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Ask Dr. Tseday: April 8, 2009

WT from Atlanta, GA asks: My brother has been in prison for 7 years. I visit him every few months and on the last visit, he asked if I could bring my 8-year-old son next time. They’ve never met before. I thought it would be a good idea. It would lift my brother’s spirit. How do I prepare my son for this?

Dr. Tseday responds: Don’t take your son to a prison. First of all, it’s not your son’s responsibility to lift up an adult’s spirit. Second, your son does not benefit from learning about the criminal behaviors adults engage in in order to end up in prison. His mind and spirit should be kept pure for as long as possible. Third, why would you want to introduce your son to a criminal? Fourth, your son ought not to know that prison is within reach and that there’s nothing scary about being there, since his uncle was there once.

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Dr. Tseday is a clinical psychologist and one of the country's leading experts in marriage, relationships, and self development. She advocates a unique and at times controversial approach to the dynamics of marriage and personal development, the necessary element for a successful relationship. Read more »

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