Children's physical and mental development.

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When can children understand the concept of lying?

How old does a child have to be to be lying on purpose? How old are they before they can understand the concept of a lie vs the truth? What about not the truth vs the truth?
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Is it bad for a child to sit on their feet?

Are there studies which say sitting with their legs bent back on either side of them this is bad? If so, how do you get your child to stop sitting this way?
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Is TV harmful to my infant's development?

My wife and I use our TV to watch shows and streaming movies. Our 2 month old daughter is sometimes drawn to the TV and will turn her head towards it and will 'focus' on it. I know that their eye ...
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Balancing toy interest and value with noise

We got the Poppin' Park Elefun Busy Ball Poppers toy. Our daughter loves the toy and it is really encouraging her to crawl and even to work on getting from her tummy to sitting to put the balls back ...
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16 months old and no signs of communication. Should we be concerned?

Our son is now 16 months old and does not know any words yet. He doesn't seem to understand anything we say either. He makes plenty of talking sounds, he looks at you and babbles but no words. We ...
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Reasoning vs “because I say so”

Raising our two-year-old, my wife and I have slightly different views on how to get our child to obey instructions, such as "get in the car seat" and "put on your shirt." One of us feels that it is ...
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What are some resources to help understand child development?

I would like some recommendation for resources that will help me understand physical, social and mental development in a child. Also, it would be great to have some resources that suggest ...
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How does a child develop “handed-ness”?

I've noticed that my son generally experiments fine motor skills initially using his left-hand (stacking, eating with utensils, coloring) and then shifts to using his right more often. I'm honestly ...
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When and how should I teach my kids to touch-type?

My eldest is just getting to the age where she could start getting interested in typing things on her own. I'm wondering whether to 'go the whole hog', and give her a keyboard with no letters on ...
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Should I be concerned that my two-year-old doesn't interact with kids his age?

I have a 22-month old boy who is currently an only child. He's a very smart, outgoing child who has never shown any sort of developmental issues. He enjoys books and music, has an amazing memory, and ...
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How can we make parents more attractive than TV, video games, etc.?

Maybe I'm too early to ask about this, since my status changed to be a father since 25 September ago.. But I'm very curious about this. I learned from my surroundings (my friends family, my ...
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How many toys are enough/ too much?

My husband and I have decided to minimize the number of toys for our daughter for a variety of reasons... we have a small house, I am unemployed also we see how greedy many children who have ...
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scientific parenting book for newborns thru pre-school [closed]

I am looking for a particular kind of parenting book. The focus should be on newborn to pre-school. The book would offer parenting advice grounded in scientific studies. For example, there is a ...
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What are some techniques for toddlers to develop and practice good listening skills?

Like most toddlers, my 3 year old has to be told to do this or not do that over and over again. Rather than hoping she learns over time through the inevitable trouble she gets in for not listening, I ...
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How much noise does it take to negatively impact an infant's hearing?

In our apartment complex we have fire alarms that are outrageously loud. Last night, we woke at 4:30 am to the alarm going off all through the building. We got out as quickly as possible, but I'm ...
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Does it hurt my baby (developmentally) if she watches while I'm on the computer?

I have a 6 month old who likes to stare at my glowing computer while I code or browse the internet. Most of what I view is text or static web pages, so it's not content I'm worried about her viewing, ...
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Is there any consensus among researchers concerning the effects of watching television and the likes for a child's development?

I've tried to find out whether or not TV-watching is harmful or not for a child's development but haven't really found any good sources. Any tips on studies etc highly appreciated.
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How much direction does a preschooler need while doing crafts?

My son just turned 4 and I'm trying to figure out how much direction I should give while doing crafts. He really enjoys to doing crafts but if I give him a specific 'project' to do (e.g. something ...
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My son turns 10, what can I do for him that will be special?

January 2012, my son turns 10. I want to do something special with him, just me and him. A male bonding session to celebrate his double-digits. I've spoken to my wife and she thinks it's a great idea, ...
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In what ways can you help a child develop self-control and delayed or deferred gratification?

Children, especially young children, are creatures of opportunity. They see a lesser prize within their grasp and a much greater prize that they may have to work for, and they will take the lesser ...
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Do you use number of weeks or day of the month to determine an infant's birthday?

If a child was born today, which is July 18th and the third Monday of July, would he or she become one month old on August 18th or the third Monday in August (August 22)? Thanks
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Are shaking legs something to be worried about?

My wife has noticed that my 10 month old son sometimes starts to twitch his leg. It only lasts for a couple of seconds, and is infrequent enough that I have yet to witness it. She described it as ...
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At what age should my baby be expected to support her own head?

I have a 4-month old daughter. Each time she is awake she gets some "tummy-time" where we put her on her stomach on a play-mat, to build up her neck muscles. She doesn't like it that much and ...
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Should I be worried about my baby's eyesight?

My baby is 7 weeks old, and we have some concerns about his eyesight. When he was first born we were nervous because he would often bulge both eyes out - looked like he was kind of straining and his ...
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How important is stability / change / lack of change for children?

I frequently see people around the web supporting various arguments with the following statement: "children need stability." Is there any evidence for this, and more importantly can there be ...
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Are signs of early puberty in a primary-school aged child a cause for concern?

My son is less than 6 years old, and last week we discovered that he has grown a little bit of pubic hair. This seems way too soon for this to happen. My older son, who is 9 years old, only now ...
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What should I expect regarding development of baby born severely underweight with Symmetrical IUGR?

My baby was born at week 38, weighting 4.5 lbs. According to the ultrasounds, he stopped growing on week 34 and he was diagnosed at birth with Symmetrical IUGR. Before week 34, everything seemed ...
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Should we circumcise our son?

My wife and I will be having a son in about a month and we are still deciding if we should have him circumcised. There does not seem to be a strong medical opinion on the matter but we are ...
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How can I increase the numeracy of a toddler?

My two year old is just starting to learn counting. A few weeks ago, if he saw two of an item, eg a clock, he would say "clock clock". In the last week, he started saying "two clock". Although he can ...
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Does daycare help to speed up the development of motor skills?

I have heard about studies that show second/third/etc children's motor skills develop quicker in an effort to keep up with their older sibling(s). Is this also true for eldest children in a daycare ...
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At what age do kids start sleeping through the night?

My son is now almost 12 months old and he still doesn't sleep through the night regularly. Maybe one night a month he will sleep from 7pm->6.30am without waking, and that's only if he's utterly ...
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How widespread is attachment parenting?

Ever since bumping on Dr. Sears' "Baby Book" I've become interested in attachement parenting and found a lot of resources on the internet. But I'm wondering how widespread this kind of parenting ...
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What are some milestones a child should reach before learning programming?

I am going to buy a PC for my kid as a birthday present, so I'm thinking how to use it educationally. Of course, an obvious choice is teaching him how to program. I'm not asking what age should a kid ...
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How do you decide if a movie is suitable for young children?

Movies have ratings, which vary a little around the world, but the ratings just don't convey a full understanding of some scenes which may be scary for young children. For example: Monsters Inc. is ...
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At what age should a child be introduced to the Television?

At what age should a child be introduced to the TV?