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My child is not eating

Published:Wednesday | March 4, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Q: My 10-year-old will not eat a full meal. I have tried all the tricks in the book. The paediatrician says he is healthy. Am I too worried?

A: Ensure that even if your son eats small amounts of food that he is eating in a healthy way. Make sure that the right proportions of each nutrient is in his plate and that he gets a lot of exercise.

Q: I am very concerned that the curriculum is too hard for grades four to six students. Can this be changed? I see so many students all stressed out at this time of the year. Who can guide the change?

A: You may wish to contact the National Parent-Teachers' Association of Jamaica and share your concerns with them. It would be interesting to see the curriculum changes.

Q: My helper takes my three-year-old and 18-month-old for a walk each afternoon about 2 p.m. She sometimes walks for a mile. Isn't this too much for such young children?

A: You need to share with your housekeeper that you would rather that she walks with the children around the yard or just a few hundred metres up the road and back. Remember, you are in charge and you must set the rules for your home.

- Orlean Brown-Earle, PhD, is a child psychologist and family therapist. Dr Brown-Earle works with children with learning and behavioural problems throughout the island and in the Caribbean. Email questions to or send to Ask the Doc, c/o The Gleaner Company, 7 North Street, Kingston. Responses to concerns are to be considered as general, as cases shared with psychologists privately would be queried more deeply. Pray always!