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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. ...
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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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3answers
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Is a cold with a very congested nose dangerous for an infant?

Noob parent here. I have a 9-mo who's currently pretty stuffed up: snoring, a little wheezing, constantly runny nose etc. I'm not worried about long-term, since it seems to be "only" a cold. But when ...
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3answers
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Is it healthy for toddlers to play outside when it is cold?

Assuming the child is dressed properly and it isn't extremely cold (I'm thinking high 50ºF or 10ºC with wind). Their hands and face will be exposed and they may be sweaty from running around, but ...
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1answer
405 views

When should you start potty training your children?

I have a 16 month old and she has been taking her diaper off when its messy. She also seems to know when she has to go. What's the typical age that kids get potty trained?
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11answers
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What is the impact on kids of having two working parents?

Having grown up with a stay-at-home mom, I wonder what negative impact not having a SAH parent has on young children and elementary school children (who are in alternative care after school). Let's ...
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5answers
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What is a good age to start teaching a child Ancient Latin and Greek?

I've read a lot on here about children and languages, but they all have to do with spoken language. I am not fluent in any spoken language, but I have taken extensive coursework in Classical Latin and ...
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474 views

What type of tracking technology is practical for young children?

Many people have had the fear of losing their child in a busy place or perhaps having their child kidnapped. What type of technology can I use to locate my child if they get lost or kidnapped? I'm not ...
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How do you explain “Right” and “Left” politics to a child without bias?

I'm curious what the correct way would be to explain the difference between right wing and left wing politics to a child without even a hint of bias and without indoctrinating them. Here's my stab: ...
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Would it be bad to only speak to a child in a language in which you are not completely fluent?

My husband and I can speak daily conversational Mandarin, probably at the fluency and vocabulary of a native 3rd grade speaker. So decent, but not great. We speak 99% of the time in Mandarin to our ...
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14answers
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What should children call a step-grandparent?

My mom remarried to a great guy who has been absolutely wonderful to my kids. Ever since my mom and he were dating my kids have called him Mr. Joe. Lately my mom has been bugging me to get the kids to ...
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6answers
855 views

Is the Rosetta software a good tool for teaching a toddler foreign languages?

I have the full version of the Rosetta cd with many languages. I understand that young children absorb information like a sponge - so if I wanted to teach my daughter languages which I do not know, ...
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5answers
343 views

What elements make a parenting book good?

It seems there are more books on parenting than fish in the sea. But which ones are good, and more importantly, what makes them good? Since any specific book recommendations would be too localized ...
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5answers
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When your child says something embarrassing in public… how do you deal with it?

So our 3 year old son is both talkative and imaginative, but hasn't necessarily learned all the social decorum that comes with age/experience and social development. There's been a number of ...
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2answers
271 views

What books are in your parenting reference library? [closed]

There are alot of books about parenting. Some are better than others. Which book(s) do you turn to as general, all-purpose, parent guides?
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4answers
497 views

How do you teach a child to call for help?

We have a relatively large house. Our kids are always in earshot, but not usually in sight. The problem with this is our 4 year-old son doesn't know how to call out for help appropriately. On the ...
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4answers
637 views

How do you discuss a controversial history topic with a child?

There are many controversial history episodes that are still relevant and actively discussed today. I don't mean cruel or bloody stories, rather episodes that different people have opposite viewpoints ...
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2answers
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9yr old kid wants to learn programming, what's the best language to get him started? [closed]

OS doesn't matter - I can do Windows, Linux, etc. I'd prefer free (as in beer) software. The language itself is important, but it also matters if there are good simple tutorials available, etc. I ...
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6answers
639 views

Is it harmful to a child's social development to tell them “don't talk to strangers”?

Conventional parenting wisdom tells us to drive the fear of talking to strangers into our kids. Is this at all harmful though? Is there any adverse impact to a child's social development by doing this?...
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1answer
1k views

What's so hard about home made carrot baby food?

When we were dealing with baby foods, all the books and experts talked about how you could make your own baby food at home easily, except carrots. They all just said "don't even try", some even had a ...
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18answers
5k views

How do you teach a child religious views?

Since a few weeks my 2yo son refuses to pray for his food. His refusal probably has nothing to do with religion; being a 2yo he simply refuses to do anything we don't force him to. Nevertheless, this ...
12
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6answers
8k views

What should you do after you've raised your voice at your child?

We've all lost our cool at one point or another. We all know its terrible to raise your voice at your kids, but every once in a while we slip. I've occasionally raised my voice to my teenager and to ...
2
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1answer
1k views

Can warm air humidifiers be bad for a child's cough?

We had taken our children to the doctor (2.5 years old and 6.5 months old) and the doctor (not their regular doctor) had mentioned to not use the warm air humidifier because of new research seems to ...
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9answers
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Is it cruel to deny laughing gas for a teen getting a tooth filled?

My 13 yr old daughter has a cavity. They plan on giving local anesthesia, with an option for laughing gas. When I had teeth filled, I never recall getting laughing gas. I'd like for her to learn ...
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5answers
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How do I teach my child to speak in sentences?

My son is 2.3yrs. Right now we keep reading books for him. He pays attention only for some time. We also keep teaching letters and numbers during his bed time or during his bath. When asked he repeats ...
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7answers
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What disorder is associated with social awkwardness, hugging, intelligence, and difficulty focusing?

I know a 7 year old who will hug anyone, including complete strangers, is friendly, doesn't seem to quite get social cues that others his age would. This kid is very smart, essentially doing work a ...
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8answers
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Should I clean my newborn's umbilical cord stump or leave it be?

