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At what age or developmental milestones is it safe to leave children unattended?

I'm curious what kind of criteria others are using to decide when a child can be left at home unattended for a period of time. I realize that the answer is going to depend on a few factors: The child'...
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Staying focused getting ready for school

We have three kids (a 9, 4 and 3 year old) and our middle child is severely disabled. My wife has some commuting challenges in the morning and thus has limited availability at the critical time and ...
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Encouraging my 2-year-old to play independently

My little boy is 2½, and has never been very good at playing by himself. When we take him to play-groups he won't ever go more than a few feet away from us at any time; At a party last week, he ...
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How closely should a parent be tied to their child's education?

I know that some kids are relatively self-motivated; I want to be supportive without smothering such a child. I know that some kids have very little motivation; I want to be able to encourage such a ...