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2answers
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How can I help my toddler feel confident in his communication?

My two-and-a-half year old communicates very well, and we talk constantly about things he sees, or what he's feeling, or just about his toys. However, when he uses longer sentences or words that are ...
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2answers
209 views

How should I tell my parents that I smoke?

As the title says, Im male 19yr old, have a job, live with uncle and auntie because parents doesn't live in the country I live in. Is there a nice way to tell them ? Or should I wait more? sorry ...
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1answer
126 views

How can I keep my autistic kid from making an unhygienic mess?

I have a four and a half year old boy with juvenile autism, almost no verbal language and intellectual disability. He doesn't understand the concept of going potty yet, and is still wearing diapers ...
3
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0answers
161 views

Pros/Cons: Children Picking Their Own Punishments [closed]

What are the pros/cons of children picking their own punishments? (There's a lot of opinion online, but I'm looking for something with, hopefully, some scientific basis or something that is not ...
6
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2answers
220 views

Absent Father vs. Father with alcohol addiction

I was raised with a father who was dependent on alcohol and who was very abusive emotionally but sometimes physically towards my mother. At that time I wished I wouldn't have a father at all. But I ...
10
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1answer
185 views

How to deal with kids who are bothering others

I recently had an experience that's very similar to the question asked here How should I inform parents if their children are bothering me? but this time from the other side. My kids are very noisy. ...
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2answers
697 views

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 ...
3
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1answer
190 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
905 views

Teaching perseverance and planning

My eight year-old has an issue with perseverance and planning. We thought playing minecraft would help. If you're not familiar with minecraft, it's a game where you gather resources to build things, ...
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14answers
11k views

How should I inform parents if their children are bothering me?

Today, on the bus, I was seated a row behind a mother and her young daughter (I guess about 5-6 years old), and the child just couldn't stay quiet: she was singing constantly, saying "byebye, please ...
4
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1answer
89 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 ...
11
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4answers
252 views

Mission Impossible 6: Toilet training my daughter

Background My daughter recently turned 4. In December, she was diagnosed with autism. She is on the mild (verbal) end of the spectrum. She has communication and social issues, as well as some self ...
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0answers
22 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 ...
7
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2answers
202 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 ...
7
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2answers
299 views

At what age should you allow your kids to go out alone?

Whether its to visit a friend who lives a few streets away, or going to the park by themselves, or going to the local shop, at what age do you allow your kids to go out by themselves? And what rules ...
6
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2answers
222 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 ...
10
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9answers
3k 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 ...
3
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1answer
218 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?
7
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1answer
169 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 ...
5
votes
4answers
458 views

Boy 7 too sensitive.

My boy seems to cry at the least little things. e.g. His younger sister teasing. Slightest little scratch when playing Dies in computer game. Bedtime How can I toughen him a bit? I don't know ...
5
votes
3answers
119 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 ...
5
votes
1answer
498 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
51 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.
9
votes
3answers
161 views

Returning to work quickly - how does feeding work?

My partner is looking to return to work soon after giving birth. We both work, so we'll need to find someplace that looks after baby whilst we are out all day. The question we have is how does the ...
2
votes
2answers
287 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 ...
10
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7answers
2k views

Monitoring a computer-literate teen

I would like to monitor my 16 year old boy's web activities, but I have been struggling to do so. Since he started his interest in computer programming, it's become an arms race. I've tried setting up ...
29
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10answers
9k 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 ...
7
votes
2answers
172 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 ...
5
votes
3answers
107 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?
3
votes
2answers
273 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 ...
2
votes
1answer
88 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
128 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 ...
7
votes
2answers
171 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
votes
1answer
75 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
2answers
95 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?
5
votes
1answer
279 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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votes
3answers
191 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 ...
6
votes
3answers
249 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 ...
51
votes
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 ...
3
votes
3answers
312 views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
257 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 ...
4
votes
5answers
200 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 ...
2
votes
2answers
153 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
votes
1answer
84 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 ...
9
votes
3answers
889 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 ...
4
votes
2answers
107 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?
6
votes
4answers
170 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 ...
36
votes
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
votes
1answer
111 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?
5
votes
2answers
134 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 ...

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