Are you safe letting your children spend time alone with their grandparents who are “racists” or radical in other ways? Is it alright to let you kid in elementary school take medications to behave? You asked and now Dr. Leman answers them on this episode!
Do I let my kids spend time this summer with their grandparents who have some very different views than we have? They have become homophobic and racist. Will they damage our kids with their openly bigoted views?
Dr. Leman’s Answer:
My answer will surprise you!
Wherever they go, they will encounter bigoted views. We are living in a divided nation.
Allow your kids to develop their psychological muscles through interacting respectfully with people of other opinions. Tell them, “everyone has a right to to their own opinion.”
Question #2 Julie and Ed:
What should I do about my 7 year old son who is being told he needs medications to help him settle down at school?
Dr. Leman’s Answer:
I am not big on medications, but there are times that medically it is called for. A lot of times they will grow out of the need.
Get your doctor’s opinion on the issue
Ask if it can be only during school months
Empower him by giving him responsibility
Remember that repeating 2nd grade may not be a bad thing for him
Meanwhile, there are things you can do at home to help him. You can work on his need for attention by giving him lots of vitamin E-Encouragement. Don’t ask him questions. Change the kinds of words you use. For more on this, you can read my book, Have a New Kid by Friday.
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