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Ask the Doc | My son doesn't like to socialise

Published:Monday | July 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Q My son does not like to socialise at all. At seven, he prefers to read books alone in a corner. At the airport last week, while checking in he sat with his book by himself in a corner. Is this normal?

A It is quite OK for a child to be passionate about reading. You can get him involved in some team sports or even one as this will help his teamwork skills. Remember, no man is an island.

Q My sons prefer to go to their uncle's house rather than their aunt's house for the holidays. They are 15 and 19. She feels bad about this. What can I do?

A Your sister should find out what type of fun activities your sons are involved in at their uncle's house. She may want to do similar things or ask them what they would like to do when they visit her house.

Q I want to go to on a mission trip with my children. My aunt, who raised me, is against it. How can I convince her that this is a good thing to do?

A Sit with your aunt and let her know the details of the trip. Make her aware that in these modern times, you can be in touch with her daily. I hope you have a great experience as you help others.

- Orlean Brown Earle, PhD, is a child psychologist and family therapist. 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.