ADD diagnosis in children not dire life sentence

Q: Dear Mr. Andrews: The bottom line from the notes we got from the school last year focusing on our 13-year-old son is that his teachers and school administrators believe that he is struggling with attention deficit disorder. To me this is devastating. It is like we are closing the doors to any kind of […] Read more



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Graduation will still happen this year — just differently

Q: After watching our son and his friends for the past year and a half planning their high school graduation, you can appreciate all of the disappointment we saw when the coronavirus ripped all of their plans to shreds and graduation had to be cancelled. It has been hard. Graduation from high school was something […] Read more


Husband encouraged to improve listening skills

Q: For the past four or five years, my wife has been a little more than edgy, downright unreasonable at times, and most often very difficult. I have no idea what is going on. About the only time she is at all sparking with the life that I used to see in her eyes is […] Read more

Too often parents are not starting out with reasonable guidelines to help their kids manage their phones before the kids have started playing with them. | Getty Images

Children need parental help managing their cellphones

Q: Against my better judgment, my husband and I have agreed to put a new cellphone under the Christmas tree for our 12-year-old son. My husband is about as enthusiastic for this thing as I am, but we see our boy wandering into the classroom in his school as one of the few students not […] Read more




Caregiving appears to be a uniquely Canadian activity. It’s estimated that eight million people have at some time in their lives been caregivers. | Getty image

Care homes not only option for elderly parents

Q: I am worried about my sister. Of the five of us who grew up on the farm, she is the only one who stayed behind after high school graduation. That, of course, is just fine, but somehow in the process she has become the family caregiver, and I am concerned that she is spending […] Read more