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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...

Should I Push My 10th-Grader to Play Sports?

My oldest daughter doesn't want to get involved in sports. She is in the 10th grade and I keep telling her, if you don't try things out now you are going to regret it when you get older and you will wish you had done...

My Son Worries That His Friends Don't Like Him

My first-grader is very sensitive. He's always worried about not having any friends. He has lots of friends in his class. But if they disagree with him or refuse to share, he thinks that they are being rude and that they don't like him any...

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