Q. My son who is nine years old likes to tease dogs. I don't know where he got this habit from. Even though I scold him and warn him of the dangers, he continues to do this.
What should I do?
A. Share with your son continuously the danger he is putting himself in. You can even have him see pictures of how dogs harmed others so he will realise that you are serious.
Q. My five-year-old is extremely possessive of me. She does not care where her father goes. If I leave the house, she wants to know where I am going and when I am coming back home. My husband says she waits up for me as long as she can. Is this normal?
A. Children at various ages are possessive for different reasons. When your daughter asks you where you are going, explain as simply as you can where you are going and why. Enjoy these moments. in a few months, she may barely wave bye to you when you are leaving her.
I shout at my children
Q. I am a mother of four and I have never spanked my children, but I find that I shout a lot. My neighbours are complaining that I am hurting myself.
A. All you have to do is stop shouting and speak clearly and firmly, attaching responsibilities to your requests. Let your children know what you are asking them to do and then let them know what privileges they will lose if they do not do as you say. Remember, you must stick with what you say you will do.
Orlean Brown-Earle, PhD, is a child psychologist and family therapist. Dr Brown-Earle works with children with learning and behaviour problems throughout the island and in the Caribbean. Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org 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!