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Are ExerSaucers/walkers/jumpers bad for children or is that simply a misconception?

I have heard my whole life that the above mentioned types of toys delay walking and/or independent sitting (depending on the age they're used). I've even heard that they can hurt the infant's legs. ...
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How do we keep kindergartners entertained while camping?

It's been a while since I've been camping and I never did so as a very young child. What types of activities and general camping prep would be appropriate for going with a kindergartner?
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Washing your baby whilst camping

Taking our baby (10 months) camping this summer, was planning just sit him in a bucket for washing but does anyone have any suggestions/experience for baby washing whilst camping?
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Is there an alternative to Boy/Girl Scouts in the US?

My son desperately wants to join the Boy Scouts, but I've had to say no due to the local troop's religious agenda. I've been helping my friend try to come up with ideas for her daughter's new Girl ...
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Should I force activities on my child?

I am trying to encourage my 5 1/2 year old son to try different activities but he often simply rejects them out of hand before trying them. Recently I saw a groupon for ten Taekwondo lessons. He did ...
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Is my daughter getting enough sleep?

I have two daughters, 12 and 15 years old. The younger goes to sleep at about 9 and wakes up for school at 7 so she gets around 10 hours of sleep, but her older sister is up until around 11:30pm ...
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Are forward rolls dangerous for young children?

My 2.5 year old is fascinated by forward rolls and attempts to do them on the floor and on the bed. He is not afraid of hurting himself, he also dives head first into the bed and such. I worry about ...
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How can I keep a 14 month old busy at some activity for longer than 3 minutes

Our boy loses interest in any activity - playing with toys /playing with us/mock singing/you-name-it very soon The only exception is watching TV (which can go on for 30 minutes uninterrupted) and he ...
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How talkative should a three month old be?

Our daughter started babbling a lot. She used to throw gu and ga around once in a while, but now she seems to be babbling all the time. She talks to us, to all the chandeliers, her toys, she also ...
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Pros and Cons of competitive music festival

I have a 6 year old daughter who has been taking piano lessons for a couple of years. The school where she goes assumes that all their kids will go compete in a local competitive music festival, ...
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My daughter “forgets” her numbers even though she knows how to count

My daughter is 4 1/2 or so. She knows how to count to at least 10, possibly higher, and will do so unprompted. However, we've recently tried to start playing some board and card games with her. In ...
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How can I help my pre-schooler be more confident and assertive when other children are taking toys away from her?

Our daughter is a very sociable child; she goes to kindergarten and has a lot of friends outside her kindergarten-friends circle. When we're at the playground she is always the first to approach ...
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Discussing early literacy tools with parents

I have three couple-friends, all with toddlers (12-14 months), who rarely ever involve literacy in their child's lives. As an educator and researcher I know how strong a correlation early reading has ...
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Suggestions on keeping a soon to be 7 year old engaged during summer vacation

I have a soon to be 7 year old and a soon to be 2 year old. Now that school year is over I'm wondering how to keep her engaged. With the 2 year old, its hard for my wife to balance time with summer ...
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How to keep a 2 year old toddler entertained throughout the day?

The child is 2 years 3 months old, and she loves following 4 activities: Getting read books. Making sketches with me. Going outside to play. Watching cartoons on TV. The problem is that these ...
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rules for a tea party

Im a dad of daughters. They are native pink/sparkly/rainbow/fairy/mermaid/pink. As much as it is the opposite of who/what I am, I love them and it is who they are. So they love "tea parties". ...
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Is it normal for my 10 month old boy to lick my face

My 10 month old boy licks my face,especially my nose when i bring him close to my face. He does this only to me. But i am concerned. i tried to distract him when he licks but he thinks of it as fun ...
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How to find fitting sports to introduce one’s kid to?

Different sports afford different body types, in team sports even a particular position may favor certain physical properties in a player. Much of this does not develop before puberty hits of course, ...
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What is a good age to start taking your kids to the cinema?

What age can you expect a child to happily sit through a movie at the theatre and do you have tips to make this a good experience for both children and parents (e.g. which movie to pick, what to do if ...
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Tricks / acitivities to make a toddler stay in one place for a while

My 18MO toddler is very active. When she's not running, she's walking, and when she's not walking, she's picking things up, and otherwise she's climbing, sitting on stuff and standing up. What tricks ...
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Alternatives to using food coloring for kids activities

We do a lot of activities that seem to use food coloring in our house - making play doh, playing with colored vinegar and baking soda, etc. Food coloring seems to be pretty pricey in our local grocery ...
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Extracurricular activities for children

Let me admit that I am not a parent and this question is about my sister. My sister is 8 years old. With the start of summer vacations, she has nothing to do all day. She has no peers to play with, ...
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How to better engage myself with my 15 month old

My 15 month old toddler is very active and I often find it challenging to match his pace. He seems to get bored with his toys very quickly. Earlier he used to be very much interested in my laptop and ...
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Activities to show to my children that the body is 70% water

I'm thinking about to color 70% of the body of my children (3-4 years old) with blue ink in order to show that 70% of his body is constituted of water. The problem is maybe they could think that the ...
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How do I convince my eleven-year-old to practice her dancing?

My eleven-year-old daughter who has been in dance classes since she was four. She loves ballet, and she loves to perform. However, she does not care for the stretching and practicing that are part ...
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Where can we find ideas for activities for our toddler?

