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

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What to tell the child that says, “Mom, is Santa really real?”

I am not asking if it is okay to perpetuate the Santa Myth here. There is another question about that here. I am also not asking when this is likely to happen. That is answered here I am asking ...
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Are netbooks appropriate for school age children?

So, my school gives kids who do well and turn in all of their homework in 5th grade a laptop. I'm not sure what I think of this, me being raised that computers should be kept in public areas so as to ...
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How can I deal with my unreasonable 8 year old with ADHD?

I have two kids, 8 and 5 years old. My first boy has ADHD he is on medicine, but the medicine will stop working after 4pm, or some times works good or some times so-so. The problem I have with him ...
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How can you encourage a child in a school subject they don't like?

I think it is safe to say that very few children enjoy every subject in school. How do you motivate your child to put effort into subjects that they just aren't interested in? I feel this is a ...
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Helping my Whirling Dervish to slow down

My seven-year old is tall, lean, looking and speaking like someone who is a few years her senior. This means people (even those that know her actual age) often have higher expectations of her than ...
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My 6 year old son misbehaves at school and home. Please help

My son constantly needs attention. He sometimes pulls his younger sister's hair to get her complain and get our attention. He talks back frequently. He repeatedly says that other kids in school bother ...
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How can I help my 4 yr old adjust to junior kindergarten?

My four year old is starting kindergarten. He is young for his age and has some sensory processing difficulties. What can i do to make his adjustment period easier? His program is all day, every ...
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How can I teach a child to keep trying after a failure?

My niece is just under seven years old, and in her first year of school, where she is doing badly. The main problem seems to be that she doesn't do her homework or try to learn, and the reason there, ...
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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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Looking for a healthy way to help my seven year old in developing a thicker skin

So, I have an amazing daughter who is unbelievably empathetic. Which, allows her to be a good friend, wonderful daughter and just a loving soul all around. However, her emotions can also be very ...
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Improving verbal learning

We recently withdrew my six year-old son from public school and began educating him at home. There are several reasons, both for him and his sister, but a big one is that he has a lot of difficulty ...
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How to address hemming and hawing?

Our six year old son has difficulty paying attention, so we often quiz him afterward about things he was supposed to be paying attention to. He has started hemming and hawing for a long time (like a ...
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How can we help my 7 year old quit sucking her thumb?

My daughter who is now 7 is still sucking her thumb. It is a great embarrassment to her and she always talks about how it is her big secret from her friends. We have tried the finger nail polish, ...
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Is it important to encourage children to experience historic events?

In the UK there's a royal wedding coming up and there will be lots of television coverage of the event for those who are interested. Personally I'm not. This will also be a public holiday, so no work ...
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How do I prevent my child from becoming frightened by “scary” stories?

I have a ten year old child who gets spooked to tears to sleep in his room alone because another child at school told him a nonsense story about Slender Man. The child added a few bits to the myth, ...
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Further correspondence from tooth fairy?

My daughter, age 8 and well adjusted generally, occasionally writes a letter back to her [tooth] fairy . I saw this article recommending writing tiny letters and it seems just too adorable not to ...
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Cursive Handwriting for Lefties

My oldest is in kindergarten this year, and in our public schools here in the US stick-and-ball (ie. traditional manuscript) is the primary form of handwriting that is initially taught. More and ...
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How do I get an easily distracted 5 year old to eat more?

My 5 year old who used to be on the 91st centile for height is now below the 50th and we think the gradual decline has been since he started not eating so well. We believe he only eats just enough ...
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8 year old too stressed to sleep

My 8 year old is so stressed out about not getting enough sleep that she can't sleep. When school started the teacher explained to them that is is important to get 10 hours of sleep a night because ...
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What are the merits of teaching a child to type correctly at the expense of time practiced with handwriting?

Obviously, there are still times when printing by hand is needed and while I am not a proponent of dropping handwriting all together, I do wonder about the necessity of cursive and extensive daily ...
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How can a pre-schooler improve her handwriting skills?

My brother's daughter is 6 years old. She is very smart and picks up things very easily. But when it comes to handwriting, she is not doing good. What techniques or tools can we give her in order to ...
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What can I do to help my child have confidence when in new situations?

I have an 8 year old son who is unbelievably shy and/or scared in new situations. When he is at home, he is loud, confident and, yes, even a little out of control. However, once he is presented with ...
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What are some effective strategies that I can take to get my first grade child in the highest quality teacher's classroom?

My child is now in Kindergarten, and next year she will switch schools. I watched the movie Waiting for "Superman" and now I would like to know how I can influence the selection of a teacher (e.g. so ...
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How do I get my 5 year old under control?

I am 22 years old with little experience with young children. My family (my husband, 5 year old daughter, and myself) moved into my grandmother's house to help her with her illnesses. My husband ...
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How can we comfort a child after the loss of her pet?

A friend of mine brought up a pet dog. His 8 year daughter daily played with the dog and used to treat it as her friend. Recently, the dog died, and now the daughter of my friend daily asks about ...
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How can I get my primary-schooler to remember to turn off the light?

