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My Child Bites Her Fingers

I have a fifth-grade daughter who recently turned 10 and who bites the skin off the tip of her fingers when she is nervous. I noticed this behavior earlier this year after a transition to a new school. I spoke with her about it and...

My Son Has Poor Sportsmanship

My son is extremely competitive. He wants to win at everything and gets very upset when he loses. What can I do to help him understand that he doesn't always have to win?

My Son Is Being Bullied

My son seems to have less confidence in himself and gets picked on at school. At times he has been picked on by his schoolmates in the playground or other places, such as the lunch area. He is afraid to tell them to stop or...

My Child is Too Social

My fifth-grader is a natural social butterfly. This year, it has started to interfere with her work performance. At the beginning of the year, she was allowed to sit next to her friends. It wasn't long before the teacher had to move them. However, she...

Can I Ease My Child's Performance Anxiety?

My daughter gets extremely anxious when it comes to performing in front of people. This has affected her ability to perform in the school plays that she has been interested in and to take part in school projects in which she needs to speak in...

My Son Is Not Adjusting to School in This Country

My family and I have recently moved to the United States. In our home country he only got A's, but in this country he gets C's or D's. He has become very shy, doesn't like to go to school and still misses our country. My...

My Daughter is Too Sensitive

My daughter seems to be so sensitive to correction. If she did not pick up her clothes or missed a word on her spelling test, she retreats into herself and no one can break through for at least an hour. And when we do, it's...

How Do I Help My Child Relate to Others?

My daughter is having problems relating to other children. She is an only child and relates better to adults than with other children. I think it will resolve itself as she gets older, but for now she is lonely and isolated. What can I do...

My Child Has Spelling Test Anxiety

How can I help my fifth-grader overcome "spelling test anxiety?" When we review the words at home (verbally and written) he spells them all correctly. At school, over 50% are wrong. In all other subjects, (math etc.) he does excellent work.

How Can I Help My Son Sit Still?

My son is in the fifth grade and is constantly in motion. He cannot sit at a task without doing something other than his work. He will talk and play. His behavior in class has been especially disruptive over the last two weeks. Reminders from...

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