I have twin boys who are 15 months old. My mother-in-law does daycare for us and also lives with us. Recently I have noticed a trend where they are spending more and more time watching TV during the ...
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Is visiting museums worthwhile or beneficial for a toddler?

Would visiting an art museum, history museum, etc. which is not specifically geared toward children (i.e. not a "children's museum") be good for a toddler? I'm assuming that the toddler is under ...
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How do I motivate my 8-year-old to practice the piano regularly?

I end up offering TV time as a reward but he complains so much while practicing, tracks time by calling out every 2 minutes, and practices without respecting the piano or the music (bangs it out). He ...
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Preventing anti-STEM bias especially with girls

Both of my children love science, and my wife and I have encouraged this in our children. However, at a recent school activity fair the representative for a science oriented group (robotics if I ...
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Should I force my 4 year boy to play sports or activities? [duplicate]

He refused to join any activity (Karate/Gymnastics/Tennis). He doesn't even want to join church lessons for kids (Sunday school). Shall I force him or wait until he is 6?
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How do I dissuade my three-year-old from saying he doesn't like a parent?

My three-year-old is sometimes verbally and physically abusive with one parent, saying he doesn't like, want, or love the parent, and commands the parent to go away. This seems to happen mostly when ...
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How can I help my child who is advanced in programming to meet others at the same skill level?

My child just turned 14 years old, and one of his hobbies is programming. He knows JavaScript, HTML, CSS, jQuery, Ruby, Python, some Java, and a bit of C++, Bash, and PHP. He also uses Git, Vim, and ...
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How to escape vicious circle of dawdling - no outdoor activities - conflicts …?

I'm very frustrated at this moment. I have 2 sweet sons (7 and 2 years old), and especially now during the winter holidays (we're all at home together, no school/kindergarden) we could do a lot of ...
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How do you find apps that a 2 year old can use and enjoy?

My mom bought my 2 year old son a LeapPad2, which is fun but also a big, big challenge for him at this stage. The tablet is definitely helping him develop his fine motor coordination, but at the ...
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What should I look for in educational iPad apps for children?

What qualities should I look for in educational iPad apps for children?
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Some games and playful ideas for a father to do with his 4 year old daughter?

My daughter has an older brother (8yrs old) so when we all play together we tend to do older boy things. Does anybody (especially women) have any memorable games/activities they played with Dad? A ...
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How does a woman prepare her body before becoming pregnant? [duplicate]

My husband and I are planning on conceiving a child in the next year and were wondering what types of things women should do to prepare their bodies for pregnancy? We are wondering about vitamins, ...
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My 13 year old son has a friend whom he brushes off but yet my 11 year old son really likes

I have two sons. My older son has a friend whom he brushes off but yet my 11 year old son really likes. This friend is a good kid. My older son is upset that his friend is playing with his younger ...
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How to deal with children succeeding because of their parent's efforts rather than their own?

It's that time of year again: Pinewood Derby! The Cub Scout motto is "Do Your Best". But it's also important to recognize true excellence. Our pack does a good job of balancing those values by giving ...
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Encouraging a 3-year-old's interest in minibeasts

Our three-year-old son has always been interested in minibeasts, such as worms, ants, spiders, woodlice, snails, and slugs, but he now seems to be even more interested in them than ever. Whenever we ...
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How do we balance our expectations for our children with allowing them freedom to pursue their own interests?

It is natural to have an "image" of what we want our child to become in future. Our education is directly related to this imagination, but when and how should we allow a child to develop his/her own ...
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Should we add Soccer to an already pretty full schedule?

My child (7, nearly 8 and going on 16 - yes, all one child) is involved in Theater, Children's Choir, takes piano lessons, and has Tae Kwon Do 4 days a week (she is in the black belt club and working ...
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Extremely fussy and refusing to sleep 12 week old

My daughter has practically refused to nap during last two days. She is unusually agitated and wants to suck almost all the time. Is something wrong with her?
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How does one help the third child have activities of “his own?”

My nephew has two older sisters. One is heavily active in soccer and gymnastics, while the other is in Karate, basketball and dance. Both girls have tried other activities as well and always do well ...
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Reducing TV time for toddler?

There are similar Questions around Like this and this But they dont entirely help me.. I'm pursuing Post graduation and my exams are around. My little one is a three year old restless girl who shows ...
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How and when should I teach my children how to swim?

I personally want to teach my children (all under 6yo) how to swim. What readiness guidelines should I use to determine if they're ready to start? What things should I teach them first? Are there good ...
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How do I get my overachiever to accept her mistakes and live up to her abilities?

My seven year old child is a perfectionist and I believe it holds her back. She is so afraid of making a mistake or "failing" that she is afraid to put herself out there. She is similarly afraid to be ...
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What are some fun (no TV or computer) activities that a 2 year old and a 4 year old would enjoy together?

The only common activity I've found that works well so far is fort building. My 2 year old boy is very active, but my 4 year old daughter loves to have books read to her. However, when I'm alone with ...
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How can I help my pre-schooler be more confident and assertive in competitive play situations?

In a certain type of games, where children are expected to run to a goal point (1) and then to perform something (2), e.g. to run to a bag full of toys and then quickly grab the best toy ahead of ...
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Attention-promoting activities for a toddler

ADD runs in our family ("in fact, it practically stampedes"), and I'm starting to see my toddler's attention become more and more difficult for him to control; he's beginning to have difficulty ...