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When should I teach my toddler the ABCs?

My child (3 yr old) will soon begin his reading journey, and I'm wondering if now (or at least within a few months) is a good time to get him to start learning the ABCs? I recently found a ...
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At what age we should tell our toddler to not kiss everyone who asks her to?

Our 18 month old kisses us when we ask her to. My question is, at what age we should tell her not to kiss everyone who asks her to?
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2answers
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Why does my toddler cry when I go out of the room for a short time?

My nearly 16 month old gets very upset when I leave the room, even if it's just for a 2 minute trip to the bathroom. I'm not leaving him on his own but with another adult that he knows well (eg his ...
9
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5answers
341 views

16yo works TOO MUCH?

We have a lovely child who is very motivated in their schoolwork. They are getting straight A's, and are loved by all their teachers. They are autistic, and it seems that schoolwork is their new ...
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2answers
769 views

Is excessive crying in front of your child bad for them?

I have a partner who is suffering from severe depression. When we have the slightest disagreement she breaks down into tears and goes upstairs with our 1-year-old son. She will cry for hours while he ...
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1answer
40 views

What is effective, non-toxic method to clean vomit from a carpet?

Currently, we use a brand name carpet cleaner/stain remover after cleaning up the general mess with a wet cloth. I'm wondering if there's a natural, low-cost alternative to cleaning up such messes ...
2
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3answers
136 views

Are there other foods to avoid giving infants/toddlers besides honey?

I've often heard to avoid giving honey to babies, due the rare risk of botulism. That's backed up in the answer to this question: When can we start giving chocolate, honey and eggs to babies? But, ...
2
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3answers
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adult child refuses to discuss his future. parents are moving, and he has no plan

22 yr old refuses any topic related to what it takes for him to be on his own. He will ignore, be sarcastic, and do nothing. Has a job but not enough money to be on his own. He has a car, a phone, ...
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83 views

Does using antibiotics increase the risk of a child getting recurrent ear infections?

My son, thankfully, went about 18-20 months without getting an ear infection. His first one cleared up naturally. The second one didn't seem so bad, but he was given antibiotics for it. I wasn't keen ...
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3answers
162 views

Explain Pre-Teens and Teens the problems of a surveillance state and internet privacy [closed]

I want to present an audience, consisting of mostly teens and pre-teens, the problems of a surveillance state, e.g. if everything is recorded what you are doing. That leads to an internal scissor in ...
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202 views

Ignoring kid : good or bad?

My wife's a stay at home mom since our kid was born. She also looks after needs of 3 old people who we live with (there are 2 paid help), quite busy. When I ask my kid to do something small like not ...
2
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3answers
167 views

How to help a child overcome their fear of mascots?

My son loves Sesame Street characters, and "costume" characters... When they're on TV. However, he's very afraid of them in person. He gets clingy, must be picked up, and holds us in a Death grip. ...
2
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2answers
87 views

How to use Band-Aids for childhood injuries?

I'll use the term Band-Aids, despite it being a brand name for adhesive bandages. I know they're not used solely by parents, but this question came to me because of parenting. My son is reaching an ...
2
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1answer
70 views

Baby boy, preterm birth weight 1.5 kg, needs development help at 18 months

My baby boy was preterm (8.5 months) and low birth weight (1.5 kg). Currently, at 18 months, he is able to stand alone but still not started walking. He is not able to speak more than 3-4 words like ...
4
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1answer
55 views

Should I encourage siblings to compromise and collaborate?

Often when there's a chance to do something special as a family -- say, watch a movie together, or bake some cookies -- we let the three kids decide exactly what we are going to do. For example, they ...
9
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7answers
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How do I convince my eleven-year-old to practice her dancing?

My eleven-year-old daughter who has been in dance classes since she was four. She loves ballet, and she loves to perform. However, she does not care for the stretching and practicing that are part ...
5
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2answers
315 views

At what age can children start being influenced by gender stereotypes?

