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December 2011

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  • Boy's Painful Separation from Deployed Dad

    I'm working with military families. I work primarily with families that have a deployed service member, which is usually dad. I have a 4 year-old-boy who will not talk to his dad on the phone or the computer. Dad is very hurt. Mom is frustrated and the son just refuses to have any connection with deployed dad. Dad will not return until next summer. How do I support this... 

  • TV Limits for Children

    Dear Dr. Dave

    My children are 6, 5 and 3 years old, and they have watched more TV than I think you would recommend. I hope to change our family habits going forward. My question is, are they "programmed" already? Is it like quitting smoking (as in every day that you don't smoke you add time to your life expectancy) and every hour that you don't spend... 

  • A Wise Teacher's Lesson on Bullying

    Dr. Dave,

    A friend of mine passed this along to me. I thought it was a great lesson for kids about bullying. Could you pass it along on your website?


    Jim, Cedar Rapids, IA


    I agree that this is an excellent lesson to help kids understand the harm that bullying can cause. Here’s... 

  • TeenSphere-an App for Teens

    Hi Dr. Dave,

    I recently ran across a new app called TeenSphere. Are you familiar with it? What do you think of it?


    Barb, Minneapolis, MN



    Thanks for tipping me off about TeenSphere. I was not aware of it until you asked. I... 

  • Getting the Most Out of Your TV Timer

    Hello, I have a 15 year old who has ADHD, and we have two high tech TVs. She will watch TV for hours without moving. Do you know of any parental control programs that limit time on the television?

    Linda, Boston


    It certainly makes sense for parents to have rules about when and how much time kids spend...