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77 views

From what age do children start reading and understanding sentences?

Google said that at the age of 6 a child should be able to read. Here I am talking about story books. I am talking about independent reading by the child where the child reads the sentence and ...
5
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4answers
261 views

Exposing Late Teenagers to Alcohol

My oldest son is turning sixteen soon and I had a question about my logic regarding alcohol consumption at a young age. To offer some context, my parents were very liberal with me growing up. They ...
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2answers
116 views

How should the children be taught to be wary of online predators? [closed]

Online predators can be known people as well as unknown. What does the child need to know before going online to stop being a prey?
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1answer
78 views

What to do when parents disagree over medical care? [closed]

What can you do when parents disagree about medical care? In this case (friends of mine), the mother is undiscriminating about medical care. She forms highly speculative ideas about what might be ...
5
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2answers
183 views

How should the children be taught to be wary of physically present strangers?

All I have heard from my parents is not to talk to strangers and not to take anything from strangers. I am not sure if in today's date these two rules are sufficient. What should I tell the child ...
3
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1answer
85 views

Allergies: should we test them proactively?

If a child has had no allergic reaction (yet), should we test her for allergies anyway, just in case? Or, is it enough to react after an allergic reaction?
2
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1answer
201 views

6.5 year old grandson out of control

About a year and 1/2 ago my grandson started acting out. It has now became so bad and we need to get him under control. First off I will say that my grandson lives with his mother as his mother and ...
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4answers
366 views

Teenage son talks to self

My son talks to himself, often in the shower, and stops when I'm aware of it. He is 17, and in a demanding program in college. He is elite, he is on the rowing team and the debate club. He doesn't ...
3
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5answers
270 views

At what age should children start taking swimming lessons?

Swimming lessons are available from 6 months, but i suspect they do not learn much there or at not any more than just taking them to play in the pool. When will they benefit from swimming lessons more ...
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0answers
91 views

5yo complains of pain near ankle almost every night [closed]

My 5yo has been complaining of pain around the ankle and the foot almost every night for the past week or so. Took him to the doctor, got an x-ray done but apparently nothing is wrong. He hasn't ...
2
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0answers
80 views

divorce-mom-and-dad [closed]

Past the last few years my mom and dad have been fighting. i am only 8 and they use every kind of bad word they know. almost last month, there going back and fourth/i I love you i hate you and so ...
3
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1answer
61 views

2 year old that was going potty, and asking to go everyday for 3 weeks straight then all of a sudden resisting going

I'm a nanny for a family that has two children, one boy age 4 and one girl age 2. The 4 year old goes to school and I have one on one time with the 2 year old. The parents wanted me to start potty ...
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5answers
7k views

7-year old with Asperger's caught stealing - how to deal with that?

Today my 7-year old child was caught stealing in their classroom. They suffer from light Asperger's, so I'm not sure that they even notice having done something wrong. I'm not eager to punish my child ...
51
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8answers
11k views

From what age should one heed “But I'm not cold!”?

I am regularly called on to arbitrate in the on-going dispute between 8-year-old daughter and her mother about how many layers to wear when going outside in the cold. Mum* says "More", daughter says ...
4
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2answers
326 views

Help my husband and 14 year old daughter are fighting

My husband and I have been married for 8 years. We have 4 kids (2 are from previous relationships.) My daughter is the oldest at 14. We're both new to teenagers. He's kind of the enforcer, and I guess ...
4
votes
1answer
109 views

Is PediaSure okay for toddlers and if not how to get them off it?

For several reasons my daughter had to be weaned off breast milk when she was around 14 months. At that point she was not eating well and lost a lot of weight. One Pediatrician recommended we give her ...
2
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2answers
203 views

How to deal with my dad's semi-destructive behavior?

