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Should we force our slightly-autistic to have hobbies (other than “computer usage”) which will allow him to socialize more?

I have a 10-year-old son who is slightly autistic - he has an assistant with him at his school, but is intelligent enough. We are struggling to find a hobby that our son will enjoy and stick with. ...
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3answers
774 views

are there any peer reviewed studies showing the benefits of video games for kids (especially girls)?

I've been fairly against video games for my daughters (10,11,11) but I'm starting to rethink that. Currently their total "Screen Time" is limited. I might let (or even facilitate/encourage) them to ...
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6answers
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What should I be teaching my 18 month old?

I want to be sure that I am giving my son the best experience that I can at this critically developmental stage. He was with a sitter for the first 14 months, who did not stimulate him much past tv. ...
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1answer
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Is it OK for my 16 year old son to watch my 10 year old daughter at home alone while I'm at work?

I don't always have an option for a babysitter. They are both out of school and my son is very mature for his age. Am I wrong for allowing them to stay home alone being that they're both under the age ...
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2answers
130 views

What are the good approaches to gamify for kids of elementary school age?

Obviously, the kids of, well, my age are suckers for reputation points and badges. What are the good approaches as far as rewards for kids elementary school age if you want to incentivize them via ...
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7answers
4k views

Is there an alternative to Boy/Girl Scouts in the US?

My son desperately wants to join the Boy Scouts, but I've had to say no due to the local troop's religious agenda. I've been helping my friend try to come up with ideas for her daughter's new Girl ...
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0answers
24 views

Strategies for identified but unavoidable distractions

My 8-year-old son gets distracted very easily. We know what most of his triggers are, and usually deal with it by avoidance, but often avoidance is either unavoidable or undesirable. For example, ...
3
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3answers
282 views

11-year old having recurring nightmares about killing people she knows. Should I be worried?

She says it's like she's a different person in her dreams, cruel and almost sociopathic, and the people she loves in real life are out to get her, and to escape she has to kill all of them (and ...
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6answers
532 views

Are there any trustworthy, less profit-driven baby product review sites?

As a future parent of twins I was glad to run across this site. While looking through answered questions I ran across the, Is an expensive stroller worth it?, question. Looking through some of the ...
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15answers
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How should a jobless father advise his son when he refuses to study because of his educated jobless dad?

Suppose XXX holds a college degree, usually comes home late and suddenly one fine day, stays at home. He lost his job. His son sees this happening. The father is a hard-working man, always advising ...
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2answers
206 views

I fled my emotionally abusive husband, leaving my children. I returned but they don't want to know me

My husband and I married 18 years ago. He suffers from a particularly difficult personality disorder which has become more pronounced with time. We have five children, aged 8 - 17. As he became more ...
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1answer
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Why doesn't my 4 year old grand daughter like to sleep

From the time she was born she didn't really sleep much. She didn't even take an hour nap. And till this day the child just doesn't want to sleep. She lives with me & I have her a lot of the time ...
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2answers
144 views

Nursing an infant while being pregnant

If a mother gets pregnant within 2 months of a newborn, and wants to continue breastfeeding then what precautions she should take during the later trimesters? Will the newborn or the foetus be ...
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0answers
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Preventive extraction of permanent teeth [on hold]

I am 32 years old man now and I think about such an interesting problem. My teeth are very strong and still develop, but not as before, so they grow not so fast as in my twenties. Now I look in the ...
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3answers
248 views

How do I accustom my students to interact with children of a higher economic class?

I recently took my two high school students to a physics laboratory at UCLA where they could work on a lab project with other high school students. My students are minority students from a low-income ...
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2answers
7k views

At what age can you leave the child in the bathtub?

Today when my daughter took a bath I wanted to go check on a thing, but of course couldn't since I was watching her. Of course it depends on the child, but in general at what age do you think you can ...
2
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0answers
100 views

Toddler roughly touching her genitals

My 20mo grabs at her genitals whenever she's naked (which is often as it's warm outside and she's toilet learning). She yanks on the outer labia and pokes at the inside. It looks rough to me, though ...
5
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3answers
276 views

What should I do before calling the police if I suspect child abuse in the neighbourhood?

