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Ask The Doc | Should I homeschool my son?

Published:Tuesday | June 21, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Q My son is happy with his Grade Six Achievement Test passes, but we have decided to homeschool for religious reasons, at least until ninth grade. He has always gone to prep school. Do you think this will have a negative impact on him?

A Please sit with your son and explain why you think that it is important that he is home-schooled for the next three years. It is very important that you do that. Allow him to share his concerns during the conversation.


Are her eating habits normal?


Q My daughter's eating habits have changed tremendously. For a 15-year-old, she has gone from being very picky to being a voracious eater. Is this normal?

A Please take your daughter to your family doctor for a check-up. He will guide you regarding what he has seen. Ensure that she eats healthy food with this change she is showing.


Parents are still growing


Q Why is it that parents who write in are not more firm with their children? More parents need more backbone. Please, toughen up your parents.

A Our parents are products of their environments. They themselves may still be struggling with childhood issues or just need a little help to confirm that what they are doing is in the best interest of their children. Be patient with our parents; they only want what is best for their children.

• 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!