I'm a 16 year old teenager growing up in Texas. My dad was (up until now) a really good dad. We used to do stuff together, but that has changed in the last couple of years or so. I don't have a good ...
3
votes
2answers
294 views

Leaving my daughter in home with her uncle

My daughter is 4+ years old. We used to take her with us wherever we went until recently when we had a doctor appointment around 10PM. We wanted her to stay home with her uncle because taking her out ...
4
votes
2answers
158 views

How can I be awoken from sleep without waking newborn in the same room?

I have a tech support job that requires me to be paged (via sms) at various times in the night. I have a somewhat subtle ringtone that slowly increases in volume but I'm still concerned that it may ...
1
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0answers
12 views

What are some delayed immunization schedules if starting vaccination at 6 months? [closed]

I've decided to do delayed vaccination for my child at 6 months. What are some vaccine schedules starting at 6 months?
2
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0answers
186 views

One week old lifts and turns head

My grand daughter is a week old and already can lift her head off her mattress or your shoulder and turn it the other way. Is this advanced?
0
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1answer
125 views

Effective ways to discipline my 5 year old

My five year old can be challenging at times. She just started kindergarten this year and has improved with her behavior some, but still makes bad decisions that she knows better than to make. She can ...
2
votes
0answers
91 views

Parent exclusivity in relationship with (other gender) friends? [closed]

My question is not so much about children that about the behavior a parent should have in its relationship with the other loved parent? (Hope that's ok, could not find another stack board for this) As ...
1
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1answer
211 views

What advice can I give to a teen who wants to tell his dad uncomfortable truths?

My girlfriend's Teenage Boy (TB), 14, wants to talk to his dad about things he doesn't like about him, like smoking in the living room. He came to me for advice. Knowing his dad, who is a very ...
1
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3answers
104 views

4.5 yr old not making friends

A brief background. The kid in question is a bit naturally reserved. She has few friends. Her best friend moved to a different country recently. She now has one friend with whom she plays in park. And ...
0
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2answers
68 views

Baby kicks and wakes himself

This is a strange one for us, especially me. My 3 1/2 month old has disturbed sleep, as he kicks and moves his hands while becoming stiff, and wakes himself up. We tried wrapping him up but he is ...
1
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1answer
78 views

Bad baby dreams?

Sometimes my 5.5 month old will randomly cry, sometimes scream, while he's sleeping. He doesn't wake up. Just cries/screams for a second, then goes back to peacefulness. Is he having bad dreams or ...
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0answers
27 views

My son won't behave in school [duplicate]

I have a six year old son in kindergarten that just won't behave. His school compiles a behavior chart and he always behaves badly, like talking too much, not listening, being impatient, talking over ...
0
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1answer
71 views

9 years old starting at an international school but doesn't speak English

We are moving to Lavia soon and our 9 year old son will be going to an International School, but he doesn't speak English at all. He already speaks two languages (Italian and Portuguese). Do you think ...
1
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1answer
159 views

What to do with disinterested young boy of 12

My young grandson does not have any interests other than video games. He can be a good student, but he does not turn in work and always complains about not having friends and nobody liking him. He ...
36
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11answers
9k views

Is it possible to spoil a child, but still teach them not to behave spoiled?

My 9-year-old stepson has terrible tantrums. I was abused as a child and used to act out as a result. Teachers and other adults were very hostile to me and failed to recognize my cries for help. So ...
0
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1answer
77 views

My MIL is traveling to Paraguay. How long do you suggest having her wait to visit my 8 month old son once returning?

My MIL is traveling to paraguay. How long do you think she should wait to visit my 8 month old son once returning? There is currently the outbreak of the Zika virus there. Any input would be ...
2
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2answers
318 views

Should my twins play with other children?

