While some of you are relishing the sweet solace of another summer Sunday, reality reminds us that yellow school buses will be back on the roads a week from Monday and summer for some is coming to an abrupt halt.

Q: Some friends of ours who’ve read a couple of your books and attended one of your talks told us that they solved some major discipline problems with their 4-year-old just by using what they called alpha speech. They tried to explain it to us, but we’d like to get it straight from the horse…

As I crisscross the country in public speaker mode, I poll people in various demographic categories. I ask how they were raised, what their parents were like, how their parents disciplined, how they raised their own kids, their perceptions of how their kids are raising their grandkids, and s…

Dear Dave: My husband and I have been married five years, and we’ve decided we want to have children. We’ve both been working full time since our wedding, and we were wondering if we should adjust our emergency fund and retirement investing to accommodate all the upcoming life changes that g…

Q: We recently discovered that our 12-year-old has been visiting pornography sites of all sorts on the Internet. When we caught him red-handed, he began crying and said he is addicted. Apparently, a friend of his got him involved. Our son has assured us it’s not going to happen again, but we…

I am perennially asked whether I “believe” in autism. I suspect that on most occasions, it’s a test. Nonetheless, it’s a fair question that usually takes this form: “I know you don’t believe in ADHD, but do you believe in autism?”

Q: On several occasions during the last six months or so, our 12-year-old son has told us he’s been thinking about suicide. Apparently, he’s been the target of a couple of school bullies and sometimes feels like life is too much. We’ve talked to him, tried to help him express his feelings, a…

As summer weather heats up for the Fourth of July weekend many local summer flowering trees are heating up with their flower displays. In in the last week or two local crape myrtle trees have exploded with flowers from white to pink and lots of other colors too. You may think I rate crape my…

It’s that time of year again. Can you feel the rhythm of the bass and drums beating in your chest yet? Inhale deeply. Do you smell that deliciously smoked barbecue wafting through the Uptown air? It won’t be long now.

Question: Dr. Wilson, with so many presidential candidates in the news, we hear a lot about the Electoral College. I have heard that when I vote for a presidential candidate, I’m not really voting for him or her. Is that true? (Asked by a curious, concerned voter.)

Q: We have two married daughters, one of whom is adopted. The biological daughter has two children who, we recently discovered, have been told that it is wrong to call our adopted daughter “aunt so-and-so” because she is not really family. Nor, according to our biological daughter and son-in…

A tour through south Greenwood County and part of McCormick on Wednesday revealed how severe the storm was Thursday of last week. Even though roads had been cleared to passable levels it reminded me that trees as susceptible to Mother Nature’s fury. Many trees fell prey to violent winds, whi…

I have a new hobby. Over the past few weeks, I have been discovering all kinds of treasures with a new (entry level) metal detector. I know, I know — isn’t metal detecting reserved for old men in black socks wearing sandals? Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be – although I might still be class…

Q: Our son is 13 years old and in the seventh grade. Last week he came home from school complaining about how a few of his friends have been bullying him. These same boys were at his birthday party just the weekend before and they seemed to get along fine. Sometimes they poke fun at him when…

If you’ve spent much time outside lately then you know the heat of summer is near as we approach July. Many of our favorite landscape plants, vegetable plants and turf grasses will all feel the heat. Since plants cool themselves with evapotranspiration (their form of sweating), it is very im…

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