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Are “pull-ups” worthwhile?

My son will be 3 shortly. We've introduced him to the potty, and he happily sits on it (he even has a "sittin' on the potty" song he sings)... with his pants on. On occasion, he will sit on the ...
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Does the baby in the womb get effected by the mental state of the mother?

Yesterday for some reason I was quite depressed and frightened at night. For the first time I felt the baby kicking all night in my womb (6th month). Well, that can be a coincidence. Anyways, ...
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Is raising a child bilingually with English worth the effort?

I am half Turkish and German (living in Germany) but did not learn Turkish when I was a boy, because back then it was still discouraged to teach two languages at the same time. Now as an adult it ...
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How do you determine if a child is ready for a pet?

I think being responsible for a pet is a tremendous opportunity for educational, social, and emotional growth. It is also a big step, and not one to be taken lightly. How do you determine if a child ...
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Using the sink dish cloth to wipe infants face and hands after feeding

My spouse gets very upset when I use the common kitchen dish-cloth to wipe my baby's hands and face after his feedings!!! The dish cloth is used to clean dishes in soapy water and wipe counter tops to ...
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Mathematics concepts for older children and teens

I have previously asked the question teaching mathematics to young children about reliance on aids, but now I face this issue with the students I tutor. Seeing as many parents I know have also ...
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How do you ensure that the Internet is a helpful learning tool, rather than a crutch?

I've come to the realization that technology has radically revolutionized learning in ways that haven't yet occurred to me. For example, last night I was reading a pre-school book on animals of the ...
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How do you encourage a toddler that you suspect may be gifted?

Related to this question, what do you do if you think your child may be gifted? My son is very advanced in a number of areas (most notably speaking in 5 and 6 word sentences, and having a tremendous ...
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How do you instill Leadership skills in your kids?

My son is 3+ year old. He is smart and energetic kid but he is very shy towards new people and also he will keep quite if some one tries to dominate him. Going further, I want my son to be bold, talk ...
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Choosing a Doctor

How does a parent go about choosing a specialist doctor? Yes I have the pediatricians recommendations. However, usually I would also ask friends, however the specialist I need to see is not a ...
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Why must a toddler car seat be fully reclined when installed rear-facing?

Our daughter has been in an infant seat since birth, but is now 16lbs, and very near the height limit for this seat. We have received a nearly-new convertible seat from friends, but have a few ...
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Giving a baby a bottle while in a car seat of a moving vehicle…should this be avoided?

My wife and I took a roadtrip and thought that we were totally prepared. We brought bottles of pumped milk (stored in a cooler). We also brought a thermos of hot/warm water so that we can warm up the ...
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How do I decide if a particular program online is a good and safe place for kids and whether or not to pay for membership to programs that require it?

My nephew (10yo) has approached us about playing AnimalJam and while I see it's sponsored by National Geographic Kids, I'm curious what the safety content of the game is. By that I mean both predatory ...
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How do I deal with my baby pulling herself up in her crib?

My 6 month old daughter has started to pull herself up to a kneeling or standing position. It's like someone flipped a switch-- she went from not climbing on anything to climbing on everything, all ...
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How do you childproof electrical cords?

I let my 6-month-old roll around on the living room floor. She almost always heads for a cord of some kind (laptop cord, xbox controller cord, etc.) I hide the power strip, so she doesn't have ...
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What safety gate can I use at the top of my stairs?

I have two staircases in my home. On one side is a metal spindle that is square in shape, probably 1.5" on each edge. The other side is the wall (drywall). I've been doing research online only for ...
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How do you warm the milk in a-drop in liner style bottle?

We're using Playtex drop-in bottles, and they say not to microwave. I don't know much about bottle warmers because our daughter would drink room-temperature milk until just recently (she's 1 y.o. now ...
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Is a cold with a very congested nose dangerous for an infant?

Noob parent here. I have a 9-mo who's currently pretty stuffed up: snoring, a little wheezing, constantly runny nose etc. I'm not worried about long-term, since it seems to be "only" a cold. But when ...
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What are some good resources for finding quality information about carseats?

It is time for me to start thinking about transitioning my twin boys from their infant car seats to larger ones. I am trying to do research on the different brands of carseats, their safety ...
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What should I be aware of when introducing 7-8 year old to Harry Potter book?

I plan to get my child (7-8 YO) introduced to Harry Potter books (specifically, the first one - "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone"). It is definitely within the language level that is ...
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What age do children understand magic

What age do children understand magic? This morning I made my 11 month old daughters stuffed giraffe disappear and I swear she was truly surprised and couldn't work out where it had gone. Is she old ...
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Son bites to defend himself. What can I do?

My son is biting to defend himself. I received a call from the daycare today asking what they should do. My son doesn't bite at home at all, he is only biting at school. For some reason the teacher ...
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7 Yr Old Using Violent Language During Play

My 7 year old son has started using words like 'kill', 'murder' and 'stab' when he's playing with me or other kids. He's not angry or violent about it. For example we might be playing/pretending to be ...
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Adopt before giving birth, or give birth before adopting?

