Dear Dr. G, Since the start of the school year there have been multiple outbreaks of lice in our school system. This has spread to the daycares and who knows where next. While I know it’s not the plague, it’s not something I want my kids bringing home. How do I protect my kids from […]


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Dr. G, When should I be concerned about “playing doctor?” David, in Indiana You know, David, up until last week I would have read this question to mean “When should I be worried that my child is acting inappropriately when he or she “plays doctor?” Now, given the nearly unbelievable controversy in Wisconsin, I understand […]


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My son finished high school last spring, and is putting off college and working. He wants to treat our house like it’s his own apartment. But it isn’t, and we have younger kids at home. He seems to think that curfews and rules and chores no longer apply to him. I do agree that he […]


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Today I’m in Denmark! OK, not really. I am, however, answering a question on MomRocks.Me about whether it is important for moms to keep a grown-up social life while raising young children. Morten contacted me from Copenhagen, and this is my first guest article off the continent.  So I really hope you’ll jump across the […]


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My teenager cannot seem to survive without her cell phone, not even for the 30 minutes we spend as a family eating dinner. It is driving me crazy. And when I say anything, she is full of drama. “You don’t understand, I HAVE to answer!” They say family dinner together is one of the most […]


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How can I explain thong underwear to my daughters (ages 4 and 7), and that I wear them when I don’t want my pantyline to show but don’t want them wearing things like this? I don’t think they should have to worry about stuff like this. Laurie, in Arlington, VA Tutus, firefighter helmets, monkey ears, […]


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This week I am featured on Little One Books talking about how to get your little ones involved on Thanksgiving and enjoy the day to the fullest!  I hope you will hop over and join me there.


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Older kids, Car seats. Does it go by height or weight? When can they stop using a booster with a back? When can they stop using a backless booster. I just let my son stop, because he is finally over 70 pounds. My sisters daughter is 10, she is the same height as me, weighs […]


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Is it OK to have a favorite child? Anonymous, in Not Telling, USA When you ask yourself this question I want you to keep in mind the big truth: What you do is much more important than how you feel. This is a well-known idea that has somehow gotten a little lost in the past […]


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This is another question from a Twitter friend (and for those of you who think that can’t happen, it absolutely can!) How can I get my 11 yo (ADD) daughter and 5 yo son to clean their rooms? Not squeaky, just clean floors, no trash, laundry away? Jennifer, in WA Is it worth it to […]


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Dr. G, I saw your tweet recently about the article on parents lying for under 13 year old kids who want a Facebook page. What is wrong with that? If I monitor them online like you said, why shouldn’t I let my daughter have a facebook page. She is more mature than some 13 year […]


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This week’s travel around the web takes us to www.lifeclectic.com. They interviewed me a couple of weeks ago about starting a new business. As a follow up they asked me two questions about parenting. The first is about transitioning from being a Stay At Home Mom to being a Work At Home Mom and the […]


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Dear Dr. G, My children are 11 and 6 years old. My daughter (11) has a best friend with a younger brother about my son’s age. My son LOVES playing with this boy, and it seems to be mutual. Every time my daughter is invited over my son is a wreck if he doesn’t also […]


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This week I have been lucky enough to be asked back on A Mother World, an online magazine for parents based in Canada. If you missed it a few weeks ago, I wrote about why kids can be so well-behaved at school, and then have such trouble with their behavior at home. This week’s question […]


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Today I am answering a question from the mom of a 13 year old who has gone from missing her Dad (who is on an 18 month military deployment) to just being angry. I hope you will come on over to the Seasoned Air Force Spouse blog and check it out. I know I’ve been […]


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So honored to be featured on Dawn Gartin’s website.  She knows more truly connecting with people we “meet” online than anyone I’ve ever encountered.  She asked me to write about raising tech savvy but responsible kids, and how to keep them safe.  I hope you will jump over and check it out!


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Dr. G.  I read an article you wrote someplace about the importance of sports practice.  I agree that my 11 year old should go to his sports practice even when it is raining or cold or whatever, even if he doesn’t feel like it.  But he’s been missing a lot of practice lately because of […]


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When my 4 year old daughter (Sophie) doesn’t listen, you say no & she continues to do it. When I punish her sometimes her big brothers want to sit with her & derail the punishment. Then the boys scream that she isn’t following the rules. In general, Sophie is ignoring me when I tell her […]


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My daughter is a sophomore in high school and turning 16 in January.  She wants to get a job.  I say school is her job, and she should enjoy the freedom to hang out with her friends when she isn’t doing homework.  What do you say? Joseph, in Burbank, CA I say let her get […]


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This week I am also over on A Mother World – a great online parenting magazine – talking about that most astounding phenomenon: the child who is an angel at school but loses her mind the minute she gets home! Why are children so well-behaved at school but when they come home, they become little […]


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