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How can I help my child to stay still?

My 3 year old son is generally very well behaved and plays well with others. However, he just wont sit still when we need him to. He is good at staying still when he is focused on something, but as ...
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Help needed regarding step daughter and my partner!

This is the first time I've used a forum like this so I'm sorry if I waffle too much! I've been with my other half for nearly 4 years and have been known to his daughter (now 8yo) for a little ...
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When should I allow a child to swear?

Disclaimer: I do not have kids of my own yet, so this is more of a curiosity question. I'd met some kids via online gaming who were ages 13 or so, and swearing quite skillfully. I think in ...
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How to handle a 11y/o son who act like a girl?

I have an 11 y/o son who is showing a tendency towards becoming gay. People have seen him walking like a girl but I haven't. I'm thinking that they are just judgmental. On his computer games he ...
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How to stop my 8 year old son from doubting and/or speaking against the existence of God? [closed]

I am a Muslim, and so is my husband. Our 8 year old son is refusing to learn how to offer namaz and does not offer prayers either, and in his school, he has been slapped and beaten by teachers for ...
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Why are parents so concerned about profanity around their children?

I've spent some time around parents of children in the 2months to 6 years range. And both were quite diligent about having me watch what I said, in particular around profanity. Why the concern? For ...
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Do most 2-3-year-old toddlers deliberately disobey?

We have two daughters, 2 and 3 years old, 13 months apart. Our oldest has over the past several months taken to the "I'd rather do precisely the opposite of what you just asked me to do" mindset. ...
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Teenage son talks to self

My son talks to himself, often in the shower, and stops when I'm aware of it. He is 17, and in a demanding program in college. He is elite, he is on the rowing team and the debate club. He doesn't ...
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Is it possible to spoil a child, but still teach them not to behave spoiled?

My 9-year-old stepson has terrible tantrums. I was abused as a child and used to act out as a result. Teachers and other adults were very hostile to me and failed to recognize my cries for help. So ...
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How to deal with my 6 year old son who misbehaves at school and home?

My son constantly needs attention. He sometimes pulls his younger sister's hair to get her complain and get our attention. He talks back frequently. He repeatedly says that other kids in school ...
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My son won't behave in school [duplicate]

I have a six year old son in kindergarten that just won't behave. His school compiles a behavior chart and he always behaves badly, like talking too much, not listening, being impatient, talking over ...
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How can I help my daughter be less angry?

My daughter is 14. She is usually very good and not hard to cope with, but sometimes she gets very angry. For example, when I take away her phone, or her sisters use her belongings, or she can't do ...
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Can temper tantrums indicate a behavior problem?

I understand that temper tantrums are relatively normal for many children. However, some children seem to have far more temper tantrums than other children their age, and others far fewer. Can ...
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How and when can you teach a child to use an “indoor voice”?

We don't generally tell my son to be quiet, as its rarely necessary (despite his being extremely vocal). We want to encourage communication and his ability to express himself. However, there are ...
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How can I get my three year old to stop sucking his fingers?

My three and a half year old son recently started sucking his fingers and sometimes his clothing. When I point it out to him he takes his fingers out of his mouth, but they are soon back in. I can't ...
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Three months crying a lot. Cannot determine reason

My baby just turned 3 months old and he is crying a lot, he is hard to put to sleep as well as he fights it and cry a lot. We tried everything, changing his pampers on time, milk on time, give him ...
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How to prevent infants from rolling out of bed?

My seven months old daughter is rolling quite a lot nowadays. This is cute when she is awake and we are present. However, lately she is also rolling in her bed during the night, when she awakes for a ...
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Our Six Year Old is Quick to Anger but Upsets Others and Himself..

Ok so we have a Six Year old boy, He is generally lovely, bright, and easy to be around BUT is often quick to anger when playing with friends and smaller kids (classic example is when he does not ...
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My 7 year old Son is out of control and has been expelled from school [closed]

My 7yr old son Josh is out of control. I can't leave him alone with his brother, I cant go shopping with him, I cant drive with him in the car, he wont sleep, he cant go to school and I cant cope. ...
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My 4 year old daughter doesn't love her Dad and sometimes rejects him

My daughter (4) is very close to me. She wants everything from me, and I certainly do her whatever she wants (within limits), however sometimes I tell her ask her Dad to do. When she does ask him, ...
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How do you teach a toddler not to share?

Normally, my son (2 years old) does very well sharing with other kids. In fact, he's remarkably social, even with children he's never met before. And therein lies the problem. On a recent trip to ...
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How can 7-year old defend himself when toddler is hitting?

I am a mother to a 7 year old boy and I have a friend who has a 2 years toddler. Both my friend and I try our best to use the Conscious and Peaceful Parenting Approach. Her little daughter is lovely ...
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Desperate for help or advice for my 5 year old son!

I have a problem that is really beginning to affect almost everything! I have a beautiful 5 year old son (almost 6) and over the past 6 months his aggression and behaviour are becoming really ...
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How should my 8 year old son deal with a girl who hits him?

