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How can we be sure our infant has colic rather than another issue?

How can we distinguish a colic from other kinds of diseases in a one month old infant? I heard sounds like "eeh" are indicators; is that always true?
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Caring for the Children of Deceased Parents

I'd like to first apologize if this is not the correct area to ask this question, but it seems like a good fit as it ultimately involves parenting. I am really wrestling with an issue that recently ...
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Handling strong need to protect family

We have a 21mo and another due in February. Lately, I have felt compelled (internally, not from any external pressure) to do more to feel prepared to protect my family, in the unlikely event of a home ...
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Should I choose a language immersion or regular school for a child with below average language skill?

My daughter (4 yrs 10 months) is bilingual (Japanese,English) and will be starting kindergarten next year. We currently live in the U.S.; her English is capable, but still fragmented and below her ...
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Should I clean my newborn's umbilical cord stump or leave it be?

Our pediatrician said that some doctors say to leave the umbilical cord stump alone but he likes to suggest using a cotton swab with alcohol to wipe the perimeter. I am fine with just leaving it be ...
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277 views

1st grader acting up at school

I have a 6 year old who will be 7 in less than 6 months. She has always been a very smart girl... She went to preschool for 3 years. She was very close to the teacher (since she was an infant) so I ...
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Should children be preemptively taught about drugs, alcohol, and sex?

This is a follow up to When should you start talking with your children about sex?. Is it better for parents to preemptively educate children about taboo subjects such as drugs, alcohol, sex, or ...
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How to encourage a child to self-edit and take criticism positively?

Our eight year old daughter writes well for her age, and has produced some really spectacular pieces in class. She's not terribly interested in writing for fun at home, though. When she does, what she ...
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How much should you buy for your child to keep up with their peers?

How should you go about balancing the possessions you buy for your child against peer pressure from other children (particularly at school) and parents? Many parents feel the need for their children ...
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567 views

Should I get sunglasses for our baby?

We are going on holiday with our 3 month old, where it will hopefully be sunny. Given that we won't ever be leaving her in direct sunlight, is there any reason or recommendation for very young ...
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Risks of suffocation when the baby starts turning around

We have a 4 month old baby and she is starting to turn around. We are worried when she goes to bed now that she might turn on her front (she never turned around 100% yet, only to her side) at night ...
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Is one entitled to give parenting advice when they've never had kids?

I ask because there are some horrible, abusive, and sick parents that are in no way entitled to parenting, nor are they allowed to give good parenting advice when they have a history of childhood ...
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1answer
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Selective mutism- helping a little girl feel comfortable in my esl class? [duplicate]

I am an English as a Second Language teacher in Indonesia. Currently, in my class I have a girl who is in third grade who I think (I don’t know because there is no sort of diagnosis here) SM. I want ...
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3k views

Does excessive laughing while pregnant cause any harm to my baby?

I am 20 weeks pregnant. I want to know if excessive laughing can cause any harm to my baby?
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my 3 year old daughter no longer wants to sleep in her room, wants to sleep ours and I dont know why

it used to be she wouldnt sleep in her room but slept in the living room. now she wants to sleep in our room and we dont believe in that. I am ok with naps but not at night-she moves a lot in her ...
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4answers
201 views

When to start teaching reading

My son is 2 and 1/2 years old, he has been "reading" story books since he was about 8 weeks old (sitting on my knee while i read to him), when he started talking, he started to point out names of ...
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3answers
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2 year old wont sleep

My 2 year old son, wont fall asleep without having someone in his room with him. He doesnt want to be touched or held. He just wants you to sit in the chair. And after he does go to sleep he wakes up ...
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3answers
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Should I let my child play with gun toys?

I've noticed a great many parents do everything within their power to prevent their children playing with toy guns and weapons. As a 30-something, I grew up with toy swords, bows and guns, action men ...
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3answers
90 views

Are there any benefits or downsides in “flexible” food time?

Are there any benefits or downsides in feeding the children (around elementary school age) on the schedule of "I'm hungry now" as opposed to scheduled meal times? This is of course assuming that the ...
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6answers
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At what age should opposite-sex siblings stop bathing together?

When should I stop bathing my son and daughter together? What signs can I watch for that would indicate that they should be separate? Also, what are the average ages in the US and other countries and ...
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2answers
223 views

Is rewarding hard work for chores with money necessarily a bad idea?

Growing up my parents had a system where harder chores like mowing the lawn, shoveling the driveway, and vacuuming meant that you got more money in your allowance every week. It worked great for our ...
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4answers
141 views

Can eating fruit snacks cause behavior problems the next day?

My ex-wife says giving my son too many fruit snacks (too much sugar) caused him to have a meltdown at school the next day. Is this even the slightest bit likely? He is 5 and in pre-school.
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2answers
268 views

Dangers for children that adults might reasonably ignore themselves

What are some health risks specifically for children that an adult might not be so concerned with? I am looking for things I may have forgot or never even known about that are much more harmful to ...
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3answers
175 views

My Granddaughter is 8 and is having trouble sleeping. She seems to have a lot of unfounded fears and I am worried about her

She can usually fall asleep but awakens in the night afraid. She says she doesnt feel safe in her house. She also says she worries about school because sometimes she cant get her work done "fast ...
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5answers
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What is a good age to start teaching a child Ancient Latin and Greek?

