East Penn Press

Saturday, May 25, 2019

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.

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.”

Theater Review: ‘Chances’ are good at Pines Dinner Theatre

Friday, April 19, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Not everyone gets a second chance in life, unless he or she is lucky enough to see The Pines Dinner Theatre’s upbeat production of “Second Chances: The Thrift Shop Musical,” continuing through May 12.

Conceived and written by Thomas Ross Prather, “Second Chances” is the story of a beloved church thrift shop that is in danger of being razed to make room for condos. The shop gets its second chance, just like the treasures it sells, when its staff pulls together to save the day.

Theater Review: ‘Addams Family’ clicks at Catasauqua Showcase Theatre

Friday, April 19, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

This spring’s energetic musical offering by the Catasauqua Area Showcase Community Theatre is “The Addams Family,” featuring all of the iconic macabre characters from the Charles Addams cartoons and the television series (1964-1966), with a few dozen ancestors thrown in for ghoulish measure.

The musical-comedy with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, is heavy on songs, but a little too light on laughter.

The Family Project: Practice patience

Friday, April 12, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I am the parent of three wonderful children, but sometimes I just run out of patience with them, whether it is having to remind them to hang up their coats, or turn off the lights when they leave the room, or put away their playthings. I know it doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it is important to me, and sometimes I just lose it. How can I become more patient?