Sylvia Rimm / Parents

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 ...

Disruptive Child Needs to Understand Boundaries

Q: How do we keep a united front if one partner feels that the other is reacting out of anger? How do you get an overly eager child to contain his enthusiasm and not disrupt the class?

A: Although it's unfair of me to jump to conclusions ...

Complex Tantrums Need Anger Management

Q: My 10-year-old granddaughter has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. She has many medical problems, as well. My granddaughter does extremely well in a regular private school, where she is the model student and excels academically in...

How to Share Gifted ID With Child

Q: If your child has been identified as gifted and talented, should you share this information with your child? What do I say to my daughter?

A: Though this seems like an easy question, it can feel really complex for a parent to answer and a ...

Plan Ahead to Avoid Public Tantrums

Q: My boy and girl twins are 3 years old. Recently, we've had an uptick in tantrum behaviors. At home, we just ignore their tantrums, and when they calm down, we talk about the issue they were upset about. Our bigger problem is when either of ...

Children Often Outgrow Sensory Disorders

Q: My 10-year-old son has just been diagnosed with sensory processing disorder. He has exhibited some unusual behaviors but is not on the autism spectrum. We see an occupational therapist every other week. What are the long-term expectations for...