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Ask BBB – Columns from the Palisadian-Post

The award winning local newspaper, The Palisadian-Post, runs the monthly parenting  column ASK BBB.  In her column Betsy answers questions sent in by readers.

August 2, 2018
My 13 year old is addicted to YouTube

July 5, 2018
I am jealous of my (my son’s) nanny. Should I fire her?

June 7, 2018
What is the right age for a child to have a cell phone?

May 3, 2018
Should I correct my son’s best friend’s terrible manners and habits?

April 5, 2018
What extra curricular activities should an 8 year old have?

December 14, 2017
What do you do if you hate your marriage but love your lifestyle?

November 2, 2017
My teenage son won’t go to school

October 12, 2017
My son is visiting sexually explicit website

August 3, 2017
Is my teenage daughter too involved in politics?

July 6, 2017
How much fighting is too much fighting among siblings?

June 1, 2017
Our 9 year old is visiting sexually explicit websites

May 4, 2017
A 10 year old is fixed on what birthday gifts she will receive

April 6, 2017
My boy teen is shorter than his sister.

March 2, 2017
Should I shelter my teen boys from inappropriate topics?

February 2, 2017
Should a family rush to buy a new pet after their dog has died?

January 5, 2017
Should a 13 year old be given a Fit Bit for her birthday?

November 3, 2016
The daughter of two musical parents is disturbed by music

October 6, 2016:
What to do when your child won’t go out of the house

September 1, 2016:
How to help your child digest the bile she hears about the election

August 4, 2016:
How to start off the new school year smoothly

July 25, 2016:
When your child goes off to college

June 24, 2016:
When to have THE talk about boundaries with boys

June 9, 2016:
What is the right age for social media?

May 26, 2016:
My 11 year old want to do whatever my 14 year old does. Help!

May 12, 2016:
Is screen time all that bad? My nanny lets my 2 year old watch while I am at work.

May 2, 2016:
Is it okay for my 10 year old daughter to carry her old teddy bear wherever she goes?

April 14, 2016:
My teenage son wants to wear the same dirty clothes everyday! What should I do?

March 24, 2016:
What do I do when my daughter doesn’t tell the whole story about her sleepover plans?

March 10, 2016:
What do I do when Grandma and Grandpa spoil my kids rotten?

February 11, 2016:
All the fears that come with having a new baby

January 28, 2016:
Finding activities for two very different kids

January 14, 2016:
My 10 year old listens to music that is racy and suggestive

December 24, 2015
How to I prepare my children for my mother-in-law coming to live with us?

December 10, 2015
Should I tell the parents that their nanny is not doing her job with their child?

November 26, 2015
My 9 and 11 year old kids are constantly bickering. Help!

November 12,2015:
What’s going on with a 10 year old who has stomach aches before school?

October 22, 2015:
My 4 year old has turned into a monster!

October 8, 2015:
I caught my 14 year old drinking. How do I handle it?

September 16, 2015:
My toddler hates wearing clothes!

August 27, 2015:
My teen just wants to sleep all the time

August 13, 2015:
My kindergartner is swearing and cursing.

July 23,2015:
My 2 year old is getting kicked out of his playgroup because he bites

July 9,2015:
When a parent goes back to work…and the child can’t take it

June 25, 2105:
When parents disagree about having another child

June 11, 2015:
Is 14 too young to start dating?

May 28, 2015:
Two sets of grandparents, two different sets of beliefs about dealing with the child

May 7, 2015:
Should children see a therapist when parents divorce?

April 9, 2015:
How to explain Foster Parents to your child

March 26, 2015:
Am I overbooking my child?

February 12,2015:
High School freshman son doesn’t want to go to school

January 22,2015:
Explaining the Homeless to your child

January 8, 2015:
How do I prepare a child for the birth of a sibling?

December 15, 2014:
How do I handle it when my kids compare the holiday gifts they receive?

December 11, 2014:
I’m worried that my child loves our nanny more than he loves me.

November 27, 2014:
What is a reasonable curfew for a teenager?

November 13, 2o14:
Should we give our kids an allowance and how do I do it?

October 23, 2014:
How should I handle a teacher who picks on my 9 year old son?

October 9, 2014:
What do I do if we want our child to be into sports like us and he is not?

September 11, 2014:
How do I teach my daughter good manner when she hangs out with a friend who has none?

August 13, 2014:
How can I prepare my child for the the start of first grade?

June 30, 2014:
What should I do about my 7 year old impossibly picky eater?

June 12, 2014:
How do I avoid raising a spoiled, self entitled child?

May 8, 2014:
I feel like my toddler doesn’t like me.

April 24, 2014:
Kids who lose possessions and teaching the value of things.

April 3, 2014: 
Typical toddler behavior and the right age for kids to get cell phones.

March 13, 2014:   
A good way to explain death to a child and the right age to begin the birds and the bees talk.

February 27, 2014:
The question of allowing children a third year of preschool and how to raising twins to be individuals.

February 13, 2014:
Should families choose a parochial preschool for their child which is a different religion and the move from elementary to middle school

The first column presented Betsy’s 2014: New Year’s Resolutions: Power Up Your Parenting