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TOUGH QUESTIONS — How do we stay connected when my spouse returns to work?

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TOUGH QUESTIONS — How can I learn to love my daughter better?

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TOUGH QUESTIONS — Should I attend a private, or public college?

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TOUGH QUESTIONS — How do I parent my 21-year-old child?

By DR. FRED HALL, LPC                 QUESTION: Any tips on how to parent my 21-year-old college student who’s living at home? ANSWER:      This is an...

TOUGH QUESTIONS — My child is dating someone I disapprove of

By DR. FRED HALL, LPC     QUESTION: My son is dating someone I don’t approve of. What do I do? If I forbid him from seeing her, they sneak around.       ANSWER:  Thanks for such a...

TOUGH QUESTIONS — My spouse and I can’t agree on a school

By DR. FRED HALL   QUESTION: My husband and I can’t agree on where to send our child to school next year — an expensive private Christian school, or a public school where she’ll encounter God...

TOUGH QUESTIONS — Have I really forgiven my friend?

 By DR. FRED HALL, LPC   QUESTION: I thought I had forgiven a friend who hurt me, but I’m still upset when I’m around him. How do I know if I’ve truly forgiven him?    ANSWER:  What a...

TOUGH QUESTIONS — My sixth-grader wants a cell phone

By DR. FRED HALL, LPC QUESTION:  My sixth-grade daughter wants a cell phone. How young is too young? ANSWER:       Hi, reader, and thanks for such a timely and poignant question. Cell phones are...

TOUGH QUESTIONS — My son says he doesn’t believe in God

By DR. FRED HALL, LPC   QUESTION: My 14-year-old says he doesn’t believe in God anymore. Should I still make him attend Easter service with us, or let him make his own choice?  ANSWER:    ...

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