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

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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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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 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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How to build self-confidence / reduce social anxiety in a 7+ yr old boy?

Summary: I am looking for strategies and parenting best practices on how to boost self-confidence & reduce social anxieties in a 7+ yr old boy. Context: We have a little boy who seems to be ...
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Helping a child cope with a parent's relationships

First- if anyone has a better title suggestion after reading this feel free to edit. I had a hard time formulating a brief description. My oldest son is the result of a failed relationship that ended ...
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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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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 more,...
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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 daughter hates all pants other than her sweats?

My seven-year-old daughter only ever wants to wear skirts, dresses, or sweat pants. Most of the time, this is just fine, but there are occasions when jeans or slacks are really the most appropriate ...
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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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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 10 year old daughter punches her legs when she gets angry or doesn't get her way

When my daughter gets angry, she makes this mean looking face and then starts punching on her legs. Should I be concerned about this behavior? I do tell her to "stop it" and I would ask her, 'Why is ...
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Six and nine-year-olds will not stop having accidents

I have two boys, just turned six and nine. While occasional #1 accidents are not that uncommon in Kindergarten, both of my boys started off their Kindergarten years with lots of them, including #2 ...
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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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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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What should I consider when choosing a bicycle for a 5-6 year old child?

What should I consider when choosing a bicycle for a 5-6 year old child? I'm interested in both safety facets as well as functionality/features. The child has experience with trikes and a LITTLE ...
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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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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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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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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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6-year-old son's behavior differs from school and home

Our son is in Kindergarten, and we have been having problems with him misbehaving in school since the beginning of the year. They're saying that he is excessively talking, moving (dancing, moving, etc....
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 do I increase concentration of my 6years old daughter?

My daughter has a very low attention span. She is a bright child otherwise. But lack of concentration affects her studies. Please could you recommend some activities or games that can help?
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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?
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My six year old is afraid of the shower. How do I help her transition?

While I am happy to let my six year old continue to have baths most of the time, there are times when she needs to take the quicker shower. She has never been thrilled about water - even though we ...
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How to deal with my 6 year old son is who “over attached” with a girl?

Here are some facts: * My son (1st grader) does not have any boys of his age to play with in my colony. Most of the boys are either too small or too big for him. * So, he has found friends with 3 ...
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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 ...
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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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How do I help a child overcome Severe difficulty with Task Initiation?

My daughter is bright, able, and enthusiastic about learning, but has a really hard time initiating a variety of tasks - even those she enjoys. Admitedly, I am not unlike her. It is almost as if a "...
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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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My Granddaughter is 8 and is having trouble sleeping. She seems to have a lot of unfounded fears and I am worried about her

She can usually fall asleep but awakens in the night afraid. She says she doesnt feel safe in her house. She also says she worries about school because sometimes she cant get her work done "fast ...
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How to deal with Encopresis in primary school?

Our son has Encopresis since many years (the history is described here: How can we potty-train our pre-schooler outside the home? ). He is now 6 years old and in some phases (which often last 2..3 ...
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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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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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How can I help my kids prepare for a long-distance move?

While similar to this question, I would like to know how to help ease my 6 year old into a move out of state. We are going to be moving in the next couple of months, about 500 miles away. We brought ...
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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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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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Should I choose a language immersion or regular school for a child with below average language skill?

My daughter (4 yrs 10 months) is bilingual (Japanese,English) and will be starting kindergarten next year. We currently live in the U.S.; her English is capable, but still fragmented and below her ...
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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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How can I stop bad language in the home? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do we do when timeouts are not effective? My children are aged 6-10. The consistent use of bad Language including the F word is way out of control. Things like idiot, ...