By Dr. Meg Meeker
I have a seven-year-old son who is not athletically driven. I understand that not all children are athletically inclined but I feel pressure from my peer group to continue to sign him up for different sports.
I have a two-year-old daughter who, all of a sudden, has become extremely difficult. She has begun throwing enormous tantrums, which I have immediately disciplined; however, I'm beginning to think there may be something more...
I was just reading your recent post about moms returning to work. I am a 37-year-old first time mom to what will probably be our only child. She is three months old. I will have to return to work in two months and it is killing me.
Please help! I have an eleven-year-old daughter, who is the middle child of three girls. Recently, she has had odd requests. It started with...
We were in a crowd of about 800 people, and my sweet teenager had a panic attack. I took her to the medical room and they let her sit. It took about a half an hour for her to return to normal breathing...
We have a nine-year-old grandson who has been diagnosed with severe bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia. He is getting good care by his doctors but the prognosis is devastating unless he gets a miracle.
Beneath the ethereal joy a mother feels at the first sight of her son, lies a nugget-sized ache wrapped in fear. Her infant son needs her. She loves him unconditionally. But she also feels the ache of knowing that he will grow into a man and leave, and one day belong to another.
What advice can you offer when setting boundaries with family members that have a tendency to be critical or overbearing? I don't want to be disrespectful, but I feel it's important that they speak to my husband and me with respect, and not undermine our authority with our children.
As a grandmother, is it beneficial to stay involved with your grandchildren? I love them and we love to be together, but is there an age where they will break away? Also, have you written much about grandparents’ roles?
Men, good men: We need you. We—mothers, daughters, and sisters—need your help to raise healthy young women. We need every ounce of masculine courage and wit you own, because fathers, more than anyone else, set the course for a daughter’s life.
How do I stop my six-year-old daughter from sitting on the laps of other people or asking them to hold her? My husband and I tell her all the time that she is not a baby anymore. She has mommy and daddy to hold her and she has our laps to sit on. But she does it anyway and I can't stand it.
My twelve-year-old son has a negative attitude about our daily devotion time. How can I encourage him toward spiritual truths in ways that he might be more responsive to?
Every day, 21,000 teens will become infected with a new STD. In fact, a British study found that almost half of all girls are likely to become infected with an STD during their very first sexual experience. We have a serious problem on our hands.
As a doctor I can probe, culture, prescribe antibiotics, and aggressively treat and track contagious STDs. But depression is different. It’s more elusive, yet equally, if not more, dangerous. It can come and go, or it can settle in, making itself so comfortable in an adolescent’s psyche that it’s nearly impossible to extricate.
Whatever one’s personal view, your son wants to know—and needs to know—why he’s here, what his purpose in life is, why he is important. Boys who don’t have a well-grounded understanding on these big questions are the most vulnerable to being led astray into self-destructive behaviors.
Chances are you don’t realize it, but right now, at this very minute, there is an epidemic racing through the lives of our teenagers. This epidemic literally threatens their very lives. I am a pediatrician. I see and treat these youngsters every day. I’d like you to meet some of my patients.
From the moment your daughter first sees you, she gives you hero status. Why? Because every little girl sees her father as larger than life. She wants you to be terrific. So regardless of how terrific you feel, your daughter, thinks that you are.
Dad, are a template for all male figures—teachers, boyfriends, her husband, uncles, and even God himself—in your daughter’s life. Because you are there form her earliest years, you set a template over your daughter’s mind and heart regarding how she will interact with all males. If you are kind, she will expect all males to be kind. If you are harsh and critical then she will expect the same treatment from other men.
A daughter listens to the tone of her father’s voice when he speaks, so make sure that your daughter hears you compliment—not criticize—others. This will give her a very clear sense that you perceive them to be as valuable as everyone else, including yourself.
Men love differently than women. That’s why you scratch your head in confusion when your daughter or wife cries and insists that you don’t understand. They want you to know what they want, like, and need, without ever telling you. You, on the other and, love deeply but differently.
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