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Ask the Doc: 'Daddy wants me to focus on academics'

Published:Friday | October 16, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Q. I am a good athlete and I love athletics, but my father has made the statement that there is only one Usain Bolt and I should not try anymore. Should I ignore my father? I am bright too, and he wants me to focus on academics.

A. Sit with your father and let him know that you will not compromise your academic work for sports. Create a timetable that will allow you to do your best in both areas.


Q. My mother cannot stop studying. She got her doctorate and now she is doing another master's degree. My sister and I are in our teens and wish we had more time with her. Would it be rude to say it to her?

A. Share how you feel with your mother. She may be able to study and plan family time so that all three of you have fun together and even study together. Remember, your mother has to ensure that she plans for her future as well as yours.


Q. How do I tell my father that my mother has bought a house that she is renting? I only found out because I answered her phone and the tenant left a message with me.

A. Are you sure that your mother owns the property? She may be taking care of it for someone. Never jump to conclusions. Share your thoughts with your mother. I think it would best for your mother to share such information with your father.

- 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. E-mail questions to 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.