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Are signs of early puberty in a primary-school aged child a cause for concern?

My son is less than 6 years old, and last week we discovered that he has grown a little bit of pubic hair. This seems way too soon for this to happen. My older son, who is 9 years old, only now ...
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How can an older brother fill the parenting void of an absent father?

Technically, I'm not a parent, but I'm hoping you can help me. My father has recently left and a big void of fatherly like stuff has been left. I am that older son who moved back in and isattempting ...
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What are the pros and cons of a chicken-pox party vs immunization?

Growing up in the US, most kids I knew (myself included) were exposed to Chicken Pox through Chicken-Pox parties where kids were allowed to play with a child who already had the Chicken Pox. Now that ...
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What are some good tea party snacks for toddlers?

There is a tea party in the kindergarten group, for 2 to 3 year olds. Which cool and unusual snacks (not the common things like candies and pastry) would be a good idea to bring?
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Is this excess phlegm and throat clearing a sign of lactose intolerance?

My daughter, aged nigh on 8, really gets 'phlegmy' after any dairy, clearing her throat continuously and complains, after a while, that her throat gets sore. I have done some research, but from what ...
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4answers
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Why has my infant suddenly changed her sleep patterns? Is she teething?

My daughter normally goes down for the night around 7.30pm. After that she sleeps soundly (with a feed at 10pm) until 3-4am, where she'll grizzle a few times but go back to sleep without needing to be ...
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9answers
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Why does my infant wake crying the instant we put him in his bed?

This is probably a classic but here goes. Some time between midnight and three my 9 month old will wake crying. Often he is hungry or has gas and can be fairly easily consoled and falls asleep in our ...
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4answers
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Wha should I feed my kids for breakfast?

I have a 6-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl. They currently eat sugary cereal for breakfast, but I'm looking for alternatives. What do you feed your kids for breakfast?
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Anything wrong with eggs and bacon every day for my kids' breakfast?

I have two kids, a boy aged 6 and a girl aged 8. They currently eat the usual sugary breakfast cereal every morning. I typically cook an omelette for myself every morning. It made me wonder if I ...
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My child has chickenpox, am I infectious?

My 3-year-old has had chickenpox for about 2-3 days, but a close friend has just had a baby and I want to go and help. Is it possible that I am infectious, despite not having the illness? I had it as ...
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How many growth spurts does a child usually go through?

How many growth spurts does a child usually go through, and are there common age ranges when they go through their growth spurts? At what age do children usually stop growing?
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What are general causes of clumsiness in toddlers?

My 20 month old daughter is particularly clumsy. She is constantly falling, walking into things, stumbling, and even having a hard time getting up after she falls. I would almost describe her walking ...
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12answers
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Sneaking vegetables (and other healthy foods) to small children [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you feed a picky eater? Tonight for dinner I had a bunch of mustard greens from our garden, so I cooked them up and added them to spaghetti sauce. My kids would ...
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3answers
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How do you address hoarding behavior in a primary-schooler?

Our 9 year old girl has a rather annoying habit. She tends to hoard things of emotional significance to her. Note that the wrapper from an ice-cream she has just had for the first time is considered ...
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2answers
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What should I expect regarding development of baby born severely underweight with Symmetrical IUGR?

My baby was born at week 38, weighting 4.5 lbs. According to the ultrasounds, he stopped growing on week 34 and he was diagnosed at birth with Symmetrical IUGR. Before week 34, everything seemed ...
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6answers
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How do you explain World War II to young children?

My 7-year old son asks many questions about World War II. I have the habit not to hide anything, but concepts such as Nazism or the Holocaust are so inherently dreadful that he sometimes seems to ...
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1answer
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Why does my son behave better when he's alone with one parent than with both?

Whenever I'm alone with my son, we play, have fun, and he even plays alone with his toys for a long time; this also happens when my wife is alone with him. However, when we are both present, he ...
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8answers
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Should we circumcise our son?

My wife and I will be having a son in about a month and we are still deciding if we should have him circumcised. There does not seem to be a strong medical opinion on the matter but we are ...
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3answers
998 views

How do you operate a successful “Star Chart”?

So, one of the techniques for improving behaviour that you often hear about is the "star chart". You put the focus on good behaviour by adding stars (I nearly said "badges") for the good stuff and ...
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5answers
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What are the most important features to look for in a baby monitor?

I want to buy a baby monitor but I am overwhelmed by all the different options. based on your experience, what are the most important features to look for in a baby monitor? Please explain the reasons ...
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9answers
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How can I stop my two year old from taking off his diaper in bed?

Recently, my two-year-old son has been taking off his diaper at nap time. It's usually full and dirty and makes a big mess. He has managed to do it while wearing all types of pants (even overalls). ...
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What age is it appropriate to start martial arts?

I would like to send my son to learn martial arts as soon as possible as I believe this would help him gain confidence in his early stages of life (it worked for me when I was an adult) At what age ...
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9answers
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When is it safe to start letting our children go into relationships?

I'm afraid to let my children get into relationships(i.e. girl-boyfriendships) too early just in case it did them no good. At what age would it be safe to allow our children this liberty?
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4answers
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What constitutes verbal abuse of one's child?

I frequently see parents engaging in behavior that I perceive to be verbal abuse. However, with so many parents falling in different places with regard to the strictness of their discipline, the ...
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4answers
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How do you tell if a toddler is lactose intolerant?

Our daughter was breast-fed until about 1 year-old, with a variety of table foods as she got older. During this time she would ocassionally get skin rashes, but we didn't think much of it. When she ...
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5answers
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What are some good strategies for preventing Diaper Rash?

