Age specific questions from about 5 years to about 8 years. Younger: pre-schooler. Older: middle-childhood.

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My 7-yrs old daughter asks the same questions everyday at the same time

Questions like "you and mom were happy when I cried loud when I was born?" (because some day we've said that babies that born crying loud usually is considered a sign of good health) or "what's your ...
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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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Does extended looping improve student outcomes in elementary school?

Motivation I'm a parent of a preschool-aged child in an urban region of the US. He'll be entering kindergarten in a year or two and we have a number of options for primary schools in the area, ...
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My 6 year old is terrified of monsters is this normal?

Sammy has always been scared of monsters ever since he was around 2, but now his imagination of creating this monster is getting out of control. He rarely sleeps in his own bed, he has to sleep with ...
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If schools teach phonics correctly?

My 5 yr old daughter is learning to read using phonics at school, where I did not learn that way. Her school enforces the use of phonics not just in English lessons, but in all subjects (like ...
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Potty training my 7yr old

My 7 year old son is still not potty trained. I know this is ridiculous, I am a single mom and I have been trying to potty train him since he was 3 but he just doesn't listen. I have to send him to ...
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My son won't behave in school [duplicate]

I have a six year old son in kindergarten that just won't behave. His school compiles a behavior chart and he always behaves badly, like talking too much, not listening, being impatient, talking over ...
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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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Should young children be kept away from a depressed relative if the latter ignores them?

I have a brother who suffers from depression. He is in his late twenties, is unemployed, has almost no social life and lives by himself. Every other weekend for a day, I have him over at my house ...
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My 7 year old Son is out of control and has been expelled from school [closed]

My 7yr old son Josh is out of control. I can't leave him alone with his brother, I cant go shopping with him, I cant drive with him in the car, he wont sleep, he cant go to school and I cant cope. ...
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Should I tell my son about his bio dad / sperm donor?

I have been a single mom to my one and only son who is now 8 years old. He has never met his biological father/ sperm donor. My question is should I tell my son about him? Up to this point he has ...
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My 7 year old daughter has suddenly decided she doesn't want to eat meat [closed]

My seven year old daughter is going through a bit of a funny phase wherein she insists she will not eat meat. It appeared to start on Saturday when she came out to see us eating steak. Her father ...
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How should my 8 year old son deal with a girl who hits him?

My kid is 8 yrs old. This morning he asked me, "Mummy, you told me if a girl hits you don't strike her back. Should I continue to get hittings from her just because she's a girl?" I was unable to ...
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Desperate for help or advice for my 5 year old son!

I have a problem that is really beginning to affect almost everything! I have a beautiful 5 year old son (almost 6) and over the past 6 months his aggression and behaviour are becoming really ...
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Step Children Issues

My husband has two lovely boys, age 8 and 9. Boys are staying over in in-laws' house to finish their school. Boys are coming over for weekends and I take them to school on Mondays. We are having ...
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How do I find out who the bully is?

So my kindergartner came home with some scratches that I'm 99% sure could not have been self inflicted. They are at the wrong angle and too deep - I tried to do it to myself and I couldn't and I'd ...
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5-year old goes to pieces when talking about her/seeing pictures from when she was younger

My 5 year old daughter (our oldest child, we also have a 2 year old son) is normally a very happy child, although can be very sensitive. She is getting better controlling her emotions but one trigger ...
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How to prepare children for impending death of a parent?

My mother is expected to die within coming days/weaks/months (final phase of cancer). I have an 11 year old sister - how can I help her? What would be a good idea to suggest to my father and older ...
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My 6year old daughter is hitting and talking back!

I try my best I don't believe in violence I have a system of a calender I use with the letter p on it for when she misbehaves in school. I take away her favorite toy for a day for each bad thing she ...
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How do I solve my brother's fear of a creepy video game character?

I was playing a creepy little indie video game the other day (Undertale) and my brother (who is 9 years old) happened to watch me play for a while, despite my warnings that it might be scary or ...
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not settled in school

I have a 6 year old Godson, we live in the Caribbean, and he's in Grade 2. He spends more time talking, playing and sometime just sitting in his class not doing anything his teacher says to do. We ...
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Pros and Cons of competitive music festival

I have a 6 year old daughter who has been taking piano lessons for a couple of years. The school where she goes assumes that all their kids will go compete in a local competitive music festival, ...
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Getting child to focus

I have an 8 year old daughter that has a hard time focusing in everything she does. Don't get me wrong, she can focus when she wants to and if it's something that's she is interested in. The other ...
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How to stop my 8 year old son from doubting and/or speaking against the existence of God? [closed]

I am a Muslim, and so is my husband. Our 8 year old son is refusing to learn how to offer namaz and does not offer prayers either, and in his school, he has been slapped and beaten by teachers for ...
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How should I deal with a third-grader who gets distracted from his work by reading?

My son is in third grade. He is quite intelligent, and he loves to spend his time reading. However, this is sometimes a bit of a problem, both at home and at school. Rather than paying close ...
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How to explain Paris terrorist attack to primary school age children?