I've read a lot on here about children and languages, but they all have to do with spoken language. I am not fluent in any spoken language, but I have taken extensive coursework in Classical Latin and ...
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2answers
243 views

How should I help my 9years old son to get back on TAG program

My 10-year-old boy loves to play a lot. Although he is smart and was in the TAG (Talented and Gifted) program, I have now discovered that the play is getting over him and distracting him. He is no ...
2
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1answer
594 views

How long should a pediatric dental cleaning take?

Due to some insurance changes we switched our children (ages 9 and 16) to a different dentist last year. The new dentist is a pediatric dentist who only sees children. Our prior dentist was a ...
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4answers
4k views

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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6answers
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My 3yo is extremely susceptible to mosquito bites

My 5yo doesn't seem to have a problem with mosquito bites but the 3yo has severe reactions. This keeps him up at night scratching at the bites and crying a lot. The obvious answer is don't let him ...
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2answers
197 views

baby burying his face into stuffed animals

My 11 month old son has started burying his face into his stuffed animals while he plays with them. Is there a reason for this?
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8answers
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How do I convince a stubborn 8 year old that the parents are supposed to be in charge?

Our daughter thinks she has an equal say in any of our decisions. She only does the things we tell her to do if she thinks they make sense, otherwise we have to threaten her, which makes her threaten ...
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13answers
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How can I prevent my 8-year-old from spending time with his bad friend?

Backstory: My 8 yr old son is a bright, gentle, etc, kid who attends public school. My wife and I have no TV, we disallow violent games (simulated killing is not allowed), we don't have video games, ...
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2answers
281 views

10 years old child convinced that she can go to heaven

My girl is 10. Apparently one of her friends can go to heaven and talked with angels. Due to curiosity, she find out 'how' to be like her. It has been a year now, only now I realized that she has been ...
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4answers
2k views

How do we raise our child with three languages?

My wife is Italian, I am Swedish. Between us we speak English, neither one of us knows the other language. We are currently living in Sweden and will do so for a while. The baby will be born in May. ...
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1answer
244 views

My wife wants another baby but we are already grandparents! Help! [closed]

My wife wants another child. We have 9 already between us. Our oldest is 23 and youngest just turned 2. Our oldest made us grandparents in April and just found out that she's expecting again. I am ...
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11answers
13k views

What's wrong with Dr Seuss?

Our toddler is about the right age to start enjoying Dr Seuss books, and I don't see anything wrong with them (I had one as a child which I loved). But my own mother (despite this) hates them, and so ...
3
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1answer
225 views

Why does TV/video aimed at young kids contain so much songs and music?

Why does TV/video aimed at young kids, say between 0-5 years, contain so much songs and music? Both the intro och the credits almost always contains a song and more often then not the characters sing ...
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2answers
2k views

Potty Training 2.5 year old - Regression?

I spent three days this weekend (took a day off work) potty training my 2.5 year old daughter. She has been showing signs of being ready for a while - telling me when she wets her diaper, talking ...
3
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2answers
311 views

How do we break the cycle of misbehavior?

My wife and I have gotten into a bad habit with our three year old. When he misbehaves, sometimes he bites or otherwise physically assaults one of us in frustration, particularly when we are telling ...
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3answers
2k views

What challenges exist in raising a child in an apartment?

My wife and I are currently debating whether or not we should move out of our large 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment (1050 square feet/98 m2) and into a house. We do not want to move because we live ...
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1answer
264 views

Fast swinging or rocking [duplicate]

My little one just turned 2 months old. When swinging in the swing or when I am rocking him he likes to be swinging fast and rocking fast...I don't mean normal fast he likes to go FAST! Is this normal ...
3
votes
2answers
95 views

What is good way for me to learn how to suppliment my child's education? is almost 5

I want to learn how to help my kid with school. I don't know how to motivate him to learn. He says he wants to make things (just like his Dad). I would like to start with basic skills, like ABC's and ...
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votes
3answers
958 views

My eldest is aware of “an f-word” but doesn't know what it is, should I tell him?

My eldest son is 6 years old. He's mentioned a few times that there are boys in the playground who "know what the f-word is" (his words). He knows it's a bad word and not to be said, but doesn't know ...
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7answers
2k views

Why are parents so concerned about profanity around their children?

I've spent some time around parents of children in the 2months to 6 years range. And both were quite diligent about having me watch what I said, in particular around profanity. Why the concern? For ...
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2answers
428 views

Why do children become active when tired?

I'm sure everyone's aware of the scenario: the kid is exhausted, but instead of laying down and going to sleep, she won't sit still, won't stop asking questions, won't stop thinking of things to do ...
4
votes
1answer
691 views

How often is it okay for a kid to become ill in kindergarten?

My son, age 4 (in two weeks) went to kindergarten this year. Not even a month has passed, and he's been ill twice. The first week was fine, the second - he was coughing a lot and had a runny nose. A ...
3
votes
3answers
875 views

How to deal with the toddler who is not least interested in listening to the stories I read or listening to my talks?

Considering: In what way does reading story books to babies help them (besides falling sleep), and at what age should it be started? and How to motivate yourself to read stories to a kid whom you ...
3
votes
3answers
291 views

Trilingual child: How to make toddler more confident to speak third/local language?

Our son is almost 3 and speaks decent Spanish (my language) and French (father's language) for his age. We have been using one person one language. But at childcare he practically does not speak the ...
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0answers
46 views

How does a woman prepare her body before becoming pregnant? [duplicate]

My husband and I are planning on conceiving a child in the next year and were wondering what types of things women should do to prepare their bodies for pregnancy? We are wondering about vitamins, ...
8
votes
2answers
880 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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