Sylvia Rimm / Parents

Child May Be Distracting You With Deep Questions

Q: My fourth-grade son constantly asks intelligent, in-depth questions as he is doing his homework. How do I keep him on task without inhibiting his serious quest for deeper understanding? The problem is that he takes 2-3 hours to complete ...

Shy Child Needs Encouragement

Q: Do you have any advice on drawing out a third-grade, shy, introverted and super-sensitive child? She also has difficulty answering questions from adults. She says little and speaks very quietly.

A: Children are certainly born with genetic ...

Thumb-Sucking Can Cause Dental Problems

Q: My very close friend has a son in sixth grade Hwho still sucks his thumb. I have talked to her about the problem, but she will not do anything about it except to talk to him. I told her about a habit appliance she could purchase to prevent ...

Underachieving Mother Needs Guidance

Q: I was an underachiever when I was younger and still struggle with this. I also was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder. My husband and I both have difficulty establishing routines and responsibilities for ourselves, which clearly makes ...

Consider This a Teaching Opportunity

Q: My son is small for his age, shy and quiet but generally well-behaved. He is 11 and in sixth grade. Last week I received a call from his teacher. A girl in his class had posted a picture on Instagram and asked if her "followers" liked her. He ...

Everyone Loves to Win

Q: How do you deal with an overly high level of competitiveness/poor sportsmanship? How do you get a child to slow down on classwork and homework?

A: Yes, everyone loves to win, and your son (I'm guessing at the gender) has undoubtedly been ...