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Potty Training my 20 month old boy

My son is 20 months old and I have started potty training him. He has been interested in the toilet for a month or two. He will pee and poop whenever I sit him on there, but still won't let me know ...
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What are these? Received from children's centre in free pack

A friend received this baby pack from our local Surestart center (they're a UK children's initiative for those who don't know). It contained various obviously useful items for people with a ...
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How best to take advantage of a child's extended vacation

This is a little more complicated than it might seem, so I'll give some back-story. We have 2 kids: The oldest, 11, was born to us during my first year of college, and I was only intermittently ...
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My 3-year-old skips one of the numbers

My 3-year-old daughter can count well (I guess that is relative, but anyway). She understands the idea that numbers represent quantities. If I ask her how many pebbles she has or how many steps there ...
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7answers
763 views

How can I explain to my child that I'm not superman?

If you asked Grace (2 1/2) right now "What can't daddy do?" she would probably not understand the question. Daddy can move anything, fix anything, run as fast as lightning; simply put, there's nothing ...
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1answer
79 views

Kid having trouble with some seemingly easy questions (language and visual cognition) for his age

My son will be 6 end of next month. He is generally doing good with regards to his development. He has started reading and loves math. There are a couple of things I've noticed he has difficulty ...
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Almost 6 year old girl bad behavior

My boyfriend has a little 6 year old girl and she won't listen to us. I really don't understand what to do... I am not the type of person to spank, but she has forced me to the past couple days. ...
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What factors should you consider when deciding how much to pay a babysitter?

What factors do you consider when deciding how much to pay a babysitter per hour? The time of day, meals, duration, travel, etc?
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722 views

What can we do to monitor and evaluate how a babysitter is doing?

Is it appropriate to install recording or other monitoring devices? Should the babysitter know about them?
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3answers
221 views

Behavior changes after social events

My eight year-old son just spent a week at cub scout day camp (home in the evenings), after which he has been lying extensively. He has had problems with extensive lying before, but had mostly gotten ...
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1answer
33 views

4 month old waking frequently during first half of the night

I have two questions. Firstly is it true that baby should have the deepest sleep in the first half of night? My 4 month old baby used to have a 4-5 hours sleep after I put her to bed from 6:30pm to ...
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2answers
101 views

best materials for playground surface

My neighborhood park's playground is scheduled to be replaced soon, and I've started to think about the pros and cons of different surface materials. I find the idea of rubber mats appealing. I ...
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What's a good age for a “penny skateboard”?

My two kids, ages 4 and 6, are reasonably active and coordinated. In general, what is a good age to get children started playing on a skateboard (such as a "penny board", a cheap and small ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of the Rapley method?

Lately I've been hearing some of my friends talking about the Rapley method of introducing solid food to your child, skipping the "mashed food" phase almost completely. They claim mashed food is ...
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can a child get a service dog with C.M.T. Charcot Marie Tooth disease and where can you get one or find info about it,? [closed]

has Charcot Marie Tooth disease C.M.T. Some people don't know what it is... It's the muscles get weaker an weaker the older she gets my daughter is only 18yrs old an she can only stand for maybe an ...
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4answers
812 views

What to do if my kids would not listen to my reasoning?

I have a boy, 10 years old. I think he is quite smart and can understand all the reasoning as good as any intelligent adults. Unfortunately, he can be quite difficult to deal with. He has some bad ...
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2answers
88 views

How can I mediate intense sibling rivalry?

My daughters, aged 6 & 3-and-a-half, go through phases of intense rivalry. I generally hold an attitude of not getting involved, but sometimes the fight either requires intervention as tempers ...
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What is the least problematic age difference between siblings?

We have one young toddler daughter and are pondering when (and if) she should have a younger sibling -- and what age difference might work best for both of them. For many (most) parents, what works ...
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1answer
117 views

How do I get my 20 month old son to eat solids?

My son is 20 months and only eats Gerber purée's. He gags with any thing slightly lumpy or chunky. He will literally push the spoon away after spitting the SMALL, crumb-piece out. He does not ...
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6answers
1k views

Recommend an odor absorber for a diaper pail

The area by my toddler's diaper pail smells like, well, poopy diapers. I have been aggressive about changing the diaper pail liner whenever it fills up to the point of jamming the lid open. I am ...
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2answers
348 views

Dealing with parental alienation syndrome (PAS) when the child is younger

Similar to this question, except it just started yesterday, and the child is 3. My son is 3, turning 4 next month. My ex was inching to take away my weekend visits, and I compromised (since it's ...
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1answer
88 views

Maybe pregnant? [duplicate]

Can my 4 year old son tell if I am pregnant, and if so how far along do I have to be in order for him to tell? I should be about two weeks along. A couple of my co workers says I am, that they can ...
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2answers
119 views

How to take passport pictures of a baby?

My two weeks old daughter needs a passport and, for this, we need a picture of her. Since we struggle to get a good angle of her for our own, private pictures, it seems to be even more complicated to ...
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1answer
247 views

How to handle disobediant children as non-parental authority figure

I volunteer with children regularly, usually very young preschool or toddler age. One of the common issues I have noticed is that handling disobeying children can become complicated when your the ...
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2answers
189 views

My 13 year old is off the rails and dad has given up

I have a 13 year old boy who is disrespecting both parents and out of control. He is totally self-absorbed (as I know most kids are) and he can't handle any situation. He hasn't has a clue on how ...
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1answer
69 views

is a long car ride safe for my newborn? [duplicate]

Im planning a trip from vermont to New York, its about a 4 and a half hour trip and my babygirl is 1 month old. Im just worried she will get overwhelmed at being in the carseat so long, of course I ...
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6answers
5k views

What is a good age to start taking your kids to the cinema?

