Sylvia Rimm / Parents

High School Should Fit With Child's Ability

Q: What is your feeling about children going into competitive high schools versus average high schools?

A: Highly competitive high schools are good for those students whose skills and work ethic will allow them to keep up with the breadth and ...

Change Lazy Son to Hard Worker

Q: I have a very lazy son who barely studies. His time shifts among the computer (chatting, games), writing lyrics for rap music, listening to music and watching TV. He's in high school, and I'm very afraid he'll have to repeat this year as a ...

Teacher Requests Help

Q: What strategy would you suggest for parents who send their child to his room to complete homework but the child does not work? The parents also want the child to stay with me, his teacher, during recess to complete homework. What do you ...

Popularity Is Not an Indicator of Success

Q: I have 8-year-old twin girls. They are fraternal and look different. They also act very differently. They are in different classes. One of my girls seems to attract more friends than the other. This is becoming more and more obvious as we ...

Special Pressures Begin in Middle Grades

Q: I have a fifth-grade daughter, who up until this year had been an A and B student. This year, she is bringing home papers and tests with D's and F's on them. She says she forgets to bring material home from school to study and makes careless ...