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Ask the doc | My son and the bully

Published:Tuesday | May 17, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Q: My nine-year-old son is normally a happy child. Now, he has decided to be friends with a boy who is a bully. The child eats my son's lunch. I keep telling my son to stop allowing this to happen and he won't. What should I do?

A: Please sit with your child and the guidance counsellor to discuss the concern. You may ask for a meeting with the parent of the child who is the alleged bully to see how a resolution may be reached.

Q: My 12-year-old daughter is very sad that I am pregnant. When I remarried last year, there was no problem. How do I cope with this?

A: You need to sit with your child and let her know that you will still love her. Have her be part of planning for the baby's arrival. If this does not work, please see a psychologist for family counselling.

Q: I want to study again, but my husband says a doctorate in English is foolishness and the time away from our teenagers will not be worth it. He works overseas and is home for two weeks every three months. How do I resolve this?

A: You need to show your husband how you can manage your household and study at the same time. Be honest with your children about your plans. Have a practical and frank discussion with him.

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