Sylvia Rimm / Parents

Too Much Confidence Can Hurt Others

Q: My son is tagged overconfident because he does not understand that some kids do not think in the same way he does. He does not have many friends because of this. How do I teach him to be sensitive and understanding about other kids' abilities...

Boy Doesn't Handle Group Projects

Q: Any tips for helping my gifted son, who is in seventh grade, handle group projects more effectively?

A: Working in school groups is practice for life, so it's important that your son learn the skill of doing just that. He may have had a few ...

Children Don't Enjoy Criticism

Q: My son reacts very strongly and negatively to anything other than purely positive feedback. How can I provide constructive criticism and help him to accept it?

A: Children hardly ever enjoy criticism. Even adults are not very fond of it. ...

Parent Wants Positive Involvement

Q: I am new to the world of gifted education. Our son is 8 years old and is in second grade. My husband and I have noticed a lot of resentment from parents toward our school district and teachers for lack of funding. The couple of school ...

Parents Need to Compromise

Q: My spouse has a hard time dealing with our sensitive son, who is 9 years old. I think my husband is too hard on him. Any tips for how to help my spouse understand him better?

A: It's difficult for me to know whether you are being ...

Girl Struggles Socially

Q: I have a fifth-grade daughter who is struggling socially at her public school. She does have friends outside of school, but at school she does not seem to have any. She has expressed to me that the girls in her class pretend to not be smart. ...