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How often should I call my son?

Published:Tuesday | April 5, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Q: My 10-year-old son is travelling overseas to see his father and stay with him alone for the first time. I cannot go because of my job. How often can I call without being a bother?

A: You can call twice daily and that may not be bothersome. Tell your son that he can call you whenever he needs to.

Q: My 12-year-old wants to go on a date with his 12-year-old girlfriend. Is this OK?

A: I think it is quite OK for them to go and get some ice cream and a patty and chat in a public space. If her parents agree, you can drop them and pick them up from the same spot. Remind him to be a gentleman.

Q: My wife is very conservative and has problems with the clothes our athletic daughter wears at track meets. How can I assure her that since all athletes wear skimpy clothes, it is consider the norm?

A: Athletes usually wear light and short or close-fitting clothing to ensure that there is little or no hindrance while they are moving. Your wife may possibly recommend or design conservative clothing for her daughter to run in, or encourage your daughter to put on her track pants as soon as she has finished running.

- 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!