mindsets. My mom was raised in Somalia, so she was a teenager ...

Will I Ever Get Better without Seeking Out a Professional?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, July 7th, 2014
From a 14 year old girl in the U.S.: For around two years now i have been feeling what i now know as depression. I realize that this hasn't been the first time either, but it's never been this bad. About a year ago it ...

He’s Reluctant for Our Children to Meet

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, July 5th, 2014
From the UK: I've been with my boyfriend for over 7 months now and I've only met his children twice. He stays at my home twice a week and gets on with my children, I asked him about a month ago if he thought it ...

I’m Too Dependent on My Mom and Boyfriend

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, July 5th, 2014
Hello, when I was 16 I was diagnosed with generalized Social Anxiety. I dropped out in the 8th grade because I didn't fit in and I was so worried about people judging me. My mom is getting social security for me she cooks, for me ...

Why Can’t I Feel Deep Feelings?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, July 5th, 2014
From Portugal: Hi, I'm not sure if this is a problem worth of your time, but it causes me a lot of distress. Lately I've been spending my days at work looking for answers on the internet, but can't find anything. It's affecting my work ...

My Step-Daughter Has Too Much Attitude

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, July 4th, 2014
From the U.S.: I have been with my partner and his daughter for more than 6 years, when I met her she was 2 years old. How can I not have resentment over my 9 year old step child when she always brings up that ...

Are Ups and Downs in Marriage Normal?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, July 4th, 2014
From Bulgaria: Me and my partner have a 10 month old daughter. We are both very tired, sleep deprived etc, you know all the stress that comes in a package with the joy of being a first time parent. When I met him 2 years ago ...

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 ...