Should I allow my sons to watch T.V.?
Q My sons are smart. After homework, I allow them to watch television until 9 p.m. My friends say this is wrong. We live five minutes from school so they get up at 7 a.m. Am I wrong in doing this?
A What do your sons watch? Are the programmes educational ones that will enhance their skills and abilities? If they are positive activities that do not impact their health and welfare you may choose to continue to do what you are doing.
Q My 12-year-old son refuses to take his medicine for his juvenile arthritis pains. He heard a naturopath share that he can be healed with natural remedies, and wants to try that way. Should I go ahead?
A I am not a medical doctor. I am a psychologist who helps children and families with mental, social and emotional problems. I recommend you sit with your medical and naturopathic doctors and discuss your options. After you do this compare the options and make a decision.
Q My grandfather is fun, but very irritable and conservative about life. My 17-year-old boyfriend has a tattoo, and he does not want him to come inside the house when he visits. What do I do?
A Ask your grandfather if he will allow your friend to visit if he covers the tattoo. If he says no, you must respect his wishes.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!