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Why does my toddler pull hair to calm himself? How can I make him stop?

My 2 year old toddler loves to pull on hair. He pulls on mine and his own, usually to calm himself to sleep. He has always loved pulling hair - which most babies do, but he didn't stop. I tell him ...
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What are the pros and cons of colouring books?

What are the pros and cons of colouring-in (as opposed to freehand drawing) for pre-school and primary age children? I'm asking in response to this question: At what age should I tell my child to ...
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Can it be unhealthy to deprive a child of sugar?

My youngest son just turned five. For years he's had a relentless craving for sweets. He's constantly requesting/demanding sugary food and drinks If we walk by somebody eating anything in a wrapper, ...
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1answer
151 views

How do I make my nocturnal 4mo baby sleep at night? [duplicate]

My 4 month old son happily sleeps soundly for hours at a stretch during the day but when it comes to the night he won't go to sleep until 4 - 5am and when he does go down, he fidgets himself awake. ...
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1answer
816 views

At what age should I tell my child to colour within the lines?

The toddler is 2 years 3 months old. The blue part in following sketch has been solely coloured by her. Red part has been coloured by me. At what age should I tell her to be mindful of the ...
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help, my 3 year old son will go to the potty when I take him but will not go on his own even though his potty is RIGHT THERE!

He's 3 years old and has been peeing in the potty since 18 months. However only when I take him... he goes to daycare 5 times a week and the teachers say he stays dry most of the day.. when I have him ...
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6answers
374 views

Explain to a 4-year-old how magnets work

My 4-year-old daughter would like to know: "How do magnets magnet onto things?" How can I explain this at a level she can understand? (I'm asking this here rather than on physics.SE because this is ...
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3answers
193 views

Is crying bad for babies?

I have read that crying increases cortisol levels and shrinks the developing brain. I always try my best to respond to my newborn within 10 seconds of crying (actual crying, if she's just ...
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How can a parent encourage their child to talk more about what they did at school?

My son's just started school, and it seems to be exceptionally difficult to get him to talk about what he did during the day. The responses are generally, "I don't know", or "I can't remember". ...
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83 views

Foreign language learning with one year old boy

Several months ago we started watching English video lessons on YouTube. My baby son was trying to push keys on the keyboard, not concentrating his attention on the video. I'd like to save in his ...
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Take a 3 year old to funeral?

Would you take a 3 and a half year old girl to the funeral of her great-granddad? She knows about death and heaven... Death belongs to life, right? On the other hand, I don't want to overstrain ...
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70 views

Halloween Themed Activity [closed]

I am interested in a large scale Halloween Activity primarily young adults, I wanted to show some Halloween spirit so I picked the movie Rocky Horror Picture Show. I want to have the movie playing, ...
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0answers
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My wife wants a 4th baby after getting a vasectomy [duplicate]

My wife and I (both 38 years old) have been married for 8 years now and we have 3 amazing kids (all under the age of 8). We really could not ask for more. Like any couple, we have gone through our ups ...
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3answers
353 views

Why does authoritarian parenting style result in children with low self esteem and lack of self discipline?

http://psychology.about.com/od/childcare/f/authoritarian-parenting.htm I have been raised by authoritarian parents. I have both low self esteem as well as a lack of self discipline. I want to ...
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5answers
2k views

How to encourage a 2 year old toddler to complete colouring a sketch?

The baby is 2 years 3 months old. She is utterly interested in drawing. She has now been put in a playschool where I was told that she will be given homework regarding colouring pictures. I have ...
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2answers
101 views

How can I help my 6 year old learn patience

My 6 year old daughter could use some help developing her ability to wait or be patient. Understanding that most of us, and especially children, could use help with that, she does need some help ...
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2answers
139 views

As a step parent, what should be my role in dealing with a volatile five year old?

About a year and a half ago I met a woman who was going to school full-time and raising a 5 year old little girl. I really just fell in love with both of them and we all bonded relatively quickly. We ...
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2answers
119 views

Is the sleep training over after they sleep for half an hour?

