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Ask the Doc | Tired of husband's new-year rules

Published:Tuesday | January 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Q: My husband is at it again. Every new year, he makes rules about homework and eating, etc. This only serves to terrorise the children. I feel like packing. How do I cope?

A: In a calm manner, share with your husband your concerns. Work with the recommendations that are practical and be supportive of your children throughout the process.

Q: My children, ages 10 and 12, are doing well in school, but constantly complain about the school-crossing warden who keeps on lifting them up and holding them close. I am going to report this. Do you think he might harm the children if I do so?

A: Your children's security is what is most important. Report him immediately, as this may help other children, too.

Q. My husband has been moving from position to position in a downward spiral for the past three years. He refuses to study or gain a new skill. The children, who are 18 and 16, are frustrated. How can I get him to move on? He is only 45.

A: Get some brochures about skills he may have an interest in and show him how he may earn from getting new skills. Ask the children to teach him some computer skills. Find information about how he may earn online.

- 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.