Bethlehem Press

Monday, May 27, 2019

The Family Project: bickering boys

Sunday, May 26, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My two boys, ages eight and five, cannot get along. They are always fighting. They get along great with their friends, and they are wonderful when we have each of them alone. As soon as they are in the same room, there is constant bickering. It is so exhausting to have to come home to this after a long day at work. We have tried ignoring it, as well as punishing them, but it doesn’t help. Any suggestions?

The Family Project: Discuss dog’s illness

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My wife and I adopted a lovable mutt before we started our family. Our children have not known life without Sheba. However, the dog has developed multiple health issues in her old age, and we are holding off making decisions about putting her to rest because we don’t know how the children, ages 5 and 3, will handle it. We don’t want the dog to suffer, but we don’t want our children to be sad, either. What is the best way to handle this?

“Dying, whether people or animals, is a way of life,” panelist Pam Wallace said.

Theater Review: ‘Fun Home’ astounding visit at Civic

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“Fun Home,” the tragicomic musical through May 19, Civic Theatre of Allentown, is an astounding piece dramatic art.

The winner of five Tony Awards when it premiered on Broadway in 2015, with book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, tells the story of a young girl’s dysfunctional family in an extremely innovative and heart-rending way.

The Family Project: Teen daughter stress

Thursday, May 9, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I often hear my teenage daughter and her friends talking about all the stress they are under. Sometimes I even hear them crying together. When I ask them if everything is OK, they change the subject, start laughing or simply say, “Nothing.” Why are teens under so much stress, and how can parents help?

The panel agreed that teens are under a lot of stress from school work, sports, social activities and the like.

Cell phones, along with the need to multitask, were named as contributors to stress.

Theater Review: ‘Fun Home’ astounding visit at Civic

Thursday, May 9, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“Fun Home,” the tragicomic musical through May 19, Civic Theatre of Allentown, is an astounding piece dramatic art.

The winner of five Tony Awards when it premiered on Broadway in 2015, with book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, tells the story of a young girl’s dysfunctional family in an extremely innovative and heart-rending way.

The Family Project: Meeting teacher

Friday, May 3, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My one child (age seven) is almost always “in trouble” in school, and the other one (age 10) is the star student. We don’t have any major issues at home with either of them, although they are very different. We don’t want either of our children to get labeled or have a reputation that follows them through school. How do we keep this from happening?

The panel began by stating that children should never be compared or labeled.

Charter Arts students make Fukashima documentary

Monday, April 29, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

Forty years ago, on March 28, 1979, there was a partial meltdown of the Unit 2 core at the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor on the Susquehanna River south of Harrisburg. Advances in scientific assessments over the four decades have confirmed that 50 percent of the core had been destroyed, and ionized radiation was released as steam into the atmosphere.

Charter Arts students make Fukashima documentary

Monday, April 29, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

Forty years ago, on March 28, 1979, there was a partial meltdown of the Unit 2 core at the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor on the Susquehanna River south of Harrisburg. Advances in scientific assessments over the four decades have confirmed that 50 percent of the core had been destroyed, and ionized radiation was released as steam into the atmosphere.

The Family Project: Teacher meeting

Friday, April 26, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My son’s pre-school teacher called to set up a meeting with my wife and myself. The teacher said that she and his teachers are concerned about my son’s behavior. How can my wife and I prepare for this meeting?

The panel began its discussion by urging the parents to find out what the behaviors are that are of concern, so that the parents can discuss them before the meeting.

The Family Project: Get child to listen

Friday, April 19, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. Why won’t my three-year-old listen to me? I have to tell him things over and over again, but he doesn’t listen.

Panelist Kristy Bernard said she wanted to know in what types of scenarios is the son not listening to his mother. “Are there other distractions happening when she is talking to him?” she asked, then said that it is normal for three-year-olds not to listen.

“You have to go back to the fact that the boy is three,” panelist Pam Wallace explained. “What might be important to the parent is not always important to the child.”