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How can I stop my son from 'cutting his eyes'?

Published:Monday | November 30, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Q My son is always hissing and 'cutting his eyes'. How can I stop him from doing this? He goes to a good preparatory school.

A You need to be firm with your son and be consistent with whatever punishment or positive/negative reinforcement you select. You can choose to encourage him when he does the right thing.

Q I am 15. My grandmother died leaving a piece of land for me. My mother wants to sell it. How can I stop her?

A You need to see a lawyer immediately to determine what can happen. I hope things work out.

Q How do I stop my sister, who is 22, from having any more children. She is now on the third child. At 16, I can see the stress on my mother. We are not bad off financially, but childcare is expensive. What can I do?

A The responsibility lies with your mother to be firm with your sister. Encourage you sister to aspire to try to attain some of the job-related goals that she has. Remind her that the children will grow up.

- 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 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!