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

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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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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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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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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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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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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. ...
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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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My 8 year old son won't fall asleep

We put him to bed at 9pm and he stays up til 1am or later. When I go to check on him he is always playing with his hands and sometimes talking. I ask him why he is awake and not trying to sleep and he ...
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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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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 do you stop a child from using bad language and profanity?

My child has started to use swear words. This is shocking because he is using words that we don't use. I'm not sure how to react! How do I get this to stop?
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Bed gets wet nearly each night although diaper is worn

Our 5 (nearly 6) year old son has had problems with potty training for a long time now. When he sleeps at night, he wears diapers, as he is not aware of peeing during the night yet and does not wake ...
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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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How to deal with my 6 year old son who misbehaves at school and home?

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 ...
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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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What can help a seven year old boy cope with night terrors and being constantly afraid?

My son used to be very independent little boy without any fears. In the last two years his night terrors and fears have gotten out of control. He dreams about robots, house fires, tornadoes. The ...
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Learning to play an instrument: Should we insist that our child practices each day?

Our son (7 years) is having piano lessons for some months now. Currently we want him to practice at least 10 minutes each day, but this is sometimes difficult if he gets home late after sports or ...
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Is there a good summary of the different discipline philosophies for pre-school and school aged childern

Is there a good website or book that describes and compares the current leading approaches to disciplining pre-school and school aged children. I realize that there are numerous opinions on the best ...
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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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1answer
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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 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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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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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 can 7-year old defend himself when toddler is hitting?

I am a mother to a 7 year old boy and I have a friend who has a 2 years toddler. Both my friend and I try our best to use the Conscious and Peaceful Parenting Approach. Her little daughter is lovely ...
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1answer
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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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How do you explain to a five year-old what energy is?

The other day I told my son to not waste hot water, as it is a waste of energy. He then asked what that is. I want to explain it well, also from a physical point of view, since I find it important. ...
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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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1answer
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Are there things to watch out for after a tongue-tie operation?

My son is going in for a Tongue Tie clip, basically to do a small snip under his tongue to free it up, he fed well when he was young so it never came up until our dentist noticed it with his teeth and ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 do you address hoarding behavior in a primary-schooler?

Our 9 year old girl has a rather annoying habit. She tends to hoard things of emotional significance to her. Note that the wrapper from an ice-cream she has just had for the first time is considered ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...