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2answers
168 views

Protective feeling over my child - is this unusual?

I want to know if it is just me that feels too protective of their baby. I mean I can't leave him for a minute on its own, I feel that I have to constantly watch over my precious child. Is it normal ...
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3answers
103 views

Hungry Child? How do I tell?

I just became a parent recently, so pardon me if I my question seems surprising to some of you, but how do I exactly know if my child is hungry, he is only 6 months?
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2answers
267 views

Paranoid Parent

I am currently about to be employed and this sadly means I will need to some alternative way to look after my child. I have been thinking about child minders (one who either comes to my house or I let ...
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1answer
83 views

How should you help your baby learn to sleep without being rocked to sleep?

My newborn daughter has a strong need to be held and rocked to sleep. In this answer, Dan notes that it is important to help your child learn how to fall asleep without being rocked to sleep. At what ...
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2answers
118 views

How important is “at night time” as part of a newborn's feeding schedule?

Now that we have conquered jaundice, our doctor has shifted our breast-fed two-week-old daughter's feeding schedule from "every two hours; wake her; no exceptions" to "every two hours; wake her; you ...
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2answers
108 views

How do I reconnect with my separated children?

My marriage ended in divorce and I left my children to their mother in order to keep the peace. Over the years I received mail; emails on birthdays and so on. But I have lost their need to contact ...
4
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1answer
71 views

Helping a preschooler be a good friend

My almost-four year old boy has been expressing concerns recently that some of his close friends don't want to be his friend any more. While I'm aware this sort of drama is perpetual in childhood, I ...
4
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2answers
92 views

Are non-identical twins hereditary?

I'm confused. I keep hearing different answers: some say identical twins are hereditary, some say it's the non-identical twins (fraternal) that are hereditary. Which is correct?
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1answer
272 views

How can I explain to my 5 year that I need to be alone if I am showering?

I'm having a difficult time sometimes with my 5 year old daughter understanding when I need privacy such as when I take a shower or need to put body cream on afterwards, dry up etc. If I explain it to ...
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3answers
182 views

Is Fatherhood natural among humans? [closed]

I read in a book and have heard this argument by many social scientists that Fatherhood was an invention by humans during the time when we first started living as societies. This was presumably in ...
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3answers
224 views

Why does my 2.5 son not sleep at all when he's with me, but sleeps all night with his father? (We're divorced)

I have a 34 month-old boy. His father and I have been separated for a year, and my son lives half the time with his father and half the time with me and my partner, with whom I'm expecting another ...
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4answers
12k views

My 4-year-old refers to himself as me

Literally. Sometimes he will ascribe himself properties I have, and make me the child--he'll say "I'm a grown-up", "You can't sit in the front seat [in our car], it's not safe, I have to sit in the ...
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3answers
284 views
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Toddler is ignored by other person/child. Should I let her learn the lesson or should I step in and entertain her?

The toddler is 2 years old, and is happy going and social. Our maid's 10 year old son came with her and sat in the drawing room. Toddler was playing nearby. I told her to say hello to the boy and ...
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2answers
250 views

When can/should children start sleeping on pillows?

Even before our LO was born we were told that newborns and infants should sleep on a flat mattress. No one, however, told us when to introduce a pillow. When can and/or should children start sleeping ...
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5answers
184 views

How to encourage healthy skepticism, whilst discouraging pessimism?

I am not a parent, nor will I be for a few years at least, but I am certain that I will be one day. I have some personal demons that I'm struggling to resolve at the moment, which have had an impact ...
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2answers
108 views

Tricks / acitivities to make a toddler stay in one place for a while

My 18MO toddler is very active. When she's not running, she's walking, and when she's not walking, she's picking things up, and otherwise she's climbing, sitting on stuff and standing up. What tricks ...
4
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1answer
79 views

Is crying healthy for babies when they get our companionship?

