|These are samples of questions that parents have asked over the years. In most cases, you could find elaborate answers to them in parenting books. However, I believe that you can give the most helpful advice about these issues if you have a deeper understanding of the individual children and their families.
- Our daughter is four years old. When she is at home, she is full of energy and plays with great imagination. She also talks constantly about her friends at school. But her teachers say she never plays with anybody at school. What can we do?
- I have read to my kids since they were very little. But my daughter at age five doesn't show any interest in learning how to read. Should I worry about it?
- Both my husband and I are engineers but our son has very low grades in math. His teacher says that he is smart but doesn't pay attention. Shall we hire him a tutor, or shall we just let it go?
- Can you give advice about our sexually confused teenage daughter?
- Our daughter knew how to read at three. Now six, she only wants to read or sit at the table and do her little art projects. She has never played with her dolls or any regular toys. Should we worry about her?
- I am pregnant with my second child. Our five-year-old son doesn't show any interest in the baby. Is that OK?
- Our four-year-old daughter is scratching her private parts a lot, saying that it itches her. The doctor says that there is nothing there, and I should stop her from doing it...
- Before he started nursery school, our son was a very gentle little boy. After a few weeks of going to school, he became aggressive. Shall I look for another school for him?
- My son is in fifth grade. According to the teachers, he is very smart, and he should do better at school. He never wants to do his homework, and he doesn't want to play with anything. He just wants to watch TV. He always says that he is bored. Is he just acting like a "teenager"?
- Our daughter is obsessed with what she wants to wear to school. She is bright and athletic, but she only cares about how she looks. How can I help her to feel good about herself?
- Both my husband and I are shy people. How can we make sure that our two-year-old son won't grow up being too timid at school, and struggle socially like we did?
- I have two very smart and very competitive sons. For some reason, my younger son (only by one year) is a better student at school. I feel bad for the older one. How can I help him not to feel defeated by his younger brother?
- I tried everything that the book said about raising children. I still don't know how to stop my daughter from coming to our bed in the middle of the night. I am exhausted. What can I do?
- Our four-year-old son is very active. We took him to a gym class, and he loves it. But his teachers still complain about him. What else can we do?
- We have twin boys. They will be five years old in May. Their teacher says that they will do fine in Kindergarten. I am not so sure. Their cousin is the same age, and he seems so much more
- My husband is a professor and I am a journalist. Our 16-year-old son doesn't want to go to college. He wants to be an auto mechanic. I know that there is nothing wrong with earning money with your hands but I thought he could do better than that since he is very intelligent. Did we do something wrong? How can we fix it?
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