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Molly Skyar and Dr. Rutherford publish ConversationsWithMyMother.com, an online resource for offering practical parenting tips and psychological insight into raising kids. Dr. Rutherford is a Clinical Psychologist in practice for over 30 years. She has degrees from Duke University, New York University, and the University of Denver.

How will our parenting decisions today affect the adults our kids will become tomorrow? Molly Skyar, in an open conversation with her mother, Dr. Susan Rutherford, view parenting decisions through a psychologist's perspective. When my son was fifteen months old, my husband and I were invited to my best friend’s wedding in Jamaica. It would have been cost prohibitive to take my two kids along so I planned to leave my son and his older sister in the care of their grandparents and favorite babysitter. I was proud of myself for coming up with such a great solution.
How will our parenting decisions today affect the adults our children will become tomorrow? Molly Skyar, in an open conversation with her mother, Dr. Susan Rutherford, views parenting decisions through a psychologist's perspective. I work from home and have a hard time separating my work-life from my home-life. DR. RUTHERFORD (Molly’s mom): I see this issue is becoming more and more prevalent as technology advances and more and more parents are able to work from home rather than going outside the home to work.
How will our parenting decisions today affect the adults our kids will become tomorrow? Molly Skyar, in open conversation with her mother, Dr. Susan Rutherford, view parenting decisions through a psychologist's perspective. How Can I Help My Toddler Get Over His Separation Anxiety? When I drop off my two-and-a-half-year old at school he suddenly complains of a bellyache and always cries when I leave. What can I do? DR. SUSAN RUTHERFORD: It sounds like he has a pattern of saying he has a bellyache whenever he separates from his mom.
How will our parenting decisions today affect the adults our children will become tomorrow? Molly Skyar, in an open conversation with her mother, Dr. Susan Rutherford, views parenting decisions through a psychologist's perspective. Question: How much does the order in which she appeared in our family play a role in my child’s characteristics?
How will our parenting decisions today affect the adults our kids will become tomorrow? Molly Skyar, in open conversation with her mother, Dr. Susan Rutherford, view parenting decisions through a psychologist's perspective. My Child is trained for peeing but will only poop in the diaper (not on the potty)! Dr. Susan Rutherford: It’s not unusual at all for children to train for peeing on the potty before they master pooping on the potty. Peeing seems to be easier to control than pooping.
How will our parenting decisions today effect the adults our kids will become tomorrow? Molly Skyar, in open conversation with her mother, Dr. Susan Rutherford, view parenting decisions through a psychologist's perspective. Question: My First grader is being bullied at school. How do I address this and with whom?
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