Sylvia Rimm / Parents

Gifted Child Doesn't Qualify for Programming

Q: What do you do when you know one of your children is gifted and not being served? She is not challenged in school, gets straight A's every quarter, was reading chapter books in kindergarten, and is doing three-digit multiplication and ...

Only Child Can Feel Great Pressure

Q: I am in the eighth grade. I read your article about how gifted children affect families. I was wondering what you think the family atmosphere would be like if an only child were gifted. How would it be different from a family with many ...

Parents Need Help Building Sleep Independence

Q: I am writing in the hope that you can help us get our daughter to sleep by herself. She is 3-and-a-half years old. Right now she needs someone to sleep with her in her bed. This has been going on since she was an infant. Attempts to get her ...

Social Skills Can Be Taught

Q: How do you help with social skills? How do you deal with anxiety and helping our kids cope with the pressure they place on themselves?

A: Actually, teaching social skills and helping children cope with anxiety and pressures are related. ...

Adolescence Is Incredibly Exciting

Q: How does the brain development of adolescents affect their learning and self-confidence? How do you continue to engage a teenager who wants to be more independent?

A: There is a stage of rapid brain development during adolescence that allows...

Sibling Rivalry May Initiate Underachievement

Q: Our 14-year-old daughter started a pattern of continual arguing about three years ago. It coincided with the time she didn't pass the tests for gifted programs in elementary school. She actually didn't want to pass the tests, because she didn...