How can I motivate my 8th grade son to be more responsible?

My 8th grade son doesn’t seem to care and lacks motivation. I know this is typical, but I think he might be an extreme case. Please help. He asked to go on two class trips. Each was expensive and I had to work additional hours to pay for him to go, and his father and […]

Can I Insist that My 17-year-old Wear and Not Wear Certain Clothing?

My 17-year-old daughter wants to wear all kinds of clothing that range from offensive to dangerous. Short shorts and skirts, bared midriff, suggestive sayings, shoes she’ll break an ankle in… it seems like I can’t even predict what she’s going to look like when she goes out. I want her to wear Levis jeans like […]

Can Parents Tell Their 17-year-old Daughter What to Wear?

I mean, she’s a young woman and not a child anymore so she can make decisions on her own…right? Those last few years at home. Sometimes it seems like they can be akin to a hostage negotiation. Or a rock fight.  It doesn’t have to be this way, but I can say that and still […]

Uncooperative 6-year-old. Just a phase, or a real problem?

It felt at times like my kid was holding us all hostage, not realizing that if I lost my job, she’d suffer too. And you can’t tell them. Little kids don’t need to know that stuff, but you definitely deserve to have some support with it.