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My son is having trouble following rules in preschool. What should I do?
It sounds like your son needs help, from both you and his teacher, in adjusting to more structure and new expectations.- Mandi Silverman, PsyD, MBA
My ex-husband self-diagnosed our daughter with a health condition and now she's worried. What should I do?
Try to have a respectful conversation with your ex about why you are concerned. A trusted person with a license can determine if your daughter is actually ill.- Rachel Busman, PsyD
How can I explain a student's selective mutism to her classmates?
Teachers are in a great position to help students understand anxiety. Here are two ways to do this.- Laura Kirmayer, PhD, MSW
My 12-year-old doesn't want to do anything outside her room, even with friends, unless we make her. Please help me!
Typically kids this age want to play with friends and do things outside the home. Your daughter could be struggling with depression or an anxiety disorder.- Jill Emanuele, PhD
Is my toddler's behavior too out of control?
There is a wide range of normal behavior in kids, and toddlers are often very active.- Natalie Weder, MD
My son is having problems swallowing and isn't eating. We need help.
Your son could be feeling anxious or depressed. Getting an evaluation to understand clinically what is going on with your son is important.- Jerry Bubrick, PhD
My son started kindergarten and has been crying nonstop and saying he wants to come home. How do we keep him in school?
Difficult transitions are common this time of year, but there are things parents and teachers can do to help kids adjust.- Amanda Mintzer, PsyD
After seeing inappropriate sexual things on Instagram and BuzzFeed my daughter has been riddled with anxiety.
Sometimes thoughts can get "stuck." The best way to combat them is actually to stop thinking they're such a big deal.- Rachel Busman, PsyD
My autistic son is having violent tantrums, but only at school or daycare. What can I do?
Talk to his teachers and daycare personnel to try to determine what might be triggering or reinforcing the tantrums.- Mandi Silverman, PsyD, MBA
I have a child who is very good but won’t follow directions. What should I do?
The way parents phrase requests can make kids more (or less) likely to follow through. Giving kids the right kind of praise helps, too.- Kristin Carothers, PhD