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Ask the doc: My wife is a prude

Published:Tuesday | May 3, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Q: I am frustrated with my wife, who is such a prude. Our daughter of 14 desires to wear dresses that do not look like a Puritan and she is having a problem. I do not think that ladies should wear mini-skirts, but a nice straight dress is fine. How do I clear my wife's head?

A: It seems that your wife is a modest person, who is very conservative. Choose some dresses online and compare with what she considers okay. Sit and have a conversation about it. Hopefully, you can come to an agreement.

Q: My daughter has decided to go to ballet lessons at age 12. Is it okay to start ballet at this age?

A: It is quite fine for a 12-year-old to start ballet classes. This will help in her physical development.

Q: My 10-year-old has a skin problem for which he is getting excellent treatment. It is not catching, but the children at his school are very wary of him. I plan to move him to a smaller prep school next year. Is it okay to ask the guidance counsellor and teachers at the new school to have a session with the children and parents about my son's concern?

A: It is quite okay for you to have this sensitisation and awareness session with the members of the school. This will raise awareness about the illness and teach people to be more sensitive to each other. Best 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 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!