Ask Your Mom

No one said this parenting thing was easy—so in a bid to make it that little bit easier, we bring you 'Ask Your Mom', the new advice column from the team at Parents.com. Each week, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D. will tackle even the most elusive of parenting dilemmas that stump even Google.

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Should I Let My Teen Travel With Her Boyfriend's Family?

There is no right answer, but you need to consider your comfort level with the family, your teen, and their relationship, says Parents.com's Ask Your Mom advice columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D. She shares what to consider before you let them go.

What to Say When You've Been Shamed for Your Schooling Choice During the Pandemic

Important differences in how the pandemic affects our families means we make different decisions, explains Parents.com's Ask Your Mom advice columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D. But she says that if we can also remember what we do have in common, we can be part of the solution instead of the problem.

How Old is Too Old for Siblings to See Each Other Naked?

There is no clear age cutoff for siblings seeing each other naked, but the conversations related to deciding this are a key part of navigating puberty, explains Parents.com's Ask Your Mom advice columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D.

How Do I Get My Child's Grandparents to Follow My Parenting Rules?

Your parenting wants and needs must come first, even when relying on grandparents for help raising your children. Parents.com's Ask Your Mom advice columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., shares how to prioritize your requests to get them respected.

My Child Won't Stop Hitting Other Children at Daycare

Aggressive behavior in young children is normal but not acceptable, says Parents.com's Ask Your Mom advice columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D. Here, she explains how to work with the daycare teachers to find what works to help this phase end soon.

My Teen Is Getting Bullied by Full-Grown Adults in My Neighborhood and I Can't Seem to Stop It

Adults bullying your teen need immediate intervention by you, not your child, advises Parents.com's Ask Your Mom advice columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D. This experience can be an important part of your early teen's adolescent development.

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Is It OK to Reward Kids With Money or Toys for Their Good Grades?

Using rewards for good grades brings up important questions for parents. Parents.com's 'Ask Your Mom' advice columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., explains what you need to ask yourself before rewarding your kids.

What Do I Do If My Teen Is Vaping?

Vaping is a recent trend in youth experimentation, and the dangers are becoming more evident. Parents.com's 'Ask Your Mom' advice columnist Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., explains the ways to deal if your teen is vaping that will make it more likely for them to actually stop.

What Do I Do if My Ex is Willing to Co-Parent Well But His Partner Won't Cooperate?

Investing in cooperative co-parenting is worth the time and effort for the benefit of the child, but can be a huge challenge. Parents.com's Ask Your Mom advice columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., explains how to keep building the relationship even when things get difficult.

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How Do I Stop One Child's Bad Behavior From Influencing the Other

A child's problem behaviors signal other problems that need to be better understood before the behaviors will change. Parents.com's Ask Your Mom advice columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., says that consistent household rules and a focus on the positive can help the other children stay on a positive track.

What Do I Say to My Daughter When Her Friends' Parents Have Different Parenting Styles?

There is no such thing as a one size fits all parenting style, and our parenting choices represent important parts of our identities. Parents.com's 'Ask Your Mom' advice columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., shares how to explain that different families have different rules, and your rules are based on what you believe is best.

Quarantining With My Family Is Putting My Parenting and Relationship to the Test—How Do I Cope?

Social distancing at home during coronavirus with partners and children is a stress test for the family unit that can overwhelm our coping resources. Parents.com's 'Ask Your Mom' advice columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., explains how to support your most important relationships during this time.

How Do I Help My Anxious Child During the Pandemic?

Children who are already anxious are more likely to feel worried and fearful about COVID-19, but parents can make a big difference in helping children feel safe.

Should I Let My Son's Stepfather Adopt Him?

There's a lot to consider when making child custody decisions. Parents.com's 'Ask Your Mom' advice columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., says there are things for parents to consider to make sure their kids have the support they need.

Do I Get Involved in My Daughter-In-Law's Relationship With Her Parents?

It may be tempting to help in-laws navigate their relationships. Parents.com's 'Ask Your Mom' advice columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., explains how you can be a source of support while not becoming part of the problem.