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Ask the Doc | My children won't conserve

Published:Tuesday | August 2, 2016 | 12:05 AM

Q: My 14-year-old son will be going to a new school for

grade nine. He would prefer to go to a technical school.

Also, he will need to take three vehicles to school each day.

Can I ask for a transfer?

A: It is quite OK for you to ask for a transfer. Explain your reasons to the school of your preference and I am sure that the school administration will consider your situation. Go as early as you can.


Q : For the first time since I have had children, we will be paying the light bill. We used to 'connect' our light before. My children are 14, 10 and three years old. They keep forgetting to turn off the lights and I am getting increasingly frustrated. How can I change their behaviour?

A: Sit with your children and be straightforward with them about the cost of electricity. Let them know that when the bill is for a certain amount it will affect the budget and less of some other items will be bought. Be very practical with your children.


Q : My daughter has been diagnosed with a type of cancer and people are encouraging me to use natural products instead of regular medicine. How do I know which one is best?

A: Make an appointment to speak with your medical doctor about the pros and cons of the medicine you will get from the pharmacy. You may also make an appointment with the naturopath ( herbal doctor) to discuss the pros and cons of the herbal medicine.

• 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!