There have a been a lot of questions lately asking about gender-equality scenarios. See: I want to expose my 5-year-old daughter to boys and girls toys equally, but she just turned her nose up at ...
9
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1answer
300 views

At what age is gender identity developed?

Recently, I've been seeing videos and news that say that gender identity is formed much earlier than commonly believed, with respect to gender identity disorders or being transgender. Such information ...
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2answers
151 views

can I give my 2 month old baby alternative milk from market [closed]

My 2 months old baby does not get enough breast milk. He loses weight consecutively. Can I give her alternative milk from market?
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2answers
261 views

Our 6 month old baby moans continuously

Apologies if this is a duplicate, it searched for the question terms but found nothing similar. Our baby is nearly 7 months old, and after being left to do anything for over 5 minutes, just starts to ...
5
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4answers
694 views

Can a wish when thrusted upon a person from childhood become her own wish?

The child is 22 months old. The father wants the child to become a doctor. He is planning to create such an environment around the child such that the child starts thinking that she must become a ...
2
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1answer
77 views

My 3 year old is not sleeping through the night

He will go to bed around 9:30-10:00, and usually he will sleep through the night. But suddenly he only sleeps for couple of hours, and is up by 2:30-3:00. I've tried melatonin, it's all natural, but ...
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20answers
11k views

Why would you lie to your children about Santa?

Christmas is an awesome event for children with lots of presents, but I've been thinking: Aren't the negative things it brings (telling them the truth eventually) worse than the good things? You can ...
5
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2answers
302 views

How to bond with misbehaving, mean-spirited children?

I live in the USA, my son lives in the Netherlands. He has 2 little girls aged 5 years and 6 years respectively. My adult daughter is visiting them at this time. My daughter shared a few details of ...
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6answers
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11 year old son searching for porn

I've recently had a quick look at my son's iPod touch and found a large google searches for various pornographic phrases. He's a little bit advanced in terms of hormones, etc. (e.g. voice broken, ...
5
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3answers
135 views

Attachment: father's role

I've read some materials about mothers' role in forming good attachment style in children under the age of one year. My question is - do you know about the role of fathers in forming of attachment? ...
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4answers
114 views

What food kids love to eat the most? [duplicate]

Lately, my kids 4 and 7 have become very PICKY eaters and don't eat much. If they do eat, they eat prepacked food or anything deep fried like chicken in small amount or few bites. As result, my wife ...
4
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4answers
146 views

What are the (dis)advantages of dormitory life versus living at home through college?

What are the advantages and disadvantages to a college student living in student housing rather than at home? This assumes that their chosen institute of higher education is close enough to home for ...
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7answers
3k views

Teaching young kids to use search engines

I want to teach my kids how to use search engines as soon as they start asking questions. I think it's a good way for them to learn everything they want and to know that they are capable of knowing ...
3
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3answers
211 views

My son cries for 30-45 minutes when told “No”

My son can cry all day when told no. It's very tiring and I don't know what more to do. Its an everyday thing with him. I try putting him in time out which is his bed and it gets worse . He ...
35
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12answers
18k views

I want to expose my 5-year-old daughter to boys and girls toys equally, but she just turned her nose up at Star Wars. What do I do?

My aspiration is to give my daughter experiences of boys and girls toys. My background is that I work as a software engineer and had experiences of LEGO, Meccano, programming and sci-fi movies. I ...
3
votes
1answer
126 views

Baby girl won't pee in cloth diapers

A friend of mine has a baby girl thats been in disposable diapers for about 4 months. Recently she made the switch to cloth diapers which has been fine expect she noticed that her baby won't pee in ...
10
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3answers
581 views

Not so sleeping beauty at 4 years old

My 4 year old daughter is not going to bed at a decent time. We have a routine in place: dinner at 6, story time at 7, bath time at 7:30. 8 is quiet down time and 8:30 is bedtime. The problem: she ...
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2answers
159 views

Can children be educated without a family by professionals?

Disclaimer This will seem a very odd question to most of you, but it fits the topics of this site and I don't know anywhere else to ask it. In case you are wondering, what follows is perfectly ...
7
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2answers
288 views

How should I answer when my granddaughter asks about her absent mother?