How can I explain terrorism and the recent radical Muslim shootings in Paris to my primary school age children? They have obviously noticed the media reports and they saw our local TV tower lit up ...
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tips for staying fun

I have a 7 yo and 10 yo who basically are great kids, but I find myself in a lot of battles that I don't think I can walk away from. (Everyday stuff like - 'no watching tv /playing video games all ...
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How to get 10-year-old to diversify his reading?

My 10 year old loves comics and graphic novels. LOVES them. I have absolutely nothing against comics - I think they're great and have seen some great works in that medium. But it's all he'll read. He ...
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My 6 year old son does not listen when I tell him to stop something immediately. Should I beat him?

At times when I ask my son to stop doing something immediately he does not stop. should I beat him in that case? I know the answer might be no but I need an alternative in which he listens and stops ...
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My 8yr old won't tie up her jacket when she is cold

My 8yr old daughter Gabrielle always wears a jacket, sometimes even when weather is glorious because she likes the waterproof jacket that her school issued her with. Now, if it is cold, raining ...
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My 5 year oldy son freaks over shower time!

My 5year old son freaks out about washing of any kind. He doesn't seem to be worried about going in the pool or bath but just mention that its shower/bath time he goes totally ballistic the temper ...
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8-year-old stepchild pulling away from his father

I'm the stepfather of an 8-year-old child. He spends every other weekend at his biological father. Ever since they moved in with me, he's been increasingly reluctant to spend weekends at his father. ...
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My 4 year old daughter doesn't love her Dad and sometimes rejects him

My daughter (4) is very close to me. She wants everything from me, and I certainly do her whatever she wants (within limits), however sometimes I tell her ask her Dad to do. When she does ask him, ...
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Moving to US with a 5 year old child

We are considering moving to US with our only 5 years old daughter. We are likely to get a L-kind of visa to secure our stay for 1-2 years. None of us is a native English speaker. Parents do speak ...
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6 yo too competitive for his own good

My colleague's 6 yo son has just started elementary school. He is a bright boy, however, very competitive , so much so that he started resisting going to school, even attending any activities, social ...
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Is my son's school ignoring his intelligence?

I'm not sure if this is the best place to ask and I suppose this is going to be an outlet for my frustration, but I could also do with some advice from people that may have been in the same situation ...
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What could cause a child not be able to learn well?

My granddaughter can tell you the sounds of each letter, but she can' seem to remember the names of the letters or remember her colors. She can't count to 10 either. She is 5 and will be 6 in March, ...
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What should we do about a 8yo child who will suffer silently until a breaking point?

We have an eight-year-old son. He has no intellectual or developmental disabilities. However, we are concerned about the following. He will not speak up in protest for himself. For example: He ...
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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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Explain to a 4-year-old how magnets work

My 4-year-old daughter would like to know: "How do magnets magnet onto things?" How can I explain this at a level she can understand? (I'm asking this here rather than on physics.SE because this is ...
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How can a parent encourage their child to talk more about what they did at school?

My son's just started school, and it seems to be exceptionally difficult to get him to talk about what he did during the day. The responses are generally, "I don't know", or "I can't remember". ...
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How can I help my 6 year old learn patience

My 6 year old daughter could use some help developing her ability to wait or be patient. Understanding that most of us, and especially children, could use help with that, she does need some help ...
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As a step parent, what should be my role in dealing with a volatile five year old?

About a year and a half ago I met a woman who was going to school full-time and raising a 5 year old little girl. I really just fell in love with both of them and we all bonded relatively quickly. We ...
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Constant Crying 4 year old

I have a just turned 4 year old step daughter whose life I have been in for almost two years. In July we went on vacation (myself, my 16 year-old son, one of his friends, my 12 year-old daughter, one ...
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How to encourage my 3rd grade son to be more calm, respectful, and responsible?

I would like to ask two related questions: How can we encourage a child who is in 3rd grade with ADHD/ADD to do his own homework without relying on his mom? How can we teach him to behave more ...
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My 5 year old princess makes me feel unwanted [closed]

A brief background: I have been divorced for 3 years now. My ex wife wants me dead, she made threats like "Both of us won't come out of this alive" near the end of our marriage. She has opened an ...
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How can I become part of my daughter's life again?

I have a 4 year old daughter who's life I have been in and out of (more out than in since we're being honest). I have royally screwed things up with her mother who is now married. I have a crippling ...
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A religious teacher slapped my son twice for refuting God, what should I do? [closed]

First, I am an atheist and so is my husband, and our 8 year old son is taught religion in a school since it is mandatory for all students, we didn't object because we thought that we could tell him ...
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How should I tell my 8-year old not to put the shop-vac hose in their mouth?

What should I tell my 8-year old who thinks that it is amusing to stick the shop-vac hose in their mouth? For the record, I took it away and said if they did that again, they don't get to help with ...
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How to deal with my 5 year old son who has ADD/ADHD and constantly misbehaves?

Let me start by giving a little background history of us. We live in Texas. I WAS a single mom up until 10 months ago. From the age of 9 months until 3 months ago I was the only one caring for and ...