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How often should I take my 18 month child out of home

I live in a rented apartment in HongKong and work 6 nights. The only time i get during week days is after 10 AM, that too if the weather permits. How often shall I take my child out? Is it that the ...
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Establishing bed time routines?

When is it best to start establishing bed time routines? I.e. Bath time? Reading a book? etc? I've read Save our Sleep, which mentions its best to do it from early on, but i've had doctors tell me ...
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Is there a benefit or harm in letting a 3 year old control her own bedtime routine?

I'm a bit exhausted getting my 3 year old daughter through the evening. Getting home, washing hands, sitting at the dinner table, eating dinner, eating fruit, taking a bath, towel drying, drying ...
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How important is a settled/repeatable routine for a 1 month old

We have a one month old now and I'm just wondering how important it is that his routine is settled/repeatable at this stage. For the most part his routine is Eat-Poop-Sleep repeat, about 7 times a ...
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Too many car trips with toddler

My wife and I live several hours away from the rest of our family and they complain that we do not visit often enough and never get to see our 20-month-old son. He does great on long (3-5 hour) car ...
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How to deal with visiting a household with very different parenting techniques

My wife and I have a 5 month old son, after a rocky start he's settled into an ok routine, especially for bed time (Baby massage, bath and bottle by 7/7:30). We have a problem when visiting my sister ...
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Good routine for a 5 year old

My step-daughter is heading to school this year. Her pre-school hours last year were 9.30 until 2.30 and her school hours this year will be 9.00 until 3.30. It will be quite a sudden change in ...
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How disruptive is an occasional exception to a toddler's sleep schedule?

My son's sleep patterns are pretty good. We start our bedtime routine around 20:30 - 21:00, and he's usually in bed by 21:30 (and asleep within minutes). We have been planning our activities and ...
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At what age should sleeping and eating schedules be fixed for a kid?

Kid isn't born yet. I would like to know at what age should we start fixing the sleeping and eating schedules for the kid, and also expect the kid to follow? Besides eating and sleeping are there any ...
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How should I wake up my 4 year old?

My four year old is like I am: she HATES to wake up. I completely empathize with her, and I have horrible memories of screaming battles with my parents waking me up for school. How should I go about ...
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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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What is the best strategy for adjusting an toddler's sleep cycle during Daylight Savings?

With Daylight Savings coming up, we are worried about getting our son transitioned to the new time. How do we get him to sleep an hour later, when we're struggling with keeping him from waking up ...
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What techniques can keep a reluctant pre-schooler on a morning schedule?

Early starts at distant work make for alarm clocks and morning rush in our house. A 4 year old child and two adults have around an hour to get washed, dressed and fed to leave at 7am. To my son ...
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What are some do's and dont's for an effective bedtime ritual?

I think most parents agree that it's helpful to follow some fixed ritual when putting a child to bed. What elements in such rituals are particularly useful, and what should be avoided? There are ...