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Is it an acceptable practice to request summer camp administration to help contact other campers' family?

Our child had to miss the very last week of summer camp due to illness. Unfortunately, that last week was the time period when we planned to have the child ask their newly acquired friends for their ...
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How to help a sponge/mirror develop his own identity?

For lack of a better term (please tell me if you know of one), my 8-year-old son has an extremely strong sponge/mirror personality. By that I mean nearly everything he does is from soaking up what ...
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How should a jobless father advise his son when he refuses to study because of his educated jobless dad?

Suppose father XXX holds a college degree, usually comes home late and suddenly one fine day, stays at home. XXX lost his job. The son sees this happening to the father. The father is a hard-working ...
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1answer
171 views

11-year old having recurring nightmares about killing people she knows. Should I be worried?

She says it's like she's a different person in her dreams, cruel and almost sociopathic, and the people she loves in real life are out to get her, and to escape she has to kill all of them (and ...
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Can I still nurse?

I am a first time mom and my baby is three and a half weeks early. I am currently pumping, but am trying to nurse. Unfortunately she wont even latch for more than 20 seconds and I'd say about 95% of ...
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2answers
65 views

1 year old refusing to eat or drink

We've got a 1 year old daughter and she is generally refusing to eat or drink. She started off not eating anything by mouth (and gags at textured purees), but eventually managed to get her eating ...
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2answers
141 views

My son did badly in his AS levels because he didn't work

Asking this for someone else. Their son did really badly in their AS levels, as he didn't work. He did amazingly in GCSE, and had 2A*s, 7As a B and a C. They could have done so much better. However, ...
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When are kids old enough to have a horse

So I am thinking about getting this kid a horse. But I am not sure if the kid is ready to have a horse and ride it. The kid talks sometimes that he wants a horse and I can get him a horse, but when ...
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6 year old, being sexually active. [duplicate]

First time I walked in he's bedroom, he was playing with my friends niece, he was for 4 and my friends niece was 2, he had her pinned down on the bed kneeling on her arms, as she was screaming. ...
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My grandson only likes girl toys

My 4 year old grandson will only play with girl toys. My daughter and husband criticize me for allowing it. His birthday was last week and my sisters and I took him to the toy store to let him pick ...
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What are possible risks to a child's health from having an indoor cat?

My children are aged 14 months and 3 years. What are possible risks to their health from having an indoor cat? I had many cats when I was a child but they lived in the garden - they came inside from ...
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2answers
53 views

Has anyone had success with Occupational Therapy and ADHD?

Occupational therapy has been suggested for our 6 year old with ADHD. Has anyone had success with this mode of treatment?
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1answer
256 views

Explaining the “fun parent” phenomena

I'm a step-dad to 3 girls under 6. The eldest is still fairly enamored by bio-dad and while I won't go into the details; he's a man-child. The 3 year old just follows the eldest at present, but I'm ...
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5 year old boy having adjustment issues to kindergarten

My 5 year old son had his first day of kindergarten and it was my worst fear. When I went to pick him up his teacher pulled me aside and told me about his day: he pulled the other kids hair, used his ...
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4answers
194 views

How to stop 1-yr old from kicking us while sleeping

Our daughter is one year old. We've been co-sleeping, but about two weeks ago we started transitioning her to her own room. We rock her down and put her to sleep in her room. When she wakes up ...
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0answers
17 views

Potty Training a 2 year old boy [duplicate]

My grandson turned 2 a week ago. Is he too young to potty train yet? My daughters were but I've heard boys are harder.
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1answer
110 views

Kid's bedroom adjacent to living room - noise

We are considering buying an apartment. Most apartments have the kid's bedroom separated from the living room by only a thin wall. We are concerned about implications, in particular noise due to ...
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0answers
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Retirement house [closed]

I probably come into a wrong room. Perhaps anyone could help me which room/site on stack exchange I should join? I need much info over the use of internet in retirement house, is it available?
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1answer
195 views

How do I discipline my spouses children?

My spouse and I have kids from previous marriages. He has two boys ages 3 and 6, and I have an 8 year old boy and we just recently had a daughter together. I'm struggling very hard with his two boys, ...
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As an agnostic how to respond to my toddler who points out to god and folds her hands to pay respect to it?

Child is 2 years 2 months old. I am an agnostic. I don't want my child to believe in God until she is 20 years old. Reason is that I believe that if the child below that age is repeatedly told by her ...
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2answers
178 views

Are there adverse effects on a baby to see their parent talking to a toy?

I have a small cuddly bear from very young and have had it for over 20 years. I have it on my pillow every night and talk to it just like I do to a pet cat. I have a very close bond to it and can't ...
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2answers
209 views

Should I be worried my daughter is in a bilingual kindergarten class?

Today was "Meet the Teacher" and my 5 year old daughter has been placed in a bilingual kindergarten class. My husband speaks Spanish and I speak English. I was happy, but then I started asking ...
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283 views

How to end 9-yr-old's video game time with less stress?

My 9-yr-old has been off of all technology for many months, and finally earned it back. He gets to play a 1/2 hour a day on my old iPod Touch. Ending this time has always been stressful, and ...
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1answer
151 views

I have just watched my 22 month old dive head first over the gate on her bedroom 5 times after putting her to back to bed 50-60 times

I'm not concerned about the fact she physically hurts herself by jumping the gate, she is as tough as they come. She screams so loud every time I walk down the stairs and is up the gate within ...
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1answer
58 views

7year old is toilet trained but insists on nappy for bedtime

My 7 year old ids completely toilet trained day and night but she insists on wearing training pants to bed . tried all ways but she becomes very distressed at the thought of not wearing one
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2answers
109 views

When do bilingual kids start to talk fluently?

