Age specific questions from about 3 years to about 5 years. Younger: toddler. Older: primary-schooler.

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At what age should opposite-sex siblings stop bathing together?

When should I stop bathing my son and daughter together? What signs can I watch for that would indicate that they should be separate? Also, what are the average ages in the US and other countries and ...
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How can you communicate with a child that refuses to talk?

I have a four year old son who has slight autism. Up until now he has babbled but never used any words associated with anything. We try to encourage him to talk by talking with him a lot, and we have ...
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How do I tell if my child is advanced at maths?

My son has just turned 4, is at pre-school, and has told me this morning that one and a half plus one and a half equals three. We haven't taught him maths apart from counting, and I don't think they ...
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Should I keep my kid in her current class next year too?

My daughter is 4.5 yrs old and she is studying in kindergarten (KG). Like most kids, she isn't very interested in studying, and we are only able to complete her homework by taking a tough stand. ...
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3 year old, huge problems sleeping (nap or bedtime); wont calm down to relax

My daughter is 3 years old. She has always had a bit of trouble sleeping; she will nap during the daytime because it is sunny out still. But for bed time, as it's dark, she puts the two together and ...
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How to deal with older sibling taking after the younger - toddler?

We have a lovely 4,5 year old boy who's learned to be independent in many daily actives (e.g. eating, getting dressed up, taking a shower (supervised)...). Until recently he's generally been acting as ...
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Kindergartner with no control over his emotions/behavior

My son has been diagnosed with ADHD. He has been kicked out of four different daycares starting when he was just 2 years old. He is now in Kindergarten, and my wife and I hoped that with his recent ...
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Why doesn't my 4 year old grand daughter like to sleep

From the time she was born she didn't really sleep much. She didn't even take an hour nap. And till this day the child just doesn't want to sleep. She lives with me & I have her a lot of the time ...
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How can a 3 years old understand and use the words “because” and “why”?

I recently tried to explain to my daughter (3 years old) that she was crying a lot because she was exhausted. The reason she was so tired was because she did not sleep after lunch. When asking her why ...
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My 4-year-old refers to himself as me

Literally. Sometimes he will ascribe himself properties I have, and make me the child--he'll say "I'm a grown-up", "You can't sit in the front seat [in our car], it's not safe, I have to sit in the ...
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Why did my pre-schooler suddenly develop an odd accent?

Over the past week, my three-year-old son started talking with what I can only describe as a Southern (U.S.) accent. He has started elongating his pronunciation of "ah" sounds, so that "yeah" sounds ...
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Is thumbsucking bad for a toddler?

My 3.5 year old has the habit of thumb sucking since he was an infant. Is it OK if he keeps the habit or is it bad for him in any way?
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Breaking 5 year olds tantrums [duplicate]

My 5 year old son has recently got into the habit of getting into these incredibly annoying tantrums. They start when he doesn't get his way and can often rumble on over a couple of hours. They ...
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From what age do children start having permanent memory of incidents, and what is the maximum long term memory at what age?

From what age do children start having permanent memory of incidents such as mother slapping her very hard, father reading her stories, doing drawing and other crafts, meeting an accident? What is ...
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How can I supplement my Pre-K child's education?

My 4 year old is in Pre-K. She is the youngest in her grade too. I have consistently had preschool and Sunday school teachers tell me for the past 2 years how mature she is in class. She shows other ...
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How can I get my 4 year old to clean up toys without a battle?

Multiple times during the day, we have our 4 year old take a break from playing to clean up her toys. It's a huge battle every time. Usually, she ends up on the ground saying that there are too many ...
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My wife constantly loses her temper with our 5 year old son

My wife and I have been married for about 7 years, we have two sons, one is five years old and the other is eighteen months old. I disagree with the way my wife disciplines and reacts to our five year ...
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Dealing with parental alienation syndrome (PAS) when the child is younger

Similar to this question, except it just started yesterday, and the child is 3. My son is 3, turning 4 next month. My ex was inching to take away my weekend visits, and I compromised (since it's ...
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help, my 3 year old son will go to the potty when I take him but will not go on his own even though his potty is RIGHT THERE!

He's 3 years old and has been peeing in the potty since 18 months. However only when I take him... he goes to daycare 5 times a week and the teachers say he stays dry most of the day.. when I have him ...
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5 yr old son behaving sexually

My son is 5 years old. Over the last few months I have been observing some disturbing sexual behavior from my child. He is rubbing his penis on the bed or pillow. Sometimes he would get naked and ...
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3 year-old boy always says he has tummy-ache for 5 mins after breakfast

I've talked to your doctor about this already and he thinks it is just our child's imagination and not to worry, and in fact I'm not really worried for my boy's health, I'm more curious about how to ...
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How to make my kid learn at home?

My 3 and half year old recently started school. He never shows willingness to learn anything from me, never colour with me or do tracing or learn poems. What should I do, as in the near future he will ...
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At what age is it no longer appropriate for your child to be naked in public (e.g. on the beach)?

My 3½ year old son loves to be naked. He spends a lot of time running around naked in our garden on hot days. We went to the beach during the Summer, and- since we forgot to bring any swimming ...
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Can it be unhealthy to deprive a child of sugar?

My youngest son just turned five. For years he's had a relentless craving for sweets. He's constantly requesting/demanding sugary food and drinks If we walk by somebody eating anything in a wrapper, ...
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Take a 3 year old to funeral?

Would you take a 3 and a half year old girl to the funeral of her great-granddad? She knows about death and heaven... Death belongs to life, right? On the other hand, I don't want to overstrain ...
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What are the pros and cons of colouring books?

