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Gary Direnfeld, 



Life With Children



Questions and answers appear in my weekly parenting column in the Hamilton Spectator newspaper. Yours may be next, but no guarantees...


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Below are Q&A's from my parenting column as well as other articles in which I am quoted.

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17-year-old Needs More Responsibilities  

Regardless of Decision Making Authority, Get on Same Page 

Son Dating Girl with Child 

Settling Issues Between High Conflict Separated Parents 

Angry Teen Doesn't Listen 

Have Your Son Assessed 

Cooperation over Competition 

Daughter First, Boyfriend Second

Drugs, Alcohol and off to University!

Son Refuses to See Dad

Anxiety in 23-year-old son

Two-Year-Old Testing Language Tests Mom

Daddy Counts Too!

Problematic Teen? Counselling for Parents First!

Troublesome Two

New family. New puppy?

Overscheduled Child

Peace for children of separated parents at Christmas

Tooth Fairy?

8 heart-felt replies... Down Syndrome

Dad is very Ill. Child confused about God.



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