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4answers
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2-and-a-half-year-old child refuses to take her food

My 2-and-a-half-year-old child refuses to take her food. We have to force her to eat. I even tried changing her food to suit her tastes but still need to force her. Please help.
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13answers
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Learning to play an instrument: Should we insist that the child practices each day

Our son (7 years) is having piano lessons for some months now. Currently we want him to practice at least 10 minutes each day, but this is sometimes difficult if he gets home late after sports or ...
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1answer
80 views

What is the average cost difference per year to raise a infant before schooling?

Bring in a new human being into the world and need to do some budgeting. Southern California, suburb of a major city. One income household with both parents. Don't know who will be watching the ...
6
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1answer
135 views

Regaining the trust of my toddler

I was in an abusive relationship where my son and I were both physically abused. I'm no longer in that relationship, and children's services has taken custody of my two year old son. In his eyes I ...
3
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2answers
44 views

Do negative thoughts affect a foetus?

Do negative thoughts affect a foetus ? How do most new parents avoid negative thoughts - for example worrying intensely about birth deformities etc ?
2
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1answer
78 views

My 5yo is struggling to concentrate

My 5-year-old is struggling to concentrate for more than a brief period of time and is falling behind the other kids in her kindergarten class. When she does concentrate for a few minutes she's able ...
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13answers
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How can I prevent my parents' divorce?

I am a young teenager, younger than 16. (I do not want to give my age online) My dad told me he wants a divorce, but I don't want my parents divorced. My dad says he can't stand my mom anymore. My ...
3
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1answer
107 views

How can parents help an adult child with OCD?

My brother was diagnosed with OCD about two years ago and is following treatment. He lives with our parents (we're both 20-ish years old, but I moved out years ago). He has some conspicuous ...
3
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1answer
28 views

What level/type of exercise is safe during pregnancy?

Reading Can Pregnancy Weight Loss Be Good?, I stumble across "We know that exercise in pregnancy is safe for everybody," Artal says. "When we talk exercise, we talk about just walking -- a safe ...
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3answers
88 views

What can we do to get him to behave?

I have looked everywhere for answers, options, solutions, and still have no help. My cousin's 8 year old son seems to be one of the worst kids i know. We have tried so many different angles of ...
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2answers
84 views

How to handle separation from former classmates at the start of a new term, when your child was the only one in a different class?

My 6 year old just started first grade, but to our surprise he was assigned to a different class from his former (from last year) classmates. The ones that did not transfer schools at least, but he ...
0
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0answers
54 views

As a university undergraduate, how can I get more self-disciplined in my academic studies? [migrated]

first off, I'm sorry if this is in the wrong section. I feel like I'm taking on the role of parenting myself in this case, and thus it should be here. If there is a better place for it please let me ...
4
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2answers
237 views

Is our toddler ready for potty training - potty training regression

Our daughter became potty trained almost two months ago. She was pretty good with very few accidents (maybe one every week or two). Two weeks ago she had some massive regression. She wets her pants ...
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0answers
92 views

In divorce, who is more affected: boys or girls? [on hold]

Who is more affected by divorce, boys or girls (less then 10 years old )? Especially when the mother takes custody. What does the university research say?
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3answers
350 views

Is it bad to pretend the spoon is an airplane to get a child to eat?

I have an almost-2-year-old who tends to be difficult at the dinner table. She'll usually eat a few bites on her own, then either focus on something (e.g. "don't want carrots", "want cheese") or just ...
7
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4answers
284 views

My son has not started speaking properly, now he is 1 yr and 10 months

My son is now 1 year and 10 months old and he hardly speaks. He calls Maa, Paa and very few words. But he understands whatever we say and is smart enough to do things. He will understand if we scold ...
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12answers
13k views

How do I handle a 10 year old girl “in love”?

I just found out that my daughter wrote in her diary that she loves a boy - and she is only 10 years old. How do I deal with the situation? How do I discipline her?
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6answers
3k views

How can we get our 5 year old to behave during eating, without us nagging all the time?

