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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My Teenager Is So Mean to His Little Sister—Is This Normal Sibling Behavior or Bullying?
Parents.com's "Ask Your Mom" columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., says some sibling conflicts count as bullying and need to be addressed. Helping the meaner sibling better understand their behaviors can be the first step in making behavior change.
My Toddler Said They Don't Love Me—How Can I Respond In A Way That Still Validates Complicated Emotions?
Toddlers may be full of nonsense, but they need us to transform this nonsense into growth. Parents.com's "Ask Your Mom" columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., says that no matter what they say to us when emotions take charge of their brains, showing them empathy and understanding builds emotional coping for the future, as well as their own sense of self-worth.
My Child Behaves at Home But Acts Out at School—What Can I Do?
The possible reasons for a child's misbehavior at school can be puzzling, but solvable, with some extra investigation and attention. Parents.com's "Ask Your Mom" columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., says it's important to remember young children are still learning, and often need help channeling their spirited nature in more positive ways.
My Outgoing Child is Suddenly Shy—How Can I Encourage Her To Be More Social With Friends?
Parents often stress about kids and social skills, so it can be helpful to remember that social styles can look really different across ages and personalities, and still be healthy and typical. Parents.com's "Ask Your Mom" columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., says the key is to support our children in growing their social skills in a way that matches what feels natural to them.
How Can I Help My Child Defend Himself Against Bullies Without Fighting Back?
Aggression leads to more social problems over the long term. Parents.com's "Ask Your Mom" columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., says teaching children the power of assertiveness skills can protect them from bullying and help them build stronger, healthier social relationships now and in their future.
My Child Feels Left Out When Her Friends Post Photos Together On Social Media
Social media amplifies the normal growing pains of young friendships. Parents.com's "Ask Your Mom" columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., says this experience gives us the chance to coach our children to develop healthy boundaries and coping, for the digital world and the real world.
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My Mother-in-Law Still Bathes and Showers With My 9-Year-old Niece, Should I Intervene?
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Widowed Parent Tells Reddit His New Girlfriend Wants to Replace Mom—An Expert Raises Major Red Flags
Navigating a new relationship after the loss of a partner is always a challenge, but doing it as a parent adds even more complications. Parents.com's "Ask Your Mom" columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., says grief can cloud our judgment at times, but tuning into values for our lives and relationships can help us make both life and parenting decisions that are true to what's most important.
My Kids Seem So Stressed—What Can I Do to Create a Calmer Household?

This past year has cranked up the stress and anxiety for most families. Fortunately, you can take steps to be the champion of calm in the household, teaching your children important skills that will help now and in the future. Parents.com's "Ask Your Mom" columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., shares how.