By Dr. Tina Lepage Dr. Tina Lepage is the owner of Lepage Associates Solution-Based Psychological & Psychiatric Services, a group practice in S. Durham/RTP. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.
  • Parenting Page: Navigating The First Crush

    February 14, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I remember my first crush very well. It was in kindergarten, and his name was Michael. I used to chase Michael on the playground and he would let me catch him, which as we all knew meant he liked me too. Well, either that or I had fallen for a poor runner.

  • Parenting Page: Pacifier Wars

    January 23, 2014 at 9:47 am

    All was well with the world, until we had to wean her off the pacifier.

  • Modeling And Messaging

    January 2, 2014 at 9:27 am

    I have often joked to others and myself over the years with regard to parenting that, hey, no pressure, but you are now the primary role model for a developing human being. You are their role model for what it means to be a good person (good spouse, good daughter/son, good worker, good friend, etc.). Right, no pressure!

  • Parenting Page: The Santa Talk

    December 12, 2013 at 6:00 am


    This is a question all parents prepare for. It can be a daunting moment, having to out oneself for years of deception, and explain the delicate line between make-believe and a lie, along with not wanting to see your child saddened by the truth. To explore this dilemma so many families face, first I will tell you a story, and then I will share what I think is some good general advice on this topic. This is a true story.

  • A Crazy Little Thing Called Love

    November 22, 2013 at 6:00 am

    In my first Parenting Page column entitled The Long Short Hall I wrote, “Sometimes I know when my husband and I are being crazy, and we still can’t stop it, even when we discuss out loud how crazy we are.” … Then there are the times you don’t know you’re being crazy as a parent, that become very funny in retrospect once you have perspective on your own nuttiness.

  • Parenting Imagination Versus Reality

    November 7, 2013 at 6:00 am

    This is a parenting page, about parenting Page. I am a child psychologist and a mother. So I specialize in children, yet I am human, thus I am full of knowledge and yet as full of emotions as any other parent. So I decided to write this Parenting Page since it might be informative and […]

  • Being Where The Action Is

    October 18, 2013 at 6:00 am

    One evening while the three of us were enjoying dinner on the deck, Page said excitedly, “I can’t wait for middle school!” This was the year before she was going to enter middle school. We asked her why, to which she enthusiastically responded, “Because that’s where all the action is!!”

  • Parenting Page: Being ‘Cool’

    October 4, 2013 at 6:00 am

    Recently I have had a few conversations about how cool, or not, I am anymore, and how cool has evolved as I age – the evolution of cool in human development.

  • Parenting Page: Allowing A Child To Make Tough Decisions

    September 5, 2013 at 5:30 am

    At what age do you let a child make an important decision on their own?

  • Parenting Page: Potty Training

    August 16, 2013 at 5:58 am

    It isn’t uncommon for day cares to have a rule that to enter the 3-year-old classroom the child must be potty trained.