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Too Much Hugging

Dear Joanna and Julie, Our almost 6-year-old is overly physically affectionate with his friends. He can’t seem to restrain himself from kissing and hugging (way too long and too hard), and won’t stop even when the other kid complains. We’ve had many discussions with him about the importance of respecting other people’s bodies...
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When Choices Don't Work

Dear Joanna and Julie, My preschooler can be very stubborn. When he doesn’t get his way he will often react with a tantrum. Just this morning after finishing his cereal, it was time to drive to school. But he wanted more cereal. Unfortunately there was no time. I offered him a...
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Clingy Kid

Dear Joanna and Julie, My son is 3 years old and he gets really nervous and sad when I leave for work. Once a week he stays with his grandma and it’s okay (not always but nearly). However when he stays with his nanny (three days a week) he is “traumatized”. He...
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Kids with Kittens

Dear Julie and Joanna, My six-year-old son loves our kitten. He plays with the kitten appropriately 50% of the time, the other 50% he is playing too rough and carrying the cat around against its will.  I don’t think he means it harm, he just loves it so.  I am starting to...
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