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Ask the Doc | Should I call my son home from the US?

Published:Tuesday | September 26, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Q: In light of what is happening in the US right now, I am fearful of keeping my child, who is studying as an athlete in college there. Should I take him home and send him back later?

A: The final choice will be yours, but remember that your son will have to learn to cope with a variety of social and emotional issues as he gets older and matures. Keep in touch with him frequently and keep praying.

Q: I babysit for my principal and found his daughters pretending to make a video about college students and dating. They were making a clip as if they were putting it on a website so other people could contact them. They are 17, 15 and 12. I told him and he laughed. Their mother is abroad studying and he tends to spoil them. How can I help?

A: You may wish to let the principal know that you are not running his household but trying to make his girls safe.

Q: I wish to ask all parents to be careful of paedophiles. My child was molested by a school guard that watches children early in the morning until school starts. I left him at 7:00 a.m., and the incident occurred before the teachers came at 7:30 a.m. Please be careful.

A: Thank you for this information. We hope all parents and guardians will be on extra guard as of now.

- 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 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!