Cinderella’s Mean Step-Sisters and Snow White’s Wicked Witches

Cinderella’s Mean Step-Sisters and Snow White's Wicked Witches

Question: I have a grandson who will be 5 next month. He likes the story of Cinderella and also Sleeping Beauty. I asked him why he liked these stories and he said that he likes the naughty step sisters in Cinderella and the wicked witch in Snow White.

This is a child raised in a conservative christian home where they don’t even have a TV and he does not play video games. Should I be concerned about his fixation on the meanness and not the good?

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Daughters who Missed out on Dads

You talk often of the importance of a father in a daughter’s life.  Any advice or books to read for those of us who missed having that type of father. Mine was a godly man but we were never able to connect once I hit puberty. Never any encouragement or outward displays or attempts at showing his love for me as  his only daughter. I feel it has affected the way I see God and struggle with Gods love for me as my heavenly father. I don’t have much to compare it too. I have no ill feelings  towards my Dad just more of a feeling of sadness and loss for what might have been. Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Is Your Child Depressed?

Is Your Child Depressed?

Don’t Wonder, Find Out. Here’s How

The tragic death of Robin Williams unnerved many Americans. Sure, we are sad to lose a talented man but on a deeper level, those who have loved ones struggling with sadness, irritability or who are just “not themselves” have wondered if those loved ones have depression. We are frightened because we don’t want to miss any cry for help from one who is struggling because depression is a very serious illness.

Parents of teenagers can have difficulty differentiating normal teen separation behavior from depression. Here’s how you can do this. Below are two lists of behaviors: one shows symptoms of depression (in teens and younger children) and the other shows “normal” teen behavior. If your child had more than 5 of the symptoms in the depression column for longer than two weeks, he may be depressed and need help.

Depression Symptoms

1. Irritable or depressed mood

2. Decreased interest or pleasure in normal every day activities

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Depression – The Emotional STD

Depression – The Emotional STD

As a doctor, I can probe, culture, prescribe antibiotics, and aggressively treat and track contagious STDs. But depression is different. It’s more elusive, yet equally, if not more, dangerous. It can come and go, or it can settle in, making itself so comfortable in an adolescent’s psyche that it’s nearly impossible to extricate. There, just as many STDs do, depression causes permanent damage that may not become apparent for years. To many teenagers, depression can make them feel as though another entity has moved into their body, taking over everything they think, feel, and do.

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Family Talk – Smart Parenting Part 2

Listen to Dr. Meg on Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk

What if our culture made fun of moms in the same way it makes fun of our dads? The backlash would be overwhelming.  On this Family Talk broadcast, Dr. Meg Meeker makes the case for the importance of fathers and mothers to be engaged in the lives of children and teaches the characteristics of healthy families.

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