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What material is available to teach a toddler how to read?

My 3yr old has been asking us to teach her how to read. She can recognize a decent amount of the alphabet, and picks stuff up pretty quickly (when she wants to.) We have thought about picking some ...
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5answers
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At what age should I enroll my child in dental and vision plans?

Background: Most insurance coverage in the US has separate policies and payroll withholding for health, dental, and vision insurance plans. One can typically decide who's covered independently for ...
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5answers
179 views

How much direction does a preschooler need while doing crafts?

My son just turned 4 and I'm trying to figure out how much direction I should give while doing crafts. He really enjoys to doing crafts but if I give him a specific 'project' to do (e.g. something ...
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5answers
288 views

How can I support my friends who have just had a child diagnosed with 9P Syndrome?

My wife and I are good friends with another couple who has two kids (ages 4 and 1). Our kids are similar in age and best friends with theirs. The one year old, after a long string of medical issues, ...
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3answers
471 views

How can I handle a child that claims medical problems as a bad excuse?

I have 3 kids who seem to use medical reasons for excuses, most often to not go to bed. For instance, my 7 year old periodically "Can't move" at bed time to get to his bed, but when he gets in there, ...
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1answer
117 views

Where can I find good research on long term health impact of different types/brands of infant formula (in the US)?

My wife can no longer nurse our infant due to her health issues. Is there an online resource I can use to research different types/brands of infant formula? I'm looking for independent, and preferable ...
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1answer
1k views

What to do when toddler keeps using the potty to stay awake at bedtime?

We are working on potty training our two year old girl and it is interfering with our bedtime routine. She will often keep requesting to use the potty, knowing that we will take her out of bed to go ...
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Should we give our infant baby food to avoid feeding at night?

Our little boy is 4 and half months old. He weights around 7.5 kg. He wakes up many times at night for milk. Shall we start giving him baby food so that he does not feel hungry at night?
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4answers
382 views

What home-safety aspects should new parents consider?

There are very many products available that claim to help make a home safer for baby. I'd like a list, based on some kind of evidence, for which of these products are more important. For example, in ...
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6answers
416 views

My son turns 10, what can I do for him that will be special?

January 2012, my son turns 10. I want to do something special with him, just me and him. A male bonding session to celebrate his double-digits. I've spoken to my wife and she thinks it's a great idea, ...
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How long should one wait between pregnancies?

I've read What is the least problematic age difference between siblings? but I had a different question. That question is rather "from a child's point of view: what age would you prefer your siblings ...
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1answer
580 views

What are the (dis)advantages of parents and children sharing a bedroom?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of parents sleeping in the same room as their child(ren)? For both parents and child(ren)? Until what age (months? years?) would you prefer to have your ...
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3answers
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How can I keep my toddler from scratching himself when he is upset?

Whenever my toddler gets very upset or throws a fit, he has a tendency to rake his fingernails very hard across his face, often drawing blood. Currently one side of his face is covered with scratches ...
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4answers
1k views

In what ways can you help a child develop self-control and delayed or deferred gratification?

Children, especially young children, are creatures of opportunity. They see a lesser prize within their grasp and a much greater prize that they may have to work for, and they will take the lesser ...
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10answers
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How can I encourage my 13 month old to stand?

My 13 month daughter has no interest in standing or even putting weight on her feet. We're concerned if she doesn't start trying to stand she won't start walking. Is there anything I can do to ...
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0answers
113 views

How will bringing up a child in a rural location impact their education and cultural development? [closed]

If you bring up a child in a rural area, will they have less access to education and culture, which may harm their development. Or would less access to certain things increase their wanting to ...
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7answers
279 views

How can a parent remain sane? How do you keep your energy and temper? [closed]

I'm sure every parent has days like this: Your child has been a troublemaker all day. You are exhausted, and at your wits' end. It would be nice to just take a break, to have someone else take ...
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0answers
319 views

Does moving have a negative impact on young children?

