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

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How to inspire a 7 year old to accelerate reading efforts?

I have a seven year old son who is having a hard time "getting inspired" to read regularly. This is somewhat of a struggle for me as his older brother was reading Harry Potter at around his age and ...
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How long do children normally read without comprehending?

My son is six years old, nearly finished with his first year of school. He reads pretty well, on par with his age I believe. What concerns me is he has difficulty answering basic questions about a ...
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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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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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UK - when to move house to get into Junior School

I am in UK. My daughter is in Year 2. I am going to move from North London to Bromley. As far as I understand, good schools are full and cannot increase class size. I've noticed that some junior ...
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Ideas for Dealing with a Master Staller

My daughter is an absolute master at making everything take longer than it needs to (particularly when avoiding something she doesn't want to do, or prolonging something she is enjoying). It is a ...
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How do you help a seven year old navigate life and friendships in a region where your beliefs vastly differ from the beliefs of the larger community

A Little Background I was raised Christian, and still believe in God and Christ's message of love, but am estranged from most Christian Churches because I don't find them to be truly loving places ...
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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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How to stop my 8 year old to cry every time she's frustrated

My 8 years old daughters is usually very good. Although in the last few months she started to cry more and more each time she can't have something she wants. The odd thing is that it's something she ...
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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 do you encourage your primary-school-aged child to eat new foods?

I thought this question might be a good complement to a question posted about a child that pretends to choke when he doesn't like a certain food. This question and its answers mostly address the ...
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Homework in schools in England

Our 4 year old daughter recently started school in London, and started getting homework for the Weekends. We are not really happy with both the type and the quantity of work that she is supposed to ...
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How do I persuade my 4 year old daughter that School is Cool?

As a kid, I used to like School more than anything else. Perhaps, because I came from a broken home and school is the only place where I have friends and people listen to me. Now that I've a ...
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What kind of questions are asked on the Metropolitan Kindergarten Readiness Test?

My child will begin school in a little over a year, and they will be administering the Metropolitan Kindergarten Readiness Test. What kind of questions are asked on the Metropolitan Kindergarten ...
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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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How do I help a child overcome fear of ghosts?

About a month ago we got two foster children, ages 9 and 7. The younger one often has nightmares, and in the daytime has many fears. She won't take a bath by herself and she is afraid of mirrors. We ...
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How to check the fine motor skills development

My son is 8 yrs and has had problems with his motor skills. In particular, he had difficulties holding a pencil. He is now writing beautifully, but still hesitates to write and draw. When eating, he ...
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How do I help my son with fine motor skills?

My son's first grade teacher called the other day and says that he has problems holding his pencil. I knew that he didn't like writing and pretty much refused to write his name on any of his work in ...
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Where to find data on primary schools in wales?

I am starting to look for a good primary school for my son, I have found a ton of data for schools in England that would allow me to make an informed choice, However I live in Wales and there doesn't ...
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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 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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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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How do you explain “Right” and “Left” politics to a child without bias?

I'm curious what the correct way would be to explain the difference between right wing and left wing politics to a child without even a hint of bias and without indoctrinating them. Here's my stab: ...
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Teaching mathematics to young children

When I was a child, I learned basic mathematics (addition, subtraction) through practice and memorization of basics (6 + 7 = 13). However, while I was visiting a child (5 yrs. old) over New Year's, I ...
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Explaining Teen Pregnancy to Young Child

So, my six-year-old daughter has understood that babies come from a "special kind of hug" done between the mommy and daddy. I should clarify that she has actually seen sex on a farm between animals ...
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How to help kids remember to keep track of their own stuff and keep it together when not at home

My six year old daughter is just transitioning into attending classes and activities more independently. As this is happening, she may get dropped off by her dad and picked up by me (and vice versa). ...
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How can I help my child handle peer pressure regarding television?

