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How to cultivate perseverance without being overbearing?

At the risk of this question being overly vague in its title; I'll provide a little more detail on a specific issue. I taught my son to ride a bike last summer after he had just turned 4 years old. It ...
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Is 15 years old too old to ground for bad grades?

I have a 15 year old that has been grounded 60% of the time the past two years. Most of the groundings are around his grades or forgetting to do homework. When he is grounded at first he buckles ...
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5answers
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Should a precocious child be prevented from devoting too much time to their primary interest?

I know a couple of children in their early or pre-teen years who have already accomplished more than many adults accomplish in their entire careers. These accomplishments seem to be a combination of ...
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4answers
571 views

Does a parent's big expectations become burden on the child?

Recently, Haruki Murakami started an advice column on his personal website. One of the questions was about motivating kids. Here is what Murakami replied: When a parent's expectations for children ...
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1answer
614 views

Cause and cure of silly behavior in children

What can be some of the causes/reasons that a child (in the 7-year-old range) to speak in a silly voice and in a silly way, more than an average child? I don't know how to be more specific by silly ...
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Woman: Afraid of infants/newborns

I am a woman, about 25 years old. People (especially my mother) tell me that my biological clock should start ticking any day now. To be honest I can't see myself as a parent. I am disgusted by ...
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1answer
163 views

How should screen time be treated to balance the pro of education resources on the internet and con of decreased involvement in other activities?

Screen time is a tricky subject. Around middle school age there are very good uses of technology that emerge where can child can develop healthy hobbies fueled by self-motivation (which may later turn ...
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How much ipad time do most kids get? [duplicate]

I'm a mother of 2, ages 3 and 10. I am worried that my youngest child is spending as much time, sometimes more time, on the iPad than my eldest. The iPad seems ideal when I am busy and the kids are ...
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1answer
174 views

Toddler cries when bedtime comes

Our girl is 1 yo, and used to go to sleep without much problem at night. However, for the last week, it's become quite difficult. Here is how it goes : when bedtime comes, we put her as usual in her ...
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7answers
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How to stop the toddler from *deliberately* throwing things out of the balcony?

The girl is 20 months old, and it is not her fault that she loves her game of picking things from the room and throwing them out of balcony and watching them fall. She has been told in plain English ...
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1answer
383 views

My sons biological dad moved 6 hours away and wants to split commute times

My wife has a son from a previous relationship. He's lived with me since he was 1. His biological father has always lived about an hour from us. We have always split driving responsibilities for any ...
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13answers
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What should we do when our 15 year old wants sex with his 13 year old girlfriend?

So the other day I walked in on our teenager and caught his girlfriend with her pants down. It is quite clear what they were intending to do. Now he claims he had no intention of having sex with her,...
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1 year old stays up late at night

My parents have raised some concerns about our 1 yo child going to sleep late in the evening (typically 10:30 pm, sometimes later if she struggles going to sleep). A typical day : she doesn't go to ...
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2answers
315 views

How do you handle “materialist” behaviour?

My 4 years old daughter attaches a lot of importance to toys, clothes, presents ... How do you help your kids take some distance with that ? Sample behaviour I'm uncomfortable with : asking grandma ...
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Should I cut my child's dad out of his life?

My son will be six years old in another month and since he has been 1 years old his dad has been in and out of his life. He has been to prison twice and spent a year both times he went, so that ...
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4answers
1k views

Should I allow my child to participate in dangerous sports?

When should a child be allowed to take part in "dangerous" sports or activities? I'm thinking of letting my son try motocross when he's "old enough" - but when is that, when is a child old enough to ...
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3answers
247 views

How to help my son to resolve the problem with school bullies?

My son is 8 and has problems with bullies in school. He is one of youngest and smallest in his class and doesn't react appropriately* when someone bullies him, and I guess that made him the target for ...
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2answers
284 views

What activities stimulate the same areas of the brain as jigsaw puzzles?

My 2 year old absolutely loves jigsaw puzzles. He is now doing 200 piece puzzles alone. What part of the brain this is related to, and what other children's activities stimulate the same areas of ...
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2answers
442 views

How to explain your absence to 4 year old

My wife has taken our two boys, 9 month old and 4 year old, and is denying me all contact with them. I already haven't seen or spoken to them in 2 weeks except for a 2 minute phone call with my 4 year ...
4
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3answers
244 views

Is early education for 2-3 year olds worth it?

Background: My parents only put me (and all my 3 siblings) in a school when each of us were 5 years old. We turned out fine and I assumed it's the normal thing to do. Now I and my wife have a 2 years ...
3
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1answer
533 views

How do I teach my son to manage his anger when he is unwilling?

My 8-year-old son has difficulty managing his anger in a healthy way. When he gets angry at his sister, sometimes he hits her or pulls her hair. Sometimes he hits himself. Sometimes he screams and ...
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2answers
250 views

How can I instigate or spark an interest for math to my 14 year old daughter?

My 14 year old daughter finds math boring and she acknowledges it whenever we talk about it. What can I do to spark an interest for math in her?
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2answers
602 views

How harmful is a kid's habit of crossing the toes?

Our three year old son has developed a habit to cross his second toe underneath the big toe. He does it all the time and claims that it feels more comfortable like that. We worry that, in the long run,...
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2answers
163 views

1Y8M old daughter won't sleep thru night

My daughter will not sleep thru the night. She goes down to sleep most nights but now can climb out of the crib and open doors. She won't go down at night and I do a steady routine before bed. If I ...
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1answer
186 views

What does it mean to “teach a child as teaching an adult…”?

