Monthly Archives: March 2011

Mixed feelings are part of life

Dear Kerry, My grandmother died last year on my son’s 11th birthday. We were all very close to her. Now his birthday is coming up again. It feels awkward, but should I arrange his party anyway? MG, Massachusetts Dear MG, … Continue reading

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Living with your child’s chronic illness

Dear Kerry, My son has had a chronic medical condition since he was a toddler. It never used to bother him, but now that he’s starting elementary school, he’s embarrassed about it. I’m worried about his self-esteem. MT, Pennsylvania Dear … Continue reading

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Book event in Mexico!

Dear Readers, Jack and I had a wonderful experience last week in a Mexican town, where we were able to meet with some 30 parents of all ages. We talked about their lives, their children, their challenges and joys – … Continue reading

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Don’t accept “I’m bored”

Dear Kerry, My son is 7 and he complains a lot about being “bored.” He acts as if he expects us to entertain him all the time. Obviously, this isn’t going to happen and it’s also pretty annoying. I’m getting … Continue reading

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Making Parent-teacher conferences useful

Dear Kerry, We have a regular conference coming up with my daughter’s 2nd grade teacher. She seems like a nice person, but I have questions about some of her methods. I don’t want to antagonize her, since I don’t want … Continue reading

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