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How Do I Help My Child With Common Sense?

My third-grade son is very intelligent - excels at all his subjects and catches on very quickly, but his common sense needs to be improved. For instance, he will walk by something that he is looking for five times and says he can't find it, even...

How Do I Parent Equitably?

I have both a first-grader and a third-grader, and besides being of different genders, they are also different in how they are doing in school. My first-grader is doing wonderfully and has gotten many compliments; however, my third-grade daughter has been struggling.   I like...

How Do I Help a Shy Child?

My daughter is extremely shy. She will not talk to her teachers. Instead she pokes them and then whispers something she needs. She won't speak to the other students either, unless spoken to. On the playground, she finds something to do to look busy because...

My Active Son Struggles With Structure

My child talks too much in class and sometimes plays a lot. He is very young for his grade, but he is also very smart. He does great on his schoolwork but apparently the teacher has a hard time keeping his attention. He has had...

My Son's Teacher Thinks He's a Problem Child

My son's teacher seems to call me once a week with a problem. My son can be very active, but at times I feel she is calling for very little things, such as getting out of line and laughing. She outright told me on the...

My 9-Year-Old Is a Bully

My 9-year-old granddaughter is a bully. She starts arguments with others and upsets the entire classroom. She disrespects the teachers and has a terrible attitude. Can you give us some suggestions to help overcome these problems?

Are Our Kids Ready to Talk About Sex?

We are under pressure from some of the parents of our children's friends (8-year-old twins) to tell them about the birds and bees because "most of the children already know." We think this is too early. But on the other hand we...

How Do I Help a Child Who Worries About Tests?

My daughter is smart, outgoing and funny, but can be a bit serious at times. Although she is doing well in school, above grade level in reading, language arts and math, she gets nervous and anxious at the mention of the word "test."...

Need Help With the Morning Routine

I struggle with getting my child to school in the morning. What routine works best so he will dress himself and come downstairs and eat a good breakfast? We already pick his clothes out the night before. Is this a good age to start using...

Help! My Child Is Bossy

My daughter is very bossy. Her teacher told me that she tells the other kids in her class what to do and how to complete their work. When the teacher calls her on this behavior, she gets upset. but does not change her behavior. At...

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