Sylvia Rimm / Parents

Chat Times Can Go On Through Teen Years

Q: My ex-husband and I both still lie next to our boys and talk about the day and just whatever is on our mind. Our elder son is 18, and the other is 13. They share a room. Our 13-year-old told me last weekend that he gets angry because his dad ...

Parents Concerned About Twin Competition

Q: I have fraternal twins. One outshines the other in just about every area, despite the fact that they are both smart in these same areas and are both grade-advanced. We try to get them interested in different areas, subjects and sports so both...

Child Needs Positive Talk

Q: My 6-year-old daughter gets in trouble constantly at school for not following directions, for talking and for arguing with other children. I understand she is difficult to work with. The problem is that the only time the teacher talks to me ...

Too Much Confidence Can Hurt Others

Q: My son is tagged overconfident because he does not understand that some kids do not think in the same way he does. He does not have many friends because of this. How do I teach him to be sensitive and understanding about other kids' abilities...

Boy Doesn't Handle Group Projects

Q: Any tips for helping my gifted son, who is in seventh grade, handle group projects more effectively?

A: Working in school groups is practice for life, so it's important that your son learn the skill of doing just that. He may have had a few ...

Children Don't Enjoy Criticism

Q: My son reacts very strongly and negatively to anything other than purely positive feedback. How can I provide constructive criticism and help him to accept it?

A: Children hardly ever enjoy criticism. Even adults are not very fond of it. ...