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How to (or should I even try to) break a zombie fixation for a three-year-old

I have two boys, one eleven, and one three. I don't know exactly how or when, but the 11-year-old has decided that it was a good idea to explain the the 3-year-old all about zombies. Of course he ...
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2answers
312 views

Is breastfeeding an infant more “healthy” than using expressed milk?

Is breastfeeding an infant more healthy than using expressed milk? With healthy I mean the relative health of mother and child, and with expressed milk I mean milk extracted from the breasts using ...
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9answers
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If my 4-year-old asks me “why”, what kind of “why” does he mean?

My 4-year-old asks me questions like "Why is water transparent?" What kind of "why" does he mean?: What sense does it make for water to be transparent? How is it achieved that water is transparent? ...
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199 views

What is the reasoning behind encouraging your child not to be a 'tattle-tale'?

I heard a friend say: I encourage my child not to be a tattle tale - but encourage them to work the situation out for themselves Several other parents in the context nodded agreement. I had ...
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2answers
86 views

How to help a child with a long-term weather phobia?

I had an awful fear of tornadoes as a child. It started when I was around 6, and continued for about a decade. I believe this may have been an actual phobia. Thunder storms gave me anxiety Hail ...
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237 views

How to handle spoiled 20 year old step grandaughter and her enabeling mother?

My 20 year-old step-granddaughter had a tantrum on her birthday because she wanted to family singing when others were going to watch her grandfather's father's day gift, a comedy DVD. She grabbed ...
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3answers
253 views

How do I accustom my students to interact with children of a higher economic class?

I recently took my two high school students to a physics laboratory at UCLA where they could work on a lab project with other high school students. My students are minority students from a low-income ...
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1answer
90 views

How to handle a preschooler who hits?

My 4 year old son has autism and no verbal language, and a tendency to hit or scratch us (adults) when he gets frustrated. We try to tell him (with verbal language and signing) "no" or "stop", and ...
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8-year-old right away repeats action after she is told not to do them

My 8-year-old right away repeats the things she is forbidden from doing. For example, when she is told not to sing at the dinner table she will right away start singing in a lower tone. This is not ...
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2answers
181 views

Extracurricular activities for children

Let me admit that I am not a parent and this question is about my sister. My sister is 8 years old. With the start of summer vacations, she has nothing to do all day. She has no peers to play with, ...
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3answers
92 views

My 4 1/2 year old has been potty trained since 3 but is having accidents and not going to the bathroom by himself

My son has been potty trained now for well over a year. He'll wake up dry most of the nights but when he's at daycare ( a private home) he won't go to the bathroom unless he's told. He'll have an ...
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1answer
106 views

Visitation for my son to see his dad, but he rarely sees his dad? [closed]

My son is 7 years old and has been primarily in my custody. I left Wisconsin where his father resides about five years ago. Since I left Wisconsin I have encouraged my sons father to be a part of his ...
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2answers
93 views

How do I help my elder child's sleep not to be disrupted by her sister?

We have two daughters; one is 2 years old and the other was born a week ago. Right now, daughter 2 is sleeping a lot and doesn't cry much, but if my experience of the first was anything to go by, that ...
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5answers
349 views

Should toddlers drink milk during the night?

My son is almost 2 years old and he still wakes in the night to drink. I know he is not alone. As i would like to get a full night's sleep, i have been comtemplating watering down his formula to get ...
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2answers
132 views

Authoritative stance of AMA against ADHD?

I recently received word from someone with a psychology background that the American Medical Association (AMA) came out with a stance against ADHD being a valid illness or diagnosis. I have been ...
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5answers
64 views

Tools to log and analyse a toddlers diet

I am looking for a tool I can use to work out what is causing my son to vomit. It's happening during or after eating so I assume a connection to what was eaten. I need to: Quickly log what was in ...
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1answer
163 views

What are the outcomes of highly unusual community outreach to young children?