My older boy is turning 3 years old soon. And he still does not build meaningful sentence. He is being raised inside Czech Republic, and we, both parents are Czech speaking. But thing is, that we do ...
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2answers
139 views

What benefits are there to teaching a child to never lie?

From my general experience, the majority of people I have met have told at least one lie (by admittance or direct observance) and their parents had also told them to never lie in the past. ...
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2answers
125 views

What devices should toddlers be allowed to use? [closed]

There has been some work on the use of technology by toddlers (for example, this paper). By and large, there are some advantages to the use of some of these technologies by children. For example, even ...
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3answers
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First pet (fish) just died. Is there a teachable moment?

My 4 year old wanted a dog. I told him that I need to see him take responsibility first for a small pet before getting him a dog - Plus, my yard is not exactly animal friendly right now. We got him a ...
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0answers
58 views

How can I monitor my child's use of social media? [closed]

How can I monitor my child's access to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat? I am asking specifically about children who are adolescents and just started using social media. ...
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5answers
160 views

Teaching a toddler to say “sorry” and mean it

What's the best way to teach a child to say "sorry" and mean it without just creating a mimic? I don't truly believe that simply forcing a child to say they are sorry for hitting another kid or taking ...
3
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1answer
164 views

12 y/o daughter gives one-word answers to every question

My 12 y/o daughter used to be very open. A great communicator. Very warm and gregarious. A few months ago (right around the time her body started changing) she gradually started changing her pattern. ...
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2answers
123 views

Teaching manners to a toddler

I have a 19mo daughter who spends ~30hrs/week with a nanny. She "teaches" her to say "please" by forcing her to say it and withholding a wanted item until she does. And forces a "thank you" afterward. ...
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13answers
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My 4.5-year-old son has no dominant hand

We never really knew if my son was left or right-handed. He can use any most of the time. A doctor said that sometimes it takes longer time to know which hand is dominant, so we never paid attention ...
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2answers
61 views

How to find fitting sports to introduce one’s kid to?

Different sports afford different body types, in team sports even a particular position may favor certain physical properties in a player. Much of this does not develop before puberty hits of course, ...
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3answers
127 views

3 months old not gaining weight well from exclusive breastfeeding

my LO is now 86 days old and has been exclusively breastfed. He just had his check up today and now measures as follows: height: 59cm. 57.5cm two weeks ago. weight: 5.15 kg (with clothing on, suppose ...
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2answers
194 views

My sister's children and religion

Since there is no Uncle'ing on StackExchange, I figured the Parenting site is the closest match to my dilemma. Fist some backstory. My sister and I were raised in a mildly conservative (middle of ...
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0answers
67 views

15 month old waking in the night, screaming and hysterical

My 15 month old has suddenly started waking at night crying. We go into her room to try to comfort her, and sometimes bring her into bed with us, but our presence seems to make things worse. Sometimes ...
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3answers
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Is there a “better” time for parental absence?

I'm wondering if there is any research about if there are better, or at least "not so bad" times of a child's development for a father to less available. (Not completely absent, but time would be ...
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0answers
125 views

4 year old seems suddenly uninterested in me

I have been separated from my childrens' father for nearly two years. I have custody of our two children, and he lives in a different city than us. Although it is a long haul for him to get to us, he ...
2
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1answer
67 views

potty training to toddler

In our country parents when decide to get their baby out of diaper first of all bring baby to toilet every 20 minutes and encourage him/her to do. During the day baby is diaper free, with underwear ...
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1answer
133 views

how to deal with complete meltdown for simple everyday tasks with my 4 year old

My 4 year old girl has been progressively worsening with meltdown-tantrums with simple daily tasks like wearing clothes, shoes, underwear. . . She has always been particular with things on her body, ...
4
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3answers
231 views

What should I do before calling the police if I suspect child abuse in the neighbourhood?

I am not outside around my house often, but I've been doing a personal project that has put me just outside my front door for at least 50 hours now. While out there, at least 40% of the time I have ...
7
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3answers
224 views

Is it bad practice for a parent to tell their children when they have a right/reason to cry?

I witnessed parents telling their kids that, if they didn't get hurt or physically harmed in any way, they have no right or reason to cry. I kind of disagree because one doesn't cry just because of ...
2
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1answer
68 views

Can powdered formula spoil on very hot days?

During the last few days the temperature where we live has been going up. During the day it is around 40 degrees Centigrade. Will the tub of powdered formula I have been using for my four month old go ...
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1answer
92 views

Is it normal for a 3 year old to be hyper active all day (15 hours) with no naps and still fight their sleep?

This is not a 'now and again' occurrence. This is each day. She is highly active throughout the day and very rarely spends time in the house, we are always out doing activities. On the rare occasion I ...
2
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3answers
179 views

Recommended quantity / frequency of meat for 7 year old

My daughter is 7 years old and we often feed her meat about 15-17 meals per week (out of 21). However, I am concerned that we are giving her meat too often. I realize that there maybe guidelines for ...
2
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2answers
58 views

Toddler won't swallow or spit out food sometimes

Sometimes around dinner my 21 month old toddler will eat reasonably well, and we don't try to force him to eat if he doesn't want anymore. He loves fruits, grains and meats and seems to tolerate ...
4
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3answers
262 views

How can a teenager avoid changing in a school locker room?

What can a teenager (or their parents) do when they very strongly refuse to change in a school locker room? There are plenty of families and students that feel they should not undress in a somewhat ...
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0answers
86 views

crying discipline manners [closed]

My granddaughter gave a little cry out when her mom left the table at a restaurant she was not loud I was consoling her and another person at the table said NO! NO! sternly. Does this seem over done? ...

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