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Help! My 5 year old just won't poop on the toilet

I don't know what to do. We have been trying to get our son to poop in the toilet since he was 3. He is now 5 and shows no signs of starting any time ever. He has done it once or twice but he poops in ...
3
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2answers
218 views

Does this method of potty-training work?

According to this article, my three-year-old son is "resistant to potty training." That is putting it mildly -- he was getting so good, and then in the past month or so he's gotten worse than he ever ...
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2answers
74 views

How does Elimination Communication work?

Elimination Communication was mentioned in a comment on another question, and I started looking in to it. It seems an interesting concept, but I don't understand quite how it works. How do you ...
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1answer
71 views

How can I make sure my infant doesn't get injured on my collar bone when he suddenly jerks forward?

Lately while holding my little boy, he's been pushing his face into my chest and neck, presumably to soothe the itch of teething. Sometimes, particularly when he's tired, he moves very fast and with ...
3
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5answers
836 views

How do you balance time for playdates vs family time?

Both playdates and family time are extremely important to the growth, maturity, and well being of children. That being said how do you balance playdates and family time given the limited time we have ...
3
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4answers
628 views

How might one comfort a newborn with sore gums whose teeth are about to erupt?

I would like to know how to comfort and relax a newborn whose primary teeth (or milk teeth) are about to emerge. What about soothing the gums with a teether? I have read that they are harmful and ...
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4answers
3k views

How do we stop our child screeching?

Our 3 1/2 month old has just learned how to make an ear-piercing screech, which appears to either mean "happy" or "tired and grumpy". How can we dissuade her from making this noise, without ...
4
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3answers
136 views

4 year old steals toys from baby brother

My nephew (Alex) is turning 4 in one week, and his little brother (Ben) is 10 months old. When Ben was born, Alex loved him to death and would do anything to help us with him, bringing him toys and ...
2
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1answer
78 views

Non-judgmental all round parenting of a child: Any resources?

How do you allow a child the freedom to fail and make mistakes while ensuring that they are learning from it. Just because a child refuses to conform does not make him/her a loser/problem/etc. Just ...
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61 views

Napping and early waking?

A child (3 years 10 months) wakes every morning at 5am. When he is with me he has a midday nap which can last 3 hours. He is clearly tired when he wants to nap, and if he wakes too early from his nap ...
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2answers
206 views

Is it common for a toddler boy to wiggle his fingers in front of his eyes?

Our three-year-old son has a habit of wiggling his fingers in front of his eyes/face. Is this common for a toddler? I previously asked whether arranging toy cars in a line or crying when things are ...
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7answers
28k views

How do we stop our daughter rolling over and waking herself up?

Our 5 month old generally gets her head down somewhere in the early evening. We lie the sleeping lump on the bed face up, and she snoozes. Then she rolls over onto her tummy and wakes up. She's at the ...
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0answers
18 views

How to get my 3 month old to nap and sleep longer [duplicate]

I have a 12WO that's a terrible napper. Let me get into some details: he's breastfed and nurses every 1.5-2 hours. He does not show hunger cues like 90% of the time and hasn't done so since ...
5
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4answers
4k views

At what age do teenagers begin to masturbate?

This is a delicate question. It is not a subject that I can ask my children about. At what age can a parent expect this activity to start?
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4answers
2k views

What harm is porn?

It is generally accepted that porn shouldn't be seen by children, and we even sometimes punish parents who fail to stop their children from finding porn. What is the justification? The only "damage" ...
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1answer
150 views

How to comfort our infant with fever?

Our child has 5 months now. He got vaccinated and got fever this evening. His temperature increased to 101.5 °F (38.6 °C). We have given him the medicine that his pediatrician suggested. But we wonder ...
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3answers
200 views

Abusive behavior of 12 years old son

My 12 years old son hits, pushes, and teases his 7 years old sister. When my daughter was born he would constantly disturb me while feeding her and helping her. I tried to involve him in taking care ...
1
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0answers
185 views

What are the effective durations of punishment at various ages?

It's well known that small children don't understand the concept of the future or passage of time, so there is no point in applying the punishment for too long of a period. Obviously, that mental ...
5
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1answer
128 views

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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4answers
1k views

For the benefit of the child: whats better - no father or bad father?

Whats best/better for the child in the long/short run - to have no father in his life or to have a "no-good" father in his life? And by "no-good" I mean - mentally and financially unstable, ...
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2answers
1k views

Why won't my toddler sleep when her mother tries to put her in bed?

my daughter is 21 months old and at present behaves in a curious way. I don't think this question is a duplicate of others with similar titles. During the day she's a sweetheart, no problems at all. ...
5
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7answers
2k views

How do I prevent my child from becoming frightened by “scary” stories?

I have a ten year old child who gets spooked to tears to sleep in his room alone because another child at school told him a nonsense story about Slender Man. The child added a few bits to the myth, ...
6
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4answers
2k views

How do I motivate my 8-year-old to practice the piano regularly?

I end up offering TV time as a reward but he complains so much while practicing, tracks time by calling out every 2 minutes, and practices without respecting the piano or the music (bangs it out). He ...
5
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6answers
234 views

How do I motivate a primary schooler to practice musical instrument?

There is a question for an 8 year old, however for a younger child it might be different. My child can not get through all the excercises and after 3 minutes walks away from the piano. Should I bribe ...
3
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1answer
233 views

I can't motivate my 13 year old twins to get school work turned in

We have tried grounding them, taking all their privledges away, we have tried reward systems and nothing works. They have started lying about getting the work done and turned in when they know we ...
12
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9answers
3k views

How can I motivate my 16 yo daughter to do something valuable with her life?