Our son is approximately 2 months old, and he has problems sleeping at night (he cries like any other baby). My concern is about letting him cry while he's on my chest or in my arms while I give him ...
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3answers
864 views

How to deal with young child's apparent fear of embarrassment

Cultural background: my family and I live in the Midwestern US. My wife and I have a five-year-old daughter who seems to have a morbid fear of 'other kids laughing at (her)'. Previously she would ...
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2answers
104 views

How do I increase concentration of my 6years old daughter?

My daughter has a very low attention span. She is a bright child otherwise. But lack of concentration affects her studies. Please could you recommend some activities or games that can help?
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3answers
134 views

How do I handle an absentee parent wanting to build a relationship later in life?

One of my parents (parent 'B') was consistently unreliable in terms of emotional support and educational development when I was growing up; they never wanted to spend time with me and I often felt ...
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6answers
7k views

3 year-old boy wants constant attention, hits and deliberately poops in underpants when he doesn't get it

I have a nearly 3-year-old boy whose energy has become near-limitless, coupled with new neediness, aggression, and defiance. He wants to run around and be played with for the entire day. He is unable ...
2
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1answer
98 views

Safe to put ointment on baby's soft spot? [closed]

My baby's mother is putting Tiger Balm on the soft spot of the baby's head. I'm concerned that the chemicals will be absorbed and affect brain development. Is this a valid concern?
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2answers
110 views

How to discourage toddler from playing rough with infant sister?

We have a 2 year old and a 6 month old. We like to give the younger sister time on her tummy to learn how to crawl, but often while she is on the floor her older sister will come harass her. The most ...
8
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5answers
264 views

Is there a downside to giving a preschooler band-aids when he doesn't really need them?

Our preschooler (3 1/2 years old) demands a band-aid for every minor injury, whether he's actually bleeding or not. I've tried discussing the actual purpose of an adhesive bandage (keeping a wound ...
6
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3answers
298 views

My 4 1/2 year old loves to sleep… is this a problem?

My 4 1/2 year old daughter loves to sleep. When she was younger I couldn't get her to sleep at night so we completely stopped her naps. Now, she is in preschool and will go about her normal day. She ...
6
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2answers
226 views

How much should a 26 y.o. adult child assist their parents?

I have a friend who is a 26 year old single guy who makes a good amount of money, not six figures but a close amount. He bought a 3 bedroom house and has a solid career, and on top of his apps and ...
5
votes
1answer
121 views

Activities to show to my children that the body is 70% water

I'm thinking about to color 70% of the body of my children (3-4 years old) with blue ink in order to show that 70% of his body is constituted of water. The problem is maybe they could think that the ...
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11answers
5k views

What is a good physical activity for a seven-year old who loves falling down?

My son has tried a lot of sports and activities, and he rarely likes them. We are trying to find something new for him now, but we're running low on ideas. He has tried soccer, baseball, gymnastics, ...
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5answers
338 views

How different cultures teach kids about sex

I'm interested in how cultures around the world teach sex-education and which may be the most effective at preparing kids to make smart, informed decisions about when sex is okay and what the ...
3
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2answers
94 views

Can I use canola oil to treat cradle cap?

For an 8-month old baby is it safe to use canola oil to treat cradle cap?
3
votes
1answer
131 views

Parenting with a formerly abused partner?

I'm not quite sure if this is the right venue for my question but I hope ya'll tolerate it. My wife grew up in a single family home most of her life with an abusive stepfather the rest of the time.. ...
6
votes
2answers
143 views

8 month old won't drink anything

Our 8 month old baby girl has been exclusively breastfed until she started solids 2 months ago. Now she is happily eating pureés etc, to which we sometimes add water or juice, but she refuses all ...
5
votes
7answers
2k views

How can I get my son to keep time during school time? [closed]

I am homeschooling my 8 year old son, who has a lot for trouble completing his school work in good time. I have tried giving him a nice stretch of time per subject but this doesn't seem to work. How ...
8
votes
8answers
376 views

How to deal with the story books which indicate stealing to be okay/good?

