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3answers
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How do you moderate a teenager's obsessive or excessive behavior?

We're not dealing with teenagers yet but I would really like to avoid this kind of outburst. How have parents with teenagers been able to find/establish a balance for their children to not be so ...
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5answers
4k views

Should I send my child to Kindergarten early?

My 4 year old daughter desperately wants to go to "big kids" school like her big sister. She's currently in preschool now and seems to enjoy it. She's bright enough that she should pass all the ...
9
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5answers
1k views

How can I help my child develop social intelligence?

I am interested in developing social intelligence in my child. What behaviors have parents introduced into their daily family routine specifically to encourage the development of social intelligence? ...
31
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7answers
11k views

What is the best way to respond if my child is picked on by other children?

What can I do if other children pick on my children? Obviously I can't perform any disciplinary actions. Reprimanding might make my child look like a "mama's boy" and doing nothing might look like a ...
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10answers
15k views

How can I stop my toddler from playing with electrical outlets and plugs?

My 2.5-year-old son has this weird fascination with electrical outlets and power bars. I tried telling him that it's dangerous (he understand and can identify dangerous objects and situations, and ...
9
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3answers
809 views

How do you remove stains from cloth diapers?

Our breast-fed son occasionally has poops that are greenish. These tend to stain his clothe diapers. What is the best way to get stains out without compromising the ability of the diaper to do its ...
9
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5answers
386 views

What is the best way to transition from away from co-sleeping

We are co-sleeping with our son. At some point in the future, we will need to transition him out of our bed. What is the best way to do this? Cold turkey vs gradual? Specific age vs signs he's ...
4
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2answers
274 views

How do I prepare my child for a sleepover?

How do I prepare my kids for their first sleepover? What should I do if they want to come home?
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5answers
4k views

When should kids be allowed to walk/bike to school alone?

My 9-year-old is asking to bike to school without adults. He is generally responsible. So far I have said he needs to find a friend to go with him. What can children do to convince their parents ...
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4answers
1k views

How to get a child to stop pretending to choke on foods he doesn't want to eat?

I have a 4 1/2 yr old. We're at the stage where he's definitely finicky over foods. The issue is not so much that he's finicky, but that he expresses it by taking a bite and then mock choking. I am ...
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7answers
589 views

What age-appropriate sports allow the whole family to participate?

For a few years now I've been going to the gym three or four times a week, but since I've become a father if had to cut back my visits to the gym. Since this cutback already shows on the scale, I ...
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5answers
9k views

How much sun is too much for a child?

My three months old son really likes to sit or lie in the spots where the sun shines through our windows unto the floor. I guess he likes the additional warmth. Currently it's winter in Germany (from ...
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8answers
265 views

What are some resources to help in learning sign language?

Any recommended books, DVDs, websites, etc for parents wanting to use sign language with their (hearing) baby?
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6answers
672 views

How do you find great reading material for a child whose reading ability is far outstripped by his/her comprehension?

I have an 8yo child with CAS (Childhood Apraxia of Speech). Because the first two schools he attended didn't deal well with his CAS, he only really began to read about a year ago. He reads at a ...
10
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1answer
243 views

How should a child respond to peers who ask about their adoption?

Our child has always known they are free to ask about the circumstances of their adoption and we have always given open, honest, age-appropriate answers. However, this "free to talk" attitude may not ...
9
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2answers
978 views

How can we make the most of Parent-Teacher consultations?

We attend parent-teacher consultations once a term and we sometimes come out feeling as if we've just received the the boilerplate script. Little X is doing fine, reaching all appropriate milestones ...
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6answers
8k views

Is baby talk helpful or detrimental?

I have heard both that 'baby talking' in response to a child's babble is productive, and that 'baby talking' is counter-productive and can impede language development. Any thoughts?
12
votes
4answers
9k views

At what age do kids start sleeping through the night?

My son is now almost 12 months old and he still doesn't sleep through the night regularly. Maybe one night a month he will sleep from 7pm->6.30am without waking, and that's only if he's utterly ...
19
votes
11answers
891 views

What is a good strategy for getting our 5 year old to finish dinner before expecting dessert?

More and more lately, I'm finding that our 5-year old daughter starts asking for dessert before she's finished her dinner. Obviously, I'd like to find a way to manage this without it ending in a ...
8
votes
1answer
662 views

What should we be considering when adopting a sibling for our 4-year-old son?

I have been wanting to adopt a child for some time now, and my wife and I are now trying to arrange things in our life to make it possible, such as trying to get out of debt so we can afford it and ...
8
votes
1answer
315 views

How should I handle my foster son saying he's not my 'real' kid?

I have a foster son, who today loudly and quite seriously proclaimed that he's not my real kid. He's lived with us for over a year, and we are most likely going to adopt him, having started the ...
8
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4answers
780 views

What can we do to monitor and evaluate how a babysitter is doing?

Is it appropriate to install recording or other monitoring devices? Should the babysitter know about them?
10
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4answers
2k views

At what age should opposite-sex siblings stop sharing their bedroom?

Comments on this question suggested a companion question about opposite-sex siblings. We had our son and daughter in the same bedroom till age 7. We moved things around last weekend, not because any ...
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9answers
9k views

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.
10
votes
7answers
4k views

How strict should we be with our 14 month old boy?

Our baby is really sweet :) Generally can be considered as a good / easy going baby. There are times though, when he gets totally out of control. I've had a discussion with a child-psychologist who ...
18
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9answers
1k views

Which breeds of dog are safe to have around a toddler?