I have a 16 year old daughter who, whenever she has free time wastes it on things that I think are futile like Facebook, Tumblr, etc. She's also performing poorly at school. I've talked to her about ...
9
votes
3answers
6k views

How can I motivate my child who doesn't care about rewards?

My son is 8 and has always been argumentative and basically lazy with doing ANYTHING since he could talk. If he has homework that takes ten minutes, he will take two hours due to just leaving the ...
3
votes
4answers
106 views

How can I help my daughter stop puking in our car?

Our daughter gets sick roughly every time we drive to my parents' house. We already time it for her nap, but it's over two hours, so she winds up awake for the last 30 minutes to an hour or so. And ...
4
votes
2answers
242 views

What to do if my new-born child urinated into own ear?

OK, I know how it sounds, but this really happened today! As is usual with boys, while changing the diaper he transformed into fountain. I tried to cover myself with my hand, which deflected the ...
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4answers
1k views

What stories for children have strong female role models?

I notice that just about all young children's stories (fairy tales, etc) depict women in a subordinate role. This hit me while reading Cinderella: her ultimate goal in life is to be the prettiest so ...
2
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1answer
131 views

5 year old child causing problems at school

My son is 5 years of age. When he started school he was quite calm at the beginning. But after summer holidays he has become very restless. He has become aggressive and is not listening to his ...
2
votes
1answer
91 views

Problem with baby height

My baby girl is 13 months old. Her birth weight was 2.7 kg and her height was 55 cm. Now her weight is 7.8 kg and her height is 71 cm. I'm worried about her height. Is it normal or should I consult a ...
7
votes
3answers
415 views

What are the merits of TV vs DVD?

We allow our 3-year-old daughter to watch a certain amount of TV, and she has a few favorite shows: Peppa Pig, Ben & Holly, etc. We have a lot of satellite channels, so the TV is usually showing ...
4
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4answers
3k views

Recommendations on helping my left-handed preschooler when my husband and I are right-handed

My four-year-old is very obviously left-handed. We've suspected that he's left-handed for a couple of years now, but now that he's starting to learn to write, it's obvious. Every time he tries to ...
12
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8answers
893 views

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 ...
6
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5answers
248 views

Is it preferable to have “sex talks” vs “all the time education”?

The stereotypical way to teach the kids about sex is to have the stereotypically dreaded "the birds and the bees" "THE talk". Would it instead be more preferable (and why) to NOT have a single ...
10
votes
5answers
2k views

At what age is it no longer appropriate for your child to be naked in public (e.g. on the beach)?

My 3½ year old son loves to be naked. He spends a lot of time running around naked in our garden on hot days. We went to the beach during the Summer, and- since we forgot to bring any swimming ...
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1answer
84 views

Is it nessecary that an adult sit near a newborn baby in his carseat?

I'm having twins. I installed two rear-faced car seats in my car. But there is no more place for me to sit near them. Is it nessecary that an adult sit near a newborn baby in his carseat to take care ...
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votes
2answers
79 views

How often do you take a teenager with glasses in for a vision checkup?

I know that a prescription for eyeglasses is good for 1 year. When or how often do you take a teen in for an eye checkup? I don't want to wait until she is complaining about her eyes getting worse ...
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23answers
7k views

Should we force our son to have hobbies?

I have a 10-year-old son who is slightly autistic - he has an assistant with him at his school, but is intelligent enough. We are struggling to find a hobby that our son will enjoy and stick with. ...
5
votes
6answers
8k views

Why would a child hold his breath regularly?

My 3 yo holds his breath throughout the day. He'll breathe in (short), hold it for 3-7 seconds, then breathe out (short) and repeat that frequently. He does this when he's awake, but probably not ...
3
votes
3answers
84 views

3 year old, potty training and binky separation anxiety

Have a 3 yr old daughter and a 2 week old daughter. Unfortunately, before the baby came my wife and i failed at potty training the 3 yr old as well as detaching her from her binky (mostly used at ...
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vote
2answers
75 views

Potty Training my 20 month old boy

My son is 20 months old and I have started potty training him. He has been interested in the toilet for a month or two. He will pee and poop whenever I sit him on there, but still won't let me know ...
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16answers
11k views

Should I stop my mother in law visiting when she doesn't respect me as the father figure?

Sadly these are her words, not mine. Why is this posted in this QA site? Because I can't see how it is good for the children that she (when my wife is not around) shouts at me in front of them; cuts ...
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0answers
91 views

Child (4-11) does not get into any of their preferred schools - now what? (UK) [closed]

I've just been reading this article on the BBC 'No meat' Hindu school place offer 'outrages' parents and I am wondering what position are the parents left in, under UK law. Consider for example, ...
0
votes
4answers
129 views

6 Year old troubled by waking nightmares and bad memories

My 6 year old son seems to be bothered by distressing thoughts. This started about 2 months ago with a “scary book” that he saw at school. Apparently two older kids brought in a book which he found ...
8
votes
5answers
2k views

How can you preserve old teddy bear for eternity?

Both my kids have used the same teddy bear every night until they were 3 years old, so I have a special attachment for this particular toy and I would like to be able to preserve it for as long as ...
13
votes
5answers
3k views

Why are parents so concerned about not letting the babies sleep with them?

This site is flooded with the questions about parents concerned about their children who try to sleep with them. I wish to know why exactly are western country people so obsessed about not letting ...
5
votes
2answers
64 views

What are lightweight/mobile options for safely transporting a toddler in a car?

We have an 11 month old, who's reaching the upper limit of a baby car seat. We rely on taxis for transportation. This means that when we go somewhere, we have to take the car seat with us - we can't ...
2
votes
4answers
152 views

Is there any benefit of pushing your child to go to school each and every day? [closed]

Is there any benefit of pushing your child to go to school each and every day, except only in some unavoidable circumstances?

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