My 5 year old twin sons have been at their new school for four months now, and they have made no friends. This is down to their own actions, at school they will only play with each other and want ...
1
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1answer
178 views

How to continue with removing breastfeeding at night

Our daughter is just two and a bit. My wife still breastfeeds a lot. Our nights aren't particularly great. Our arrangement was that usually I sleep in one room and my wife and daughter in the other ...
3
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0answers
229 views

I'm 11 Years old, scared of my parents and I'm considering running away [closed]

I'm 11 years old, I live with my father, my mother and my 2 cats. When I was little life was great. We had so much fun together, me and my parents, but about 2 years ago things took a turn for the ...
2
votes
1answer
116 views

16/17 year old refused to go to school, being aggressive and in charge [closed]

My 16/17 year old boy refused to go to school. He got aggressive and sweared at mum. He told dad to deal with it, who bought him an iPhone saying it's going cheap. Now he is utterly out of control. ...
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0answers
34 views

Parental Controls for Mac [closed]

I'm a tech enthusiast with over 20 years of Mac usage on a daily basis. As a parent, I am yet to find a decent Parental Control setup. The Mac's built-in controls on web browsing is unusable as it has ...
0
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1answer
160 views

Options to have a child but not giving birth

My wife and I want to have a child, but my wife does not want to bear a baby. We know we can adopt one from an orphanage. But what about child transferring from another family? Or bearing from ...
5
votes
2answers
275 views

If a parent goes vegan, should the small kids, also?

If a parent decides, for humanitarian reasons, to go vegan, is it reasonable to ask 4, 6, and 8 yo kids (generally upbeat and compliant) to follow suit, at home and away? In any case, how well do ...
1
vote
1answer
160 views

What's the best way to deal with illogical reasoning that can't be explained to a child? [closed]

Lets say you have an argument with your kid. And the kid needs to understand something very important; lets say almost on the level of importance of life and death. And the kid listens to your ...
4
votes
1answer
276 views

Should I skip sad scenes when watching a movie with a child?

I'm searching for a research-backed answer to a question about introducing children to difficult emotions in movies. There a seemingly innocent titles like Lion King, Bambi, or Finding Nemo, which ...
2
votes
1answer
135 views

Is it possible to control iPad message language without my 10 year old daughter hating me?

A few weeks ago I found my 10yo daughter using inappropriate language on her iPad. As it was the first time I caught her swearing, and the message was more in her own defense of another's bullying so ...
1
vote
4answers
128 views

The many elements to having another child (Mother and Father not on the same page)

Here's a background story to our marriage and our family (it plays a large role)... We got married and had our first child when we were 23. We then had our 2nd child when we were 26. We are ...
0
votes
1answer
188 views

Should middle school students/high school students be able to choose their own bedtime? [duplicate]

Sleeping is important, but do students have the right to choose when they do so? Or should they let their parents decide the bedtime? Students above the age 12 need over 8 hours of sleep. Its ...
1
vote
1answer
113 views

My thirteen month old nephew will not sleep through the night. HELP! Im not sure what it could be!

My nephew is thirteen months old so has a lot of trouble settling into his sleep. His mother works an early morning shift (4:30am) that causes her to break his sleep cycle so that he can begin to be ...
1
vote
1answer
145 views

Should young children be kept away from a depressed relative if the latter ignores them?

I have a brother who suffers from depression. He is in his late twenties, is unemployed, has almost no social life and lives by himself. Every other weekend for a day, I have him over at my house ...
8
votes
1answer
223 views

Should I be concerned about this poem?

My daughter (11) chose this poem to take to school and present to her class: Sometimes when I'm alone I cry because I'm on my own The tears are bitter and warm They flow with life, but take no ...
1
vote
4answers
287 views

2 year old little girl throws 30 min tantrums several times per day

My two year old little girl throws extremely bad tantrums that last at least 30 minutes. They happen about 1-3 times a day. Is this normal? She's pulling her hair, throwing things, hitting, kicking, ...
1
vote
2answers
162 views

Can I send some of my children to public school and some to private?

I can't afford to send all my four children to private school. I could possibly afford 3 maximum, but two is more affordable. Me and my husband have had to recently switch jobs and we are not getting ...
3
votes
2answers
165 views

How to be a good Single Mom with a large family and dealing with ADHD

I am recently divorced and have full custody of our six children. My husband was violent with the children and I'm not sure how to discipline them without using violence. My children range in age from ...

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