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Overcoming a fear of the stove

My five year-old daughter has a strong interest in learning to cook. I frequently let her participate in ways like measuring and stirring. She also wants to learn things like cooking eggs, as ...
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1answer
244 views

Help me handle my infant's hair!

What can I use to soften my 5-month-old baby's hair? Her hair seems tough; it tangles and is always dry regardless of any moisture I put/apply on her hair. She cries when I try to comb and appears to ...
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6answers
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Why does my toddler want to take her clothes off?

Our 1 1/2 year old daughter keeps wanting us to take her clothes off. She'll keep wailing until someone does. She'll try to take them off herself. I'm worried that she'll just want to be naked all the ...
5
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3answers
111 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
189 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 ...
3
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1answer
306 views

Should an adult child live with parents? [closed]

In India, it is a common practice for adults to live with their parents. Why is it frowned upon in USA? Is it a good practice?
10
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6answers
42k views

My son is 8 and is still soiling his pants and doesn't care

I would like some help on how to deal with an 8 year old boy, who is refusing to go number 2's in the toilet and does them in his pants and then won't go and clean himself up. I have talked to him ...
13
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6answers
728 views

How can I teach my son to behave nicely in the playground when other children make it hard?

I've been trying to teach my 3 and a half year old son to treat other children nicely and to try and resolve all conflicts without aggression, by talking. We've been talking about the issue and agreed ...
4
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1answer
97 views

Sleeping hours during the day

I've noticed that you all refer to the 4-5 hours of sleeping at night only. My newborn is 11 days today. Sometimes he sleeps for 2 hours, sometimes for 1 hours, sometimes for 3 hours. The lactating ...
7
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5answers
12k views

How can we help my 7 year old quit sucking her thumb?

My daughter who is now 7 is still sucking her thumb. It is a great embarrassment to her and she always talks about how it is her big secret from her friends. We have tried the finger nail polish, ...
10
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2answers
9k views

At what development stage is an infant ready for a ride in a bike trailer?

Our infant was born in October and is approaching 8 months old. We recently purchased a bike trailer for the purpose of taking family bike rides (we also have a 3 year old). We live in a part of the ...
7
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2answers
239 views

How do I stop an early roller

Our twelve week old son has suddenly started rolling from his back to his front, and appears to be able to do this at will! Unfortunately, he can't roll from front to back yet, which leaves us worried ...
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0answers
24 views

How do I wash my kids' hair without them screaming their lungs out? [duplicate]

My kids are both under six years of age. Occasionally, when they are really dirty and sweaty, I need to wash their hair with shampoo. The trouble starts when I try to wash the shampoo out of their ...
3
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3answers
15k views

Our 6 years old son doesn't follow instructions very well, bad listening skills, I need help

My step son is 6 years old, he is a very good boy but he isn't doing good when it comes to following directions. He gives up so easy and beat himself up for things that he fails at. For example in his ...
13
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8answers
1k views

First keyboard: Qwerty or Dvorak?

Should I start my toddler off with a Qwerty or Dvorak keyboard? I use Qwerty myself. I have tried to learn Dvorak but I failed. The Qwerty key strokes are so hardwired in me that it would take a ...
10
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9answers
7k views

I have a 6yr old son with listening, focus and behavioral issues

I have 3 boys, one a 6yr old. My husband and I are very positive people and try and do a lot with our children, and give each child equal attention. The concerns I have with my 6yr old son are based ...
7
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2answers
330 views

How to improve my 5 year old son's behavior in pre-kindergarden?

My oldest child (5 year and a half son) has been more agitated lately in pre-kindergarden and often will make other kids laugh or disrupt activities in class. We have been getting more feedback like ...
17
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11answers
12k views

How do I deal with a child that refuses to do a chore or task?

How do I deal with 7 year old kid who refuses to do a chore or task? He's not listening and ignores my request.
4
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5answers
968 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
votes
2answers
283 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 ...
29
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10answers
10k views

I think my 11 month old is afraid of his dad

I will try to make this short... Every time my son's dad shows his face, my son cries himself to sleep. His dad tries to console him but it never works. It always gets to the point of his dad feeling ...
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1answer
179 views

How to handle baby waking up while sleep training

I've read that at 3 months you can start to try and train your child to sleep through the night. My child starts squirming and making little sounds (not crying) in the middle of the night still. I've ...
2
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4answers
5k views

11 year old stubborn boy

My 11 year son is an intelligent and extrovert boy . He does not want to study and take care of his belongings. I have to continuously tell him to do his routine work like bathing , brushing teeth ...
7
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1answer
287 views

My son's dad is spending less time with him lately

I am recently divorced and have one child. My ex-husband had our son every other weekend for the full weekend and lately he has been bringing him back earlier on a Saturday instead of a Sunday. I feel ...
6
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3answers
169 views

What approaches can I use with an 9 year old that bed-wets and is a heavy sleeper?

Our 9 year old son still bed-wets. The problem is that he is an extremely heavy sleeper; when he needs to pee, he does NOT wake up - even manually trying to wake him up (either to try and pee ...
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8answers
502 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 ...
9
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1answer
5k views

Is it safe for one-year old baby to sleep in her car seat for long hours?

I am planning for a long road trip (about 17 hours of drive). Is it safe for my one-year old baby to sleep in her car seat for such long hours? How often should I stop to take a rest and how long ...
6
votes
3answers
405 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 ...
5
votes
1answer
696 views

How to punish my 5 year old bully?

My five year old daughter has been in kindergarten for a whole year. Now she is going into grade 1, but she has become a bully. This past Friday she pushed a kid off the play structure at the school. ...
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1answer
61 views

How do I know if my son has to go to the potty? [closed]

My son is showing some slightly little changes, but when I ask him if he does he tells me no.
5
votes
6answers
3k views

What should I do when my toddler climbs out of her crib at night to play?

So at night time, sometimes my 22-month-old daughter is climbing out of her crib and then playing. I was thinking of these options: Letting her play until she gets tired and falls asleep on the ...
36
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6answers
10k 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 ...
3
votes
2answers
331 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 ...
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0answers
113 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 ...
2
votes
1answer
111 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 ...
2
votes
2answers
321 views

Can a father use his son's first name as a pseudonym to publish his writing? [closed]

I have a friend. Let's call him John Smith. John Smith has a son. I'll call him Robert Smith. John, their family and Robert's friends all call the child Robert or Robby. No one calls him Rob. Now, in ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

How often should I take my 18 month child out of home

I live in a rented apartment in HongKong and work 6 nights. The only time i get during week days is after 10 AM, that too if the weather permits. How often shall I take my child out? Is it that the ...
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votes
3answers
243 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 ...
5
votes
2answers
132 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?
6
votes
5answers
634 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 ...
14
votes
7answers
1k views

How to cut infants nails

My two month old daughter has sharp nails. Please suggest some safe way of cutting her nails so that she doesnt scratch herself. We bought a supposedly baby nail clipper but it is no different from a ...
9
votes
8answers
509 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 ...
4
votes
4answers
249 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 ...
14
votes
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, ...
7
votes
3answers
404 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 ...
9
votes
5answers
364 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 ...
4
votes
1answer
110 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
votes
5answers
235 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 ...
6
votes
1answer
308 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 ...
5
votes
4answers
311 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 ...

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