How can I get daddy to pay?
Q. My parents just separated. I am 15 and prefer to live with my mother. My father will not give any money to my mother. So I will have to live with daddy. He has a new girlfriend and I am not happy. Can I ask the judge to place me with my mother and let daddy pay?
A. You may ask the judge and see what he says. I hope things will work out well for you.
What can I do to help my mom?
Q. My mother is in a high-stress job. She is a secretary at a college. I feel like telling the boss to get some help in the office. I go there in the afternoons after school and see how busy she is. What can I do?
A. You can start by helping your mother at home, as much as you can, so she is not tired when she goes to work. You can also remind your mommy to list her tasks so she will tackle them one at a time, and multitask at times, so she does not overburden herself. While you are in the office after school, try your best to keep quiet when having your snack and doing your homework. Pray for your mommy also.
I want to be a firefighter
Q. I want to be a firefighter when I leave school. My mother is having a great problem with that. I will be doing six subjects this year and want to apply to the fire service after I get my results. My mother said girls should not do that type of work.
A. There are many women who are firefighters all over the world. I think your mother is worried that you will get hurt on the job. Do your research about firefighters locally and internationally, so you will be sure this is what you really want to do.
Orlean Brown-Earle, PhD, is a child psychologist and family therapist. Dr Brown-Earle works with children with learning and behaviour 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!