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Help! My child's motor skills are lacking

My second-grade son is well behaved and attentive and listens well. He is at grade level in all subjects. However, I am concerned about his motor skills. He can't tie his shoelaces well. When he ties them, they come undone in a few minutes. He...

How can I prepare my child for the first day of kindergarten?

How do I prepare my daughter for the first day of kindergarten? I know the first day is a big deal for kids. With new faces and friends to make, an unfamiliar teacher, and a longer school day, kids can find "big-kids school"...

Help! My child has a bad temper

My 9-year-old son is very smart and gets excellent grades, but he has a bad temper and very little patience. I don't know how to help him control his temper. What can I do to help him?

Help! My Child Lies

Recently I caught my 5-year-old daughter in three lies. They are all simple, yes, but her approach and answers to me were so convincing, it really has broken my heart. I am a single divorced mom and she and I have had a special...

How do I build my child's confidence?

What are some ideas for helping my son with his self-esteem and confidence? We always say we're proud of him and "good job," but he still seems to have a low self-esteem.

My Child Needs Help Making Decisions

My 9-year-old is a smart girl, and she typically gets all A's. Her problem is she can't make a decision, for fear of being wrong, or not choosing what someone else might choose. It has now gotten into her problem solving at school, and...

Help! My Child Pulls Her Hair Out

My fifth-grader began pulling her hair out when she was in third grade. We first got help from her school guidance counselor and then her pediatrician. We take her to a nutritionist who gives her natural-herbal remedies, and we had her see a therapist (on...

My Daughter Is Being Excluded

My daughter is in the second grade and is having problems with some girls at the school excluding her from playing with them. It seems to be one girl, who gets other girls to do what she says. I have talked to the teacher several...

My Son Copies His 'Cool' Disruptive Classmate

My son is in awe of another boy in his kindergarten class. He constantly talks about how "cool" he is and tells me things he does that are "awesome." The problem is the things this boy is doing are constantly disrupting...

My Daughter Is Being Mean to Her Friend

My 8-year-old daughter has had the same best friend since preschool. In the past year, she has been quite mean to her friend on the playground and at the bus stop. When I ask her about her behavior, she says that the friend is...

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