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Help! Both my daughters want to do medicine

Published:Tuesday | October 27, 2015 | 10:00 AM

Q: My daughters both want to do medicine. I only have money for one. They are in upper sixth now. What do I do? They are one year apart in age.

A: You may need to find additional financial sources such as scholarships and grants or even student loans. It would be good for them to be together in school.

Q: I sent my sons to Jamaica to school and now one wants to come back. We live in the Far East. Is it OK to move him and try another school in Jamaica in January?

A: You need to find out why your son is not coping well. Schedule an appointment with the guidance counsellor, and if needed, you can conduct a family session online with a local psychologist.

Q: I am 60 and want to retire, but I had my son at 55. He is only five. Would it be wrong to ask my 35-year-old son to help with the finances?

A: You made a choice to have your son, so you will have to take responsibility for his care for as long as you can. Your older son may have his own responsibilities. He may help, but he should not be responsible for your child.

n 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. E-mail 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!