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Should I send my kids to summer school?

Published:Tuesday | June 10, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Orlean Brown-Earle, ask the doc

Q. The holidays are here again. Is it unfair for me to send my children to at least six weeks of summer school? Some teachers at my children's school say yes and others say no. I think that the ones who say yes are looking at the extra they will earn. But it is cheaper than the baby sitter. What do I do?

A. You need to consider many things. First, will your children be happy at summer school? Will the children be strengthening skills that they have problems with now? What time will summer school end, and who will care for the children until you get home? These are just a few of the considerations. Whatever you do, ensure that you get an opportunity to spend at least a week with them. Remember you may only get to see your children between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. at this time of the year.

Q. I have new neighbours. They are an elderly couple who seem to love children. I found out that the man is almost blind and asks my son to read the paper for him when he visits them. It seems to be a habit now at least five times a week, after school. My husband says my son should charge the old man. Would that be right?

A. It is good for your son to help like this. If your son is not able to do it on a specific day, he should let your neighbour know.

Q. I am writing to ask you to encourage parents to put parental controls on all Ipads, androids and any computers in their homes. My son was doing his homework on the house computer that we just bought and came across some adult material. Please remind all parents and guardians to protect their children.

A. Thank you for reminding us parents to protect our children by putting parental controls on all our computers.

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!