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Ask The Doc | Worried about my daughter

Published:Tuesday | November 8, 2016 | 12:19 AM

Q: My daughter has bonded so closely with her friend's mother that she does not even want to come home after school to our house. She is an only child and they have four children. She has many toys and they only have a few. What can I do?

A: You may need to give your child some more positive attention. Play with her more and plan fun activities outside the home for the family. She simply wants to have fun with her peers. You can allow her to spend some time with her friends with the parents approval, every week or so. Ensure that she is safe while visiting.

Q: I want to go away for a while, about two week to get some rest. Am I a bad parent for wanting this?

A: A good parent notices when they are stressed and need some rest and recuperation. Ensure that your partner get a chance for some rest too.

Q: I love food, especially rotis and curry chick peas. I seem to be craving more food since my children left for boarding school. Am I normal?

A: You may be trying to cope with the children being gone by eating yourself out of mild depression. Find a project at church or with a community group and be a positive light in your community.

- 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!