We want our 5 (almost 6) year old daughter to do certain things while we are eating together -- she should remain seated, use cutlery instead of eating with her hands, and eat at least a tiny bit of ...
1
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1answer
87 views

Is there any Good homeschooling program that has curriculum based on Encyclopedia in USA?

I am not American citizen & I don't live in America. I am living in a Southeast Asian country, but I hate the education system there. There are too much homework and lack of innovation. So I ...
3
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8answers
973 views

Risks and benefits of natural birth

Women have been giving birth naturally throughout history, but what are the risks and benefits to natural birth, i.e. avoiding epidurals and analgesics? Is having a natural birth statistically more or ...
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0answers
43 views

What are the pros and cons of opting for an elective C-section? [duplicate]

In my mind: Pros: no labour, and no pain minimizes risks of prolonged labour babies born by C-section have higher IQ than babies born through natural (prolonged) labour Cons: not "natural" ...
0
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2answers
135 views

Can lack of sleep be harmful for newborns?

Everywhere I read, people say that newborns sleep all the time. And everyone's all warning you to watch for their tired signs. My problem seems to be the reverse - my 4 week old newborn doesn't want ...
0
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1answer
26 views

Are there resources that provide collections of good math training activities?

I am very eager to access collections of good math training activities, games, etc -- hopefully high quality and aligned with current curriculum movements like common core, etc. Naturally I would ...
4
votes
4answers
168 views

Why is the handwriting my son does at school so poor?

My eight year old son brings homework from school every day. When we sit at the table and work through it together he produces lovely, legible handwriting, albeit with continuous supervision and ...
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2answers
110 views

Delayed speech for 3 year old

My 3 year old still doesn't speak in sentences. He can convey things in 1-2 words but cannot form sentences. Even if he knows a simple sentence like "I want water" but he will never remember to say ...
1
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1answer
192 views

15 month old keeps smashing his head against walls, cupboards, bed and also screaming extremely loud very often

My 15 month old boy keeps smashing his head against any surface he finds, and if I try to stop him he finds it funny to do it even more and even harder. As well as this, he is constantly screaming ...
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0answers
47 views

My 7yr old has been making weird noises and has a weird breathing pattern when awake [on hold]

This started over a year ago and our pediatrician kind of blows it off as just a thing because it seems to coincide with a head bobble and throat noises. I would love some advice. It seems like he ...
0
votes
1answer
52 views

15 month old - developmental activities? Dealing with night terrors? [closed]

My daughter is almost 15 months old. Are there things i could work on her with? Cleaning? Talking? Potty training? Anything else along these lines that I could start working on with her? And any ...
4
votes
4answers
334 views

Do I force my son to speak to his semi-absent parent?

My son's father and I were together until my son was 6.5. We broke up because I found out he had been abusing heroin and stealing thousands of dollars in cash and items from my mother, his friends, ...
4
votes
4answers
129 views

What to do when 18 month old doesn't want her dinner?

It's becoming more frequent that my 18 month old daughter has started refusing the dinner we give her without trying it. Our best guess at why, is because it contains green things. We always check ...
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1answer
255 views

My 4 year old daughter has suddenly changed her speech

My 4 year old daughter has all of a sudden changed her accent drastically to one that is awful. The pronunciation is totally incorrect and its freaking me out. The more I correct the worse it becomes. ...
2
votes
2answers
77 views

Can newborns get used to the sounds of a language in the background?

My 4 week old newborn likes the sound of background noise (eg. white noise, radio, TV) to get to sleep. I also want to give my child the best chance to learn a foreign language when they are older. ...
2
votes
1answer
76 views

How to help an 8 year old with short attention span and obsessive character?

I need some advice on how to motivate my 8 year old daughter to pay attention more at school and achieve higher grades. She seems to have a short attention span and seems more interested in break ...
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votes
0answers
42 views

How to get my 2 year old son to tell me when he has to potty [duplicate]

I have been potty training my 2 year old son for about a month now and I can't get him to tell me when he has to go potty; he comes screaming to me after he has gone and wants out of his clothes. He ...
5
votes
2answers
84 views

How can I prevent my baby to climbing up to desk?