Our pediatrician said that some doctors say to leave the umbilical cord stump alone but he likes to suggest using a cotton swab with alcohol to wipe the perimeter. I am fine with just leaving it be ...
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5answers
4k views

How much pressure should I put on my kids to learn?

My wife just started reading "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother", a book written by a Chinese mother who talks about the pros and cons of the high-pressure and rigid parenting style of some Chinese ...
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6answers
2k views

What are some strategies for helping children cope with divorce?

I have two young children and I'm going though a divorce. My daughter is 5, and my Son is 2. I'm worried because my son and daughters behaviors has gone down hill. I was wondering if there was ...
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7answers
4k views

What are some suggestions for introducing my pre-schooler to comic books?

I'm hoping there are a few geeky parents on this site. ;) My son really likes the Scooby Doo and Batman: The Brave and the Bold TV shows, which he watches on Cartoon Network here in Sweden. We're ...
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4answers
227 views

How do you keep playtime stimulating for an older sibling?

This is actually the opposite of a previously asked question I'm doing fairly well with the 4 1/2 year old and the 20 month old sharing. But there are times that the older child wants to do things ...
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4answers
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How do you you encourage siblings to share their toys?

I have 1yo and 4yo boys and it's very usual that the elder child takes away toys or doesn't allow the youngest to play with the toys, arguing that all the toys belong to him. We tried to explain to ...
7
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4answers
423 views

What is the best way to calmly respond to a pre-schooler who will not listen?

What is the best way to approach 4yo son that behaves poorly and\or doesn't listen to you, ignores your words, and at the same time stay calm? It seems the only thing he understands is a physical ...
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4answers
2k views

How do you handle a teacher that teaches pseudo science?

It is not uncommon, that some teachers or schools introduce pseudo-science, like creationism, as a part of curriculum. Given that it is hard to change school quickly, how to deal with such situation?
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7answers
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Can pacifier-use interfere with breastfeeding?

I don't really want my newborn to use the pacifier because I'm afraid it will interfere with breastfeeding. The first week I'd nurse her for an hour to an hour and a half - basically until she was ...
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6answers
2k views

How do I get my overachiever to accept her mistakes and live up to her abilities?

My seven year old child is a perfectionist and I believe it holds her back. She is so afraid of making a mistake or "failing" that she is afraid to put herself out there. She is similarly afraid to be ...
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6answers
1k views

How should I respond to a child asking to have as much spending money as her friends do?

When a child has some close friends at school, but some of them come from relatively richer families, so they get maybe twice my child's pocket money, how should I answer when he complains and asks to ...
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7answers
1k views

At what age is it appropriate to have a party for a child and invite other kids and parents?

At what age is it appropriate to make a party for a child and invite other kids with their parents to celebrate his birthday?
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11answers
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What are some hacks and gadgets for a soon-to-be dad?

My wife's pregnant, and December I am going to be a father for the first time. Apart of being happy and exited, I am asking myself: 1) Are there any hacks I could apply to this new life situation? 2)...
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votes
6answers
979 views

How many hours of television per day are acceptable for a pre-schooler?

I'm aware that TV should be avoided at all, if possible. However, my daughter likes it and when she watches TV we have the chance of doing some cooking, housekeeping, etc. So, what's an acceptable ...
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8answers
2k views

How do you stop a toddler from trying to get into bed with her parents in the middle of the night?

For a few weeks now my 2 year old daughter has woken up in the middle of the night crying for mom or dad. This started out when we took off her diaper and she would cry to go to the potty. She picked ...
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votes
3answers
8k views

How do you handle poor behavior by other people's children?

I believe that interacting with a variety of other children at social functions is an important part of childhood development. However, there seem to be a lot of children who are... how shall I ...
9
votes
5answers
282 views

What are some age-appropriate tasks that my pre-schooler can do around the house?

My wife and I both work full time, this means when we are at home we are both quite busy with housework. This could be in the yard or inside. As my son is an only child and he wants to spend more ...
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5answers
3k views

Why do my children cry in my wife's arms but are quiet with me?

It's strange that my child often wakes up at night and starts crying uncontrollably and just won't calm down and go to sleep unless I take him in my arms (1.5 years of age). My second son who is just ...
11
votes
2answers
385 views

How can we help my pre-schooler get over his initial shyness when we have guests?

My four year old is always extremely unsettled whenever they first interact with a guest. It doesn't matter if it is another child who has played with many times before or an adult. It also doesn't ...
4
votes
3answers
459 views

Are between-meal snacks important?

It seems common at day cares to have an eating scheduling like: 8am breakfast 10am morning snack 12pm lunch 3pm afternoon snack 6pm dinner (at home) I hear that more frequent, smaller meals is better ...
4
votes
4answers
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How can we address lapses in potty training during afternoon naps?

Our two and a half year old daughter was potty trained fairly early just before she became two. This went quite smoothly, and after a few weeks she had almost no accidents. During her afternoon naps ...
12
votes
1answer
660 views

Everything my 4 year old son draws is abstract. Is this a problem?

My son does a reasonable amount of painting, drawing etc. although his main love is sport. However everything he produces is abstract. It's always patches of different colour. His technique has ...
3
votes
9answers
4k views

What features should I look for in an infant or toddler bath tub?

My wife and I are on our third infant/toddler tub, and haven't liked any of them. We started with the safety first tub that slides open with the frog sponge. It leaked. Next up was the Summer ...
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votes
10answers
5k views

How do I reduce the time my child spends playing computer games?

I want to do a lot of activities with my son but he seems to prefer to play computer games for most of the time. How can I prevent him from spending too much time on this activity, without making him ...

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