Q: Now that my kids are finally back to "real" school, they want to participate in EVERYTHING. We're already drowning in extracurricular activities. How much is too much? Can you suggest any practical guidelines?
Jim: No doubt about it, stress from excessive organized activity can have a negative impact on family life -- and even be ...Read more
Q: Last week our son headed off for his first year at college. He wants to pledge to a fraternity and has asked for our input. I've only seen negative things about fraternities (movies, etc.). What do you think we should tell our son?
Jim: There are several factors to consider. Admittedly, some fraternities resemble "Animal House," but that's ...Read more
Q: School is starting up again. My daughter gets straight A's in every subject except math. We're having a hard time understanding why she struggles with this subject. Could her problems with math be linked to some kind of learning disability?
Jim: It's true that some learning disabilities involve difficulty understanding mathematical terms or ...Read more
Q: My daughter is going through a divorce. What can I do as a grandparent to help our grandchildren cope with this devastating breakup?
Jim: I'm very sorry to learn of this difficult situation. But I'm also encouraged by your desire to help your grandchildren through this tough period. A number of factors play in to how you can best help them, ...Read more