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Ask the Doc | My son doesn't want to go to college

Published:Monday | July 3, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Q: My son has decided to work in the Caribbean before going to college. He has a HEART certificate, which I encouraged him to do, but he seems not to want go to college. What do I do?

A: It is wonderful that he wants to work. While he is working, encourage him to get additional skills in his area of interest. This may motivate him to go to college.


The children are innocent


Q: I am planning a family get-together, but my husband thinks that it is nonsense. He does not think that the "outside" children of his siblings should be allowed to attend. How can I convince him?

A: Be frank with your husband and let him know that the children are innocent. It is also important to have the children know their siblings and cousins for many reasons.


Stability is important for children



Q: Last week, I decided to settle in one place. My husband is a consultant, and we move from place to place at least every 18 months. This is so unhealthy for the children, who are 12 and 14. Was I wrong?

A: Stability is very important for children. It is better for adults to commute than for children to be constantly uprooted. If possible, have one adult work close to home with the children, while the other commutes.

- Orlean Brown Earle, PhD, is a child psychologist and family therapist.

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