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How Can I Help My Impatient Child?

My daughter, who is a second-grader, is dealing with some difficulties in her studies. She wants to get things fast like some of her classmates, but doesn't move at the same pace, which is understandable. But she doesn't understand that it's OK, and gets very...

My Child Won't Speak Up in Class

My child is 7 years old and in first grade. Her grades are all great. The thing that she doesn't do is talk in class. It has been very hard all year to get her to participate in class. I feel that she is almost...

How Can I Help my Son Stop Hitting?

I am the parent of a 5-year-old boy. He is in kindergarten and since preschool he has had difficulty keeping his hands to himself. In preschool he would hit other children. Now in kindergarten, he may push, hit or try to boss other children...

My Child Has Trouble Listening in Class

My second-grade daughter has a very hard time listening in class. If she listens, she does her work very well, but she is easily distracted. My mom, who is a retired teacher, told me that my daughter started school too early and she was pushed...

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 Active Son Struggles With Structure

My child talks too much in class and sometimes plays a lot. He is very young for his grade, but he is also very smart. He does great on his schoolwork but apparently the teacher has a hard time keeping his attention. He has had...

My Son Performs Well Only for Some Teachers

I am having this problem with my son. He is performing with some teachers and not at all well with some. He used to be an excellent student in elementary school but I see his interest in school waning in middle school and it worries...

How Can I Stop My Daughter's Emotional Meltdowns?

I'm really worried about my daughter. She seems so exhausted when she comes home from school, and she doesn't want to talk about school at all. My husband and I have to pry the information out of her. She says she likes school but is...

What Should I Do With My Defiant Middle-Schooler?

Middle-school kids are worse than the terrible twos! My son just got relatively decent and we could have a conversation and now he has turned into a defiant toddler who is too big to put onto a time-out mat! Does anybody else feel this way...

My 17-Year-Old Doesn't Want to Go to School

My son who is 17 does not want to go to school. He comes up with all kinds of excuses. He won't do the assignments given by teachers. He distracts others. He is breaking his mother's heart and stressing us to the max. What should...

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