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How to teach a child to swallow pills?

All my kids are bad at swallowing pills. For whatever reason, it doesn't go to the back of the mouth easily for straightforward swallowing. This is particularly problematic for the oldest (now 10), ...
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When should a child begin to learn knife skills for use in the Kitchen?

Helping in the kitchen is something my child thoroughly enjoys. Now that she is in elementary she has a handle on most of the "safe" kitchen skills from kneading dough to reading a recipe and even ...
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How can I teach my kids how to shop for groceries effectively?

I want to teach my kids how to cook because I think it's a generally useful life skill. In addition to working in the kitchen and actually preparing dishes, how can I get them more involved in the ...
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How structured does a child's life need to be?

At home, our kids' lives (3 and 7 months) are fairly well-defined, in terms of when events happen. Waking up, meals, naps, bath, bedtime - except for a little slacking on the mornings on weekends ...
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Parental “Wow” as a reaction to trivial child achievements

The question is based on my personal feelings, so is probably biased and subjective. I frequently see parents (and remember my own) encouraging their children on every trivial or regular achievement ...
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What kinds of Household skills can be expected at what ages?

In asking a question about teaching knife skills, I realized I'd never seen a question about chores and household skills and what is appropriate when on Parenting SE. I did find this question in ...
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Teaching responsibility/thoroughness *AND* life balance

My wife and I have a 16 week old, and it's definitely a bit early for it to matter, but we were discussing recently how we find the balance between teach/setting a good example of being thorough and ...
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How can I reduce back pain from lifting or holding a baby for too long?

I have a 2 year old son and he is bit heavy. For some months, whenever I carry or lift him, I feel severe back pain. I've found many sources that claim that this is normal. My doctor also says that ...
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Is it a parent's responsibility to remember their 6 year-old child's coat as they leave their home to go to school?

Is it the 6 year-old's responsibility to remember their coat before going to school, or is their parent's responsibility?