Rather than make a question I thought a wiki would be better for this. (Hope I can convert it later). My wife and I are more apt to try and prevent things from happening to the kids, and diaper rash ...
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4answers
230 views

How can we prepare a pre-schooler to manage his asthma?

Given: a 5 year old kid with what is believed to be false spasmodic croup. Once in several months he experiences a sudden asthmatic fit in the middle of the night - specifically he has a mild spasm in ...
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3answers
453 views

Is it alright to use corporal punishment on children? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is physical punishment appropriate? Will this psychologically affect them negatively? Will they become bitter or will they learn through this experience that if you go ...
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4answers
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At what age is it appropriate to bring my children to an (Italian) opera?

I'd like to take my kids to opera. However most opera shows are in original language (mostly Italian). Do you have experience with it? Are kids following the story without understanding the language? ...
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2answers
412 views

How do you transition a Suzuki-method violin student to the fiddle?

My son (7) plays the violin, and has been doing so since he was 4. He does enjoy it but lately his interest has started to wain. He has an interest in bluegrass, and Celtic music; most of which has a ...
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2answers
497 views

How can I increase the numeracy of a toddler?

My two year old is just starting to learn counting. A few weeks ago, if he saw two of an item, eg a clock, he would say "clock clock". In the last week, he started saying "two clock". Although he can ...
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6answers
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How worried should I be about head bumps as my infant learns to get around?

We have hardwood floors in the house, and have made a little "play area" out of foam interlocking "tiles" for our 9 MO to play on. Of course, he's not content to restrict his explorations to the ...
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2answers
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Is my 15-month old drinking too much fluids?

My 15-month old is Mr. Thirst. He is weened (about 2 months now), but he has ravenous thirst and drinks about 50-60 ounces (ca. 1,6 liters) a day of fluids. We give him soy milk (he might be lactose-...
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1answer
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If you warm whole milk, can it be saved in a refrigerator?

If you warm up whole milk prior to feeding a child and the child doesn't drink it all, can you save it by putting it in the refrigerator to warm up again later? Is this a bad idea?
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5answers
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How do you warm the milk in a-drop in liner style bottle?

We're using Playtex drop-in bottles, and they say not to microwave. I don't know much about bottle warmers because our daughter would drink room-temperature milk until just recently (she's 1 y.o. now ...
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14answers
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How does one formally educate a gifted child without wrecking childhood?

I have a very bright child (just turned 7), he is not a genius by any stretch, but he reads way past his level (really liked Hatchet, and Call of the Wild), understands somewhat complex mathematics (...
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4answers
417 views

Is it reasonable for parents with small children to use the disabled toilet?

It is much easier and safer with multiple small children to corral them into the ample disabled toilet, than (as a Dad) to manage them amongst the stalls and urinals of the gents. I have to admit I ...
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5answers
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At what age should a child stop accompanying a parent into the “wrong” public toilet?

When you're a Dad on your own you take your small girls into the Gents with you. Mums take their sons with them to the Ladies. At what age should we stop doing this? I guess the answer changes ...
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7answers
648 views

How do you wash a toddler's hands in a public restroom?

I find it quite hard to wash my toddler's hands in a public restroom which may have a very wet counter and otherwise be a bit dirty. It's hard to operate soap dispensers which require two hands to use....
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7answers
6k views

Is Doctor Who too scary for children? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you decide if a movie is suitable for young children? I was watching the latest series of Doctor Who with my children and I found I was constantly having to reassure ...
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3answers
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How do you establish good sleeping habits after dealing with colic?

My parenting vocabulary is quite limited, and Google Translate can help that much. Hope you understand me anyway. Our son had colic for four months, he is ten months now. The colic resulted in bad ...
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7answers
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When should you start brushing your child's teeth?

My seven-month-old son just cut his first two teeth. When do we start to brush them? Is two teeth enough to brush? Or should I wait until he has more? If so, how many more?
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17answers
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How can you deal with tantrums without spanking?

My son just turned 2, and he started throwing more tantrums on us. He doesn't eat well or drink enough milk ... and he is becoming more adamant and says "No" more often. If we force him to drink milk,...
9
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4answers
5k views

How can I explain why it is important to make new friends?

I'm trying to explain why it is important to make new friends in life. Can someone assist me by giving me some reasons I can use to convince someone? I'm attempting to convince someone who doesn't ...
3
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0answers
408 views

How do you get a toddler to brush her teeth?

My 2-year-old daughter used to brush her teeth without problem. Now all of the sudden she fights not to. My wife gave up after a few days. I decided to take the simple approach and ask her if she ...
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2answers
2k views

How to feed 2yo toddler without using iPad or TV to distract [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you feed a picky eater? Hi, We try to feed our 24 month old the same food food for dinner as we are having ourselves. Obviously we mash or chop it, and avoid the ...
2
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2answers
176 views

Are there certain foods that should be avoided when using Baby Led Weaning?

Aside from the general allergy risk foods (peanuts, cow milk, etc.), are there any foods that should be specifically avoided if you are trying "baby led weaning"? I'm looking specifically for ...
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5answers
2k views

How do you explain terrorist extremism to children?

I have an 8, 6 and 4 year old. While eating dinner, we watched Obama's announcement on Bin Laden. With hindsight, it would have been easier to keep the TV off, but I thought it was a good idea at ...
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5answers
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At what age should a child be able to dress herself?

At what age are children typically able (and willing) to dress themselves? Our daughter is two and a half and can take her pants on and off and take her shirt off, but cannot put a shirt on herself. ...
8
votes
7answers
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What are signs my daughter is teething?

My daughter is three months old, and I'm starting to wonder if she's teething. What would be signs that she's started to cut teeth, and is the age in the normal range for that development?

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