This post may contain affiliate links. Please see our disclosure policy for more information.  Dear Dr. Cherrye, School has been in for three weeks now, and my daughter has had her first test. She was very nervous and appeared to have test anxiety. How can I help her face taking tests without cramming up and making herself ill?  ~ Test anxiety isn’t fun! ~ Dear Test Anxiety isn’t Fun, As a parent, you are in a great position to help your child face this sort of tension, so I’m glad that you’re seeking help earlier than later when things could really get out of hand. Kudos to you! Firstly, let’s define Test Anxiety – From my experience, children who face[…]

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please see our disclosure policy for more information. Dear Dr. Cherrye, During my daughter’s monthly playdates I’ve noticed that a few of the young girls aged 4-5 years old play very rough. My daughter plays nice, is meek, mild and loves to be around other girls her age.  As I observe my little girl’s actions, she seems confused. I mean, these few little girls are mean, and often do not want to share toys. Shockingly, the moms of these girls either ignore, or say very little. I sit waiting on the moms to step in redirecting their girls, but it rarely happens. Dr. Cherrye, why is it that some little girls seem so mean[…]

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy for more information. Dear Dr. Cherrye, Transitioning back to school can be tough on some kids. Most have had a great summer vacation with lots of leeway on curfew, use of electronics, and sadly junk foods. Now, we need to reel them in with schedules because school will begin very soon, so we need to transition them back into normalcy. Do you have any ideas of how to make this a smooth transition without the hype and tension in our home? ~ Less stress is best ~ Dear less is best, Discuss with your children the need for transitioning back into old school weekday routines. They have to understand[…]

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy for more information. Dear Dr. Cherrye, Just recently I was harshly criticized for my parenting technique of placing my son in time-out as a way of controlling his discipline. My parents used spankings as a form of discipline when I was a child and although I feel loved by my parents and have a great relationship with them, I wanted to try a different approach with my own children. Isn’t time-out still a great alternative for discipline? I remember the wave moving from spankings to a better, more emotionally sound way of disciplining our children, but I thought time-out was still the trend. Am I wrong? ~ Am I[…]

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy for more information.   Dear Dr. Cherrye, Just the thought of going back-to-school can incite anxiety, sometimes exhausting, but for some kids an exhilarating time of year. My girlfriends and I were just talking the other day about preparing our children of various age groups for back-to-school. We were tossing around ideas so we’re not so worn-out trying to keep our homes and families organized. Will you offer additional tips, please? ~ No mama burn-out for us ~ Dear no mama burn-out for us, Family dynamics differ from family to family, so Dr. Cherrye will share what she knows, so you moms can avoid mama burn-out as long as[…]

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy for more information. Dear Dr. Cherrye, School is about to start soon, and I’m praying I won’t have students enrolled in my class who aren’t willing to learn, over-the-top behavioral issues, and their parents seem unconcerned. Children who act this way, can be draining for teachers. This may sound harsh, but I sincerely hope my Principal will consider not assigning too many of these children in my classroom this school year. ~ I need a break ~ Dear I need a break, Family and family life are both important to child development, growth and molding children into productive citizens that we’d most certainly want to coexist among in today’s society.[…]

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy for more information. Dear Dr. Cherrye, Bullying seems to be an immensely growing behavioral issue in our schools today. Some officials believe parents are making too much of this issue. A few refer to bullying as ‘horseplay’ or natural rough playing. Can you give parents tips on what bullying actually is, tell us signs to be aware of, and how much is enough? We need help, please. ~ We need help, please ~ Dear We need help, please, Bullying is a pandemic in our nation’s schools, and you shouldn’t take it lightly. Realizing this, you must do everything possible helping your children deal with the pressures these annoying behaviors[…]

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy for more information. Dear Dr. Cherrye, School bullying has gotten to the point it’s effecting my child both physically and mentally. It hurts seeing her so miserable. Times have changed from when I was in school. I mean, I know there were a few disagreements and fights, but this constant bullying is really tough. I’m thinking about resigning from my job and enrolling my kid in some sort of online high school course, or I’m even tossing around the possibility of homeschooling. It’s gotten just this serious. The problem is, I need employment. I have bills to pay, so I’m desperately trying to figure this all out. ~I’m Desperately[…]

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy for more information. Dear Dr. Cherrye, I’m a single mom raising teen boys who want to ‘spread their wings’ doing the things normal boys do. Although I want my boys to be involved in age-appropriate activities with their peers, I need to trust they’re not getting into trouble. Do you have any suggestions? Crime is rising in our area, so it’s scary out there, Dr. Cherrye.  ~ It’s Scary Out There! ~ Dear It’s Scary Out There!  I hear you! I’m not sure where you reside, but I agree — crime is on the rise and you don’t want your teen boys getting into unnecessary trouble.  Statistics are not[…]

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy for more information. Dear Dr. Cherrye,   Our daughter is in high school, but she really struggles in academics, but desires to attend college. This has really dampened her spirits and hope to attend college. Dear Dr. Cherrye, My daughter is in high school, but she really struggles in academics. Math, Writing and Reading are her tough spots, too. This has really dampened her spirits because her hope to attend college seems bleak. Our daughter realizes many of her friends are academically capable of doing well in higher education, and she desires the same chance. Besides this problem Dr. Cherrye, her self-esteem has decreased over time. This really hurts[…]

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