I'm not a parent but I have considered children for the future. I was having a conversation with my partner about adoption / birth. Let's say we were to (choosing my words carefully not wishing to ...
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What can I do to get my 5 year old to have respect and self control?

During the last few months, I've been having a lot of concerns about my 5 year old son's behavior. I was a single mom and have been his main influence up until a little over a year ago. He was born ...
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How can I teach my infant to start sucking bottle teats instead of chewing them?

Our 6 month old infant does not seem to understand that the breast milk feeding bottle is for sucking and not chewing or soothing. She does not suck it but chews it instead, despite having no teeth. ...
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Unusually agitated and constantly sucking two-week old

Today our two week old was (and still is) unusually agitated. She slept two hours less than her up-until-now average, requested breastfeeding for entire one hour more and was more cry-prone than ever. ...
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Is carrying or cuddling a newborn a good way to soothe it in the long run?

Our newborn (11 days) daughter sometimes - about once every three times - has trouble sleeping unless she is being hugged, cuddled or carried by me or my wife. We have tried leaving her crying for 10 ...
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Why did my pre-schooler suddenly develop an odd accent?

Over the past week, my three-year-old son started talking with what I can only describe as a Southern (U.S.) accent. He has started elongating his pronunciation of "ah" sounds, so that "yeah" sounds ...
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How to handle copycatting?

My six year-old son has gotten in the habit of copying his little sister. It feels like he is taking her behavior as cues to what is acceptable, but the act of copying itself (and usually ...
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How disruptive is an occasional exception to a toddler's sleep schedule?

My son's sleep patterns are pretty good. We start our bedtime routine around 20:30 - 21:00, and he's usually in bed by 21:30 (and asleep within minutes). We have been planning our activities and ...
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Should we feed the 3MO on demand at night with more frequent wakes?

As is common with 3-4 month olds, we've gone from a very good sleep schedule to more frequent wakes. Depending on fussiness she will get to sleep between 630 and 730, and she used to sleep for 3-4 ...
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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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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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What are the (dis)advantages of parents and children sharing a bedroom?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of parents sleeping in the same room as their child(ren)? For both parents and child(ren)? Until what age (months? years?) would you prefer to have your ...
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What should we teach our children about violent attacks like the ones in Norway on 7/22/11?

Let me begin with all sympathies to the victims, survivors, and their families, and the people of Norway. I am sad and angry and deeply feel the fact that I cannot protect my family from an ...
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If you warm whole milk, can it be saved in a refrigerator?

If you warm up whole milk prior to feeding a child and the child doesn't drink it all, can you save it by putting it in the refrigerator to warm up again later? Is this a bad idea?
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Is my 7-year-old child sleeping too much?

My child gets very tired and sleeps very easily. While parents of babies might find this a nice problem to have, in a 7-year-old it's possibly a concern. She easily sleeps up to 14 hours a night, also ...
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my daughter learned how to open doors-now refuses to nap/stay in her room-ideas?

My daughter used to go to sleep nicely. Sometimes, such as when she is overtired, she cries herself to sleep. But this week she learned how to open doors. It is wonderful in terms of development - but ...
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How to deal with children succeeding because of their parent's efforts rather than their own?

It's that time of year again: Pinewood Derby! The Cub Scout motto is "Do Your Best". But it's also important to recognize true excellence. Our pack does a good job of balancing those values by giving ...
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How to keep jaundiced two-day-old awake during breastfeedings?

I have a newborn that's a couple days old, still on colostrum, and we're struggling to get the baby to breastfeed on the 1-3 hour cadence that our doctor recommends. The complication is that our baby ...
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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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Should we put siblings in the same kindergarten group?

I've got one child in kindergarten and another one that will begin there next year. The way it works is that the youngest ones have a group for themselves, with ages from 2½ to around 3½. From 3½ ...
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How do you know when to wean?

What signs can a baby show to indicate he/she is ready for weaning? What does a parent look for to determine the right timing for this for baby, mom and family?
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What can my girlfriend do for her daughter?

OK, I am completely unsure as to where I should ask this obscure question, but there is a quite a bit of questions to help with my girlfriend's current situation. OK, let me start of by saying that I ...
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How to hold my kid accountable for his actions?

I have a kid, 13 years old, male. He is very talented in musical instruments, especially viola. Recently he was asked to perform in a wedding event, along with other kids ( his cousins). He was very ...
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How can parents improve a child's behavior outside their presence?

This question is hard to word correctly without sounding like we're trying to avoid responsibility. That's not the case. The issue is that our children behave better for us than for their teachers. ...
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Can Not Speaking Be Due To Just Plain Refusing To Speak?

I have a 20 month old who quite clearly understands spoken language and commands. He communicates with pointing, shaking his head for yes and no, and he says, "da" (his one and only word) which does ...
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Are “glow in the dark” bedsheet safe

We are planning to buy a "glow in the dark" blanket as our seven month old daughter finds it fascinating. However are there any health concerns with using "glow in dark" stuff. I understand they use ...
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How do you encourage your primary-school-aged child to eat new foods?

I thought this question might be a good complement to a question posted about a child that pretends to choke when he doesn't like a certain food. This question and its answers mostly address the ...

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