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How to deal with toenails that grow outwards?

My 16 month old daughter has weird toenails on her big toes. They grow normally up to the point where the nails leave the nail bed, then where you would normally have the nail continue on flat for a ...
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Convincing 18-month baby to sleep in the morning - using a training clock?

Our 18 month old son goes through phases of waking up early (between 4:30 am and 6 am) and sleeping to a decent time e.g. 6:30-6:45. So his early waking doesn't seem to be due to hunger, and he is not ...
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Can a Stepfather and Stepson relationship work well?

I am in relationship with a woman with a 6 year old son. I entered his life when he was 4 and so far we have had a very close relationship. He seems to listen to me, enjoys activities with me, and ...
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Putting a one year old in the crib and shutting door

Will it hurt a one year olds development if the crib is used as a place to play with toys, turn cartoons on and shut the door as a way to keep them from under foot several times a day? My grandbaby's ...
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105 views

Teaching responsibility/thoroughness *AND* life balance

My wife and I have a 16 week old, and it's definitely a bit early for it to matter, but we were discussing recently how we find the balance between teach/setting a good example of being thorough and ...
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152 views

How to address hemming and hawing?

Our six year old son has difficulty paying attention, so we often quiz him afterward about things he was supposed to be paying attention to. He has started hemming and hawing for a long time (like a ...
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301 views

How (and when) do you teach a child patience?

My son, 2 and a half, clearly does not grok the concept of waiting for something. If he asks for something, and I say "okay, I'll give you x right after we finish doing y", he'll say okay, and then ...
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3answers
207 views

How to encourage speech development

I have a three year old boy. At home we speak our native language to him and in nursery he speaks English. He seems to have very good understanding of what we say in our native language and reasonable ...
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705 views

When can I stop baby-proofing the house?

I see that my six-month-old is getting to be a dangerous guy and we're going to start baby-proofing. Eight-year-olds typically don't need baby-proofing, though, so there's a light at the end of this ...
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2answers
439 views

15 month baby never sleeps through the night

I have a 15 month old daughter who slept great when she was 3 and 4 months old, but never again after that. She's never had a pacifier and she has her own crib, but it's in our room. Our current ...
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5.5. month old not eating as well anymore

I have triplets and my bigger one has slowly been taking less and less and now the other two have surpassed him. His weight curve has also slowed down but nothing to be concerned about according to ...
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Our 6 years old son doesn't follow instructions very well, bad listening skills, I need help

My step son is 6 years old, he is a very good boy but he isn't doing good when it comes to following directions. He gives up so easy and beat himself up for things that he fails at. For example in his ...
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1answer
108 views

How do you gauge if a show, movie or story may be too frightening for your child?

My 2-and-a-half year old seems to be fond of shows that I would have expected to be too scary for someone his age. He loves to watch R.L. Stine's Goosebumps (he was introduced to it at daycare by ...
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328 views

Songs for teaching hindi/kannada phonics?

My son is just starting to make a few words, and enjoys songs a lot. I feel that teaching him the letters in hindi/kannada (which we speak at home along with english ) will help him learn the sounds ...
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How to keep a 2 year old entertained in the car on long road trips? [duplicate]

Pls suggest some toys and strategies that have worked for you.
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7 year old boy who uses bad language

I am at a loss as to what to do with my seven-year-old son. He constantly uses bad words. Occasionally, he uses curse words but mostly it is words like "dumb," "idiot," "stupid," etc. At first I ...
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3.5yr old pre-schooler cannot deal with frustration

Our 3.5 yr old (will be 4 in July) son has a real difficulty handling frustration to the point that it is driving me and my wife insane. Hardly a day goes by where we don't both end up in tears, ...
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2 week old baby is not interested in eating

My 2 week old baby girl is not nursing well. At each nursing, she eats 1 to 1.5 ounces in about 50 to 60 minutes. She often falls asleep immediately afterwards. If we let her, she will sleep for 3+ ...
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4answers
958 views

How long should a 3 year old be sent to his room?

Our son is almost 3 years old and he's been getting worse about talking back and not obeying our directions (such as "put on your shoes" or "pick up your toys"). We're thinking about implementing ...
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2answers
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neighbour's Marijuana effects on infant

I live in a flat. The flat next door (we share 2 walls) has an old man who smokes 5-6 times a day. Sometimes alone, sometimes with 2-3 friends (guessing never been inside but see people come in) I ...
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5answers
572 views

Preschooler can't sing, but sings anyway - loudly!

My 3½ year old has never had any sense of music, rhythm, notes, or anything resembling the musical arts. (Motor skills is where he truly excels; he's a sports person, not a musician.) Recently, he ...
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2answers
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At what age can we expect a baby to be carried in a back pack baby carrier?

We don't intend to purchase a stroller. We intend to purchase a back pack baby carrier. At what minimum age is it considered safe to put the baby in the back pack? I think just born babies can not be ...
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5answers
907 views

Can my 18 months old boy learn from watching movies?

Everyday, my 18 months old boy is always asking to watch a movie by coming to my laptop and requesting to watch movie by talking with his baby talk style. I have a good serial cartoon movies for him. ...
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2answers
408 views

How do you prepare a toddler to sleep in a strange place (a hotel room)?

We're preparing for our first overnight vacation since my son has outgrown a crib. He's been in a "big boy bed" for several months now, and still is very proud of this fact (and very proud of his bed ...
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How soon until I can take my newborn to take a walk outside?