Jack and his mother then live happily ever after with their riches that Jack stole from the giant. - Jack and the Beanstalk Putting the jewels into their clothing, the children set off for ...
6
votes
5answers
418 views

Should I force the toddler to speak the words and sentences which she is finding difficult to speak?

Hindi is the native language and English is a foreign language where I live. The toddler (2 years old) gets sent to the daycare. They speak Hindi there. I speak English at home with the child and the ...
0
votes
8answers
273 views

Do children start believing in fairies and magic after being read from a book? If yes, then how to respond to “but the book says it is true”?

Do the children start believing in fairies and magic after being read from a book about how fairies solve/get everything magically? The child is 2 years old, so at this age it doesn't really matter ...
3
votes
1answer
64 views

Structured reading coaching

I want to give my child (just about to turn 6) some structure coaching in reading over the summer. I want to do this myself to see how she's progressing. Are there any sites or books that will ...
4
votes
2answers
101 views

How do you get your kid to lay in the crib?

My son refuses to lay down in the crib and drink from his bottle before going to sleep. He gets back up, and I put him back down; but he never gives up. How do we get him to sleep in the crib and ...
5
votes
4answers
235 views

Is a (classic) GameBoy appropriate for my 1 year old son?

My son is very excited in using technical devices like our printer, our tablet or our wireless phone. I'm thinking of buying him a classic, black an white GameBoy (the grey one with big nobs), so that ...
0
votes
3answers
125 views

How to get an infant to burp?

How does one get a 5 weeks (and older) breast fed baby to burp ? At the moment the baby just burps randomly. Holding the baby so the chin is on my shoulder while I rub the baby's back gives randomly ...
0
votes
2answers
169 views

is my 7 month old in danger from falling off the couch or bed yes or no

My son 7.5 months if age has fallen quite a few times off the bed and couch in just the past month, my question is that normal? The people i live with are concerned about him having any head trauma. I ...
1
vote
0answers
28 views

Unusual crying and cough [closed]

My son is 6 months old. 2 days ago he got into a habit of "fake coughing" and laughing . But in the middle of the night his cry has turned Into a cough like cry. He has been sleeping through the night ...
4
votes
4answers
200 views

How to let children believe without imposing my religion?

I think that is right to let the children to believe in what they want, for example, when I was young my fathers never make me go to the church (Except for special cases). At this point of my life, I ...
3
votes
2answers
105 views

How can I reduce back pain from lifting or holding a baby for too long?

I have a 2 year old son and he is bit heavy. For some months, whenever I carry or lift him, I feel severe back pain. I've found many sources that claim that this is normal. My doctor also says that ...
7
votes
3answers
390 views

How can I teach my kids how to shop for groceries effectively?

I want to teach my kids how to cook because I think it's a generally useful life skill. In addition to working in the kitchen and actually preparing dishes, how can I get them more involved in the ...
6
votes
2answers
328 views

When do children become aware of time?

The child is 2 years old. When do children start understanding the concept of today, yesterday, and tomorrow? When do they start understanding that the days are passing?
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0answers
30 views

How to reveal to my family I am an atheist? [duplicate]

My family is very religious. And the fact that my father was a former preist, is there any way I can tell them that I am atheist? somehow, in the most subtle way possible?
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vote
0answers
111 views

How do I tell my Mom I'm Agnostic? [duplicate]

I'm not a parent but this is a question for parents. I've been Agnostic for a while now, but my Mother is a Christian, and a very big one at that. I'm kind of scared to tell her, but that may be my ...
4
votes
2answers
111 views

At what age does the child start understanding the difference between the spoken words which have different meanings but sound same?

At what age does the child start understanding the difference between the spoken words like C, See, Eight, Ate, and Eat? When I speak English, I find that my pronunciation is same for all the similar ...
1
vote
3answers
385 views

My 16 month old son knows only a couple of words

I speak Italian, my wife French (but not often) and we live in UK. The only clear word my son says is "mamma". He is actually quite talkative: he often takes the phone and starts "chatting" for a few ...

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