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Sylvia Rimm / Parents

Parent Wants Positive Involvement

Q: I am new to the world of gifted education. Our son is 8 years old and is in second grade. My husband and I have noticed a lot of resentment from parents toward our school district and teachers for lack of funding. The couple of school ...

Parents Need to Compromise

Q: My spouse has a hard time dealing with our sensitive son, who is 9 years old. I think my husband is too hard on him. Any tips for how to help my spouse understand him better?

A: It's difficult for me to know whether you are being ...

Girl Struggles Socially

Q: I have a fifth-grade daughter who is struggling socially at her public school. She does have friends outside of school, but at school she does not seem to have any. She has expressed to me that the girls in her class pretend to not be smart. ...

Son Needs Special Education Help

Q: My 11-year-old son is very happy at his present school. He loves his peers and teachers and feels very safe there. But he is dyslexic, and the school is very poorly resourced and underfunded. His spelling is three years below grade level, and...

8th-Grader Wants Home Schooling

Q: My son regularly says he wishes he could be home-schooled because he wants to work at his own pace. Yet he seems to enjoy school and has friends. Do you have any advice on how to respond or how much to probe? He is an eighth-grader.

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Pull-Ups or Wet Bed?

Q: I have twins who are 3 1/2 years old. My son is currently being potty trained and in Pull-Ups. My daughter is in underwear all day but has accidents at nap time, usually once per week. At home, she wears diapers for naps and overnight and ...