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Ask the doc | My son wants to make apps

Published:Tuesday | May 31, 2016 | 5:00 AM

Q: My son has decided not to go to sixth form and, instead, start a company making apps. I think it is about games children play. How can I convince him to go to college?

A: Make an appointment with your business-minded son and ask him to explain what he plans to do and how he plans to market and sell his product. You can even take him to a bank that offers free advice on such matters, to make him see what is involved. If you are comfortable that he is ready for this risk, you may give him a year to see what happens.

Q: My children continually get money from relatives and I find it in their room, in bags and books . No matter how I tell them to give it to me or put it in their school bank accounts, they forget. Is this normal?

A: It seems as if your children do not have the need to spend money. Each time family members visit or they go to see them, just ask them if they got any financial gifts and remind them to deposit the money they have received.

Q: My two sons, ages 12 and 10, came home from school last week with opposing political views. One vouching for 'taxperity' and the other prosperity. They said that their friends were talking about it at school. How can we ask schools to stop children from having political discussions?

A: It is quite normal for children to speak about what is happening in the management of their country. Children live what they learn and repeat what they hear. Teach your young men to listen to each others' differing opinions. Enjoy these moments because, in a while, you may have to make an appointment with them just to have a basic conversation.

- 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 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!