Q: My wife and I generally get along great, but I'm surprised how much we argue about little chores around the house. Is this normal?
Jim: When couples are asked about stress points in marriage, things like kids and finances usually come up first. But studies show that household chores rank third on that list!
It's easy to understand how ...Read more
Q: Our family always seems to be in a reactive mode -- it seems like there's some small but stressful crisis every day. My husband and I are both tired of this pattern, and how it's affecting us and our kids, but we feel stuck. Are there any strategies we can use to help?
Jim: Since it's football season again, and as a former quarterback, I'd ...Read more
Q: I vividly remember exactly where I was 15 years ago when I heard about the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks. My son was just an infant then; now he's reading about significant events like 9/11, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. Yesterday, he asked me how people respond to these tragedies. What's your take?
Jim: The ...Read more
Q: Our son just started at a new school, and we're afraid he is being bullied. What can we do?
Jim: Bullying is a rising problem, and "thanks" to technology, it isn't limited to the schoolyard anymore. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere.
First, don't wait for your son to talk about it. If you sense there's a problem, say, "Is someone ...Read more
Q: My 16-year-old daughter has blossomed into a beautiful young lady -- and it seems I'm not the only one who's noticed. She's getting more and more attention from boys her age, and I suspect it won't be long before she'll be dating. As her dad, what's my role in interacting with and vetting any potential suitors?
Jim: Well, I strongly advise ...Read more