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Father-Daughter 'dates' Can Help Teen See She Is Valued

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Q: I'm the father of a slightly "boy crazy" 14-year-old daughter. I'm really dreading the whole dating thing as she gets a little older. What can I do to prepare both of us?

Jim: Most fathers with daughters go through the same struggle watching their little girls grow up. I'd suggest you teach your daughter the proper role of dating by taking ...Read more

New Stepmom Trying To Forge Bonds With Husband's Kids

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Q: I'm a newly married stepmom trying to build family connections -- but my husband's kids aren't exactly warming up to me. What can I do?

Jim: Being a stepmom may be one of the toughest jobs a woman can have. It can take a long time for kids to adjust to a new stepparent, no matter why the previous marriage ended. And in the meantime, home ...Read more

Father Concerned With Upcoming Deployment's Impact On Family

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Q: I'm a soldier getting ready to deploy overseas (again). Previous deployments have negatively impacted my relationship with my kids. My wife and I want to be proactive this time; do you have any suggestions?

Jim: I thank you for your service, and my heart goes out to your family. Life can be tough for military households, especially when one ...Read more

Daughter Losing Perspective As She Obsesses Over Her Looks

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Q: Our 14-year-old daughter has recently become obsessed with her appearance. She'll practically lock herself in her bedroom or bathroom until she gets her hair, makeup and clothes perfect. What can we do as her parents to help her keep her perspective?

Jim: It's no secret that teens today -- and especially girls -- are pressured from all ...Read more

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