I can't think of a way to better title this question. My question is a direct response to a recent news event. You can read the article online. Here's the scenario: A child with a condition ...
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0answers
72 views

Is there a good summary of the different discipline philosophies for pre-school and school aged childern

Is there a good website or book that describes and compares the current leading approaches to disciplining pre-school and school aged children. I realize that there are numerous opinions on the best ...
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3answers
4k views

What is the most appropriate way to address contrarianism in a 4-year-old?

My 4-year-old son tends to default to saying no changes in activity (even if he is clearly no longer interested in the current activity). Overall he is helpful, considerate, and will do things we ask ...
9
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1answer
156 views

Does playing classical music for infants and young children make them smarter?

I read pop neuroscience books as well as science sections on news sites (e.g. BBC, NY Times) and one of the claims I remember reading was that supposedly listening to Mozart music made infants ...
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2answers
170 views

Toddler never sleeps through the night

My toddler boy is 2.5yrs old. He never sleeps throughout the night. He has a steady bed-time pattern: 9:00pm : Dinner (with Cartoons) 9:30pm : Shower w/ Mom 9:45pm: Simple Play 10:00pm: 2 Bedtime ...
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3answers
812 views

How do I deal with my wife's violent outbursts around our child?

I am becoming increasingly concerned by my wife's outbursts of anger. She has a very short fuse and very few coping strategies, so when something goes wrong (anything from a birthday party invite ...
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2answers
199 views

How to provide the most support to children as an 'uncle' with only monthly visits

As a side effect of some volunteering I do, I find myself playing something of an 'uncle' like relationship for some of the children of women I've volunteering with. I love children and am more then ...
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1answer
538 views

My 7 year old son acts out in sexual ways [duplicate]

I'm a single mother of 2. My daughter is 13 and my son is 7. My son's father shot himself 2 years ago. That's when things started to change. When his dad was alive, my son never wanted to go to his ...
4
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1answer
51 views

Ways to interact with my kid

I'm living in Spain and my kid is with my wife back in Brazil for now (they will join me later). The hardest feeling I have is that I'm not interacting with my kid as much as I would like to, we try ...
4
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1answer
132 views

How can I help my child be grateful for her life

I would like my daughter to be grateful for her life - being healthy and raised in a rich country by a caring and loving family, she should be. How can I make her see her life as good enough, without ...
5
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1answer
77 views

If I want to ensure my kids are bilingual, how should I decide which language to use when with them?

Suppose I have a kid and I want them to be bilingual. Does it confuse a child when you speak two languages to them? If so, how does one avoid this? But I don't know much about how language develops so ...
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2answers
133 views

4 week old cries for bottle feed every 30 minutes but only takes 30ml (1oz)

Currently going through a nightmare with 4 week old, for the last 5 days she's been stuck in a strange rhythm. She seems hungry and cries the house down, we make up a large bottle as we have been for ...
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1answer
353 views

Is there any solid evidence that being in a sitting position might be bad for babies (before they can sit up on their own)?

Babies around the age of five-seven months might be able to remain in a sitting position when parents put them into that position, but they are still unable to sit up unaided. In Hungary where we ...
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2answers
84 views

Does sleep training make sense for a baby with intermittent sleep difficulty?

We are pretty lucky as far as sleep goes. We have a 6 month old who generally sleeps through the night. ...except that when going down to sleep (unless she's completely wiped out) she cries and we ...
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1answer
83 views

How to get baby back to sleep throughout the night without needing his bottle

I have a 6.5 month old son. For a while I wasn't having him sleep in his crib just because he refused to do it. The past few weeks he will sleep in his crib half of the night and then normally his ...
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2answers
184 views

Child with diarrhea: what to do when you think the doctors aren't doing enough?

My son, who is 2 years old, has had diarrhea now for 11 days. About a month ago he started to have diarrhea. I thought it was just an illness, but it would stop and then start again. It started to ...
6
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1answer
259 views

My mom has taken over my daughter

I moved near to my parents five years ago. My daughter was 10 years old at the time, and she stayed with them. But she is almost 15 now and I want her back. My mom has been ill and I don't know long ...
3
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2answers
102 views

How much instruction should be incorporated into a pre-schooler's art activities?

