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Ask The Doc | Am I wrong for leaving my children?

Published:Tuesday | September 27, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Q: My three sons, all teenagers, take forever to get ready in the mornings. I decided to leave them one morning and my wife is still upset with me. I think they have learned their lesson, but she still harps that they could have been harmed. Was I wrong?

A Sometimes you have to be very firm with your children for them to appreciate what they have. Thankfully, they are safe, and very important, they have learned a good lesson.

Q: My 15-year-old daughter is all over her father who, even though he lives at the house, does not give much financially. I can't believe how she fawns over him. Is this normal?

A: At this stage of your daughter's life, this type of bonding is very important. Take advantage of this moment and encourage your husband to talk with her about the matters of life, especially now while she will listen to him. Whatever happens, teach your daughter to respect herself and her father.

Q: My 13-year-old has become mentally ill and cannot go back to high school. Is there a school for intelligent mentally ill children in Jamaica?

A: Once your child is receiving therapy and taking prescribed medication he or she should be able to function well in any school setting. Some small private schools may provide more care than others.

- 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!