How do you convince a parent to take a child's needs seriously? I have a child who has an older sibling who has serious issues. The older child gets all of the attention. I have brought my student's issues to his mother's attention on several occasions. She just refuses to believe them. She told me Mrs. So and So (previous teacher) never had a problem so there mustn't be any problem. This kid is crying out for help and mom just tells me thei issues don't exist. How do you convince a mother that she isn't paying any attention to this kid and she isn't doing him any favors by denying the problems.