Parenting & Children Articles

My Parents and I Disagree

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, July 20th, 2014
I’ve recently told my Jehovahs Witness parents that I don’t believe in god and my dad is depressed and my parents feel like failures I don’t know what to do. I feel like its my fault but I would’ve had to tell them sooner or ...

My Daughter Believes Her Stuffed Bear Is Real

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, July 19th, 2014
From the U.S.: Our daughter is 6 and for Valentine's cupid brought her a large brown stuffed bear she named Chubbie. She is very attached to the bear and is quite adament the bear is real. Is has long detailed conversations with the bear and ...

Constant Arguing

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, July 19th, 2014
My partner and I have been together for 5 years and became parents really young. We were 18 at the time. Currently, we have been constantly arguing over the same issues. We have tried communicating and working things out, but for some reason we continuing ...

My Boyfriend Has a Strange Relationship with His Mother

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, July 18th, 2014
From S. Africa: I have been in a serious relationship with this guy for 2 years now. He is 28 and I am 29. He is Spanish and I am Zimbabwean. We met while working in South Africa where we both currently reside. As far ...

Step-Daughter Is Afraid of Me

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, July 18th, 2014
My step-daughter said she is afraid of me. I know I am stricter than anyone else in her life and that when I raised my voice at my bio children she didn't like it. I do not hit her but if she throws a fit ...

My Dad Is Cheating

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Thursday, July 17th, 2014
A month ago I saw my dad's phone messages where open and there was messages to a lady that was not my mother that where dirty and about sex. I talked to my dad about it but he said that it was not true. I ...

Am I Depressed Due to Parents Drinking?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Hi, I'm a seventeen year old girl concerned about my mental health. My parents drink sometimes. My dad becomes violent and annoyingly strict when he's drunk, and we fight a lot. My mom becomes weak and she ...

Controlling and Overwhelming Parents

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
I am 22 years old going on 23 with controlling parents. My parents aren't religious but have very strong Mexican beliefs like for example getting married before moving out of the house, men have more freedom because they're simply men, and the parents are superior ...

Can She Protect Her Grandson?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, July 13th, 2014
From the U.S.: My daughter in law has mental health issues. I've watched my grandson since he's 3 months old. Dealing with my daughter in law has been a struggle, and I don't know what to do. At first, I was shocked about her mothering, ...

Depressed and Mom Won’t Get Me Help

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Friday, July 11th, 2014
I tried telling my mom that I think I am struggling with depression and I bugged her for weeks about getting me a therapist. She agreed to it but never got one for me and it’s totally free with our insurance. I'm really ...

I Got Postportum Depression and Did Something Horrible

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
From the U.S.: Me and my boyfriend have been dating two and a half years and in December 2013 I gave birth to our little boy. A week after having my son I got postportum depression and did something horrible. My ex boyfriend wrote my ...

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 ...