Sylvia Rimm / Parents

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 ...

Should Gifted Preschooler Be Tested

Q: How important is it to have a child tested for giftedness at a young age? Should we wait until he's tested at the end of second grade, which is what is typically done at our school? How beneficial is the early testing, and is it worth the out...

College Son Needs Evaluation

Q: Our son just finished his first year at a university. When his grades came in, he had failed all but one subject. His high school career was similar. He pulled his grades up at the last minute, never did his homework and never completed his ...

Adults, Too, Have Special Needs

Q: My brother-in-law is 23 and has Asperger's syndrome. As much as we try to be patient, he is impossible. He's a motormouth who thinks he's the expert on everything. Having him present when people are around is difficult, and having him in the ...