My baby (boy) is 16 months old. He loves climbing up on anything that's higher than the floor. He gradually climbs up chairs and uses them to climb on the dinner desk. I tried to remove the chairs ...
5
votes
5answers
2k views

Consequences of smoking marijuana during pregnancy (especially first weeks)? [duplicate]

I just found out yesterday I am 4 weeks pregnant, I am a regular weed smoker I usually smoke once a day at night right before bed just a couple hits out of my pipe so I basically smoked every night ...
8
votes
6answers
317 views

Preparing quality bedtime stories

When I was a child I enjoyed my mom's bedtime stories so much, and even now I can still remember some of them. Now it's my turn to pass such a wonderful experience down to my daughter. However I am ...
7
votes
4answers
1k views

How do I help a stressed out 9 year old sleep?

Some years ago my partner, A, and their spouse, B, separated, and now their daughter, O, lives with A and me. At the time everything was of course incredibly stressful for all involved, but in the ...
9
votes
4answers
1k views

4 year old afraid of swimming

I had my 4 year old going for swimming lessons starting this summer in June. She was doing ok at first, got into water learned a lot. She can bobs, front float, back float with no problem, as far as ...
10
votes
3answers
231 views

4 year old daughter starved for Dad's attention

My 4 year old daugther always wants my attention, and I try my best to give it to her. Either by telling stories, playing with stuffed animals, reading books, or anything else she likes to do. I have ...
10
votes
3answers
2k views

Stop a 14 month old from hurting the dog

I am the father to a 14 month old son, an only child, and he is pretty much how I would expect a toddler to be. He has an unquenchable curiosity, a need for play, occasional cuddles, intense desires ...
4
votes
2answers
145 views

Sleep Training giggles

We've been working on the Sleep Lady Shuffle with our 15-month old. We're on night three which means we're still next to the crib. We put our son down almost asleep. He's calm and relaxed. As soon as ...
3
votes
2answers
74 views

Is a LATCH booster seat used without LATCH any less safe than a LATCH-less booster seat?

We have the Graco AFFIX Backless Booster Car Seat with Latch System, but our new babysitter's car does not have LATCH. Would there be any difference between using this seat without LATCH (just with ...
5
votes
1answer
105 views

List of emotions to teach

Is there a list of emotions with an age range that is appropriate to teach kids? I would like to put the list on the fridge so that we (the parents) are reminded to use these words.
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6answers
1k views

Securing books from toddler

We have several bookcases filled with books in our apartment. Our little Tasmanian Devil is not even walking yet, but everytime we put her on the floor, she starts crawling towards a random bookcase ...
11
votes
3answers
3k views

How to deal with my 12 year old's rebellious behavior?

My son just turned 12 a few months ago, and boy is he a handful! He does not obey anything I say, curses at me, calls me names, throws tantrums, and hesitates to go to school every single day. I ...
7
votes
1answer
104 views

Building a better relationship between half siblings for a more unified home?

My step son is 5. He's still struggling with the seperation of his parents. We have all been trying to reassure him in this home that he is loved. His father takes him for outings, sometimes, due to ...
4
votes
2answers
87 views

How long does breast milk last after taken from the fridge?

There's lots of information available about how long pumped breast milk can be kept for, generally citing different temperature ranges. From the CDC (though the samereference is also cited by the ...
10
votes
2answers
202 views

How to include Dad in breastfeeding process?

I'm due in two-three weeks. I'd like breastfeed my son exclusively for at least a month or two (circumstance permitting). My question is: how do I include my husband in breastfeeding? We've talked ...
2
votes
2answers
92 views

What constitutes a Birth Plan

My wife and I are expecting our first within the next couple weeks, and while we have made significant preparations, we remain a little confused as to what constitutes a "Birth Plan" We have ...

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