Sylvia Rimm / Parents

Pull-Ups or Wet Bed?

Q: I have twins who are 3 1/2 years old. My son is currently being potty trained and in Pull-Ups. My daughter is in underwear all day but has accidents at nap time, usually once per week. At home, she wears diapers for naps and overnight and ...

Child Says He Is Stupid

Q: How do you deal with a bright and capable child who is too hard on himself? He says "I'm so stupid!" when he makes any mistake. I fear he has low self-esteem to the point of desperation. He doesn't take pride in his schoolwork.

A: Your son ...

Girl Traumatized by Father's Death

Q: My daughter is almost 13 years old. She is extremely beautiful. This is not just through my loving eyes; everyone tells her the same. She's the perfect build for her age and very smart and funny. She seems perfect, right? Wrong! She doesn't ...

Academic Competition Between Siblings Is Usual

Q: My 11-year-old son is very gifted. He was awarded a medal for his score on the EXPLORE test last year, and we went to Chicago for the ceremony. Other than that, we have never made a big deal of his giftedness. My 9-year-old daughter is at the...

Excellent Student Learning to Be Challenged

Q: My daughter is in the sixth grade and does well in school. She has friends and is happy, but she has trouble working through situations in which she doesn't excel immediately. She has taken piano lessons for six years, and it is painful for ...

Mom in Portugal Wants Results

Q: I am a mother of three children and live in Portugal. I was searching the Internet and found your Web page. My middle daughter is the reason I was looking for help. She fits your description of a bright kid with poor grades. She is 13, is ...