Dr. James Dobson
Question: What can I do to help my 12-year-old son recite a poem at a school function?
Dr. Dobson: Actually, it is not unusual for a 12-year-old to "choke" in front of a crowd. I once stood before 300 fellow teenagers with my words stuck in my throat and my mind totally out to lunch.
As your child matures, he probably will overcome the problem, if he can experience a few successes to build his confidence.
Anything that raises self-esteem will reduce the frequency of mental blocking for children and adults alike.
Question: My wife and I have a strong-willed child who is incredibly difficult to handle. I honestly believe we are doing our job about as well as any parents would do, yet she still breaks the rules and challenges our authority. I guess I need some encouragement. First, tell me if an especially strong-willed child can be made to smile and give and work and cooperate. If so, how is that accomplished? And secondly, what is my daughter's future? I see trouble ahead, but I don't know if that gloomy forecast is justified.