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Is it normal? My child has an imaginary friend

My 4-year-old has an imaginary friend. She has had her for about a year now. She makes space for her at the table and sometimes even pretends to feed her. What is the best way for me to deal with this?

My Son Compares Himself to His Gifted Brother

My first-grade son doesn't read well, although he is very creative and gifted in other ways. My 9-year-old son is very gifted in reading and reads high-school-level books. This is becoming an issue because my younger son feels that he isn't smart. How can...

My Son Is Not Adjusting Well to Fourth Grade

My son has been getting C's and D's on his grammar and math tests. He was an A student in third grade. He is also an excellent creative writer. I am baffled as to why he is not doing well this year. I have had...

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...

Help! My Child Has a Tag-Along Friend

My first-grade daughter saw a boy in her class that didn't have any friends. She was nice to this boy and now he follows her around everywhere. When he follows her she feels like she can't meet up with her other friends because they tend...

How Can I Help My Fourth-Grader Communicate Better?

I am a single mother of a 9-year-old. My major concern for him is his showing expression, or rather lack of communication. If he doesn't get his way, he cries. His bad attitude has gotten progressively worse over the years. Do you have any...

My Fourth-Grader Has Separation Anxiety

My child is in fourth grade and we are again going through separation anxiety. No changes have occurred in the home or our morning routine. But when she is expected to exit from the car drop-off area and go into the school, she freezes and...

How Can I Help My Son Adjust to Our Move?

Our third-grader is having a great deal of trouble adjusting to our recent move. We left a home where he had always lived and moved to a neighboring state when my husband took a new job. He is having a very hard time adjusting and...

How Can I Help My Shy Son?

My son plays well with his friends as long as he's with only one or two of them. Once more kids join in - or when I introduce him to my friends - he is really shy. He won't look in their eyes when spoken to and...

How Can I Teach My Child to Say "No"?

My daughter doesn't like to tell her best friend "no" when he asks her to do something - even if she doesn't want to do it. How can I teach her it is okay to say "no" and express her feelings without...

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