I'm wondering about the impact of moving homes on my daughter who is only 2 and a half. My wife claims that it is better to stay in one place because of stability for our daughter. But I think that ...
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2answers
887 views

Are there any games or activities to help a child increase their spatial awareness?

My son is quite often totally oblivious to what's around him. For example: jumping up and down under a table, all of a sudden spinning around with his arms out and smacking the people walking next to ...
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2answers
6k views

Can a newborn feel pain in the umbilical stump?

I accidentally tugged on the umbilical stump of my newborn baby while changing his diaper, and now he's crying and it's bleeding a little. Have I hurt my baby? I'm adding this question (and an ...
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2answers
327 views

Can anyone name this method for teaching children numbers and basic arithmetic?

I've heard about a method that uses the unstructured presentation of dots to teach younger kids numbers and basic arithmetic. Can anyone tell me the name of this method? Or if you know of other ...
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4answers
3k views

How can I switch an exclusively breastfed 1-year-old to food?

My 1 year old daughter eats very little. Infact she doesn't even drink bottled milk. Not to mention she hasn't gained much weight in the last couple of months. She mostly survives on mothers milk. ...
4
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4answers
227 views

How do we teach our toddler that it's okay to go on the potty?

My son has been potty-training for about a month or so, with pretty good results. It started with a few days of wearing underwear instead of a diaper, and having accidents, since he didn't know how ...
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5answers
385 views

How should I deal with my toddler's difficult behavior towards food?

My daughter is almost 15 months old and has always been a small eater. She was breastfed for the first 5 months then solids were gradually introduced. It went okay for the first few weeks but soon it ...
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4answers
2k views

Should I respond to “fussing” the same as crying in an infant?

During the night my 7-week-old will fuss in his sleep (grunt, flail, etc...). This fussing rarely proceeds to crying but he usually will not settle on his own. When I pick him up he will usually ...
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2answers
423 views

Should imaginary friends be accepted or discouraged?

As a professional working with families, I am often asked about imaginary friends. I never experienced this behavior with my own son so I have little personal information to share. One child ...
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3answers
2k views

How can we discipline our toddler?

TL;DR version: Toddler doesn't understand disciplining. Help needed. At 22 months, our toddler is incredibly active and always has been. He's also mostly very well-behaved, especially when being ...
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4answers
706 views

When upgrading our toddler from a cot to a bed, how do we keep him in his bed?

We want to convert our son's cot into a bed this weekend (starting Friday evening). We think it's time to transition because he often tries to climb out (but fails yet), and during daytime playing he ...
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3answers
3k views

Are calcium supplements helpful for a teething infant?

My 9-mo has been chewing on anything that comes his way for the past 2 months now. We initially thought this was because he would be teething soon. But nothing has come up yet. Should I be giving him ...
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7answers
1k views

Should the nanny quit when the parents don't care about their dangerous children?

I have four weeks left of the worst nannying position of my life. I originally thought the job would be great, three kids that seemed a little naughty but manageable. The interview went great and ...
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5answers
913 views

Should we switch from cloth to disposable diapers?

Our son is 17 months old and has been in cloth diapers since he was 1 month old. About two months ago he got blisters on his penis. The doctor said it was a bacterial infection and to put triple ...
3
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1answer
273 views

8yo has crazy mood swings and gets mad over nothing [closed]

My 8 year old sister gets crazy and starts crying over "nothing". My parents agree that this is a problem, but they have no clue what to do. Luckily I know about SE :) I'm not sure if this is ...
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8answers
53k views

What games are good to play with teens in the car?

I will be travelling with two kids aged 15 and 18 in a car this upcoming month, and I would like to play some games in the car with them. I know the game where you look for different license ...
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4answers
3k views

Is it normal for a toddler belly to last into the pre-school years?

