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Basic guidelines for supporting psycological health of a sick 3 y.o.?

My 3 year old son has become ill over the last few days - his white blood cell count is low and the diagnosis is ITP. The prognosis is good - he should get better in a few weeks or months. He also ...
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How much time is too much time playing educational computer games?

I recently bought an iPad primarily for my 3-year-old daughter. I put nothing on it but educational apps and children's books. No YouTube, no Internet, no (non-educational) games. I've decided to let ...
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How do we keep kindergartners entertained while camping?

It's been a while since I've been camping and I never did so as a very young child. What types of activities and general camping prep would be appropriate for going with a kindergartner?
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how do I motivate my 8 yr old to practice the piano regularly?

I end up offering TV time as reward but he complains so much while practicing, tracks time by calling out every 2 minutes, and practices without respecting the piano or the music (bangs it out). He ...
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Is it traumatic for a toddler to be left in their bedroom with the door shut?

I've posted here before asking for advice for getting our toddler (2 yrs 5 mths) to sleep, as he's going through a very difficult phase. Once put to bed, he constantly gets out of bed and/or screams. ...
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1answer
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How can we get our newborn to sleep at night as soundly as he does in the day?

We've just had a new arrival- a little boy, now 7 days old. During the day he sleeps like a dream. As I write this, he has been asleep for around 4 hours without really stirring at all. The only ...
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Why do parents refer to themselves in the third person?

Can anyone explain to me the reason why parents tend to refer to themselves in the third person, when talking to their young children? E.g.: "Hold Daddy's hand while we cross the road" as opposed ...
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4answers
367 views

Is giving my toddler a mobile phone to chew on bad for his health

As one of the methods I use to distract my wee fella when we are changing him etc is that I give him my mobile (cell) phone. He immediately puts it in his mouth and it keeps him entertained for the ...
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1answer
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At what age do kids start using eating utensils successfully?

At what point (age or developmental stage) can a child reasonably be expected to use a fork or spoon? I'm asking mostly about physical ability to control the fork/spoon mostly enough to use the ...
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627 views

Light Day-Hiking with Newborn— baby carrier or offroad stroller?

Baby is due in late June, and we hope to continue our normal habit of light day hikes (<4 miles, no major elevation changes) with her later in the summer and into early fall. Does it make sense to ...
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378 views

Why is my baby crying?

What's a good sorted list of potential causes to check when my baby cries and I don't know why? I need something I can print out in advance because I can't think very clearly once the crying starts.
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3answers
107 views

Addressing bad behavior after the fact

My 5 (almost 6) year old daughter has started doing things that she knows are wrong when friends are over. From what I can tell, it's not the friends who are instigating the bad behavior, it's my ...
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2answers
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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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3answers
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Should I try and prevent my child from becoming like me (in some aspects)?

As an adult I realize I am not perfect. I have my "glitches". One of them is that I am too shy and an introvert to people that I do not know well (somewhat extrovert to friends and family). Would I ...
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3answers
686 views

How to tell my son (10yo), somebody he knows as a man, is actually a woman?

My adult step-daughter is in a same sex relationship. I love her and support her decision, if this makes her happy. I'm neither pro or against homosexuality ... actually, I'm not even neutral, I'm ...
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Tummy ache in 3 year old after eating

Last week my 3 year old son had too many varieties of snacks and puked 3 to 4 times in the night. He started complaining of tummy ache. It became worse, anything he drinks, he was throwing it up, ...
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6answers
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How do I get a young toddler to walk holding my hand?

Baby boy is just 12 months, but walks really well and prefers to walk. When we are at the grocery store or somewhere we need to go from Point A to Point B, sometimes he doesn't want to go where I ...
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7answers
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Plane activities for little ones

I am taking four children ages 2,3,4, and 8 on a 4+ hour plane ride. Ideas for entertaining them WITHOUT plugging them in for the entire time would be much appreciated. We have the basics, crayons, ...
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4answers
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Do toddlers need every size of shoe?

When we find shoes we like on a big discount, is it a good idea to buy a few sizes up at a time (like sizes 7, 8, and 9 all at once)? Or is there enough overlap in sizing that our toddler might move ...
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1answer
2k views

How to keep a baby cool in summer?

I have concerns regarding our baby (less than 1 yr) sleeping in an air conditioned room. I live in Mumbai. Its an area with extremely high humidity and very hot temperatures. We all sleep in an air ...
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1answer
211 views

Is it recommended to use warm water for bathing my baby?

I don't know whether this is a good habit or not for my baby. But my wife is always taking our baby a bath using warm water.So when the time we would to take our baby to swim in the pool, our baby ...
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2answers
1k views

Stopping a toddler playing with his belly button

Our toddler has recently, since moving into T-shirts rather than romper suits, discovered his belly button. He now spends quite a lot of time with his hands up his shirt, or when settling for bed, ...
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3answers
584 views

Will a 12-18 month old understand a baby is on the way?

My first son is 12 months old and I'm expecting another child who will be born when my son is 18 months old. My son is fairly verbal for his age. He understands phrases like, "Put the ball in the ...
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7answers
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Advice for carrying out the “Stay in Bed” technique with our 2-year-old

My two-year old has always had trouble settling and sleeping through the night, but recently the problem seems to have become an awful lot worse. It all came to a head one night a few weeks ago after ...
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2answers
290 views

Are baby walkers harmful? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are ExerSaucers/walkers/jumpers bad for children or is that simply a misconception? I have been deliberating whether I should buy a walker for my 11 month old baby. I ...
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3answers
483 views

How to comfort a new born with gum's ache whose teeth are about to grow?

