Bethlehem Press

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Family Project: Tantrums

Friday, February 9, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. When does a child having a tantrum cross the line ino this behavior being a real problem? My nephew, who is age five, has been having major tantrums starting at around age two. My sister keeps saying that he is going to grow out of it. It has been three years, and it is getting worse. Is this normal?

Panelist Chad Stefanyak started the conversation by asking if the child was yelling, throwing himself on the ground or throwing things.

“In other words, is he becoming a danger to himself or others?”

Yarrow a fellow ‘Traveler’

Friday, February 2, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

American folk music has spanned the entire history of the United States. With roots that go back to Europe and Africa, folk music derives much of its style and techniques from English ballads, hymns, Irish and Scottish traditional music (especially fiddle music) and African-American blues.

While traditionalists in the early 20th century continued to perform the songs and styles that had been passed down orally, such as Appalachian and Cajun music, the times were a-changing.

The Family Project: meds

Friday, January 26, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My 17-year-old niece has been living with depression for many years. She recently shared with me that she has been seeing a therapist, taking medication and is considering increasing the meds she takes because she likes them. When I was with her, her parents seemed to be “hovering,” so we couldn’t really talk. I am concerned that she is not getting all the information she needs about her medicine (she didn’t know dosage, etc.). I gave her my cell number and told her to text anytime, but I feel like I didn’t do enough. What else can I offer her?

The Family Project: Social media upsets

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My 19-year-old daughter went away for the weekend with some friends. Someone posted photos on social media sites, and they include my daughter drinking and engaging in unacceptable behavior. One photo is definitely of her drunk. She is very upset and realizes that she made a few bad decisions. Should she be worried that someone could see these social media postings? She is applying to colleges.

The Family Project: family time

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My family is struggling with trying to create balance between work, children’s activities, personal time and running the household. Sometimes the tension runs pretty high because we can’t seem to keep our heads above water. We both have demanding jobs and three active children, ages 16, 13 and 5. Plus, we each have our hobbies and interests. Where do we begin with trying to bring some stability to our family?

The Family Project: Socks

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My 14-year-old nephew is bright and artistic, and he has a certain style. My “staunch-conservative” 22-year-old son recently commented about a Christmas gift of brightly-colored socks that I gave my nephew, saying I shouldn’t encourage that “behavior,” meaning my nephew’s flair for the dramatic. I was stunned, and didn’t know what to say. How could I have handled this?

The Family Project: Tantrums

Friday, December 22, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My four-year-old throws tantrums every time we have to go somewhere. I dread the holidays because it is such a battle to get him to leave his grandparents’ house, a store or a party. What can the panel suggest I do to make the transitions peaceful?

It is not unusual for a four-year-old to have difficulty making transitions, according to panel member Denise Continenza. “Plus, it could just be his temperament to get focused and very involved in what he is doing, so it becomes difficult for him to make changes. If mom knows that it is going to be an issue, she should plan ahead.”

Book recounts city’s firefighting heritage

Monday, December 18, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

Fire was a constant threat to the Moravian community that had settled in 1741 on 500 acres of land on the north side of the Lehigh River in what is now part of the city of Bethlehem. Many of the community houses were built partly of wood, and were interconnected to protect the residents against the harsh winters. Some farm buildings were made with logs, and filled with flammable contents. All of these structures were highly vulnerable to fast-spreading fires.