What are the pros and cons of colouring-in (as opposed to freehand drawing) for pre-school and primary age children? I'm asking in response to this question: At what age should I tell my child to ...
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I feel like a failure for sending my child to nursery - is it too early to send them?

When my wife and I were trying for kids, we were both on good salaries, and it was hoped my wife would be able to be a stay-at-home mum to raise our child until three years old when nursery would ...
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My 5yo is struggling to concentrate

My 5-year-old is struggling to concentrate for more than a brief period of time and is falling behind the other kids in her kindergarten class. When she does concentrate for a few minutes she's able ...
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Flowers for Montessori primary classroom?

This may be a bit outside the normal question scope here, but it's worth a shot. Like at most Montessori schools, parents at our daughters' school have a variety of volunteer roles. In one of our ...
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How to extract child from busy place without physical restraint

Last weekend, my wife took our two children (almost 3 and 14 months) to the museum. They go there frequently (5-10 times in the last six months), and usually have no problems. This time, the older ...
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Encopresis: how can we encourage our child to clean himself or ask for help immediately instead of ignoring the dirty underwear?

Our son (now nearly 6.5 years old) has problems with potty training for years now. (The long history is described here: How can we potty-train our pre-schooler outside the home? ). Remarks: We are ...
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Getting a 5-year-old up and going in the morning

Ok, so this question was somewhat helpful, but my son's problem is not quite the same. He is 5 and will be starting kindergarten in a few weeks (August 7th). Right now, we have the luxury of taking ...
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3 year old won't tell us what he wants to eat

My son is normally very good at telling us what's on his mind, but we've always had trouble with the concept of "hungry". He used to simply never mention being hungry (He'd tell us when he was ...
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What to do about my 5 year old who is constantly in trouble?

My 5 year old boy is constantly in trouble at school. He is in his first year of kindergarten and the first week went great with no problems. After that he will not stop coming home with black remarks ...
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3-year-old sleep issues

Our 3YO takes about an hour to get to sleep every night. We start the nighttime ritual at around 8pm (brush teeth, kiss goodnight, read story, lights out, go to sleep). She requires us to be in the ...
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Best jigsaw puzzle's size for 5+ year old girl

My five and a half year old daughter was very found of playing with jigsaw puzzle when she was three. Then she dropped that idea completely. So I don't have any "growing" references, for best sizes ...
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How can we find a compromise about screen time for our daughter?

I am personally very strict with my daughter (2.5 years old). After she comes home from kindergarten, she sleeps and after she wakes up, my wife lets her watch TV. Anytime I am home, I don't allow ...
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First pet (fish) just died. Is there a teachable moment?

My 4 year old wanted a dog. I told him that I need to see him take responsibility first for a small pet before getting him a dog - Plus, my yard is not exactly animal friendly right now. We got him a ...
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Best age for watching “Once Upon a Time…”-like series

I have 3-4 full series of "Once Upon a Time...", for example "Once Upon a Time... Life". I played it to my 5 years old daughter and she didn't find it interesting. That isn't much surprising for me, ...
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What are allergy-friendly alternatives to peanut butter?

My three-year-old son is starting a summer camp, and we need to pack him a lunch. He loves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (PB&J), so we were all set for that to be a staple of his summer lunch ...
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5 year old boy having adjustment issues to kindergarten

My 5 year old son had his first day of kindergarten and it was my worst fear. When I went to pick him up his teacher pulled me aside and told me about his day: he pulled the other kids hair, used his ...
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How can I make my kids passionate in science while being religious?

Please be considerate in your answers. We are an observant jewish family, although I was educated in secular institutions. I feel that I have a wealth of knowledge that I want to pass to my kids ...
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how to deal with complete meltdown for simple everyday tasks with my 4 year old

My 4 year old girl has been progressively worsening with meltdown-tantrums with simple daily tasks like wearing clothes, shoes, underwear. . . She has always been particular with things on her body, ...
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My 4 and half year old is scared of going for a poo because of pain

Two months ago, my 4.5 year old daughter had an illness that caused her to be constipated. At that time, it hurt to go poo. She has recovered from the illness, but has been afraid of pooping ever ...
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My 5 year- old daughter is constantly defiant!

My 5-year old daughter is very defiant. It started getting bad about 6 months ago. She doesn't do what she is told, and any time she hears the word "no" she throws terrible, dramatic fits, screaming ...
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What should I do to help my child break a bad habit?

My 5 year-old has developed some anxiety. My first observation came after we moved from my parents house, this is strongly related. Since moving I have observed the following symptoms in my child: ...
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My pre-schooler is out of control, and I feel like my parents are undermining my relationship and authority with her

Alright, I guess a little back story would help. I am a single mother and an only child, I will be 21 in a few months. I've graduated high school with honors and have been raising my daughter on my ...
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How to deal with 5 year-old “homesickeness”?

Sorry in advance for my english, I'm not a native speaker. Some background: I got pregnant at 20 years old, while I was at the University. My partner was living back then 400 km away from us, so my ...
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My 5 year old step son has started crying about everything and wanting to go to moms

Alright, a brief background. My step son is 5 years old, starting kindergarten in the fall. His parents divorced about two years ago, they share 50/50 custody. His mother gets him Thursday evening ...
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How do discipline my kid at preschool?

Today I dropped my little 4yr old girl at school and she just didn't want to eat because from what she says, she "stuffed her face with popcorn" when I wasn't looking. The problem: All of her friends ...