Tag Archives: discipline

Environment matters:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, My adult nephew suffers from mental illness but after 35 years he has done well in his coping. He has taken some responsibility for his behavior and the consequences of his actions on others around him, … Continue reading

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Just busted:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, My son is 19 and was recently caught smoking marijuana. He’s not a juvenile delinquent- his grades are good. The friends he smokes pot with are all otherwise good kids. My son has never previously been … Continue reading

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No I Don’t want to visit my Dad!

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, My daughter is 14 and she had been complaining that she doesn’t want to go on visitations with her dad anymore. I don’t believe there is any abuse going on, or danger- just that her dad … Continue reading

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My son is exposing himself:

Dr. Brilliant Cliché, My wife and I divorced nearly nine years ago. After the divorce, she moved back to be with her parents in another state, taking my three children with her. I talk to them every day, but I … Continue reading

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Arguing or volunteering can be like blowing smoke:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché; I was listening to my 18 year old daughter hand me a list of excuses as to why she didn’t clean her room, and getting ready to argue, when I had a profound realization- arguing with … Continue reading

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my kid lies Here is a post from our newspaper blog. I didn’t want any of our readers to miss out especially if your dealing with one of these kids.   Dr. Brilliant Cliché Just click on the title link

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Enabling is not love:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, I have been taking care of my sister’s kids since they were taken from her due to neglect. When I first got them they were allergic to things like structure, expectations, or discipline.  My therapist told … Continue reading

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Can we trade children?

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, I was ready to trade my own child in for my friend’s 8 year old. When this other little girl is with us she is charming, courteous, engaging, obedient and just an absolute pleasure to have … Continue reading

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Bully a parent normal development version:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, I have an 11 year old daughter who just this year has started to challenge her mother about everything. They seem to be at it all the time. My wife appears a little intimidated by her … Continue reading

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Stifle my imagination?

Dear Dr. Brilliant;  I have a nephew who is 16 and he wants to be an artist. I can see that he has talent, but I can also see that he is entirely impractical about it. He talks about inspiration … Continue reading

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