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Doctor insights on: Only Child Relationships With Parents Sayings

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How can I improve a parent-child relationship?

How can I improve a parent-child relationship?

So many ways: It would be helpful if you provided more specifics. The age of the child is important as different suggestions for different ages. In general being honest, spending time with a child and being interested are great tools. Some children need tighter boundaries to improve the relationship. A great book is chapmans the five love languages and sequel 5 love languages of children. ...Read more

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A parenting consultant told me that time outs are terrible and cause serious damage to the parent-child relationship. Is this true?

A parenting consultant told me that time outs are terrible and cause serious damage to the parent-child relationship.  Is this true?

No: The important thing to remember about " time out" is that you are giving the child a " time out' from your attention, one minute per year of age. Ignoring your chid is the key here, not putting the child in a particular "place" ...Read more

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What do you do if your certain but your parents don't like your relationship?

What do you do if your certain but your parents don't like your relationship?

Perspective taking: This is difficult for you and for your parents. If we give them the benefit of the doubt, and begin with the perspective that their desire is to protect you, a good starting point would be to have a heart to heart talk with them about their concerns. Ask them and try to look at your relationship through their eyes. You may find they have valid points, and the discussion may bring you closer. ...Read more

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I want to tell her parents I have another family, but I also do not want the relationship to diminish what should I do?

I want to tell her parents I have another family, but I also do not want the relationship to diminish what should I do?

Be honest: When it comes to serious relationships it is critical that the people involved be honest about other relationships and all other obligations. It is unfair to everyone if you are not. Part of being a mature responsible human being is to be accountable for your actions. ...Read more

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I'm coming out of a ten year lonely unsatisfying relationship and parental issues. How do I get over the guilt of leaving when he says he changed?

I'm coming out of a ten year lonely  unsatisfying relationship and parental issues.  How do I get over the guilt of leaving when he says he changed?

DEPRESSION: Get an evaluation from a psychiatrist to help identify what depression means to you and whatever else may be bothering you. Consider recommendations for medication if any are given. Get a referral for a reputable psychotherapist to speak with. Meds and therapy combined are most optimal; no just one or the other. ...Read more

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My parents and I have bad relationship they say I can tell them anything and when I do I get yelled at & or punished and I don't trust them any help ?

My parents and I have bad relationship they say I can tell them anything and when I do I get yelled at & or punished and I don't trust them any help ?

Mixed messages: Sounds like you're hearing mixed messages. On one hand they want you to be honest & the other you are getting in trouble. Don't confuse honesty with rules though. Just b/c you're honest doesn't mean you can break rules. If you choose to break rules, great that you're honest, but expect a consequence. Lying will only make the punishment worse. Speaking to them calmly may also help them do the same. ...Read more

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I never feel like eating and it's ruining my relationship with my parents. What is wrong?

I never feel like eating and it's ruining my relationship with my parents. What is wrong?

Are you underweight?: You might have an eating disorder ; your parents may be worried about your health. I would recommend that you find out why you are never hungry ; check whether you are suffering from an eating disorder ; need therapy. Speak with your physician. ...Read more

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Could it be bad for me to not want any relationship with my parents because of them circumcising me?

Could it be bad for me to not want any relationship with my parents because of them circumcising me?

Talk to someone: Please forgive my frankness. The anticircumcision movement is full of militants, but if someone has told you that you must "hate" or "never forgive" your parents for doing what they thought was right at the time, your mind has been terribly darkened. Life's hard and lonely enough without choosing such a dreadful course of action. Please talk to someone who can teach you to love despite this. ...Read more

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What are the consequences (emotions, relationship, etc.) on an adult person of emotionally distant parents during childhood?

What are the consequences (emotions, relationship, etc.) on an adult person of emotionally distant parents during childhood?

Distant parents: This is difficult in 400 words. Your first learning was from your parents. You pattern you life on your past learning. You are an adult now and the consequences are choices. You can chose your behaviors and those choices will determine your feelings and how you treat others and feel about it. That determines how you feel about your self and your parents. You do have control. ...Read more

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