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Scared of school crossing guard

Published:Tuesday | October 14, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Q My son has been fearful of the school crossing guard since the first day of school. He only crosses with the guard if other children are there. My son says the guard shouts at them and tells them to hurry up a lot. How can I speak to this man without him being worse to my child afterwards?

A: Speak with the school principal regarding your concern. I am sure that the principal will speak with the gentleman in a way that will not identify you or your son. Encourage your son to be brave.

Q Could you share with me how one can sue a psychologist?

A: If a psychologist has been unethical or unprofessional, first that person must be reported to the Jamaican Psychological Society. Then, if you disagree with the outcome, you may speak with your lawyer regarding your concern.

Q I have decided to send my child to a small Christian college where he will get attention and know God more. Persons are telling me that I am wasting his time and should send him to a university because he is bright. Am I wrong to follow my convictions?

A: As a mother, you know your son more than others around him. Sit with your son and make sure no one else participates in the discussion. Find out what type of studies he wishes to pursue. If the course that he is interested in pursuing is accredited and available at the small college and he desires to go there, support him. If not, share with him the pros and cons of the other choices.

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!