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Is it OK for my children to eat solely carbs and fruit, which is what they want

We have two kids (almost 5yo and 20 months). Both are very picky eaters, eating some carbs(noodles, pasta, or bread, all plain; no potatoes/rice!), and fruit of all kinds, but nothing or very little ...
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Preventing jealousy from starting?

My question is similar to this question but not exactly the same. We are having our second child very soon. We have a 2 year old daughter and she is already beginning to understand that change is ...
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Should parents of young children set an example of socializing by using Facebook?

If parents don't use Facebook, how will their children know how to use Facebook or other social media technology in healthy ways? Should parents be utilizing these technologies so at least their ...
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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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How to deal with children succeeding because of their parent's efforts rather than their own?

It's that time of year again: Pinewood Derby! The Cub Scout motto is "Do Your Best". But it's also important to recognize true excellence. Our pack does a good job of balancing those values by giving ...
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What's the most efficient way to dress a toddler?

Our twins are just starting to stand on their own, which is making getting them dressed a bit harder than they used to be. For one thing, my son especially would prefer to stand rather than lie back ...
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What are the key considerations when selecting a potty?

It's time for potty-training, but we have trouble finding a good potty. We first bought one that plays music, but it's just to big, she basically falls down into it when sitting. We looked for a ...
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Are incentives (toys, candy) a good idea to help facilitate potty training?

We've been trying a number of techniques (videos, naked time, etc.) to help our almost-3yo to use the potty consistently, with some progress. All of our techniques have fallen into the "entourage, ...
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Son bites to defend himself. What can I do?

My son is biting to defend himself. I received a call from the daycare today asking what they should do. My son doesn't bite at home at all, he is only biting at school. For some reason the teacher ...
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Is potty-training in 3 days possible?

I want to potty train my 2-year-old, and I read about The 3 Day Potty Training Method which claims is possible to do it in 3 days! Has anyone tried this method?
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7 Yr Old Using Violent Language During Play

My 7 year old son has started using words like 'kill', 'murder' and 'stab' when he's playing with me or other kids. He's not angry or violent about it. For example we might be playing/pretending to be ...
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How can I talk my son through his competition anxiety?

This year my son tested into our district's Math Field Day competition. He was very excited to show us the results and we all agreed to commit to the weekly practice sessions after school. He enjoys ...
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Should children of incarcerated parents be told the truth?

On Saturday mornings, I visit a nearby county jail. Most of the men I talk to are fathers. Some are serving short sentences and others are awaiting trials that will likely result in lengthy ...
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How does one separate parent from playmate?

We play with our kids. We roll around on the floor and play with blocks and draw pictures. At the same time we nurture, feed, clothe, and educate them. So while we are playing and goofing off and ...
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What are the tradeoffs to consider between monitor systems with dedicated screens and mobile-based ones (iPhone, android, etc.)

We've been using motorola's monitor system for some time, which comes with both monitors and cameras, and can be expanded with their proprietary devices. (You can add another camera and see both on ...
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16mo still not walking, I think it's my fault?

On Thanksgiving my baby girl took her first two steps by herself. When this happened the six people that were around her at the time, including myself, flipped out and started clapping and got really ...
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Talking to a highly defensive young person

There is a particular young person with whom I have have regular interactions that appears to take every interaction as an attack. Thus if one were say "I do not wish for you to shove your things in ...
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Memory foam top covers and mattresses

We converted our 2 year old toddler's crib into an an accessible bed a few weeks ago. He's doing well on it, so we want to replace his crib with the brand new single bed we bought for the spare room. ...
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If you are using time outs, how do you deal with a toddler asking for them

We're currently trying to avoid punishment, with the exception of very "natural" consequences (refusing to eat lunch may result in no snack, etc.) But for a while, we were using "time outs" for those ...
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At what age do children notice the absence of a parent?

This past weekend, my wife went on a retreat while I stayed home with our 1-year-old twins. Since they were sleeping when she left, there was no separation anxiety. The next morning, I changed them ...
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Parental “Wow” as a reaction to trivial child achievements

The question is based on my personal feelings, so is probably biased and subjective. I frequently see parents (and remember my own) encouraging their children on every trivial or regular achievement ...
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How can parents avoid making decisions based on nostalgia?

Recently I saw an article passed around that advocated for more free playtime: We went to school, but it wasn't the big deal it is today. School days were six hours long, but (in primary school) ...
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How to talk to parents about death?

My parents have always tried to shelter me from trauma (divorces, illnesses and deaths in the family, and so on) which makes it difficult to broach the subject of death with them. This is more of an ...
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How can I get my toddler to drink more water?

My toddler doesn't like to drink water. She doesn't seem to notice that she is thirsty, even if her pee is a dark yellow. How do I help her to recognize that her body is thirsty and that drinking ...
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How can you offer other parents suggestions without making them defensive?

Because we parents spend so much time complaining to each other sharing best practices, we often find ourselves in situations where another parent is sharing an approach or technique that we have ...
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Resistant child and potty training regression

My 3 year old son is really bright, has an amazingly long attention span, and can be loads of fun but lately he is fighting absolutely everything. It takes ages to get him dressed as he won't do it ...
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Why do my children ask “Are you happy with me?”