In this video (Alan Watts - On Education and Disney Land), Alan Watts says "teach a child as teaching an adult rather than let the child learn Mickey Mouse" but he doesn't say the reason why. What ...
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How do I dissuade my three-year-old from saying he doesn't like a parent?

My three-year-old is sometimes verbally and physically abusive with one parent, saying he doesn't like, want, or love the parent, and commands the parent to go away. This seems to happen mostly when ...
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1answer
392 views

strong grandmother attachement

I have a 2 year old granddaughter who is so attached to me she will resist her mother, sometimes very strongly. My concern is my daughter's feelings: she already feels guilty enough for working. I ...
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2answers
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Just found out pregnant and smoked marijuana

I just found out I am pregnant and I am 11 weeks. I am embarassed to admit I smoked marijunna (casually, not everyday) until I found out a few days ago. Aside from the health risks for my child, I am ...
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2answers
391 views

For developmental milestones, should the age of my preemie son be measured from his birth date or due date?

Our son was born on November 21st, but due on December 22nd. So should we expect him to hit a 3 month milestone when he is actually 4 months old?
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78 views

Suitable music festival where children can be taken (Big Chill replacement!)

I went to the Big Chill festival upto 2007 (a UK music festival in the Cotswolds) and have recently become a dad. The Big Chill was very child friendly and I would have loved to have taken my boy, but ...
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1answer
128 views

Helping a child with selective mutism [duplicate]

I am a first grade teacher to a selectively mute girl, age 6. She has been in my class since August 2014 and will not speak to any adults at school. Occasionally she will whisper to me, but usually ...
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2answers
4k views

Toddler injured nose while playing

My question is very similar to this one - My baby fell from the bed. Is there any problem? My 18 months old son today injured his nose while playing, he was jumping up and down, lost balance, hit his ...
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1answer
117 views

Morning sickness symptoms

I'm pregnant for the first time, and I've never really had morning sickness until recently. What are the normal signs and symptoms of morning sickness? What are some signs and symptoms I should look ...
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2answers
254 views

Suggestions for 16month old who cries horribly and bangs his head when put down for a nap

My son has never been good at going down for naps. But lately he is getting so bad that he sometimes skips them and I am also afraid he is going to hurt himself as he purposely throws himself at the ...
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5answers
4k 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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5answers
4k views

Should I invite non-parent friends to a 1-year old birthday party?

I know the first birthday is something special for a child, but is not something that a kid will remember, so it's more of a party of the adults in his/her life to celebrate that they made it through ...
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3answers
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Minimum age required for jacuzzi bath

I went with my nearly six years old daughter to the public pool & SPA and to my surprise, I found a label saying, that children under age of 7 should avoid the jacuzzi bath. Is that true, and why ...
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3answers
586 views

My 14 year old daughter is overly resistant when I advise something

When I'm trying to explain something to my 14 year old daughter, she becomes very resistant to what I say or advise. I do understand that she has a hard time due to her age, both physically and ...
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votes
2answers
327 views

How to deal with extreme misbehavior of younger siblings?

I have a 3yr old a 5 year old and an 11 yr old who have just been the most exceptionally worst behaved children on this planet, between the 3&5 yr olds, they backchat, break things, have drawn on ...
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2answers
145 views

How to keep our toddler in bed

Our toddler (2 yr) just got a bed instead of a cot. The cot had high sides and she wasn't able to get out of it by herself. We bought her a bed recently, because she grew out of the cot. While we ...
2
votes
1answer
479 views

How should I act during conflict between my child and my spouse if I dispraise the child's behaviour?

We have a lot of conflicts with our son (now 7 years old, but this was not different the years before). One common situation is: there is a conflict between him and my wife (and I'm not involved or ...
6
votes
1answer
491 views

How to get a 15 yr old started with a computer?

So I got a chance to speak to the kid of the security guard of our office and he was looking to get started with a computer and was looking for guidance. The kid is 15 now, and I must also say that it ...
2
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1answer
2k views

Feeding my baby milk that I stored from when he was 3 days old and on

I am strictly breastfeeding and have been pumping and storing milk since my baby was 3 days old. When he turns a month old, I want to introduce bottles with breastmilk so anyone else can feed him if I ...
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2answers
146 views

Potty training my 22-month-old son

We are currently on day 3 of potty training, my son who is 22 months old is showing all the signs, our accidents seem to happen when playing, he only let's out a small amount and the does the rest on ...
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vote
1answer
275 views

My 2 1/2 year old has no appetite

My daughter is 2 and a half, and since last year, she hardly eats anything. She did a lot better about 4/5 months ago, and now she hardly eats anything. She wont eat fruit or vegetables or anything ...
3
votes
1answer
293 views

Should I praise my oldest child infront of their siblings?

Sometimes my oldest(8yo) shows good character and leadership in choosing not to do what she knows she should not do. I know her other siblings(6yo,3yo) look up to her. I have been praising her ...
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2answers
234 views

Do I have to 'push' during birth?

If I get an epidural, I won't feel anything. Can I just lie there peacefully and relax while the baby just slides out on it's own or do I have to push? The pushing part seems so violent, and I'm ...
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3answers
230 views

At what age is it best to teach a child mathematics? At what pace? [closed]

At what age should mathematical / logical concepts be introduced to a child? I feel that parents should be held more responsible even than schools in the educational process.
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2answers
1k views

Maintaining contact with a one year old in a long distance situation

My wife and our two children (a five year old daughter and a one year old son) are about to move away to a different city, for a mix of reasons. This is likely to lead to a long distance relationship ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

Teen secretly playing video games when should be doing homework [closed]

If a son of about 14 years old, using his laptop to do schoolwork, secretly plays video games instead, should it be the parent's responsibility to find this out and stop him? If the son finds it hard ...

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