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how can I get my son to sleep?

k. l. asks from Ellabell

My son is almost 4 and recently in the past few months he has decided to stop sleeping, he tends to stay up till 4 am resulting in him sleeping till 11am. He doesn't take naps during the day, he plays and runs around most the day so I thought he should be worn out. I've t...

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When Your Daughter Wants to Dye Her Hair and Be "Emo"

by Sara Borgstede

When our daughter, Kiersten, was 13 and in the 8th grade, she started BEGGING us to dye her hair blue. My first reaction was no way Jose! and figured that would be the end of that conversation. To me, having a child with a head of hair that was totally blue was right up there with kids who get a head full of piercings to the point that when they take a drink, fluids come out of them like a sieve. They stay out all night doing bad things of which we don’t speak…. More


To the Woman Who Judged Me for Putting a Leash on My Child

I smiled at you when I saw you behind me. We stood near each other in the security line at the airport. I had just finished loading the last of three bins onto the x-ray belt when I looked up to find you scornfully staring at my child. The blistering look that you gave me didn’t go unnoticed either. For a second, I thought maybe you were just having a bad day, but then I overheard the comments you made to your friend. I heard you tell her that I’m a “lazy parent”. I also heard you say that people, such as me, shouldn’t have children. I heard you ramble off a list of things you would do differently. I overheard your entire conversation…. More


Define Step-Dad?? What am I doing wrong?

B. S. asks from Chicago

Hi, I'm brook, 24 with a 1 year old and 5 months pregnant. There are a lot of details that go into this one great question but, I'll try and keep it short. I'm pregnant by my boyfriend. My children don't have the same father. My first borns father abandoned me through p...

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Been feeling sorry for myself

D. S. asks from Schaumburg

Yes, I pulled the original post because I went back and read it. Frankly, it was full of self-pity and it was embarrassing. It was not the kind of post that was going to help me solve the problem effectively or diplomatically. It was the kind of post riddled wit...

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