For the past few months, my children, 2 and 3, have been asking me "Are you happy with me?" Of course, I respond with "I am very happy with you! The most happy!" But they still ask on a daily basis! ...
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My daughter (2 1/2 years old) started to put her hand in her mouth about a month ago. How do I try to wean her from this behavior?

Starting about a month ago (2 years and a few months old), she is constantly putting her finger or fingers in her mouth. She is not teething. I'm not sure why she's doing it. Trying to discipline her ...
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230 views

What standard questions should one ask when interviewing a nanny?

Obviously, depending on what your specific needs and concerns are, you'll need to tailor your questions to that situation. But, in my experience interviewing candidates for different types of jobs, ...
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How can we explain our “cry it out” strategy to people who oppose it?

My wife and I have had success with a form of the "cry it out" strategy with our three children. I know it's not for everyone, but our household has gotten into some healthy sleep patterns without ...
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1answer
455 views

What's the right (average) age to transition from Duplo to Lego?

I'm trying to figure out when it makes sense to transition my son (and daughter, eventually) from Lego to Duplo (or the equivalent generic blocks). I'm focused on the age at which children have the ...
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859 views

Gifted child at gifted school still dealing with behavior problems

My child has always had behavioral problems; I even had a lot of behavior problems as a child so he gets it honestly. I thought that after he was deemed gifted and placed in a gifted program I would ...
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19 month old takes off diaper only at nap time… help! [duplicate]

I'm a first time mom, lately my little princess has been taking off her diaper at nap time. She then proceeds to poop in her crib and then play with it. My husband and I always change her before we ...
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Is there an age before which you should avoid the concept of death or dying?

This question specifically addresses how to talk to a 5 year old, but I'm curious about younger kids. I'm not talking about situations where death has become an important event in a child's life and ...
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Raising children in corrupted country

I live in an under-military-coup-too-much-corrupted-country. There is a big gap between values and reality. For example, policeman or military soldier should be a model for kids; They -normally- ...
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How do you differentiate between allowing the child to disagree with you and letting her get her way?

From: How to raise a child such that she has high self esteem throughout her life? Love unconditionally, allow her to make mistakes, allow her to disagree with you (This is not the same as letting ...
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1answer
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Encouraging a 3-year-old's interest in minibeasts

Our three-year-old son has always been interested in minibeasts, such as worms, ants, spiders, woodlice, snails, and slugs, but he now seems to be even more interested in them than ever. Whenever we ...
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Keep son from touching his dirty genitals

My six-months-old son is in the habit of reaching and grabbing his own penis, as soon as I open the diaper. This becomes a problem about twice a day, when his diaper gets really filled up and his ...
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We're looking to get pregnant - what can we do to optimize our chances?

We've heard of some couples taking a long time to get pregnant, from the time when they decide to start. We're wondering what we can do to make the process faster.
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At what age should a child's self-involvement begin to decrease?

I can recall the first five or six years of my life being glorious, well, what I can remember of them anyway. From what I recall, to me, the world was all about me. I was the center of it and I knew ...
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The UK ministry of education's website for verifying an international school's accreditation

I have an ISN number for an international school that claims it is UK accredited, and I would like to reach the UK ministry of education's website made for verifying the accreditation of international ...
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1answer
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Any video baby monitors with multiple receivers?

I am looking for a video monitor for an infant. If possible, I want to have multiple receivers for one camera, so it isn't necessary to carry the receiver around everywhere. Summer Infant offers the ...
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Don't touch my hair!

I have little twins that aren't two years old. One of them I have no problem washing his hair; he even laughts when I dry it with the towel. His brother screams his lungs out every single day, every ...
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960 views

best age to start a daycare

If you had a choice to stay with your single baby at home as long as you want to, would you still send him to a daycare to communicate with other babies? What age is recommended for starting a daycare,...
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1answer
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Can I let my 5 month old fall asleep after playing in his crib?

When I put my 5 month old son to sleep, I turn on the white noise player and give him a security blankie with a teddy bear. He is playing with the teddy bear and / or sucking it and falling asleep ...
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what's typical for birthday parties in the USA?

We are currently in the US (California) and my son is soon going to turn three. He's somewhat grasping the idea of getting older, and I also think he's old enough to really enjoy having a party. We're ...
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How do we encourage musical aptitude in a two-year old? [duplicate]

In what ways can we encourage musical aptitude in a two-year old?
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209 views

How does a parent cope with an opposing disposition to his/her own?

So I have never been one of those women that gets super dramatic or excited about seeing people (except for when my brother came home from the Gulf War). If I see the person regularly, I'm glad to ...
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1answer
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How can I help my 2 year old better love his dog?

My 2.5 year old seems to be relatively indifferent to our dog. I want him to learn to care for him and help him learn empathy and respect through having a dog. Any thoughts on tactics I can use to ...
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What safety gate can I use at the top of my stairs?

I have two staircases in my home. On one side is a metal spindle that is square in shape, probably 1.5" on each edge. The other side is the wall (drywall). I've been doing research online only for ...

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