We are sleep training our 4 month old twins and my question is when I put them down for a nap and they cry themselves to sleep they then awaken within a half hour, should I continue the sleep training ...
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1answer
146 views

How to minimise the influence of bad parenting by ex husband?

A friend of mine is going through a divorce. She and her soon ex husband have two kids (7 and 3 years old) and have arranged everything regarding custody and visitations. The other day the older kid ...
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12answers
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My parents are taking over my life, I think I'm going insane

I'm 16, and I don't know what to do. My parents are controlling everything I do and watching everything I do. I think I'm going insane. I thought a counselor or psychiatrist could help me but it ...
4
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2answers
324 views

Constant Crying 4 year old

I have a just turned 4 year old step daughter whose life I have been in for almost two years. In July we went on vacation (myself, my 16 year-old son, one of his friends, my 12 year-old daughter, one ...
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2answers
112 views

What are the advantages and disadvantages of time-outs?

What are the downsides and the advantages to using time-outs to discipline a toddler? (My daughter is 21 months old.) Are there reasons to use them? Reasons to avoid them? What are the pros and cons ...
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1answer
87 views

Flowers for Montessori primary classroom?

This may be a bit outside the normal question scope here, but it's worth a shot. Like at most Montessori schools, parents at our daughters' school have a variety of volunteer roles. In one of our ...
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2answers
200 views

How to encourage my 3rd grade son to be more calm, respectful, and responsible?

I would like to ask two related questions: How can we encourage a child who is in 3rd grade with ADHD/ADD to do his own homework without relying on his mom? How can we teach him to behave more ...
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1answer
306 views

My 5 year old princess makes me feel unwanted [closed]

A brief background: I have been divorced for 3 years now. My ex wife wants me dead, she made threats like "Both of us won't come out of this alive" near the end of our marriage. She has opened an ...
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2answers
165 views

How can I become part of my daughter's life again?

I have a 4 year old daughter who's life I have been in and out of (more out than in since we're being honest). I have royally screwed things up with her mother who is now married. I have a crippling ...
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1answer
121 views

When can I expect an infant to be willing to stand?

I'm worried about my granddaughter who is 3.5 months. She is not even wanting to use her legs to stand up when we try to make her stand. But I can see when she's laying down she moves her legs, and ...
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5answers
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If a pregnant woman's tummy is pressed hard, can the baby in her womb get hurt?

I am 22 weeks in my pregnancy and my baby does kick and stretch at times. Yesterday he poke a limb/head/butt out on my tummy which I could see a firm lump. I showed my friend, and she pressed on the ...
2
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3answers
146 views

1-month old son cannot sleep peacefully

My 1-month old son startles very easily when sleeping and frequently squirms around, even in a dark and quiet environment. I don't know if he's having a bad dream or what. This happens whether he's in ...
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1answer
381 views

A religious teacher slapped my son twice for refuting God, what should I do? [closed]

First, I am an atheist and so is my husband, and our 8 year old son is taught religion in a school since it is mandatory for all students, we didn't object because we thought that we could tell him ...
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Should I stop pirating TV in order to better role model for my toddler?

I regularly pirate TV shows and occasionally music or movies. Other than that, I lead a crime-free life. Like many people who pirate things, I'd never go into a store and steal a cd or dvd, which is ...
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4answers
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How should I tell my 8-year old not to put the shop-vac hose in their mouth?

What should I tell my 8-year old who thinks that it is amusing to stick the shop-vac hose in their mouth? For the record, I took it away and said if they did that again, they don't get to help with ...
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2answers
430 views

How to deal with my 5 year old son who has ADD/ADHD and constantly misbehaves?

Let me start by giving a little background history of us. We live in Texas. I WAS a single mom up until 10 months ago. From the age of 9 months until 3 months ago I was the only one caring for and ...
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2answers
453 views

How to deal with my 6 year old son is who “over attached” with a girl?

