Sylvia Rimm / Parents

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 ...

Child Over-Empowered Early

Q: I'm writing concerning my 13-year-old granddaughter. Her parents over-empowered her at an early age. As soon as she could communicate, she was constantly asked what she would like to do today, eat today, etc. The parents have been trying to ...

What Will Next School Year Bring

Q: We're worried about our daughter moving on to first grade. There will be some changes in the teachers next year, and one of the teachers moving into our child's grade next year causes us great concern. Several teachers have stated that they ...