We've set aside one evening a week as our dedicated family craft night. That doesn't preclude us from doing craft projects at other times, of course, but rather ensures that my son gets at least a ...
1
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1answer
52 views

Home learning curriculum / ideas for 2 year old

I have a 2 year old son who is a fast developer. He has been attending play school some mornings and will only join a school towards the end of the year. I am looking for a home-based learning ...
3
votes
3answers
216 views

My son isn't eating and is under weight

He is 2 years and 1 month old and is 10.5 kg, which is underweight for his age. We consulted the doctor: he said that he is active, so he think there's no problem. He drinks around 500 ml of milk with ...
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3answers
933 views

What schedule works for working parents and their kids to have dinner together as a family?

Each day during the week, I pick up my 1.5-year-old daughter at daycare on my way home from work, and we are home between around 5:30 or 5:45. By then, she is quite hungry, since they eat at 2 pm at ...
5
votes
4answers
98 views

my 3yr hits his 4yr old cousin, but my 3yr is getting picked on by his older cousin whom is 8-9, how should i respond to that?

My 3 year old son is hitting his 4 year old cousin, who is a girl. He is bigger than her. I am constantly on him, I have tried time out, I always make him apologize and give her a hug, which he loves ...
12
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1answer
356 views

Am getting emotionally distant from my mother day by day. What can I do to mend the bond?

I'm a child and not a parent. I don't understand what to do in the situation I'm describing below. I have both my parents and a brother. It all started a 2 years back. 2 years back we were all ...
4
votes
2answers
113 views

How can I explain to my 4 year old that his friend has moved away?

My 4 year old son has a good friend who is a foster child. She was being fostered (with two siblings) by a couple who lived not far from us and we were just beginning to get friendly with this family, ...
4
votes
1answer
267 views

Clean children vs dirty children

Which is better for toddler/pre-schooler's health? To let them get dirty (play as they will in sand, mud, dust, seawater) and wash them appropriately or try to keep them clean? What impacts do these ...
1
vote
1answer
124 views

Should we protect our childred from getting ill?

Nowadays there are very few sicknesses that a toddler or a pre-schooler can catch and that will kill or irreversibly harm him. Most bacteria infections can be treated and there is little real danger. ...
4
votes
4answers
248 views

Appropriate confrontational behaviour to teach a 2-year-old?

At my two-year-old daughter's nursery, there's one "energetic" boy who is perhaps a little lacking in the empathy or discipline department. What I'm saying is, he occasionally behaves too roughly ...
10
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3answers
128 views

Adoption/Foster Care: How should I deal with abandonment issues?

I plan on becoming a foster parent after being adopted myself. However, I went through a lot of abandonment issues that my parents didn't see as I had changed hands a few times before I was adopted. ...
3
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2answers
243 views

At what age is it suggested to enunciate specific expectations regarding sexual activity?

As many other parents, I have my own ideas of rules/expectations of my kids around their future sexual activity (from obvious - such as no sex with anyone who was not negatively tested for STDs and ...
4
votes
2answers
236 views

Step Parent - To be concerned or not to be

Brief history: Became involved with a young woman, knowing she had a 5 year old daughter. Biological dad was in the picture til daughter was 2-3, and then left the state. Strangled mother while ...
2
votes
3answers
224 views

Behavior changes after social events

My eight year-old son just spent a week at cub scout day camp (home in the evenings), after which he has been lying extensively. He has had problems with extensive lying before, but had mostly gotten ...
30
votes
15answers
16k views

Why does my 16-year-old hate me?

My 16-year-old son says the most awful things to me. I feel he is deliberately trying to upset/provoke me constantly. For example, last night at the dinner table he said, "I am not going to try to ...
9
votes
4answers
2k views

When/how is it safe to go running with baby?

My partner is an avid trail runner and before I was pregnant I didn't mind getting out too. At the very least I hope to do some brisk trail walking with bub. I'd assumed to run with a bub you had to ...
8
votes
5answers
3k views

What is the best way to stop breast feeding a 3 year old?

My child is 3 years old. I want to know which is the best way to stop breastfeeding? She cries and fights with her mother if her mother refuses to breastfeed her. We also found that it also helps ...

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