My granddaughter has lived with us (her grandparents) since she was 8 months. She is now four. My daughter and granddaughter have been with us for two and a half years My daughter has been out of the ...
2
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2answers
114 views

Autism?? Hearing impairment?? Please advise!

(Before anyone has a go at me for my post- I am not looking for a diagnosis, google diagnosis or using this in place of medical care or for any stupid reason (child is under hospital and dietician ...
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1answer
111 views

Can I avoid nice clothing being a source of argument?

My middle child (seven years old) hates dressing up. Well... sort of. He likes shopping for dressy clothing (slacks, vest, button-down shirt, tie) and has a respectable collection. He'll even ...
10
votes
5answers
986 views

How to help my 1st grade daughter with her reading comprehension?

My daughter is in her 1st grade and she is quite good at reading. By that I mean she can pronounce difficult words, read books with the correct pause and expressions. She can even read fast. But what ...
5
votes
4answers
225 views

5-yr-old tantrums and misbehavior - what am I doing wrong?

I need the two-cents of some experienced parents with multiple children. My two boys are 4-years-old and 11 months; they will be 5 and 1 next month. My oldest is exceedingly stubborn, and he's ...
3
votes
2answers
113 views

Which things should I watch out for when buying sunglasses for a 1year old?

I was looking for kids sunglasses to buy for my 1 year old. The only thing I knew is that they really had to be 100% UV protection. I was also wondering how to make them stay on the kid's face (this ...
2
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1answer
59 views

bottle sterilizers and their effectiveness

I have a baby on the way and I am looking into bottle sterilizers. My concern is if they are really effective at disinfecting. Some claim to disinfect in as little as 5 minutes. I am not sure that ...
5
votes
3answers
509 views

my 12 year old is smoking and im not sure how to deal with this

My 12 yr old is smoking, he has been living with his father who turns a blind eye. He will be returning to live with me shortly. I would like some advise on how to deal with please if anyone can help? ...
6
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3answers
277 views

Two year old indecisiveness

My younger son, who just turned two a month ago, is going through one of those common stages in toddlerhood (that I remember the older one going through - but less roughly - at the same time). His ...
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4answers
120 views

My 44 month (4 months to 4 yrs) daughter is having HUGE trouble going POOP on the potty

I have read all of the posted (related) questions and answers, and to be specific, I am having tremendous troubles just getting her to tell me (her father) what exactly she may be afraid of. Her ...
2
votes
3answers
158 views

My 14 month old granddaughter doesn't talk, and she doesn't seem to understand.

But she babbles a lot. She only seems interested in actions. She can wave bye-bye, but does not understand what it means. If you say "yay!" she will clap her hands and say "yay". So far, she does ...
10
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1answer
407 views

Is alcohol transmitted through breastmilk?

We have a similar Question for caffeine, but I could not find one for alcohol, and I'm sure many breastfeeding mothers are interested to know: How much alcohol is transmitted through breastmilk? ...
6
votes
2answers
361 views

Confused 5 year old

My daughter who is 5 and usually very happy and loving recently told my husband and me she wanted to shoot us and run to Noni. After talking with her, we later realized this anger is directed at me. ...
3
votes
3answers
279 views

Why does my toddler cry when I try to put her down for bed, but not when my wife does it?

So my 2 year old is undeniably a Daddy's girl. She's always clingy when I'm home and only wants Daddy when Daddy is around. At bed time we have a routine that we follow before putting her down, but ...
6
votes
6answers
192 views

How can I support my student's learning with limited funds?

I am asking for advice on this topic on behalf of economically disadvantages families/students I do outreach with in the USA. I wish to enrol my middle school/high school student in summer programs ...
3
votes
1answer
304 views

Toddler is a real glutton with sweets

Our youngest eats normally at meals, but when she gets sweets she wolfs them down. Her big sister enjoys them more, saving some for later. I think it's a good to be able to restrain yourself, so I ...

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