My kid is 8 yrs old. This morning he asked me, "Mummy, you told me if a girl hits you don't strike her back. Should I continue to get hittings from her just because she's a girl?" I was unable to ...
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14-month year old takes dinner in bath only

Unfortunately we have gotten into the habit of feeding dinner to our 14-month old mostly in the bath. It started around the time he turned one, at first as a means to get him to eat at all when he was ...
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15 month old waking in the night, screaming and hysterical

My 15 month old has suddenly started waking at night crying. We go into her room to try to comfort her, and sometimes bring her into bed with us, but our presence seems to make things worse. Sometimes ...
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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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When does a child start showing jealousy?

At what age is it normal for a child to begin showing signs of jealousy of other children? I ask because my 13-month-old God daughter seemed like she was a little resentful of another child who was ...
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6 year old is acting out with family

My 6 year old son acts out: yells, throws, hits, makes faces, talks disrepectfully to my husband and I and his 4 year old sister (who he hits often). We have talked so many times, disciplined, taken ...
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6 Year old son behavior problems at school and now at home

My son is 6, 7 next month. He's having a lot of problems at school. At the beginning of the year he was getting tallies and notes sent home because he was hitting, pushing, kicking other kids at ...
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Temper Tantrums

My 4 year old daughter, soon to be 5, has temper tantrums at preschool. She does not have them for me and has not had them for me for the past couple of years. I never fed her temper tantrums. It ...
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Suggestions for a 5 year old who can't sit still in her chair?

I have a 5 year old daughter and she has a real struggle to: Sit in the middle of her chair Stay there without fidgetting In terms of #1, she often falls off her chair as she sits on the edge. ...
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Should I discourage my son from “stealing” toys from Let's Rock Elmo?

My 15 month old son has Let's Rock Elmo, which includes drums, microphone, and tambourine for Elmo to play. However, my son has several times decided that he wanted the instrument Elmo was "using" at ...
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Constant Crying 4 year old

I have a just turned 4 year old step daughter whose life I have been in for almost two years. In July we went on vacation (myself, my 16 year-old son, one of his friends, my 12 year-old daughter, one ...
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2.5 years toddler who refuse to open eyes for hours

I have a 2.5 years old toddler girl who has recently started full day childcare and there were a couple of instances where she refused to open her eyes for hours - this usually happens when she throws ...
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34 month old refuses to swallow or spit out food

He refuses to swallow or spit out his food. We are at a loss on how to combat this issue as he won't just hold it in his mouth for half n hour. We are talking 3 HOURS + HERE! The only reason he spat ...
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12 year old boy has defeated behavior management program (Kazdin method)

I am in a six year relationship with a woman who has two kids, a girl who is 15, and a boy who is 12. We have moved a lot, the child's father has been incarcerated for most of the child's life. He ...
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My 6 year old is beyond control [closed]

My son is a young 6 year old first grader (he just makes the cut). Last year I had a horrible time in kindergarden because his teacher refused to help me with his behaviour. This year his teacher is ...
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What to do about my infant who sucks his thumb constantly?

My 5 month baby boy is always sucking on his thumb non stop. Is it okay for him to do it while he's asleep? I try to take it away and he just wont let me. Sometimes he makes him self sick so I am ...
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My 4 year old keeps telling me she peed herself but she's dry?

I'm at a complete loss. She's potty trained and all is well. But recently she keeps moaning and complaining she peed in her underwear but upon checking, she's completely dry. This is an ongoing thing ...
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Fist up nose. Why does this happen

My 8 week old son tries to fit his fist up his nose ( thats what it looks like). He makes a fist and forcefully pushes it toward his nose or just to the sides or under, shaking his head and making a ...
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How can you turn back the clock?

My eldest son and I have had a difficult relationship for some time. I have changed a great deal in terms of how I parent him, and I know I was far too strict towards him from years ago. He is ...
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How to deal with my 5 year old son who has ADD/ADHD and constantly misbehaves?

Let me start by giving a little background history of us. We live in Texas. I WAS a single mom up until 10 months ago. From the age of 9 months until 3 months ago I was the only one caring for and ...
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Should I really be insisting that my daughter finish eating her meal?

Like many young children, my 4.5 year old daughter will often stop eating her supper (6 PMish - she has breakfast and lunch at daycare) and say she's not hungry. My instinctive initial response is to ...
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How can I teach my 5yo son to respect authority?

My kid is nearly 5, and damn clever but unfortunately he lacks empathy and social skills. Among other things, he does not understand that when a parent gives an order, that order is to be followed -- ...
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Is this behavior (nipple pushing and other behaviors) a problem?

We have a 2 year old son. He is our first child. Recently we've started noticing some weird behavior. Below are the behaviors we have observed. When he is with me, sometimes he lifts my shirt and ...
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How to Handle 5 Year Old Disrespect/Not Listening in Public?

Our 5-year-old daughter is a very smart, sweet, and usually well-behaved girl. She usually hates to get in trouble and responds well to correction. However, lately she has been getting into some ...
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14 year old daughter has a boyfriend and I have heard reports of inappropriate behavior from her friends

My daughter has been spending a lot of time with her new boyfriend, to the point it is making her other friends uncomfortable. While I had told my daughter as long as she could be responsible and ...
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Getting child to focus

I have an 8 year old daughter that has a hard time focusing in everything she does. Don't get me wrong, she can focus when she wants to and if it's something that's she is interested in. The other ...
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How do you teach a toddler how to wait?

My toddler (21 months old), like most, is not a very patient person. For example, when it's dinner time, she wants to sit in her high chair and begins whining and complaining tearfully while her food ...