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5 year old cries every time she is told “no”

My 5 year old daughter is crying every time she is told no. It doesn't matter if it is a little thing or a big thing she is asking for--she cries. We don't give in to her crying. We have tried ...
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What is the best approach for teaching toddlers not to drop items off the table at meals?

During discussions with friends about our children (2 years and 16 months old) I discovered that some parents give their children "normal" (and thus breakable) plates and glasses. The reason is ...
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Mastering a foreign language without staying in a country to which the language is native [duplicate]

I am not a native English speaker. What I would like to understand is - if a non native speaker who’s got a fairly decent command on the language (in this case say English) speaks to his or her kid in ...
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At What age does a child generally recognize their shadow is their shadow and will do what they do?

This question was inspired by At What age does a baby recognize themself in a mirror? and the memory it brought up for me of the day we were on a family "hike" at a local botanical garden and my ...
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How does one go about determining if a child, adolescent or teen is capable of understanding a given book?

This question was inspired by one posed on the Science Fiction Stack Exchange by a parent wondering about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Through some commentary and discussion, he did clarify ...
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790 views

At what age does a baby recognize themself in a mirror?

I'm trying to determine when it is possible that a baby is aware that they are one of the people in the mirror, and whether it's the same time that they realize that the other person is a reflection, ...
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When do twins know their own names?

I've read that babies generally recognize and respond to their own name at around 5 months of age. How is this different for twins (particularly identical)? Being as they often (almost always!) hear ...
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Preventing motion sickness in a baby on a plane

A few weeks ago, we took our 6-month-old on the plane for the first time. Five hours into a ten-hour flight, with no warning at all, he vomited (and spectacularly, not a little milk burp). A week ...
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How talkative should a three month old be?

Our daughter started babbling a lot. She used to throw gu and ga around once in a while, but now she seems to be babbling all the time. She talks to us, to all the chandeliers, her toys, she also ...
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How can a three month old go to sleep - everything's so interesting!

Our three month old daughter has recently started to have trouble falling asleep. Not even falling - she has trouble starting to fall asleep! I have learned and accepted her way of falling asleep. ...
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Our toddler boy likes to arrange his toy cars in a line. Is this normal?

Our 3-year-old son likes cars, and he likes to arrange his toy cars in a line. Is this normal for toddler boys?
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Parent's in law who can't be trusted to baby-sit want to - how do we figure this one out without hurting them?

My in-laws have tried to give our baby who is only just beginning to eat solid foods, candy, soda, and other adult foods because they think it is funny to "irritate daddy and mommy." My daughter has ...
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How to teach a child about eavesdropping

My child is highly curious and has become a bit of a Mrs. Kravitz around our house. Since her Dad and I know this and she is our daughter, we are generally careful if we need to be to just not be ...
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1answer
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What are some evidence-based techniques for speech therapy?

My son is just over three years old. He has had glue ear, sometimes in both ears. What are some evidence-based speech therapy techniques and games that can be applied by parents in the home?
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2answers
560 views

When and for how long should a baby and one-year-olds be allowed to cry?

So, this question is inspired somewhat by Do we Need to help a baby learn to soothe itself? as well as my own experience with other people's children and my own. Many mothers are reluctant to let ...
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1answer
92 views

what toys to start with for 2y?

What toys to start with at 2 years age. He does not play with toys more than the first 30mins. So what solutions are there? How many unique toy sets are needed usually? What are proven toys that allow ...
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2answers
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A 14 month often old waking up in terror for weeks

A 14 month old girl wakes up about 3 a.m. sometimes screaming bloody murder or just all of a sudden sitting up in bed and watching the ceiling like she sees something. It's spooky. Cats do that ...
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6answers
166 views

How to inspire more creativity in play?

My six year-old son got a Lego® set for Christmas, his first because we finally don't have choking hazard age children in the house, but we've always had blocks and other building toys around. ...
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1answer
225 views

Does a group of girls naturally split at the age of 10-11?

Our oldest daughter is now in fourth grade. Since school start, she has been part of a group of four girls, which have spent a lot of time together and having a lot of fun. Either all four, three of ...
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Do we NEED to help a baby learn how to self-sooth? And how long can it take?

Before our girls were born, I told my husband that I didn't want to go through "crying it out" because I knew I wouldn't be comfortable with it. At the time he agreed with me. However, after close to ...
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Why do some parents have a favorite (or least favorite) child? How can this be avoided?

Playing favorites with one's children is clearly a moral grey area at best...so why do we do it when should be treating all our children equally? I'm a personality psychologist by training, and ...
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Is it okay for my child to be a “latchkey kid”?

My parents were divorced and separated by the time I was in school. My mother worked full time, and didn't get home until several hours after school ended. As a result, I was what is known as a ...
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2answers
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Travelling with three little ones without a car

My wife and I have two children - a three-year-old and a 20-month old, and are expecting a third one soon. Neither of us drive and we have never owned a car. We rely much on public transport. We are ...
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7answers
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How do you find apps that a 2 year old can use and enjoy?

My mom bought my 2 year old son a LeapPad2, which is fun but also a big, big challenge for him at this stage. The tablet is definitely helping him develop his fine motor coordination, but at the ...
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1answer
280 views

Extremely fussy and refusing to sleep 12 week old

My daughter has practically refused to nap during last two days. She is unusually agitated and wants to suck almost all the time. Is something wrong with her?
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Kids and Time Management [closed]

I'm doing some research for my book and need to know: When do children first learn the concept of time? How and when do they learn temporal study habits? Are there experts on this topic?
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3answers
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Should we add Soccer to an already pretty full schedule?

