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Teenagers and fit-pitching

My daughter, who is 13, gets very hostile when I deny her something she wants. It used to be material things, but now it tends to be social events.



Dale Wisely, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and is Director of Student Services at Mountain Brook Schools. He is a longtime member of the Board of Directors of the Crisis Center. more

May 3, 2017 4:18 PM Dale Wisely

I have always argued that professionals should acknowledge more often that they don’t have the answers. Here I go. I don’t have the answer. more

Oct 29, 2014 11:26 AM Dale Wisely

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Aug 25, 2014 2:11 PM Dale Wisely

There are two aspects of school life most clearly associated with the likelihood that teenagers will avoid the abuse of drugs and alcohol: caring relationships and meaningful participation. more

Apr 25, 2014 3:56 PM Dale Wisely

My 9-year-old has been diagnosed with ADHD. I am struggling with the recommendation that he be put on medication. What are the best alternative treatments? more

Mar 21, 2014 7:01 PM Dale Wisely

What can I do to keep from killing my kids when I’m trying to get them out the door in the morning? more

Jan 3, 2014 6:21 PM Dale Wisely

Given that all of us want our children to treat us, and others, with respect, why do so many parents complain of disrespectful behavior, especially among their teenagers? more

Dec 20, 2013 6:22 PM Dale Wisely 2 Comments

When our children take big developmental steps, we parents are torn between holding them back versus letting them go. Holding them back may keep them safer, but it prevents them from developing the independent skills they need to thrive. more

Sep 25, 2013 4:22 PM Dale Wisely

Dr. Dale Wisely discusses the problems with the negative modern view of the teenage brain. more

Jun 27, 2013 3:15 PM Dale Wisely

Dr. Dale Wisely discusses how to talk to children about their fear of bad weather. more

May 30, 2013 3:44 PM Dale Wisely

I am interested in the idea that parenting, at least in part, is a process of conveying messages to our kids. Sometimes we communicate these messages simply by saying them or writing them. more

May 2, 2013 6:11 PM Dale Wisely

I’m for curfews of teenagers. Many parents have shared a saying with me, “Nothing good ever happens after midnight (or 10 p.m.).” more

Mar 29, 2013 2:16 PM Dale Wisely

As spring break approaches, Village Living spoke to clinical psychologist and Director of Student Services for Mountain Brook Schools Dr. Dale Wisely. more

Mar 5, 2013 9:30 AM Dale Wisely

Underage drinking is a problem in all communities, including Mountain Brook. Parents continue to express a range of opinions about how to parent regarding this issue. more

Nov 26, 2012 5:50 PM Dale Wisely

In this column, I offer some thoughts on parenting the college freshman. more

Oct 30, 2012 4:08 PM Dale Wisely

I am interested, however, in the emotional and behavioral aspects of the transition to college for students and for their families. Once a year, I speak with groups of seniors and their parents at the high school on this topic, which I often call, “T more

Oct 1, 2012 3:44 PM Dale Wisely

My husband is a pretty strict, no-nonsense parent who isn’t particularly affectionate with the children. I tend to be the nurturer in the family, and my husband says I’m too easy on the kids. Is it unhealthy for parents to differ in this regard? more

Aug 30, 2012 5:42 PM Dale Wisely

I have been hearing and reading about a movement among child development experts to discourage parents from praising their children. Should we not be praising our children for being smart and athletic? more

Aug 1, 2012 4:14 PM Dale Wisely

Depression is a serious illness in any age group, including teenagers. It can make family life stressful and interfere with the person’s ability to function and to enjoy his or her life. more

Jun 27, 2012 9:17 AM Dale Wisely

I am thinking about getting my child’s IQ tested. What should I consider in deciding whether to pursue this? more

May 31, 2012 3:49 PM Dale Wisely