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Ask the Doc: Is my daughter becoming a bully?

Published:Tuesday | April 28, 2015 | 4:00 AM

Q: I find that my ten-year-old is very protective of her friends. She is the group leader and decides who her friends should play with. Is she becoming a bully?

A: Your daughter seems to have strong leadership skills. Please remind her that everyone must make their own choices. Let her know that if anyone disagrees with her she should smile and walk away or listen and accept their opinion.

Q: My aunt tells me that I should not allow my children to watch certain TV shows because of demonic content. Is it possible for my children to be affected by watching a show?

A: Anything you watch, listen to or participate in will affect you one way or the other. You can conduct research on the television shows your children watch and then determine if you should allow them to watch them.

Q: My daughter is very business-savvy. Her school harvest is coming up and she asked if she could get some items and sell them at the harvest fair and donate some of the profit to the school? Do you think I should encourage this behaviour?

A: You should encourage this young entrepreneur. Ensure that she gives her tithe and offering and in the future pays her taxes.

- 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 editor@gleanerjm.com 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!