Q. I have problems achieving my goals after I set them. When I was 15, I could multi-task and passed all my exams. Now I am 17 and in college, and it is not so easy. Can I get help?
A. Now that you are in college, you are on your own and doing your own laundry and cooking. These are things you did not have to do before, so you must plan your schedule to include these things. You need to set specific goals and prioritise them. State your goals positively and clearly. If you do not complete a task, make a plan to complete it another time. You can consult the college's counselling department for further help.
Teach my children critical thinking
Q How do I teach my children critical thinking? At the primary school parent-teacher association meeting, they asked us to do this, but did not elaborate.
A Whenever you are talking to your child, you can ask simple questions such as 'How did you feel when you heard about____?', What do you think caused her to do that? or 'why do you think that the little boy did that?'. These are simple questions you can start to use to develop critical thinking skills in young children.
Taking my husband to court
QI am now divorced and my husband is not giving us money as he did during the separation. The three children and I are struggling. I do not want to take him to family court as he is well-known. What do I do?
A Your children's father need to be reminded of his responsibility. You need to speak with him or write him stating your concerns and his responsibilities. Depending on his response, you need to make a decision. Your main question will be, "Do I continue to make my children suffer, or should I take a serious step toward ensuring they are provided for?"
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 email@example.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!