Sylvia Rimm / Parents

Boy Complains About Dinner

Q: How do we encourage our son to be more positive in situations in which he doesn't have choices? For example, he always complains about dinner.

A: I realize your question was not only about dinner, but at least we can start there. It will be ...

Can There Be Too Much of a Good Thing?

Q: What do you feel about a weekly schedule that is full? Can you overload a child with positive activities, such as music, sports and language? How can you tell when children have too much?

A: If you're a regular reader, you will know for sure...

Some Children Fall Apart Easily

Q: My oversensitive children get extremely upset when they have to start their homework and get angry when they make a very small mistake. What should a parent say to calm them down?

A: Most of us would like to raise sensitive children who are ...

Son Likes Sleeping in Parents' Bed

Q: How can I break the habit of letting our son sleep in our bed on weekends?

A: I've been asked the question about children cosleeping with parents in many different ways and at many different ages. The response may differ quite a lot, ...

Boy Wants to Be Best

Q: My son is 12 years old. I see a lot of correlation between his getting "stuck" in schoolwork and his not performing so well as he could in competitive sports. In both cases, he seems to overthink. How can we get him to face the challenges ...

Video Game Addiction a Scary Problem

Q: My two granddaughters are 10 and 12. Their school provides iPads for students, and they constantly use their tablets to play games. The eldest one uses her tablet when she should be doing homework and during the bus trip to and from school. ...