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Persuading Toddlers to Take Medicine

How can I get my three-year-old son to take his medicine? He's prone to get the coughs, ear infections and fevers that are so common among kids his age, but he doesn't like swallowing the medications our doctor recommends. It's an ongoing battle for me to force it down. Is this normal? Can you suggest anything to solve the problem?

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Preparing Boys for the Prom

How can we help our son have a successful prom night? He's excited about this event, but I'm afraid he may also be a bit naïve, both about the cost and the potential moral pitfalls. Any suggestions for some helpful tips and basic ground rules?

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Effects of Sarcasm on Kids

Will my sarcastic style of humor hurt my children? I've always tended to express myself in a wry, ironic way. It's all a joke, and I don't mean any harm by it. But now my spouse is telling me that this is going to be damaging to our kids, especially as they move into the teen years. What do you think?

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Helping Children Cope With Divorce

How can I help my teens deal with the fallout of my divorce? It's been painful for everyone, but I'm especially concerned about my oldest son. Ever since my ex-husband left a year and a half ago, he seems to be putting himself under a lot of pressure to assume the role of the "man of the house." This is especially difficult for him since he was looking forward to going away to college in the fall. Now he feels obligated to stay at home and help the family. What can I do for him and the rest of the kids?

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Family Planning for Young Married Couples

Should we put off having kids and starting a family until we're more mature and established? My wife and I are in our late twenties. She's in grad school and I'm working to get my new business off the ground. We're extremely busy, and to be honest, I'm not sure I'm ready to be a father at this point. Do you have any thoughts on starting a family later in life?

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Family Planning for Older Couples

Do you have any advice for older couples who are thinking about having children? My husband and I are both in our early forties and are newly married. It's a second marriage for both of us, but neither one of us have children. We'd like to start a family of our own and we're giving serious thought to getting pregnant.

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When Not to Discipline a Child

Are there times, occasions, and situations when I should simply "chill out" and refrain from "getting tough" with a kid who misbehaves? I'm fairly new at the parenting game, and I need all the help and advice I can get in this area. When should I not discipline my child?

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Kids and Healthy Friendships

How can I help my child develop healthy friendships? I know how easy it can be for kids to make the wrong kinds of friends or to establish connections with others for the wrong reasons. What can I do to provide some helpful guidance in this area?

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How do I parent in the midst of tragedy?

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What are some of the traits seen in people with ADHD?

What are some of the traits seen in children and adults with ADHD?

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Take me to Focus' reviews of video and/or computer games.

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