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Q: Some friends of ours who’ve read a couple of your books and attended one of your talks told us that they solved some major discipline problems with their 4-year-old just by using what they called alpha speech. They tried to explain it to us, but we’d like to get it straight from the horse…

Can it be true? My little sister is getting married the day after tomorrow. Twenty-one years ago, I stood by my mother's bedside, in complete awe and wonder; I beheld her tiny face; it was my dream come true. I could hardly believe that Mary Grace was my very own sister. The first question t…

I was with Howard County Superior Court IV Judge Hans Pate and he shared a list he handed out to third graders at Northwestern Elementary School.

As I crisscross the country in public speaker mode, I poll people in various demographic categories. I ask how they were raised, what their parents were like, how their parents disciplined, how they raised their own kids, their perceptions of how their kids are raising their grandkids, and s…

I think we’re inching closer towards adoption, yet at times it doesn’t feel like it. We just found out that some paperwork got pushed back in the case worker’s office now the entire process has been delayed a couple of months. I admit that for me waiting for such an important event doesn’t c…

My recent column pertaining to a 12-year-old who told his parents he’d thought about suicide several times over the past six months stirred a fair number of folks to respond. Feelings toward the column ranged from “many thanks” to “how interesting” to fear and loathing.

Q: We recently discovered that our 12-year-old has been visiting pornography sites of all sorts on the Internet. When we caught him red-handed, he began crying and said he is addicted. Apparently, a friend of his got him involved. Our son has assured us it’s not going to happen again, but we…

These Summer days are just prime for salads, from lettuce, tomatoes, and onions to cukes or radishes, they all get chopped up and tossed into a salad. Salads are a big part of our menus these days. 

I am perennially asked whether I do or do not “believe” in autism. I suspect that on most occasions, it’s a test. Nonetheless, it’s a fair question that usually takes this form: “I know you don’t believe in ADHD; but do you believe in autism?”

n several occasions over the last six months or so, our 12-year-old son has told us he’s been thinking about suicide. Apparently, he’s been the target of a couple of school bullies and sometimes feels like life is too much. We’ve talked to him, tried to help him express his feelings, and tri…

Several months ago I wrote a column about things that annoyed me. Some readers responded by calling me a grump. Others wondered why the list was so short. To validate both sentiments, here are a few things I forgot …

The Rev. Dr. Albert D. Tyson III served as the Presiding Elder of the North District of the Chicago Annual Conference in the Fourth Episcopal District and as the President of the Connectional Presiding Elders' Council of the AME (African Methodist Episcopal)  Church.

Q: We have two married daughters, one of whom is adopted. The biological daughter has two children who, we recently discovered, have been told that it is wrong to call our adopted daughter “aunt so-and-so” because she is not really family. Nor, according to our biological daughter and son-in…

Cities often tout their low cost of living as a tool for attracting new residents. On the face of it, that would make sense. After all, who wouldn’t like to pay less for the things they buy; home, auto, food and recreation? Who would not wish to move to an adjacent neighborhood and pay less …

All folks — with perhaps the exception of the most extreme — have some concern for our environment. Today’s column addresses a few bits of news about the environment — along with my comments (this is the Opinion page, you know!).

A few days back, I forgot our anniversary — our 39th. I remembered the first 38, so I’m still feeling good about my record. I want to explain how this happened. Our anniversary was Friday, June 14, but we had planned to go to the Italian Fest downtown the next day and also spend a few hours …

The recording group Brownstone has a song called, “If You Love Me.” The lyrics of this song capture the singers’ need for their significant other to actively display their true desire to be in a relationship. These lyrics also signify, for someone who truly wants what they say they want, tha…

It’s a sunny day, in fact it’s a bit humid and makes it feel like summer a couple weeks early. Each season comes with its blessings, but also things to work with. Whether we grump over the heat or fuss over all the extra clothes it takes to keep five little ones warm during the winter month,…

Whenever I visited Phyllis Baskerville’s toy museum in Fortville, I was mesmerized by the endless array of toys, dolls, board games, records, lunchboxes and old magazines, each one in mint condition, and all impeccably displayed. She could talk non-stop — and often did — about any toy you ex…

Q: Our 14-year-old (he’s going into the ninth grade at a public high school) has taken up with a bunch of kids that we don’t exactly approve of. They have reputations as troublemakers and at least one has already been arrested for shoplifting and had to do some community service. The irony i…

If you could see me at the moment, you would probably laugh out loud. 

When children were raised, reared, or simply brought up, they were emancipated “on time.” Upon high school graduation, children went to college, into the military, or became employed. Some, like my wife and me, got married before they could vote. Those were the days when young people still w…

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