You may not have heard of cutting, but it’s a widespread problem among young people, especially girls. It’s exactly what it sounds like: a cutter is someone who makes small cuts on body parts such as the wrists, arms, legs, stomach, and chest. They do it to try to relieve or cope with deep emotional pain. This week’s letter is from a girl whose friend is a cutter. She wants to help but doesn’t know what to do.
Heard of catfishing? It’s when someone makes up an online persona and then uses it to gain another person’s trust. This week, we heard from the mother of a young woman who was catfished. The woman believed she had a boyfriend and even sent the scammer money. But the worst part is -- she didn’t believe she was being played, and lashed out against her mom. What can Mom do?
If you’re a parent, you may have used Timeout as a form of discipline when your child was young. This week, we heard from a mom who is having some trouble getting the results she wants from Timeout. Timeout works. But you do need to do it the right way.
If you’ve ever had a conversation with a teenager, you have heard the answer “I don’t know” to a question you asked them. Of course, you know they DO know. They just don’t want to think of an actual answer. This week, we reminded a mom that “I don’t know” is not a real answer—and she shouldn’t just accept it when her teen says it.
Do you value the things that make a person couth? You may not even know that word. It’s not used much anymore. It means someone who shows, or has, good manners or sophistication. This week, we heard from a woman whose mother doesn’t approve of her “uncouth” husband. But she says – she doesn’t care if her husband is refined. He’s fun and loves her.
One of my biggest pet peeves is the way parents have become more concerned about being their kids’ friends - than being their parents. Being a real parent sometimes means making unpopular decisions. But trying to stay your child’s friend can make those decisions tough. Problem is, if you’re not willing to enforce rules when children are young, there will be consequences later. This week, we heard from a woman who is finding that her granddaughter is showing the unfortunate results of having...
This week, we answered a letter about suicide.Suicides often lead to guilty feelings among survivors, and when a parent takes their own life, children frequently wonder if they’re to blame. Even older children may believe they could have stopped it, if only… That’s what’s bothering the girl who wrote us this week.
Do you recall the days when common courtesy was common? You know—saying, please and thank you, or excuse me. Those very basic standards are disappearing. And it’s unfortunate. A grandfather wrote to Rhonda asking what can be done to bring common courtesy back.
Forgiveness is very difficult. It’s especially hard when you’ve been victimized and the person who did it isn’t punished. This week, we heard from a woman who was abused by her brother. She’s frustrated because his life has turned out well. But she’s still suffering the effects of the abuse. Can she learn to forgive him—for her own benefit?
This week, we heard from a woman whose parents just couldn’t get along—until Mom let Dad date other women. This hasn’t gone over well with the letter-writer. But her sister says she should just let it go, because the parents were happy with the arrangement. Should she?
Coming to terms with childhood sexual abuse as an adult is difficult. It’s even harder when trusted family members don’t believe you were abused. This week, Rhonda sets a woman straight who thinks her sister is making up a sex abuse claim as a means to gain attention.
Grandparents love being the “good guys” who can spoil the kids…and then send them home. But what happens when Grandma has to take over caring for the children? This week, we heard from a woman who is in that position. She’s caring for her children’s kids, and she feels inadequate.
When a young girl is dumped by a boyfriend, her new boyfriend turns out to be violent and jealous. When a young girl is dumped by a boyfriend, her new boyfriend turns out to be violent and jealous. Worse, now the old one thinks he made a mistake and wants to get back together. Rhonda helps the girl sort out this confusing situation. Rhonda helps the girl sort out this confusing situation.
Growing up is tough enough for boys these days, but it’s even more difficult when they don’t have a father in their life. Studies show that a dad helps them develop health emotions and even builds IQ. And the dad doesn’t have to be a superparent – even a mediocre father who is engaged with his son will do. Rhonda explains how and why in this episode.
Whatever happened to gratitude? It’s in short supply among today’s kids, as are basic manners. A teacher writes to Rhonda and Dr. Cheri to ask what she can do, and Rhonda gives her some ideas n this show.
If you’re as frustrated as Rhonda is with the constant use of the f-word by kids (and adults), you’ll want to hear her advice to a mom whose boys are using vulgar words. And now her daughter, who is too young to even know what the words mean, is repeating them, too. Find out what mom can do to stop this trend.