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My young sons giggle when I talk to them about sex

Published:Thursday | February 19, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Q: I tried to talk with my sons, 8 and 10, about sex last week and they giggled through my talk. Is this normal?

A: Your sons may have already learned what you were sharing at school and found it amusing that you knew it all too. Keep on talking with them. They can never have too much information.

Q: I am very interested in studying how to help young people. I am 17. What do you recommend?

A: You may be interested in counselling, psychology and social work. Contact universities that offer these programmes and speak with lecturers in these areas and see if this is really what you want to do.

Q: I have decided that my daughter will be boarding, starting next month. She is not studying well at home. Will boarding help?

A: The organised programme at boarding school can be helpful with academic work. You need to ensure that there are no other reasons why she is not doing well in her academic programme.

- Orlean Brown-Earle, PhD, is a child psychologist and family therapist. 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.