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Teaching kids to stay focused under pressure

For some kids, when the pressure's on, the ability to focus turns off. Here's how mindfulness lessons can help kids bypass distractions to do their best.

How Can I Help My Second-Grader With Separation Anxiety?

Please help! My 7-year-old son started second grade three weeks ago. Every morning when we get out of the car he cries and doesn't want to go to school. He says it's because he will miss me and wants to stay at home with...

Help! My Child Lies

Recently I caught my 5-year-old daughter in three lies. They are all simple, yes, but her approach and answers to me were so convincing, it really has broken my heart. I am a single divorced mom and she and I have had a special...

My Child Needs Help Making Decisions

My 9-year-old is a smart girl, and she typically gets all A's. Her problem is she can't make a decision, for fear of being wrong, or not choosing what someone else might choose. It has now gotten into her problem solving at school, and...

Should I Let My Child Quit?

My daughter just told me that she wants to quit her soccer team. She said this through tears, then went on to explain that, in her opinion, she's not good enough to play on the team. Apparently, the coach yelled at her in front of...

My Granddaughter Doesn't Test Well

I have a granddaughter in the fourth grade. Her parents help her every day with her homework. She can tell the correct answers and does quite well. At school when given a test on the same subjects, she will receive a C, a D or...

My Child Gets Frustrated and Won't Accept Help

My daughter gets very frustrated if things do not come easily to her or if she makes a lot of mistakes while doing her homework. She pushes away help and wants to try to do it herself. But she ends up getting more and more...

How Can I Help My Son Adjust to College?

My son is going to college this fall, his first time away from home and on his own. My biggest concern is that he will not focus without his mother and me pushing him. How about some pointers to help him be successful without interfering...

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."...

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?

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