Does my son curse?
Ask the Doc - Orlean Brown-Earle
Q: My 10-year-old son was watching the news one night when he shouted a really bad word after seeing a gory picture. I asked him about it, but he said that it was the first time. Should I ask at school about his behaviour?
A: If you did not believe what your son said, you will need to talk with him some more. It is good for you to keep in touch with the teachers at all times not only when there seems to be a problem.
Getting my son back on track
Q: My 17-year-old son just flunked his first year of college. How do I get him back on track?
A: Talk with your son about his activities during the school year. Find out what he was focusing on. If you feel that he is not being honest with you, make an appointment with a counsellor or psychologist.
I want to remarry
Q: I am thinking of remarrying. My husband died five years ago and my children are now in their teens and living away from home during school time. Should I talk with them before setting a date?
A: I am sure that your pre-marital counselling sessions addressed this issue. You should speak with your children alone and also with your fiancé about your proposed plans. Remember, this will affect them for the rest of their lives.
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 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!