I have a 8 year old kid with ADHD. He never turns off the lights when he leaves a room. Never. It's a pet peeve of mine when lights are kept on when not in use. His younger sister has learned and ...
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How to help a child not to worry about sleeping

My 7 year old daughter has always been an excellent sleeper, she has never had any trouble dropping off to sleep, even when we have been away and she is sleeping in a different room. Recently she has ...
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All of a sudden my daughter thinks she isn't reading well, because sometimes her fluency slows

My seven year old can read books for thirteen year olds and understand what she is reading. She has good fluency even while reading books for eleven year olds. Her vocabulary is that of a 16 or 17 ...
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How to handle copycatting?

My six year-old son has gotten in the habit of copying his little sister. It feels like he is taking her behavior as cues to what is acceptable, but the act of copying itself (and usually ...
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Addressing bad behavior after the fact

My 5 (almost 6) year old daughter has started doing things that she knows are wrong when friends are over. From what I can tell, it's not the friends who are instigating the bad behavior, it's my ...
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Reading in second language for a bilingual kid - how to approach a phonetic language vs. English phonics?

My kid goes to English public kindergarten and learns there to read and write in English. We live in USA. At home we speak Czech and Czech words are read as written with different phonetics. How long ...
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How does one go about determining if a child, adolescent or teen is capable of understanding a given book?

This question was inspired by one posed on the Science Fiction Stack Exchange by a parent wondering about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Through some commentary and discussion, he did clarify ...
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Boy Crazy at Seven

My seven year old daughter is fascinated with boys already and has 28 of them lined up to "marry" her. She flirts like crazy and frankly, it is amazing to watch how she can get these boys to do just ...
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Why is my child always tired?

I have a 4.5 yo boy why has recently started school (prep). He seems to be always tired, even when on summer holidays last month. He is often yawning, becomes visibly tired after just a few minutes of ...
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Five-year-old fever: what's the cure?

Five-year-old fever: that's what her teacher calls it. I'm calling it (IN MY HEAD) the "F*** You Fives." Apparently this is something that almost all of her peers are going through; if I had a ...
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How to teach a child about eavesdropping

My child is highly curious and has become a bit of a Mrs. Kravitz around our house. Since her Dad and I know this and she is our daughter, we are generally careful if we need to be to just not be ...
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How do I motivate a primary schooler to practice musical instrument?

There is a question for an 8 year old, however for a younger child it might be different. My child can not get through all the excercises and after 3 minutes walks away from the piano. Should I bribe ...
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What are appropriate methods for disciplining a primary schooler for lying?

When a child lies there a few common reasons why they may be doing this: To see what happens because it is fun to tell stories that they don't really realize are lies to get someone else in trouble ...
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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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My 6 y/o daughter gets separation anxiety due to my medical problems

Last year I was almost killed by a freak heart condition (that I now know is a genetic issue and I wont ever be out of the woods) and while we kept my daughters away while I was in ICU and having bad ...
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When did you let your child play around your house unattended? (by herself)

My daughter is almost 6 years old and we live across from a park. Can I tell to her to play and check her only like every 5-10 minutes? I know the answer will be it depends on the kid, and the area, ...
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My daughter just told someone the other day she doesn't know any Native Americans how do I get rid of the stereotype?

My youngest sister was adopted by my parents when she was 13. She is Lakota. She knows she is Lakota and is proud of her heritage. Alice's (seven years old) Aunt has talked about her heritage and ...
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Introducing Shakespeare

My daughter's favorite director at the theater we work with (she is an amateur actress) is directing Romeo and Juliette in January. I got a call last night and was asked to play a part where the ...
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What factors encourage collaborative play in Nintendo DS games?

I'm trying to find some Nintendo DS games to encourage two primary-school brothers to get along a bit better. I thought some collaborative games would be good in order to encourage them to work with ...
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What to do about anxiety when going to school?

Our 4 year old started school this September (Reception, we live in the UK). Initially everything was very good, but then she started complaining that she is afraid to leave her parents when she ...
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We are beginning the process to foster and adopt a second child, how do we temper our first child's expectations?

I'd like to start by saying, I've seen the question, How can we prepare our child for the arrival of adopted siblings and although I have not looked at every linked resource thoroughly, it looks like ...
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8 year old son, misbehaving at school. help!

My son is 8 years old and in second grade. as the school year progresses his attitude and behavior is declining rapidly. It started out that he was a class clown. always talking and making jokes. Then ...
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How can my 7yo daugher increase her attention span in school?

I just had a chat today with the teacher of my 7 years old daughter. The teacher told me my daughter has a very short attention span during the class. She can't concentrate more than a few minutes on ...
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How to make sure my dog and daughter have a safe relationship

Puppies do a lot of "mouthing" including, often, on their owners and care-givers if allowed, and when they get excited they jump up on kids a lot. for anyone around 5 or younger, this is probably ...
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Should we add Soccer to an already pretty full schedule?

My child (7, nearly 8 and going on 16 - yes, all one child) is involved in Theater, Children's Choir, takes piano lessons, and has Tae Kwon Do 4 days a week (she is in the black belt club and working ...