Which breeds of dog are safe to have around when raising a small child?
8
votes
4answers
467 views

How can I teach my child to be careful about carrying potentially dangerous objects?

My 13 month old, who is a new walker but fairly steady on his feet, loves pens and markers. I want to encourage his writing and exploring, but I am worried about him walking around with these objects. ...
14
votes
2answers
7k views

Is teeth grinding bad for my child?

My one year old daughter will occasionally grind her teeth together for a few seconds. She has four teeth on top and four teeth on bottom, and she will grind them back and forth when she is walking ...
9
votes
4answers
379 views

How do you control the quantity of sweets and junk food a pre-teen eats?

For a pre-adolescent child, what strategies can I use to control the quantity of sweets and junk food that make it into his diet?
7
votes
2answers
214 views

When should a child be allowed to use public transit on their own?

When did you consider your child(ren) old/mature enough for using public transit? How did you go about making the decision about permitting this type of freedom?
10
votes
2answers
851 views

Should I let my 3 year old play educational games on my iPhone?

There are some great educational-type games for smart phones. Our daughter was able to navigate my iPhone pretty early on. She seems to learn a lot from the games she is playing - letter sounds, ...
8
votes
3answers
17k views

When can I cover my baby with a blanket in her crib?

Once our girls figured out how to kick their blanket loose so they were no longer swaddled, while they were sleeping, we were told they shouldn't sleep with a blanket anymore because the blanket can ...
23
votes
7answers
19k views

At what age should opposite-sex siblings stop bathing together?

When should I stop bathing my son and daughter together? What signs can I watch for that would indicate that they should be separate? Also, what are the average ages in the US and other countries and ...
14
votes
4answers
357 views

What factors should you consider when deciding how much to pay a babysitter?

What factors do you consider when deciding how much to pay a babysitter per hour? The time of day, meals, duration, travel, etc?
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4answers
1k views

When do you encourage your children to move out?

I recently met a guy, age 40, still living with his parents. In the gossip circuit this was considered inappropriate. But is it really? And if so, when does sharing a household with your grownup ...
20
votes
9answers
9k views

Should adults pay rent if they live in their parents' home?

If your grownup children still live at home, should they share cost of living in the common household?
8
votes
6answers
1k views

How old should a child be before getting their first cell phone?

My kids (7&9) are starting to ask for their own cellphone. Right now, they don't need one. When is a good time for a first phone?
10
votes
6answers
4k views

How do I get my child to stop picking his nose?

My son picks his nose and, yes, eats it. How can I get this to stop?
19
votes
11answers
21k views

How to calm a toddler before bedtime?

I don't know about older children, but toddlers often get more agitated as they get more tired and by the time they are in bed it can take a while before they actually sleep. I often read that taking ...
6
votes
7answers
159 views

What are some good resources for finding quality information about carseats?

It is time for me to start thinking about transitioning my twin boys from their infant car seats to larger ones. I am trying to do research on the different brands of carseats, their safety ...
9
votes
3answers
928 views

How can I teach my kids to be less egocentric?

My older kids (9 and 12) can be very me-centric. For instance, we recently won a small amount of money from a contest, my now 12 year old immediately suggested that we spend the extra money on his ...
19
votes
7answers
4k views

What can be done to help bright children stuck in a boring school?

My kids (grades 2&4) are very bright and very active. The traditional school setting does not seem to be working for them. This is evident by their perpetual visits to the principal's office for ...
20
votes
10answers
5k views

What can I do to encourage my 12 year old son to enjoy productive activities?

I have a 12 year old son who if completely left up to his own devices, will spend almost all of his free time doing one of two things, playing casual computer games, and watching TV. I would like to ...
9
votes
1answer
526 views

How widespread is attachment parenting?

Ever since bumping on Dr. Sears' "Baby Book" I've become interested in attachement parenting and found a lot of resources on the internet. But I'm wondering how widespread this kind of parenting ...
20
votes
3answers
15k views

How do you potty train for overnight?

My three year old is well on her way to being potty trained. She rarely has any accidents, , at least during the day. My wife and I put her in pull ups to sleep at night. My question is, whats the ...
32
votes
8answers
2k views

Is there any scientific evidence in favor of co-sleeping with children?

Many people choose to co-sleep with their children because of supposed psychological and sleep quality reasons. Are there any scientific studies or other concrete evidence to back them up?
12
votes
3answers
801 views

What are some ways to get an older sibling to give a younger sibling a little space?

We have 2 daughters - a 4 year old and a 1 year old. Our 4 year old daughter will not leave our 1 year old daughter alone. It is nothing malicious or intentionally mean, but it feels like we should ...
4
votes
5answers
276 views

What television shows could I show my toddlers to encourage multilingual learning?

I have been brought up in a multi-lingual environment and I consider it essential to raise my children the same way. I have done so by buying English, German, Dutch and French books. My idea is that ...
23
votes
7answers
1k views

What are some milestones a child should reach before learning programming?

I am going to buy a PC for my kid as a birthday present, so I'm thinking how to use it educationally. Of course, an obvious choice is teaching him how to program. I'm not asking what age should a kid ...
10
votes
6answers
217 views

How do you evaluate schools before a cross-country move?

Unfortunately, for those of us in the US, the school our children attend is determined by geography. So, before choosing to accept a far-away job offer, or selecting a home in a new region, we need ...

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