Q: What should I do when my 9-year-old daughter loses all of her privileges because of her misbehavior but refuses to go to her room? I tried to physically force her, but she put up too much of a fight. I feel like she's in complete control of our family. I'd have never disobeyed or disrespected my parents. What have I done wrong?
For the first time in days the landscape is still and silent. The wind chimes outside my bedroom, like icicles, hang hard and motionless. The empty fields, rolled out like bolts of unpressed linen, the edges fringed with caramel-colored broom sedge, are empty. No flocks of blackbirds to be flushed by the sound of a door being opened, a car being started. No dead leaves rattling. Just stillness. Just silence.
Recently, Statesboro Parks and Recreation director Mike Rollins presented an overview of Splash in the Boro's operating results from the summer of 2012 at a Board of County Commissioners meeting. He very kindly forwarded that presentation to me, and I am going to share some of it with you.
Q: How can we help our 7-year-old twin girls stop fighting? They constantly provoke and antagonize each other. We thought this was just normal sibling conflict, but it seems to be developing into actual resentment. One of them is now saying we love the other one more, and the other one bullies and intimidates her when we're not looking. We seem to be doing nothing but mediating their fights. Help!
Note: The following is the sixth in a series of columns on the origin of currency in the American colonies and Georgia.
I write quite often about new businesses opening whether it be retail, restaurants, or professional. The one I am reporting on today is kind of unique.
My friend died.
Q: My 10-year-old daughter is having thoughts about other girls. She says she's worried because she notices and admires other girls' figures. I know this is normal, but I'm not really sure how to say this to her. She seems to be obsessing about it. What's your advice?
Is the Bible the word of God? Can we know for a certainty that "all scripture is breathed out by God" (2 Timothy 3:16, ESV), or given through God's "inspiration" (KJV)? Are the things we read in the Bible reliable insofar as being a trustworthy record of what God wants us to know of his nature, his activities and his will for his creation? Can we know the writers of these materials didn't just make them up and that they aren't just a bunch of largely unbelievable stories?
The calendars of 2012 are now rubbish, though hopefully the family memories of the past year will live on in the hearts of all. The year 2013 is upon us now, with slightly less than 365 days of opportunity for special family events and activities. Whatever goals and resolutions you made for the new year, I pray that the underlying theme of them all revolves around putting family first. Take time every day to spend precious, quality moments with family members and create fun, exciting adventures to treasure throughout the year. Make up new family traditions or celebrations for the ...
Note: The following is the fifth in a series of columns on the origin of currency in the American colonies and Georgia.
Local clinical psychologist Joseph Kropp is becoming a rather prolific writer with the release of his newest book - "Nathan Meets His Monsters." An introduction to the Internal Family Systems Therapy Model, Kropp's picture book is a simple story that empowers children to help them transform their fears.
Note: The following is the fourth in a series of columns on the origin of currency in the American colonies and Georgia.
Q: Our son is in kindergarten at a small private school. Most of the children in his class are boys.
What overwhelming issue could it have been? Could Stacey's problem have been detected earlier? Were the pressures of school or family conflict or trying to keep up with the expectations of others just been too much? We'll never know, for Stacey took it to the grave with her, leaving question marks in the minds of everyone who knew her.
Question: I kept two poinsettias from last Christmas and have been pampering them all summer. I know they need special periods of darkness to make ...
Goal: the end toward which effort is directed or the ownership of something we want to have. A goal is something out there somewhere which ...