By Dr. Meg Meeker
Parents always say they don’t care what their kids do as long as they’re happy. As the mother of four, I understand this. I am incredibly selfish. If my kids are happy, I sleep better at night and enjoy my days more.
I have a 4-year-old girl who likes to, for lack of better word, touch herself every day during nap time. As a Christian mother, this bothers me. The counsel I have sought out says that this is not a sexual thing to her; but what could this lead to? Do we address it and ask her to stop? Or do we just ignore it?
My daughter just announced to me in October that she's GAY. These 3 months have been the hardest months of my life. I did what I feel most parents do, I told her I love her and will stand by her no matter what. Please help.
My husband and I just had a little girl, Eliana, she's 8 weeks old and I was wondering if I could get your views on vaccines. There is such a debate and highly forceful information to state all sides that it is overwhelming to say the least. I was hoping you could lend some insight to us.
I am addicted to food. How do you make food not as important? I want to eat to survive, but not make it a constant thing on my mind.
It’s hard to go through life without meeting someone who flaunts every gift you lack, or attending a dinner party where the conversation focuses on a subject you know nothing about, or being humiliated by a boss, a teacher, a parent, or even a friend. All of us have been made to feel stupid, contemptible, ill-suited, weak, and generally awful at some point in our lives by people who think they’re better than we are.
My wife and I have read that ADD'rs have a tendency to self medicate with alcohol or drugs when they get older. We are strongly concerned that our daughter has a lot of arrows pointing in the direction of substance abuse.
Many parents roll their eyes at the word humility. We associate it with weakness, and we -don’t want our daughters to be weak or easily manipulated. We want them strong, self-
sufficient, and independent. We want them to have self-esteem. These days, humility is a politically incorrect virtue.
I have a 7-year old who has been diagnosed ADD. She has high energy and a wild personality. It can be entertaining to her friends but sometimes overwhelming to us.
Perhaps the greatest hallmark of the successful transition from boyhood to manhood is perseverance. Boys lose steam and want to quit. Men lose steam, pause to find it again, and then continue on.
My granddaughter's 1st birthday is this January and my daughter has asked me not to bring my boyfriend because she thinks it will be "weird". HELP please!
I have witnessed a trend evolving in young mothers that disturbs me: Many of them refuse to trust their instincts. A couple of decades ago, mothers could be overly bossy and controlling. Some of us grew up with mothers like this and we determined that we would never be so overbearing.
For many sons, curiosity can begin as early as age three. A hamster dies and they mourn, asking, what will happen to Slinky now? Will he rot in the ground, fly to another planet, or evaporate into the clouds? Even preschool-aged boys will surprise you with their thought processes, and will question more abstract concepts like what lies be- yond the stars or how can God be real if He’s invisible.
I love Christmas but I hate it. I’ll bet you do, too. After 57 Christmases, I have found the holiday to be ironically complex. It is the celebration of the first time God came near to us in the person of Jesus- to express love, acceptance and appreciation to us. It is a time of joy, peace, family and love; but also of stress, exhaustion, worry and even depression. So what gives?
Medicine has made enormous scientific advancements that allow me to see inside my patients’ bodies so clearly that it’s like looking at a drawing in a textbook. I can give medicines that calm kids down, cure some cancers, and extend the lives of kids who have HIV.
To love your daughter well, to draw her close to you, to strengthen the bond between the two of you, you must have a will of steel. There will be times when you’ll want to walk out–don’t.
Tips for a mom who is having trouble getting her baby out of her bed and into his own crib.
In today's highly politically-correct culture, where should the line be drawn when little boys want to play "bang, bang!" with their fingers as guns?
Here’s the problem. You’re as young as 14 or maybe as old as 17. If you start having sex now, chances are excellent that you’ll become another statistic in the epidemic. You’ll get an STD—or two or three. You may put yourself at higher risk for depression as well. And the development of your sexuality? Your masculinity may be fashioned after what you saw in television characters rather than what you’ve observed among the real (non-television) men around you.
If a child exhibits an enlarged tongue, to the point where it is always sticking out, is that ever considered normal?
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