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Ask the doc: She won't allow them to board

Published:Tuesday | January 19, 2016 | 1:00 AM

Q: We just returned from overseas after 15 years and live one hour away from a great prep school for our daughters, who are 10 and 12 years old. I am trying to get my wife to let them board. She refuses. What can I do?

A: I understand your wife being protective of her daughters. Speak with your daughters and ask them how they feel about travelling. Wait and see the progress of the girls over the term and then make a decision whether you will let them board or choose a school that is closer to home.

Q: My wife wants to send our three-year-old to school and I say no. How can I stop this madness? I live abroad.

A: Many early-childhood institutions are not very formal with schoolwork for three-year-old children and have fun educational activities that usually end by midday. Have you asked your wife why she wishes to send your son to school at three years? I think you need to have that discussion with your wife.

Q: The principal at my son's school is very conscious of disability issues and I applaud that. But I think the principal is taking too many children with disabilities into the school. Won't this affect the other children?

A: Disabilities are not things that you can catch like a cold. I applaud your principal and his professionalism. Working and playing with children with disabilities will help your child to be a great human being.

- 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!