Tatiana Answers: Should we take our young children to their older cousin’s funeral?

Dear Tatiana, Our college age nephew recently took his own life. My much younger children loved spending time with him. He was academically and athletically gifted and a very pleasant person. I want to be honest with the kids, but this is so tragic should we take them to the funeral? -Anonymous   Dear Anonymous, […]

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Tatiana Answers about Rude Grandpa

Hi Tatiana, I’m struggling with a situation with my parents.  My dad is a really nice guy in most regards, but for some reason has always thought (at least as long as I can remember) it’s okay to be rude, sarcastic, etc. to my mom (and to me as a teen).  It created terrible friction […]

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Tatiana Answers One Tired Mama

Hi Tatiana, Where to start???  My son was probably 5 or so when he stopped sleeping in his own room, own bed. He was waking every night several times scared to go back to sleep. He had a bad dream about a monster or something. To get through and save our sanity we moved him […]

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Tatiana Answers: Questions about ADHD and neuro-psycho-educational testing

Dear Tatiana, It seems like every time I turn around another friend is telling me that their child has been diagnosed with ADHD or something that will give them extra time on standardized testing.   It seems to be so commonplace these days.  My child was always a good student but lately (middle school) seems to […]

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Tatiana Answers: How Long After Divorce or Death of a Spouse Should You Wait to Date?

Dear Tatiana, How soon after a divorce or death of a spouse is it appropriate to start dating?   Is the answer different based on whether or not you have kids and how old they are?   I’m asking for a couple of friends with different situations.  It just seems like the older we get the more […]

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Tatiana Answers a Worrying Mom with College Bound Daughter

Update:  In response to several  folks asking Tatiana for resources to educate their children before leaving for school, Tatiana has provided the following link: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/depression-and-college-students/depression-college-students-pdf-new_151591.pdf Dear Tatiana, My daughter just graduated from high school and is heading off to college out of state next month.   We have several friends with kids who are one and […]

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Tatiana Answers: What to do about lying daughter?

Dear Tatiana, My 10 year old daughter lies and takes my things without asking to send me on a “goose chase” when I need to use them. The other day she used my most expensive perfume that I could smell all the way downstairs. I approached her and asked if she used it and she […]

Tatiana Answers: How to make friends as an adult?

Dear Tatiana: How does one make new friends as an adult if they don’t go to church? I’m a single mom of 2, introverted and in need of some friends. Anonymous   Dear Anonymous,  Single or married, introverted or extroverted, feelings of loneliness and social isolation are common for many adults. You are not alone. […]