I like to know how to comfort and relax a new born whose primary teeth (or milk teeth) are about to grow. What about soothing the gums with a Teether? What i have read about Teether s is that they are ...
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1answer
277 views

How do we break nursing associations at naptime?

We've recently tried Ferber's method of progressive waiting to help our 4-month-old sleep better. At nights, it's worked extremely well... after his bath in the evening he now falls asleep within ...
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2answers
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Explaining to a toddler when masturbation is appropriate

Our toddler has discovered the joys of having her hand down the front of her panties. Frequently. Now, we don't want to tell her that doing so is wrong, but we want to explain to her that there's an ...
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1answer
2k views

What is the best way to teach my toddler to ride a tricycle?

We got a radio flyer tricycle for our daughter during Christmas, but she has had a hard time grasping the basics (steering and pedaling). Does anyone have suggestions for the best way to teach her ...
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6answers
1k views

breaking my rejection of christianity to my parents

I know this isn't exactly appropriate for this site--I'm not a parent, I'm a son--but I think it's still applicable to the community here. I would prefer feedback from actual parents concerned about ...
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2answers
487 views

Are “Potty Parties” generally effective?

A couple I know recently threw a "potty party" for their three-year-old son. The general idea is outlined here, and is that you dedicate a day to intensive potty training. Some of the main ideas ...
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1answer
651 views

Does being the oldest in a day care class harm a child's social development?

I am considering putting my daughter in a day care which takes children 2 to 3 years old as of their start date for the year, August 30. My daughter will turn 3 on September 5, so technically she ...
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4answers
200 views

How to promote individual play for a toddler?

Does anyone have any tips on how to promote independent play, so our son will learn to (or get used to) play by himself? Our son is quite a demanding child who is constantly asking us to play with ...
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4answers
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My toddler is waking up with crust on the inside of her eyes, should I be concerned?

Recently my 3 year old daughter is waking up with crust on the inside of her eyes and a little on her lashes as well. This isn't pink eye (as she has had that already and her eyes are not pink at all ...
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9answers
718 views

What do we do when timeouts are not effective?

We have a three year old toddler, and he has just seemed to realize that timeouts are nothing more than him sitting in a corner for a few minutes. He has recently started doing a whole suite of bad ...
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0answers
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Sitting with my 5 month old as I work on the computer…harmful for my baby? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does it hurt my baby (developmentally) if she watches while I'm on the computer? Sometimes I need to work while I'm caring for the baby. Sometimes she'll be content ...
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1answer
505 views

Is a car seat safe to use if the internal styrofoam is broken

I have a car seat that was loaned to a family member and returned with the internal styrofoam structure (under the fabric) broken on one side (see picture) Is the seat safe to use or do I need to ...
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6answers
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How do you know when a baby needs to be burped?

My daughter just turned two, and over the last two years, I've learned a lot. Most parenting skills were easy to learn, but I never figured out burping when she was in the infant stage. In retrospect, ...
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5answers
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Immediate reflux/heartburn relief for a baby (8 months old)

Our 8 month old is having a bout of really nasty heartburn after getting over norovirus. Our doctor has looked at him and determined he's suffering from normal gastritis and prescribed zantec. ...
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3answers
523 views

Guided Meditation for Children

My second grader has been having trouble sleeping due to her anxiety. I have been doing guided meditation/relaxation with her at night but this is not my forte and am looking for suggestions, such ...
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4answers
1k views

Baby gift suggestion for third boy? [closed]

What is a good idea for a baby gift for someone who has just had their third boy? They do not want to see one more blue stretchie :) - or even any piece of boy's clothing. They have toys and books, ...
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1answer
125 views

How can I tell if my suggestions have become a form of bullying [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What constitutes verbal abuse of one's child? I am worried that my constant reminders and punishments are being taken as bullying. I might be over reacting but then ...
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3answers
210 views

How do I encourage my toddler to work on his spoken language?

Our 15 month old has yet to speak any words. He seems to hear well enough, and will, when it suits him, listen to us when we ask things of him ("go get your ball!", etc). He's engaged with the world ...
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5answers
270 views

Changing a child's name

Our son Thomas was born about 6 months ago. Now, we're feeling like he doesn't really look right for his name, and we're thinking of getting it officially changed to Charles instead. We're also not ...
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5answers
27k views

Getting a 2-year-old back to sleep in the middle of the night

We have always had trouble with our little boy not sleeping through the night. He will do it in spells (every night for a week, then not at all for a fortnight). But he has recently developed a ...
8
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2answers
222 views

Golden rule 'do's' and 'don'ts'' when holding a child's party - your experiences are asked!

This Saturday my 4 year old is having 5 Kindergarten friends over to celebrate being one meter tall (it's a 'one meter party'). We'll have a house and (weather permitting) garden for an afternoon of ...
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3answers
2k views

Attention-promoting activities for a toddler

ADD runs in our family ("in fact, it practically stampedes"), and I'm starting to see my toddler's attention become more and more difficult for him to control; he's beginning to have difficulty ...
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3answers
2k views

5 month old won't fall asleep because she always turns herself onto her stomach

This question is related to How do dealing with infant flipping over during sleep training?, but not exactly the same. Our 5 month old daughter flips onto her stomach constantly. When you put her ...
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6answers
610 views

How can I handle my toddler's bedtime-avoidance tricks?

My son is 2½ years old and he thinks he's figured out a smart trick to avoid having to sleep. Our responses sometimes work, and sometimes they don't. Even when they work, it's time-consuming and ...
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6answers
1k views

Why is my 10 yr old struggling with school?

I have a 10 year old daughter who has been struggling with school for the past 3 years. She struggles in reading and math and just seems to not get it. There was a time she would even cry when it was ...

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