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Sylvia Rimm / Parents

Medicine Can Help Granddaughter Concentrate

Q: Our 7-year-old granddaughter, of whom we have custody because her parents are addicted to opiates, is going to start taking Ritalin soon. How do we explain the need for the pills to her? Somehow saying "to help you concentrate" seems too much ...

Worrier Can Become Brave Girl

Q: How do you talk to children who have anxiety issues without giving them the "anxious" label? Right now, my daughter uses the "shy" label, which I'm trying to help her see as something else ... maybe the "fear monster" that's keeping her from ...

High School Dropout Has Lost His Way

Q: I have read your writings for many years and am hoping you can provide suggestions on what to do with my 19-year-old son. His credits are only up to completion of sophomore year in high school.

I've decided that my son's child support should ...

Teacher Spots Girl With Synesthesia

Q: I have an 8-year-old student with synesthesia. I've taught gifted students for 15 years, and she is the first to come forth with this ability! I need help providing information and resources to the young girl, her parents and myself.

I've ...

Child's Issue Needs to Be Discovered

Q: What should I do when my daughter's teacher is saying she should be removed from the gifted program because it is too hard for her? She is nonresponsive, distracted in class and earns poor grades. It's difficult forcing her to focus on school ...

Child Wants Peer Attention

Q: My daughter is a young first-grader and loves to learn. I always say she's very bright but lacks common sense. One of the biggest challenges I have with her is that as soon as she gets around her friends, she's a completely different child. ...