My child (7, nearly 8 and going on 16 - yes, all one child) is involved in Theater, Children's Choir, takes piano lessons, and has Tae Kwon Do 4 days a week (she is in the black belt club and working ...
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5answers
129 views

What's the process to select a School?

My kid is only 10 months old. I know that seems a bit premature. We live in an area that people have told us is difficult to find a good school. So we thought that if we plan ahead and find 2-3 ...
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1answer
92 views

one year old eating and drinking very little

my nephew's one year old drinks and eats very little, what could be the problem? He seems hungry, and tries to eat, but he would keep it in his mouth for a long while then spits it out. We give him ...
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How to identify whether a 7 months old baby is waking for a feed out of habit or need?

I am subscribed to a newsletter from babycenter.com. Just now I received a letter containing the following content: Sleep solutions: Once she reaches the age of six months or so, your baby ...
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2answers
568 views

Suggestions for helping a 5 year old boy with horrible behavior

So I'm just wondering if there is anyone out there that knows of any discipline suggestions that maybe I haven't tried. I'm waiting for mental health to get back to me but I need something in the ...
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2answers
162 views

Car seats at the front

Is it safe to put a front-facing car seat at the front passenger seat? Do I have to disable the airbag first?
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3answers
225 views

Overscheduled toddler

I'm a nanny, working with a 16 month old girl. Since she was 11 months old she started with some activities, French class and play classes. Now she is really busy, with classes every weekday, each day ...
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1answer
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Suggestions for a 5 year old who can't sit still in her chair?

I have a 5 year old daughter and she has a real struggle to: Sit in the middle of her chair Stay there without fidgetting In terms of #1, she often falls off her chair as she sits on the edge. ...
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6answers
474 views

Coping and overcoming a rational fear

On Friday my daughter was hit by a car while crossing the crosswalk to school. (Side note: she was released from the hospital and appears to be doing OK, but taking her to a Dr for a full eval ...
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7answers
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Cursive Handwriting for Lefties

My oldest is in kindergarten this year, and in our public schools here in the US stick-and-ball (ie. traditional manuscript) is the primary form of handwriting that is initially taught. More and ...
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4answers
417 views

The rules at a friend's house are a lot more lax than at mine - how do I enforce basic safety?

A couple of kids recently moved into the neighborhood and they are great kids that my daughter is having a really good time with. Rules at their house are pretty lax - they can go all over the ...
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2answers
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Should I let my toddler sleep late when he is ill?

My two-year-old is a great sleeper. It can take him a while to get to sleep after we put him to bed (what with all the singing and bear conversations that go on after we've left the room), but he will ...
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4answers
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Socialization strategies for a new stay-at-home Mom

My wife is going to be leaving her job shortly to stay at home with our two children (2.5 and 10 months), which of course is a really big step. She's a Ph.d. in immunology, and is a very gifted ...
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How do I address a teacher humiliating my son by calling him a “tattletale”?

My friend recently shared this experience, and I thought it would be a good question for our site: So, [my son] got in trouble in school today. It seems that the kids were lined up in the ...
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As a grandma what can I say if my daughter sits and watches her 4 year old hack at her hair

I find it very distressing to witness the disfiguring of my grandaughter while my daughter says it is ok for her to cut her own her hair, from beautiful long curly hair to a hacked haircut. What can I ...
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1answer
146 views

Alternatives and/or weaning for late-night milk formula

My toddler is 1 year and two months old; he's no longer breastfeeding, and the only time he drinks formula is when he wakes up in the middle of the night (usually, he wakes up once a night, takes a ...
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6answers
410 views

How do I make sure kids don't run on the stairs?

I have short stairs in the house, between ground floor (where the kitchen and kid's game room are) and 2d floor (where their bedrooms/bathroom is). For safety reasons, they aren't allowed to run ...
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1answer
382 views

When is it safe for a child to start boxing against a bag?

Is there a medically recommended age when it's safe for a child to start hitting a punching bag (in terms of avoiding damage to his hands)? I'm looking for something backed up by medical research, ...
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1answer
54 views

Nursery & Preschool and Schools (UK)

I think this is a question about 'how does this work'. We live in Norfolk, UK, and my toddler is coming up to 2. We understand that she should start attending some kind of nursery / preschool thing. ...
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4answers
206 views

Toddler and Reading

Ok, I'm struggling to read to the little'un. She loves books, in that throughout the day she will go and fetch books, and sit with them and turn the pages. The book might be upside down, but hey. Big ...
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5answers
172 views

How to decide which stroller to buy?

There are so many kinds out there. What is the most important thing to consider? That it would be easy to close it or that the child will be facing toward you?
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3answers
214 views

Strategies for difficult bedtime routine for young toddler

I have a 2.5 year old who is not much of a sleeper - as in, he sleeps on normal days from 10pm to 6am, plus a 2 hour nap on weekdays and sometimes on weekends. We have a fairly good bedtime ritual, ...
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1answer
570 views

Don't know what I feel toward my parents

I am a little bit confused about the feelings I have toward my parents. Since my parents started to have some problems with money the peace in my family was gone. They started to blame their children ...
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8answers
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Are there any effects from lying to your children?

As working parents, sometimes my wife and I resort to lying to our children when we are going to work, going out or leaving them behind in the house. If I have time I normally try to talk to my ...

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