What age can you expect a child to happily sit through a movie at the theatre and do you have tips to make this a good experience for both children and parents (e.g. which movie to pick, what to do if ...
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5answers
295 views

How to give a medicine with really bad taste

My 4 year old daughter recently have scarlet fever. It seems antibiotics are non-negociable for it, and since she has great chance of being allergic to Penicillin, there is only one antibiotic she can ...
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6answers
503 views

Effects on children and parents of marriage breaking up

Me and my wife have a two year old son and he is amazing and I love him wholeheartedly. Unfortunately the relationship between my wife and I has frayed to the point where I no longer see a good ...
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0answers
42 views

What is the way to give bitter medicine to a 2 year old child? [duplicate]

Child is 2 years and 1 month old. No, I will not close her nose to make her open her mouth. What are the other non torturous ways to give bitter medicine to the child?
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3answers
159 views

Guilt as a natural consequence of bad/wrong behaviour

We all know that natural consequences is the best tool when dealing with inappropriate behaviour. However, one of natural consequences of doing something bad to another person is feeling guilty for ...
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2answers
735 views

My toddler seems unable to pay attention for longer than 15 minutes; should I worry?

My son is 16 months old now. He is a very energetic boy. When he hears music, he automatically will shake both of his hands as if he is dancing. There is no TV in our house, but sometimes, we watch ...
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4answers
256 views

Transition 2 year old to big bed

So my wife and I got our 2 year old daughter her own bed because we moved the crib to new/future baby boys room. We've found that trying to get her to go to sleep is MUCH more difficult than we ...
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2answers
89 views

How do discipline my kid at preschool?

Today I dropped my little 4yr old girl at school and she just didn't want to eat because from what she says, she "stuffed her face with popcorn" when I wasn't looking. The problem: All of her friends ...
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11answers
12k views

What is a reasonable amount of time to wait before family visits your new baby?

My wife and I are preparing to negotiate with our families about visiting our first baby. We want to take some time to recover and feel like we have a comfortable routine before taking visitors. We ...
6
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2answers
181 views

How can I persuade a preschooler to wear a suit?

A few month ago, I asked: Can I avoid nice clothing being a source of argument? That was mainly focused on my eight year old, and now I have a related question... but about a preschooler. Our ...
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8answers
9k views

How to teach a 3yo to endure during hikes?

I have a 3 year old daughter and occasionally take her on a few hours walk in the woods / bush / up a mountain. We both enjoy it. I don't expect her to be able to walk very far or climb up a ...
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2answers
353 views

How do I handle when my step kids parent buys them everything they want?

My fiancee and her two daughters (8 years old and 4 years old) live with me and my two sons (7 years old and 10 years old). Six people is quite a houseful :) The girls' father sees them once a week ...
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17answers
23k views

How do you raise an intelligent and happy daughter in a sexist world?

Firstly, apologies for my English. It is my third language. I don't have enough space to explain my reasoning. I just don't want my daughter to be influenced by the media or the general opinions of ...
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8answers
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If a 4 year old is afraid to swim is it better to keep trying or wait?

My son is afraid of swimming, and has been for a very long time. We first took him to baby swim classes and he never took to it like the other children in the class. I took him to swimming classes ...
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7answers
2k views

Not sure what to do about my teen daughters stealing and lying

My daughter has been lying and stealing from us as well as someone she called her BFF. We give her consequences and she continues with her stealing and lying. Recently I found out that she was cutting ...
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7answers
37k views

When to pull loose teeth

My 5 year old is starting to have some teeth become loose. Specifically her lower two front teeth. I just noticed today that one of them is really loose. However, I don't know how loose it should be ...
3
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3answers
135 views

Private school vs bad public school for a young child

I live in an inexpensive area (in the US) with a public school that is pretty bad by most measures (it gets low/failing rankings by most measures I can find online). I have a child who will soon be ...
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0answers
22 views

Loose tooth. Suck it up and pull? [duplicate]

I am a kid. I have a loose tooth where the part is off but the other part isn't. I can see my new tooth underneath. Should i just suck it up and push with my tongue? It's a bottom left molar
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2answers
153 views

Tricks / acitivities to make a toddler stay in one place for a while

My 18MO toddler is very active. When she's not running, she's walking, and when she's not walking, she's picking things up, and otherwise she's climbing, sitting on stuff and standing up. What tricks ...
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4answers
247 views

14 mo old cries everyday at night even when being held

My son has always had difficulty falling asleep. He sleeps with us and we usually pat or rock him to sleep. Every night he cries for atleast 5 mins before he stops fighting and drifts off to sleep. We ...
5
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2answers
266 views

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 ...
6
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3answers
373 views

8 year old punishes himself for bad behaviour

My 8 year old step-son is still rather sensitive for his age, and sometimes takes being disciplined very hard. When he genuinely feels bad about something he's done wrong and we tell him off, he will ...
7
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2answers
454 views

My 6-year-old has angry outbursts, possibly related to a newborn sibling. How can we help her?

Our six-year-old daughter is the eldest of 3 girls: her sisters are 3 years, and 3 months respectively. At varying points during the day she will flare up with rage; the triggers can be play-related ...
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4answers
31k views

How can I deal with my 12-year old son's rebellious behaviour?

My son is a very loving child and fun to be with usually....ever since he turned 12 he is suddenly the resident expert in the house on anything from how to drive a car to how become president. You ...

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