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Helping a Child Victim of Sexual Assault

How can we comfort and support a young girl who has just been through the trauma of rape? We just learned that one of our children was recently the victim of a sexual assault. We are absolutely devastated. How can we help our daughter heal from this traumatic experience? What first steps should we take to come alongside her?

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Grandparent Eager to Help

How can I play an active and positive role in my grandchild's life while still respecting appropriate boundaries with my son and daughter-in-law? I'm excited to help, but I realize how easy it can be for new grandparents to wear out their welcome. Any tips or advice?

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Teenage Drivers

Now that my adolescent son has his learner's permit, how can I adequately prepare him to drive? I have to admit that I'm more than a little apprehensive about him becoming a driver at such a young age. Can you offer any pointers or advice?

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Parenting Teens: Choosing Your Battles Wisely

Can you help us figure out how to eliminate as much fighting with our teenager as possible? We've argued over pretty much every subject under the sun: grades, tattoos, music, movies, hairstyles, pants-length, study habits, politics. If only for the sake of our own peace of mind we'd like to when it's okay to back off and when we really need to stand our ground.

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Opposite-Sex Parent-Child Relationships

Can you help me understand the dynamics of father-daughter and mother-son relationships? Does a child's interaction with the parent of the opposite sex take on a greater significance as he or she enters the teenage years? If so, how?

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Coping With the Challenge of Parenting Adolescents

Do you have any advice for parents about how to survive the teen years? I'm really getting worn down by the constant conflicts, mood swings and challenges to my authority. What should I do?

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Teen Feels "Sick" on School Day Mornings

How can I tell if our teenager is faking an illness to get out of school? He often complains of not feeling well on school day mornings, but, interestingly enough, his symptoms usually disappear by mid-afternoon and rarely surface at all on weekends. Is it wrong of me to distrust him?

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Marital Conflict and Its Impact on Children

If my spouse and I argue and disagree a lot, will this have a negative effect on our kids? Though our relationship is still intact (for the most part), we have what I can only describe as a "high-conflict marriage." Is this likely to hurt our children?

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Overweight Kids: Diet Pills and Surgery

What is your opinion of diet pills or even bariatric surgery as potential solutions for obesity in children and teenagers?

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Preventing Childhood Obesity

Why are so many kids overweight these days? What can we do to help our child avoid obesity and develop healthy eating habits?

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Understanding Obesity in Children and Teens

Is it normal for a pre-teen child to suddenly put on a lot of weight? Our child has gained quite a few pounds recently, and we're not sure whether we should be concerned. What is the technical definition of "obesity" in children and teens?

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Instilling Moral Values in Children

What's the best way to teach young children the difference between right and wrong, good and evil, and appropriate and inappropriate behavior? We understand the importance of early spiritual training, and we've been praying with our child and reading her Bible stories ever since she was old enough to listen and understand. But the challenge of instilling practical moral values seems more difficult. How would you approach this with a child in the elementary grades?

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Motivating Kids to Stay Active and Fit

What can we do to encourage our school-age son to get away from the television and computer screen and spend more time playing outdoors? We're getting worried about his health and fitness, and we'd like to know how we can motivate him to become more active. So far all of our "nagging" hasn't helped a bit. Can you suggest a more effective strategy?

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How to Manage a Small Child's Vivid Imagination

How do we help our preschooler develop his strong penchant for fantasy and make-believe in a positive way? We see his lively imagination as a good thing, but we're also concerned to help him avoid extremes. Do you have any advice?

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Child Gets Stomach Ache When Stressed

How can I tell if my child is faking it or not when he complains of a "stomach cramps?" These ailments have a suspicious way of arising when it's time to do chores or get ready for school. Is this pain real, or is it just a ploy? Should we take him to the doctor, send him to bed, or just tell him to tough it out?

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Dealing With a Selfish Toddler

How can I teach my two-year-old to share his things and be more cooperative, generous, and kind when he plays with others? I've been shocked to see how selfish he can be in social situations with other children.

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Readiness for Toilet Training

How do we know when it's time to start encouraging our child to use the toilet? And when he's ready, what can we do to help the whole process go smoothly?

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Concerned about Young Son's Masculinity

Should we be worried about our little boy's sexual identity? He's still very young, but he likes to play store and draw pictures all day long, and he can't throw a ball three feet. Is he turning into a "sissy?" What can we do to help him develop a healthy sense of his masculinity?

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Finding the Right Babysitter

How do we go about choosing the best person to care for our children when we're away from home? My spouse and I desperately need to get some time away from the kids and start "dating" each other again, at least every other week or so. But we're not sure how to find a suitable babysitter. Can you suggest any guidelines?

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Toddler Is Negative and Contrary

How do I handle 2-year-old who opposes and contradicts me at every turn? says "no" to everything? I'm exasperated! If I offer him a cracker or a cup of water, he says "no!" If I set the cup aside, he cries and begs for it. He acts the same way with other children at the church nursery. Is this phase ever going to end?

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Baby Suddenly Afraid of Strangers

Can you explain why my infant daughter started screaming when my great-aunt dropped by last weekend and wanted to hold her? In the past she's always had a ready smile for everyone, but on this occasion she simply went ballistic! What do you think has happened?

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Establishing Baby's Sleep Patterns

How can we get our infant child to sleep through the night? At what point should we start trying to establish a more regular and predictable sleeping routine?

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Starting Baby on Solid Food

What should I give my baby when he's ready to start eating solid food? How can I know when he's reached that stage of development?

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Weaning a Breastfeeding Child

How can I make the transition from breast to bottle as smooth as possible for my baby and me? What's the best way to wean a child, and when should I begin the process?

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