Sylvia Rimm / Parents

Capable Son Shows Poor Motivation

Q: My very capable son is very lazy when it comes to homework and in-class work because he feels that he can take the test and still get a decent grade. How do I make him realize that he needs to not be so lax? Is it normal for a gifted child to...

Mother Makes Wise Decision About Twins

Q: My twins are beginning kindergarten. My son is very bright. My daughter is almost ready. We chose to have them both start together because we didn't want to separate them in grade level. Do you think twins being in separate grade levels would...

Parents of Entitled Kids Can't Put on Brakes

Q: My husband and I have two teenagers and an 8-year-old son. We have given our children all the things that they've asked for. The children have become entitled and disrespectful, not only to my husband and me but to teachers and others in ...

20-Year-Old Needs Serious Help

Q: My 20-year-old grandson lives in his parents' rental property, doesn't work and has been paying rent with his savings. He has been there about a year and is out of money. His father says he has to get a job so he can continue to pay rent. I'm...

Bright Teen Has Poor Grades

Q: I found your website today and all but burst into tears when I read the content on it. You are describing my son exactly, and the reason I almost cried is that until today, I couldn't figure out what I had done wrong. He is a bright, athletic...

Teach Siblings to Solve Their Problems

Q: When siblings continuously want you to solve their problems and tattle on each other, what do you say to the child when she comes to you to ask you to help solve her problem with her sister?

A: All siblings argue unless one gives all the ...