Ask Dr. Joannie: Questions

Granddaughter Thinks She Is Bisexual

Question: My 14-year-old granddaughter thinks she is bisexual. How can I help? Response: We have seen a significant increase in the number of adolescents, teens, and young adults identifying somewhere ...
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Grandchildren Leaving the Faith

Question: How can I help my grandchildren who are wandering away from the faith? Response: As a grandparent, I can understand why this situation is concerning to you. So many ...
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How to Respond to a Grandchild’s Lying

Question: At what age do you begin to work with children regarding lying? What is an appropriate response from a parent or grandparent? Response: First, it’s important to understand that ...
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Answering Grandkid’s Questions About Heaven

Question: My 7-year-old autistic grandson wanted to know if his mom could bring back his great-grandmother from Heaven. How should I respond? He doesn’t want to go to Heaven because then ...
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Help for Watching My “Wild” Grandkids

Question: Can you give me some ideas to overcome problems encountered in our last babysitting? We watched our 3 grandkids in their home for 4 days. We had a plan ...
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Helping or Hindering My Special Needs Grandchild’s Development

Question: A year ago, I was asked by my son and his wife to return to my former position as a teacher in our church’s preschool ministry. It’s a little ...
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Not Allowed to See My Grandchildren

Question: What can I do since one of my daughters will no longer allow me to see my grandchildren? Response: I am so sorry to hear that you are experiencing ...
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Grown Grandchildren Behaving Differently With Friends Around

Question: What should I do when my grown grandchildren bring friends to see them and it creates a wedge between us? When the friends are present, my grandchildren make smart-alecky ...
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Helping Twin Grandchildren Develop as Individuals

Question: We have almost 12-year-old identical twin granddaughters. As they are getting older, their personality differences are becoming more noticeable. One is more outgoing and quicker in picking up new ...
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Setting Up an Equitable Trust for Kids and Grandkids

Question: I am working on updating a trust to include my three adult children and my adult grandchildren. However, my son and his wife do not have any children. I’m ...
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Joannie DeBrito, PH.D., LCSW, LMFT, draws from over 30 years of experience as a family life educator, social worker, and licensed mental health professional to help Christian grandparents navigate tricky family dynamics.

If you’re facing something and don’t know how to respond, Dr. Joannie can help!

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