My daughter has a tummy that sticks out. She is taller than most kids in her class, even the boys. My Wife is 5'9 and I am 6'0. We have tall family members as well. However, she constantly seems to ...
8
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7answers
62k views

How long can a 3-month-old go without eating?

My 3-month-old son has started sleeping through the night, with a vengeance. He sleeps for hours. And when he finally wakes up and I expect him to be starving, he's often still ready to happily play ...
5
votes
2answers
181 views

What should we teach our children about violent attacks like the ones in Norway on 7/22/11?

Let me begin with all sympathies to the victims, survivors, and their families, and the people of Norway. I am sad and angry and deeply feel the fact that I cannot protect my family from an ...
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3answers
734 views

Can I figure out what my baby wants by the sound it makes when it cries?

Can I figure out what my baby needs from its crying? According to Dunstan Baby Language, the sound used before hysterical baby crying gives information on what the baby needs. The Dunstan website ...
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2answers
2k views

How do I transition a toddler to foods with texture?

My 10 month old doesn't seem to have any problem trying new flavors. However, he has become extremely picky about trying any food that has texture (i.e. any foods that aren't pureed completely ...
4
votes
3answers
884 views

When and how can we stop giving our toddler formula in the evening?

My toddler gets a bottle of formula in the evening, as part of the bedtime ritual. At some point in time, we'd want to stop giving that bottle and stop using formula at all. What is an effective ...
10
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7answers
5k views

How can we make a long road trip pleasant for a toddler and the parents?

We're planning to drive to visit my family later this year. It is roughly a 10-11 hour drive if we go straight through (I'm planning on making fairly frequent stops, however, as I think it would be ...
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2answers
968 views

How can we end nighttime 'comfort' nursing?

My wife and I are just finishing up a 4 week trip home to visit the grandparents (we live in Australia, they in North America). We have introduced the unfortunate habit in our 10 month old daughter ...
12
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8answers
1k views

Can we afford to have a baby?

I'm not a parent (yet!), but the wife and I are seriously thinking about starting a family. We both really want kids, but I'm just worried about the financial strain a baby could have on us. Am I ...
8
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8answers
3k views

When should I stop swaddling my baby?

I swaddled my baby in a swaddling blanket for a short time after he was born, and then moved on to a Halo combination sleep sack and swaddle blanket. He is now nearly 3 months old, and I'm still using ...
5
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4answers
6k views

Is cosmic radiation a concern for a pregnant airplane passenger?

I read somewhere that you get exposed to a non-negligible amount of radiation from the sun when you travel by air. Would this affect an unborn child's fragile DNA?!
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3answers
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Why does my toddler cry when he's put to bed?

My son is nearly two years old. We have had a solid bedtime routine forever, and we make sure to wind him down before bedtime. Lately though, he doesn't want to go to sleep. He follows the bedtime ...
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5answers
5k views

Do you use number of weeks or day of the month to determine an infant's birthday?

If a child was born today, which is July 18th and the third Monday of July, would he or she become one month old on August 18th or the third Monday in August (August 22)? Thanks
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7answers
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Why does my child eat so slowly?

When we have a family meal, the middle daughter will always take her time. I mean up to 2 hours, to finish a meal, especially if its not her kind of food. She'll get very easily distracted, sing to ...
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votes
5answers
2k views

Is it okay for both parents to be asleep at the same time?

It's day 2 and we've been trying to always have 1 of us awake at all times watching the baby so that we're never both sleeping at the same time. Does a newborn need to be watched 24/7 or am I just ...
3
votes
3answers
1k views

What size schoolbag is good for a first-grader?

My son's back is ~35cm. As I understand, the backpack should have the same height, but we have found one that is 32cm wide x 37cm tall x 17cm deep, 900 grams. Those extra 2cm height are okay, but ...
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3answers
2k views

Why not let a toddler share a bedroom with a baby?

We have a 2 year old daughter and now we expect a baby in November. After the initial few months, when the newborn will be sleeping in our bedroom, we could put both children in one room together. ...

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