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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...

How Do I Build My Daughter's Self-Esteem?

How can I help my daughter raise her self-esteem? My daughter is in gifted program in school and has been making all A's in the class. She's not very outgoing type, sometimes very shy toward new environment but loves reading and could become very talkative...

When should I intervene if children are fighting?

Is parent intervention advisable when children have verbal disputes or when it seems that a child is being excluded? Should one parent talk to another parent about her child's behavior, particularly when it is hurtful to another child?

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...

Should I Move My Child to a New Classroom?

My daughter just started kindergarten and her best friend from preschool is in her class. Both girls are very bright and articulate. They went to a very academic preschool and most of the work so far has been review for them. The problem is they...

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 Son Befriended a Troublemaker

Recently my fourth-grader befriended a new boy at our school. This new boy seems to be going through some tough times. He's run off campus a few times when he was reprimanded for misbehaving. He's also been sent to the principal a few times. Now...

My child says the teacher yells at the class

My daughter is in the fourth grade. She has been telling me that her teacher continually yells at her and the rest of the class. She has informed me that her teacher talks to the class differently when other adults are in the classroom. She...

My Fourth-Grader Complains About Another Student

My fourth-grader comes home complaining about the student who sits next to him in class. Apparently they have their desks right next to each other and the boy who sits to the right of him is left-handed and they are always bumping elbows. Also he...

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