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What Happens When Mom Dates?: Good Enough Moms

Q: I'm a divorced woman in my late 40s and I have recently gotten into a pretty serious relationship with a man I met through a dating service. It's the first time I've dated since before I got married in my early 20s and I'm having a wonderful time. The problem is that my two daughters (ages 16 and 21) are very upset that I'm dating this man and keep warning me that he's going ... Continue reading What Happens When Mom Dates?: Good Enough Moms

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Home Alone?: Good Enough Moms

Q: My husband and I have been taking a weekly class on Friday nights. Our 15 year-old son has asked several times if he can have friends over while we are at our class. We trust our son and would like to demonstrate this trust by allowing him to have friends over, but we are having difficulty coming to an agreement about what is acceptable with regard to how many friends he h ... Continue reading Home Alone?: Good Enough Moms

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Twins--Holding One Back: Good Enough Moms

Q: I have a concern regarding my 5-year-old twin grandchildren (a boy and a girl). The girl is more advanced in language and cognitive development than the boy is. The boy also has some difficulty paying attention. The father (my son-in-law) wants to hold both twins back from kindergarten because he fears the boy won't succeed, while the mom (my daughter) wants to go ahead and ... Continue reading Twins--Holding One Back: Good Enough Moms

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Childcare Troubles: Good Enough Moms

Q: My two-year old attends childcare three mornings a week. Recently, the childcare provider told me she thinks my son has autism. He has always been shy, but I don't believe my son has autism. My pediatrician did not agree with the care provider, but she continues to make comments about my son's "problem." We really like the daycare center and we would like to have ... Continue reading Childcare Troubles: Good Enough Moms

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The Positive Power of "No"

By Patricia Berry

Linda Eschenbaum's daughter, Jane, was supposed to be a flower girl in her aunt's wedding, but the two-year-old was having no part of it. Away from her Rice Lake, Wis., home and her normal routine, Jane was in a less-than-festive mood. As her mom attempted to put her in the pretty party gown bought especially for the occasion, Jane made her feel ... Continue reading The Positive Power of "No"

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All That Baby Stuff!: Good Enough Moms

Q: I don't know what to do with all of my daughter's baby things. She is two years old and has more toys that she no longer plays with and more clothes that she no longer fits in than we have space for. I plan to have another child in a year or two, but am overwhelmed with all of this stuff. I am trying to keep my house organized (for my sanity) and am having a great ... Continue reading All That Baby Stuff!: Good Enough Moms

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Nose Picking--Yuck!: Good Enough Moms

Q: I am a single mom of three children ranging in age from 3 to 8. My middle son, a five year-old, is constantly picking his nose. My ex-husband and his family make jokes about it - they see no problem with this behavior. I however disagree and do not want my son to start kindergarten as a nose picker!! I am up against a huge challenge: 1) convincing my son that this ... Continue reading Nose Picking--Yuck!: Good Enough Moms

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