I feel there is a conflict between these two aspects: Kids talk about current trends, and they talk about what's on television right now. I'm guessing that if a child can't participate in this, he ...
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Should I supplement children's education at home?

I am a mom who has made two changes to my children's education so far. I was not satisfied with the level of education of school at the first school so we switched to a more rigorous academic ...
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How does a parent help her kid eliminate a habit? Specifically chewing on hair?

In viewing a question about nose-picking, I was considering other habits and how the solutions applied to those habits. What does one do if the habit is hair chewing? Lip chewing? Nail biting? . . . ...
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How do you operate a successful “Star Chart”?

So, one of the techniques for improving behaviour that you often hear about is the "star chart". You put the focus on good behaviour by adding stars (I nearly said "badges") for the good stuff and ...
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How can we help our 7 year old learn to stop rushing through school work?

Our 7 year old (2nd grader) really struggles with getting his work done on time in class, and when he does finish things his work is really sloppy (handwriting, coloring, etc.) When he comes home he ...
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Getting a good diagnosis for possible mental issues?

To keep this short sweet and simple... I have a 8 year old who has been diagnosed with ADHD and has been on all the typical medications. I will admit they do help significantly but I still see things ...
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Math Encouragement Activities

I have a child that has no problem with figuring out math facts for addition and subtraction up to and below 100, but she finds the process somewhat boring. I was hoping for suggestions from some ...
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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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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 to deal with a “litter bug”

My daughter has started just leaving things where she stands - things like food wrappers and orange peels. I have pretty much treated it as I would remembering to the flush the toilet. I started by ...
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What size schoolbag is good for a first-grader?

My son's back is ~35cm. As I understand, the backpack should have the same height, but we have found one that is 32cm wide x 37cm tall x 17cm deep, 900 grams. Those extra 2cm height are okay, but ...
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What do you do to help an ADHD kid get along in the classroom or with school work better?

Rather than always trying to change the child, what are some techniques for ways to help a "wiggly kid" function in the classroom better without it just being about "sitting still"? The methods I ...
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How do you get a primary schooler to continue doing chores when their friends don't have to?

I am reading the book P.E.T. about communicating with children and there is a question: an 11 year old asks: “How come I have to take care of the yard and take the garbage out? Rey’s parents do not ...
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In what ways can you help a child develop self-control and delayed or deferred gratification?

Children, especially young children, are creatures of opportunity. They see a lesser prize within their grasp and a much greater prize that they may have to work for, and they will take the lesser ...
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Is it normal for a six year old to say he's fallen in love?

Our 6.5 year old boy came home one day saying "there's something wrong with my mind", after some questioning he told my wife that he sometimes falls in love with girls and can't stop thinking about ...
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Is there an alternative to Boy/Girl Scouts in the US?

My son desperately wants to join the Boy Scouts, but I've had to say no due to the local troop's religious agenda. I've been helping my friend try to come up with ideas for her daughter's new Girl ...
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When should kids get a cellphone?

It seems everybody and his cat has a smartphone today. (I'm guilty too.) My son will probably demand his own phone somewhere between the age of 7 and 12. I know I can't compare to when I was a kid ...
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How long a time limit should we set on meals for 6yr old very slow eater? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does my child eat so slowly? Very slow distracted procrastinating eater. Going to start time limits this weekend, but how long for say a sandwich or bowl of cereal ...
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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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As an atheist, how should I explain theism to my children?

I have two competing interests here and I'm not entirely sure how to handle this. On one hand I feel that the short answer, to questions about gods, of "some people believe that, but it's not true" is ...
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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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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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How can I help my 6-year old Cousin eat healthier?

My nephew is 6 years old and actualy really heavy. Now he weighs about 29kg (64 lbs) which concerns me a lot. He has an average height for his age. The problem is that the child eats way too much ...
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Where to find information on homeschooling requirements by state?

Is there a place to find homeschooling requirements on a state-by-state basis in the United States (or a listing for other countries as well)? I am most interested in the requirement for entering a ...