Q: How can we teach our daughters to be more discerning about relationships with friends? I realize girls are more relational than boys, but sometimes I worry that my two tween girls are over-the-top and out of control in this area. Should I be concerned?
Jim: You probably don't need to be overly concerned. Girls at this age do ...Read more
Q: What does it take to be a good father? I grew up without a dad. Now I'm married with a baby on the way, and I'm feeling anxious and unprepared. Do you have any advice?
Jim: I get you. That was me. That is me. Being a dad is tough enough. But for guys like us whose fathers were physically or emotionally absent, the job seems especially...Read more
Q: Should we terminate our friendship with another couple after the man and I became involved in an emotional affair? It's over now, and our spouses have taken a firm but conciliatory attitude toward the whole thing. We've suspended our normal get-togethers for the time being. At some point, though, do you think it would be OK to resume our ...Read more
Q: Do you have any advice for the parent of a preteen child who's extremely overweight? I want to help him lose weight while he's young, before it becomes a serious problem later in life.
Jim: It's great that you want to see your child live a long and healthy life -- starting now! Childhood obesity is a serious problem. Children who are ...Read more