Q I am tired of talking about safety issues in my house. My oldest son, 17, is lackadaisical about leaving things such as cords and hot irons carelessly around the house. I am tired of reminding him and shouting at him.
A Your son is likely to use the Internet, so you may need to have him watch some videos about the harm that may result from his careless behaviour. Be firm in your principles and stick by whatever reprimand you give.
Q I have started an exercise programme and my children 10 and 15 are involved. My ex-husband says that they are too young, too slim, and should be studying that early in the morning. He lives miles away and is trying to manage us remotely. How can I make him understand how important this is?
A I am proud of you and this great idea that you have. Simply share with your former husband that you are only doing this to help your children. Remind him that this is an investment in their future.
Q My 16-year-old son has decided to pursue a career in nursing. His father is adamant that no son of his is going into a profession for girls. I have little money and his father calls the financial shots. I have told his father that this can be a stepping stone to another career in medicine, but he still says no.
A You are correct that this may be a stepping stone, but even if your son chooses to be in general nursing, he can make a great difference as a man in the profession. Encourage him to pursue his dreams and continue to motivate him. Pray with him and help him to seek scholarships.
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!