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9 year old son brought a toy gun to school – how can we get him to understand this isn't just about bringing a toy to school?

My well behaved, bright, popular, naive 9 year old son brought a plastic toy revolver (the kind with the bright orange barrel to indicate that it's a toy) to school yesterday. He snuck it into his ...
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Problems with my son's friend

My son's 11 year old (male) friend, whom I will call Mike for the sake of discussion, is loud and rude. At the beginning of the school year, Mike asked me if I was willing to drive him home ...
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Childs friends parent doesn't like my child and I fear it might isolate my child after a while

When my son was 2 he went through a biting stage which was fairly traumatic for us and I guess for the parents who he was biting. We worked through it with the daycare and over a period he stopped ...
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My son's friends suddenly prefer to play without him. Should I get involved or let the kids sort this out?

My son is eight and is in third form of elementary school. He is friendly, social, generous, fun, and popular among both his class mates and their parents. But recently there is a saddening ...
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Build character

I have a 9 year old son. He is a lovely, sweet person with a great fondness for his friends. He is emotional, emphatic, smart and overall a nice kid. Today I learned that he is getting himself into ...
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Should my twins play with other children?

My 5 year old twin sons have been at their new school for four months now, and they have made no friends. This is down to their own actions, at school they will only play with each other and want ...
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My son is being hit by a friend, and we need to discuss the situation with his mom

I have two kids, an 8-year-old son and a 6-year-old daughter--second grade and first grade, respectively. They are both tiny. My son is only 46 pounds. A child entered my daughter's first-grade ...
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Choosing same name as a friend, how to ask or annonce?

So there's a name that we liked for our baby but I have a childhood distant friend having the same name. Would she (yeah its a she) be offended if we name our baby after her? How do I approach or ...
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Parent exclusivity in relationship with (other gender) friends? [closed]

My question is not so much about children that about the behavior a parent should have in its relationship with the other loved parent? (Hope that's ok, could not find another stack board for this) As ...
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My son doesn't want to play with a boisterous neighbour. What do I say and do?

We have neighbours who have a son and daughter a similar age to my son and daughter. The daughters get on well but my son finds the boisterous boy too much. I would like to be able to tell the ...
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How do I get my child to eat healthier, better and more varied?

I have a ten-year old child and it's about that time in their lives when she is constantly getting invited to stay over at other friends' houses either for the weekend or a night. To be honest, as a ...
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How can I prevent my 8-year-old from spending time with his bad friend?

Backstory: My 8 yr old son is a bright, gentle, etc, kid who attends public school. My wife and I have no TV, we disallow violent games (simulated killing is not allowed), we don't have video games, ...
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One of two children invited to a mutual friends birthday party

Our family has just combined and moved to a new town a month ago. We have three children, a 13 year old boy and 10 and 9 year old girls. The 9 year old is my daughter and the 13 and 10 year olds are ...
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Encouraging friendship with same-age children

We have a few family friends. Some happen to have all children about 5-6 years older than the oldest one here (so closest is 5 year old and 10 year old). I'm thinking we should not spend as much ...
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How can I explain to my 4 year old that his friend has moved away?

My 4 year old son has a good friend who is a foster child. She was being fostered (with two siblings) by a couple who lived not far from us and we were just beginning to get friendly with this family, ...
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Helping a preschooler be a good friend

My almost-four year old boy has been expressing concerns recently that some of his close friends don't want to be his friend any more. While I'm aware this sort of drama is perpetual in childhood, I ...
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20 yo daughter left home to live with a “bad” girl - what should I do?

My daughter of 20 left home a week ago when I found out she had been seeing a friend I disapprove of completely. Countless arguments, violence, police, stealing, and lying are some of this girls ...
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How to help 7yo boy who lost his best friend (relocation far away)?

Our 7 year-old son has a 6 year-old girl friend and the 2 were really very close friends - one heart and one soul. Now she's moving for 3 years to another country (very far away) and the evening ...
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How to help a seven year old with unrequited love?

My son turned seven two months ago, and will begin his second year in elementary school after this summer. Yesterday he received a love letter by one of his class mates, a girl of the same age. She ...
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Bat mitzvah party invitations

My daughter is having her bat mitzvah party in January. A few other girls have had birthday parties and did not include her. They are now asking her if they are being invited which makes her really ...
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How to teach tact and empathic understanding based communication to an INTJ (overly honest) child?

I have an (older / adult level) child that has proven to be "overly honest" time and again. While this personality trait has been a joy in many regards and has allowed extremely high levels of trust ...
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What do you do when neighbor children that you don't know start coming over to your house to play with your kids?

Edit - May 30, 2014 Details on this question can be found below, but here is a summary of my questions: How do I approach the parents of these children? What should I say to the parents? Do I work ...
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The rules at a friend's house are a lot more lax than at mine - how do I enforce basic safety?

A couple of kids recently moved into the neighborhood and they are great kids that my daughter is having a really good time with. Rules at their house are pretty lax - they can go all over the ...
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I'm not happy about the new seating order in my class

I am 13 and my place in the classroom was changed today because I was talking in the class. But the teacher made me sit next to a girl. While she was thinking about change of seat, she was muttering ...
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How do you prepare a pre-schooler for potentially permanent separation from a close friend?

My three-year-old son attends a small, in-home daycare. The other kids in the daycare range from about 1 year to 5. There is one other boy my son's age, and the two of them are very good friends. ...
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How should I respond to a child asking to have as much spending money as her friends do?

When a child has some close friends at school, but some of them come from relatively richer families, so they get maybe twice my child's pocket money, how should I answer when he complains and asks to ...
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Golden rule 'do's' and 'don'ts'' when holding a child's party - your experiences are asked!

This Saturday my 4 year old is having 5 Kindergarten friends over to celebrate being one meter tall (it's a 'one meter party'). We'll have a house and (weather permitting) garden for an afternoon of ...
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How can I support my friends who have just had a child diagnosed with 9P Syndrome?

My wife and I are good friends with another couple who has two kids (ages 4 and 1). Our kids are similar in age and best friends with theirs. The one year old, after a long string of medical issues, ...
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How can I explain why it is important to make new friends?

I'm trying to explain why it is important to make new friends in life. Can someone assist me by giving me some reasons I can use to convince someone? I'm attempting to convince someone who doesn't ...
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How can we help my pre-schooler get over his initial shyness when we have guests?

My four year old is always extremely unsettled whenever they first interact with a guest. It doesn't matter if it is another child who has played with many times before or an adult. It also doesn't ...