Should Every Woman Become a Mother?

My short answer to this question is “no”. Not every woman should become a mother. One first needs to be ready for this all-encompassing, exhilarating, and life-giving experience. This answer, however, is not written in stone. It is fluid, subjective and prone to change. A woman who is not ready for motherhood at one point …

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Is Marriage Necessary?

With about a third of US children born every year to unwed mothers, is marriage necessary? Many young adults are asking themselves, “Why marry now? What’s so important about the marriage ceremony and certificate?” Especially when the social stigma of cohabitation and single parenthood are virtually gone. Arguments Against Marriage Middle-class men are apparently fearful …

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Daycare’s Illusion

Preschoolers thrive on continuous individual relationships in a warm, stimulating environment. Spending long days in a daycare center is not the optimal environment for their development. A few hours – two to three times a week – beginning around age three, in a good center or preschool, will offer social and intellectual enrichment for children. …

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A Mother’s Job Description

What is a mother’s actual job description? Why should a young, healthy, and energetic woman, often highly educated and professionally experienced, stay home for a few years with a new baby? Are the first two to three years of a child’s life worth a mother putting her own career and personal interests on hold? In …

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More Psychopathic Individuals are Headed Our Way

We can no longer ignore the recent changes in American society and their effect on the development and behavior of America’s children. High divorce rates, single-parent homes, the rising use of daycare, teenage parenting, and drug use to name a few, are creating a perfect storm of youngsters who are unable to form close attachment …

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Ask Dr. Ada: Separation Anxiety

Separation Anxiety

Dear Dr. Ada: Without warning, my son, 18 months, has started crying every time we go somewhere. He is also not comfortable with other people coming to our home. Our pediatrician has been kind, but unhelpful. How can we help him? Response: Your son manifests separation anxiety. He may have had some unpleasant experience at …

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Ask Dr. Ada: Choosing a Preschool

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Dear Dr. Ada: We have just moved to a new area and are investigating preschools for our 4-year-old daughter. All of the preschools that we’ve encountered so far seem to have a strong academic emphasis, which worries us….. We need to find one that is more play oriented, so we’re considering just hiring an at-home …

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Ask Dr. Ada: Crying at School Drop Off

Dear Dr. Ada: I have a 4, soon to be 5-year-old, the oldest of 3 kids, who has been going to the same preschool for 3 years (since he was 2). EVERY SINGLE MORNING, without fail, no matter who takes him to school, no matter how early or late we get there, he cries for …

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Ask Dr. Ada: Boisterous 5 Year Old Boy

Dear Dr. Ada: My two sons, 5 and 3½, are both very physical, energetic, into fighting play, and they have a hard time sitting still, keeping their hands to themselves, etc. My boisterous 5 year old boy is going to kindergarten this year and I am worried that he is not going to respond well …

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Ask Dr. Ada: Early Reading Skills

Dear Dr. Ada: My 4-year-old son knows how to read easy picture books and likes to take one of his books to preschool to read to his friends. His teacher told me I should discourage him from doing that because it’s important for him to participate in physical and the art and music activities which …

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