Am I wrong for leav­ing my chil­dren?

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA - Or­lean BrownEarle

My three sons, all teenagers, take for­ever to get ready in the morn­ings. I de­cided to leave them one morn­ing and my wife is still up­set with me. I think they have learned their les­son, but she still harps that they could have been harmed. Was I wrong? Some­times you have to be very firm with your chil­dren for them to ap­pre­ci­ate what they have. Thank­fully, they are safe, and very im­por­tant, they have learned a good les­son.

AMy 15-year-old daugh­ter is all over her fa­ther who, even though he lives at the house, does not give much fi­nan­cially. I can’t be­lieve how she fawns over him. Is this nor­mal? A:of At this stage

your daugh­ter’s life, this type of bond­ing is very im­por­tant. Take ad­van­tage of this mo­ment and en­cour­age your hus­band to talk with her about the mat­ters of life, es­pe­cially now while she will lis­ten to him. What­ever hap­pens, teach your daugh­ter to re­spect her­self and her fa­ther.

My 13-year-old has be­come men­tally ill and can­not go back to high school. Is there a school for in­tel­li­gent men­tally ill chil­dren in Ja­maica? Once your child is re­ceiv­ing ther­apy and tak­ing pre­scribed med­i­ca­tion he or she should be able to func­tion well in any school set­ting. Some small pri­vate schools may pro­vide more care than oth­ers.


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