Dear Sara, I’m a single mom with a lot of responsibilities, I need a break.

Dear Sara,

I am a single Mom with two kids ages four and six. I work and never seem to get a break. My ex might (or might not) take them for one Sunday a month. He is good about paying child support but can’t be bothered with our kids. I need to have a break from the responsibilities once in a while but babysitters are too expensive and my parents live in another state. I need to get out once in a while. How can I manage to do this?

Ginger [Read more...]

Dear Sara, my husband left and my kids are blaming me…

Dear Sara,

My husband of 10 years lost his job and decided that he didn’t want to be with his family any more and went back to Mexico to be with his family there. I have a pretty good job so I have been able to pay the bills and keep a roof over our heads. The main problem is that my kids miss their Dad very much and blame me for his leaving. It was not my idea or my fault but they are acting out and are very disrespectful to me. What can I do to get things back to normal?

Maria [Read more...]

Dear Sara, I am a lonely young widow with 2 children…..

Dear Sara,

I’ve been a widow for four years now. My husband Ron was killed in a hunting accident. My youngest son was three and my older son was four when he died. We still talk about their Dad. They are in school now and I have a job. I am lonely and have been asked out on dates several times. I hesitate accepting because I don’t want to upset my boys. I will be 29 soon and I don’t want to spend the rest of my life without a partner. What can I do to have a life of my own but still keep my boys safe and happy?

Connie [Read more...]

Dear Sara, my 16 year old has been arrested for stealing a car…

Dear Sara,

My 16 year old son Keith has been arrested for stealing a car. Up until he was about 14 he was a good student and a pretty good kid at home. About that time he started hanging out with a group of boys who skipped school and stayed out all night. He has been very hard to control since then and I’m pretty sure he smokes pot. I feel like a terrible mother. I tried to raise him the right way but I feel like a failure. What can I do to help turn him around?

Rhonda [Read more...]

Dear Sara, my kids watch TV instead of doing their chores….

Dear Sara,

I have two boys ages seven and nine and I have given them certain chores to do on a weekly basis. Most of the time the chores don’t get done since they slip off and watch T.V. I think that they should be responsible and do their chores without me nagging them. How can I get them to do this on their own?

Nick [Read more...]

Dear Sara, my wife’s daughters won’t behave ……

Dear Sara,

I have been married six months now. I’m a widower and have two kids a boy nine and a girl eleven. My wife is divorced with two girls ages nine and eleven. My kids are well behaved and respectful. My wife’s kids are horrible. They are nasty to my kids, disrespectful to their mother and won’t do anything I tell them to do. Their mother has told me not to displine them so they do what they want ( a lot of it behind their mother’s back). The only peace I get is when they go off to their Dad’s house every other weekend. I am seriously considering divorce at this point. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Rick [Read more...]

Dear Sara, my kids aren’t eating their breakfast before school…..

Dear Sara,

My three kids won’t eat breakfast. I know that there have been studies done that say that kids who eat breakfast do better in school. The kids say they aren’t hungry and I can’t make them eat. What should I do to encourage breakfast?

Erin [Read more...]

Dear Sara, there is a 3 year old girl at my son’s day care that keeps biting other children.

Dear Sara,

My 3 year old son Alex goes to day care. I really like the day care but there is a 3 year old girl there who bites the other children. She hasn’t bitten Alex yet because he knows to avoid her, but I am concerned. What can the day care do to prevent biting?

Lana [Read more...]

Dear Sara, my adopted daughter wants to know about her birth parents.

Dear Sara,

I adopted a baby girl when she was 6 months old. She has always known that she was adopted. She is now 12 and wants to know about her birth parents. It’s not a pretty story. The birth mother was about 15, running the streets, prostituting herself and ended up in juvenile court for breaking into houses and stealing things. She didn’t know who the father of her baby was and didn’t want a baby. I feel fortunate to have this beautiful daughter and love her very much. How do I go about telling her about this background?

[Read more...]

Dear Sara, I don’t want my daughter to be a teenage mom.

Dear Sara,

I have a 13 year old daughter who is pretty and popular but I plan to wait a couple of years before I allow her to date. I have always believed that a girl should wait until marriage to have sex and she knows how I feel. I am very concerned about the influence of the media. I don’t want her to be a teenage Mom. What do I say to her?

Lori [Read more...]