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My children are always fighting

Published:Tuesday | August 26, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Orlean Brown-Earle, ask the doc

My 10 and six-year-old children are always fighting. They both have a know-it-all attitude and the caregiver is planning to leave. How can I get them to be more respectful?

A Sit with your children and let them know that there are rules in your house that must be respected. Share with them the value of the caregiver, and make it very clear what will happen when rules are broken. If that does not work, you will need to get professional counselling for your children.

My children are not very cooperative at church. They will do many things at school, but not at church. They are 14 and 15. They just say that they are afraid. How can I encourage them? I have only just started attending church recently.

A Remember that this is a setting they will have to get accustomed to. You can have them participate in large group presentations at first and then move to smaller groups and hopefully individual activities. Be patient with them.

My son who is 12 has an idea for a cartoon. Is this okay for him to go into this field? We are Christians and I'm afraid he will get into negative things.

A First, you need to look at your son's idea for a cartoon. Guide him in creating a cartoon that will be positive and teach appropriate behaviours. Encourage your son as this may be the beginning of a great career.

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!