I understand that newborn's immune system is still weak and crowds/strangers are to be avoided. Knowing this, how soon can I take my newborn outside, for example to take ~1 hours walk in a non-crowded ...
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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 ...
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3answers
114 views

Party games for the 4-th birthday

We are organizing a big party for our 4-year old daughter. We rented a room, and expect 20-30 kids (most similar age) and the party is from 2pm to 5pm. What is the best way to manage the party (in ...
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1answer
159 views

Making isolation not feel like a punishment

My six year-old son is very extroverted, and prefers to play with someone. My three year-old daughter is strong-willed but introverted, and prefers to play on her own. When they play together, my ...
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1answer
412 views

Painting around baby?

I was going to do some indoor painting today and I was wondering if it is ok for me to throw my 1 year old daughter into her backpack while I do it. I would open all of the doors/windows in the room ...
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1answer
177 views

Learning to propel oneself in a swing

At what age do children generally learn to propel themselves in a swing? Is this something that they generally figure out on their own, or do parents/older siblings teach the skill? How do you teach ...
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2answers
524 views

How to change a one track mind?

My daughter is eight years old, but due to her cerebral palsy, she has the approximate mentality of a three year-old. She also has an extreme need for routine. Most of the time that isn't an issue ...
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6answers
3k views

Is it appropriate for parents to cry in front of their children?

Sometimes a parent may be feeling sad (for whatever reason) and needs to cry. Is it harmful, or could it even be good, to cry sometimes in front of your children? What does research say?
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newborn / 1mo : funny milk smell in the head?

My newborn girl has a funny smell in the top of her head: it's like milk or strawberry yogurt. Very soft, very light, I have to come really close to feel it. But it's something I notice... She takes ...
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8answers
1k views

Pros and cons of C section (Cesarean) delivery?

Are prenatal classes worth it? +1 for mentioning the unexpected information about the c-section. No one wants to have a c-section with their first baby, but I know so many women who wound up ...
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1answer
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What are the natural ways to increase the blood, and the amniotic acids flow to the uterus during pregnancy?

That's the question. What are the natural ways to increase the blood, and the amniotic acids flow to the uterus during pregnancy? What should be the duration and intensity of the exercises (if any)? ...
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Pre-teen always sneaking junk food

My daughter is nine, and over the last few months has been frequently stealing sweets from the kitchen (fridge, pantry, or deep freezer) to eat them in her room at night. There are a variety of ...
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4answers
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What stories for children have strong female role models?

I notice that just about all young children's stories (fairy tales, etc) depict women in a subordinate role. This hit me while reading Cinderella: her ultimate goal in life is to be the prettiest so ...
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0answers
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How to teach a 3-year-old baby to not be afraid of bathing? [duplicate]

Our 3-year-old girl is extremely afraid of bathing! We ask her why, but she just says "I just afraid". We tried putting toys in the water; she plays with them and the water but does not allow us to ...
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2answers
4k views

At what month of pregnancy should the DHA intake be started?

My doctor has said that since the WHO's website doesn't mention that DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid) intake is compulsory, she won't be talking about it. I am referring to the ...
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3answers
2k views

How often should the cloth diaper be changed and how to know when it is the time to change the diapers?

Infant will be on his bed, so how will I know that it is the time to change his diaper? Do I have to wait for his crying? Do I have to check every 15 minutes whether his diaper is wet or not? These ...
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7answers
2k views

How and when do I teach my son to use chopsticks?

Even though I live in the U.S., I find using a fork inefficient and clumsy. I'd like to teach my son how to use chopsticks as an alternative. What is the best way to do this without interfering with ...
3
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3answers
9k views

What should be the ideal sleeping posture in the third trimester of pregnancy?

I have observed that in the seventh month when I lay down on the floor and turn right side (for a while), the baby starts kicking. Then when I turn on my back, the kickings decrease noticeably. Have ...
6
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2answers
776 views

What kind of clothes does a new born need to wear in summers?

The daytime temperature here is 45 degree Celsius in summers. We have a ceiling fan. We also have covered our window panes with Aluminum foil to reduce the impact of heat. So, what kind of (and how ...
4
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2answers
137 views

What qualities should be looked in cloth diapers?

What kind of cloth should be preferred? What should be the thickness of the cloth? What should be the shape and size of the cloth? Do we have to use a polythene cover on the outer side of the diaper ...
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1answer
352 views

Does a baby cry inside the womb?

Considering Music for gestation - what should baby be hearing while in the womb? that babies can hear sounds inside the womb, I also expect myself to hear the baby crying or making sounds inside the ...
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1answer
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Should an infant be washed with turmeric powder?

My in laws have a custom of washing the infant with Turmeric powder rather than any soap. Should an infant be washed with turmeric powder? Any side effects? How long duration can this be prolonged? ...
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3answers
233 views

What to do with unwanted personalized gifts?

We are so fortunate that many people have given us presents for our newborn. Some of the gifts we really enjoy. Others, not so much. We generally give away the gifts that we don't want (for whatever ...
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5answers
12k views

At what age can a child be left alone in a parked car? [closed]

I have heard that in some areas it is illegal to leave a child unattended in a car, even for an instant, and possibly even if you are within direct sight of the care. It seems that the laws for this ...
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2answers
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My 8 year old daughter was taught by her classmates how to use the middle finger. How do I get her to stop this behavior?

Two of my daughter's 8 year old class mates taught my daughter how to use the middle finger. My daughter is now obsessed and wont stop. We don't use this at home and find it offensive. However she ...
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4answers
279 views

Strategies to reduce computer game interest

We have a moderately strict rule about electronics time at the house -- as long as their homework, chores, or other responsibilities are finished, each kid gets to play a computer or video game for an ...

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