Here are some facts: * My son (1st grader) does not have any boys of his age to play with in my colony. Most of the boys are either too small or too big for him. * So, he has found friends with 3 ...
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2answers
895 views

I feel like a failure for sending my child to nursery - is it too early to send them?

When my wife and I were trying for kids, we were both on good salaries, and it was hoped my wife would be able to be a stay-at-home mum to raise our child until three years old when nursery would ...
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1answer
79 views

Sleep training and consistency

Our son is 7 months old, and as he frequently still needs our presence to go to sleep at night, we've decided that it's time for sleep training. The problem isn't that he needs our presence - the ...
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3answers
762 views

3 languages family

My wife and I speak English together because I don't understand her language and she doesn't speak mine, although we are both fluent in English. We're having our first baby son soon and we were ...
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1answer
386 views

Feelings of being a terrible parent

My stepson, who has recently moved in with his mother 4 hours away, has left my husband with feelings that he is a terrible parent. My stepson was abusive, physically, mentally and emotionally, as ...
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1answer
138 views

Three and Half years baby talking and playing in the class room alone due to less family support

Age of my sister's daughter is 3 and half years. From her berth itself she was very active and played with us usually. Last month my sister delivered a new baby and so our family members are very busy ...
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1answer
116 views

16 month old doesnt talk

My 16 month old doesnt say any words though he babbles a lot. he recently started repeating mummy when I say it. he responds to his name (though sometimes he totally ignores me) He follows 2 commands ...
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1answer
237 views

rules for a tea party

Im a dad of daughters. They are native pink/sparkly/rainbow/fairy/mermaid/pink. As much as it is the opposite of who/what I am, I love them and it is who they are. So they love "tea parties". ...
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1answer
77 views

Trouble in parenting a 30 months boy

My wife and I have serious problems in parenting our 30 months boy. We have a very stubborn child, he refused to follow any kind of routine in sleeping, eating, screening times (TV and so), or ...
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2answers
216 views

Is a parent expected to be emotionally and socially supportive for the child?

I'm 26, and feel the need to sort and process my childhood. I grew up in Norway. I have always felt a bit low, passive and lacking self-confidence growing up. I was polite, kind, and quite normal; I ...
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1answer
179 views

My son not listening any words from me or wife [duplicate]

My boy, two years - nine months. We teach him good words, teach him to be polite to parents and even to anyone that he will meet. We always support him physically (buy/give things he wanted), and ...
4
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3answers
185 views

giving birth at home— how to deal with an older child?

we're expecting our second child and -- as with number one -- we're planning on staying at home for child labour and birth. I have a good midwife and there's no medical reason to go to a hospital. ...
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14answers
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How to address my son’s fear of mostly passive objects, namely smoke detectors

My almost three-year-old son’s room, as well as our sleeping room, is equipped with a smoke detector. A few weeks ago, the one in our sleeping room went off and was beeping very loudly for ten seconds ...
2
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2answers
121 views

Is it good to give food or drinks to a toddler at night after weaning off breast milk?

I am in the process of weaning my toddler from breastfeeding. At the moment he still drinks milk (breastfeeds) at night. Once he stops breastfeeding completely, what should I do if he wakes up and ...
5
votes
3answers
227 views

What to do with my daughter being upset because her dad is not in her life.

OK. My daughter is 10 and the last time she saw her dad she was six. He would come and see her whenever he had time or when he wanted to show off to his friends that he is a dad. Anyways I got ...
5
votes
1answer
362 views

What is best for my child - a narcissist father or no father?

I grew up with my parents divorced. I was 3 when my Dad moved out, and 6 when the divorce was final. This was during the 70's, so my Mom got full custody and we saw Dad for dinner once a week. He was ...
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3answers
454 views

Expat child refuses to learn local language

We are a Spanish family who has recently relocated to England with our children. Our 6 year old boy can't speak nor understand English; he knows some words, basic phrases and a few numbers, but that ...

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