I am not outside around my house often, but I've been doing a personal project that has put me just outside my front door for at least 50 hours now. While out there, at least 40% of the time I have ...
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1answer
63 views

Using harsh language

My son is 6 years old.. He is misbehaving alot in school. He never sit at one place in school and at home.. He is using harsh language and bad words with friends and as well as with teachers.He is not ...
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4answers
235 views

First pet (fish) just died. Is there a teachable moment?

My 4 year old wanted a dog. I told him that I need to see him take responsibility first for a small pet before getting him a dog - Plus, my yard is not exactly animal friendly right now. We got him a ...
3
votes
2answers
57 views

How young is too young to switch to a toddler bed?

I have a (almost) 20mo daughter who currently sleeps well in her crib. There is a futon in her room that one of us uses frequently when she wants someone close by to sleep or needs help getting to ...
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6answers
31k views

Are ExerSaucers/walkers/jumpers bad for children or is that simply a misconception?

I have heard my whole life that the above mentioned types of toys delay walking and/or independent sitting (depending on the age they're used). I've even heard that they can hurt the infant's legs. ...
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2answers
230 views

I have just watched my 22 month old dive head first over the gate on her bedroom 5 times after putting her to back to bed 50-60 times

I'm not concerned about the fact she physically hurts herself by jumping the gate, she is as tough as they come. She screams so loud every time I walk down the stairs and is up the gate within ...
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7answers
3k views

Raising a bilingual child when one parent knows both languages while the other doesn't

I am in the USA, originally from India, and my wife is American. My native language is Hindi. My wife knows only a little bit of Hindi. It hasn't been a problem because we usually talk in English ...
4
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1answer
90 views

When do babies start responding to their name?

I talk a lot with my almost two-months daughter. In many cases I mention her name, even though I don't think it means anything to her yet. But I was wondering: when do newborns / babies start ...
35
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13answers
36k views

What should we do when our 15 year old wants sex with his 13 year old girlfriend?

So the other day I walked in on our teenager and caught his girlfriend with her pants down. It is quite clear what they were intending to do. Now he claims he had no intention of having sex with ...
7
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4answers
12k views

Restarting baby-led weaning after an actual choking

My daughter choked on mango one month into baby-led weaning (and yes, I do mean choked: reddening, wide-eyed, silent). We banged the mango out and she was fine. I however, am far from fine. I have ...
4
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4answers
21k views

How can one tell if an infant is developmentally advanced?

How can I tell if an infant is developmentally advanced? For example, in a 10 month old baby boy: he likes to play the piano and drum; he is always making sounds or noises with his mouth or toys all ...
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4answers
787 views

Best age for watching “Once Upon a Time…”-like series

I have 3-4 full series of "Once Upon a Time...", for example "Once Upon a Time... Life". I played it to my 5 years old daughter and she didn't find it interesting. That isn't much surprising for me, ...
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18answers
16k views

Is having a sibling better for a child?

We have several friends who have two or more children, while myself and my wife only have one. Often when we visit them, it seems that the conversation always turns to, "When are you having your ...
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3answers
5k views

Why is my daughter pulling at her ear when she is eating?

I've read that this can happen during teething, and she is now 4 months. Thing is, she doesn't have any teeth and isn't really showing the signs in full force yet. She's not in any discomfort than I ...
4
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3answers
343 views

My grandson only likes girl toys

My 4 year old grandson will only play with girl toys. My daughter and husband criticize me for allowing it. His birthday was last week and my sisters and I took him to the toy store to let him pick ...
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1answer
51 views

Is it an acceptable practice to request summer camp administration to help contact other campers' family?

Our child had to miss the very last week of summer camp due to illness. Unfortunately, that last week was the time period when we planned to have the child ask their newly acquired friends for their ...
4
votes
1answer
220 views

When children get quiet so you know they're up to something?

I'm not looking for a certain word, but rather a concept or a stage of childhood development. Specifically, I'm wondering about that stage when children who are doing something they know they're not ...
3
votes
7answers
3k views

What are allergy-friendly alternatives to peanut butter?

My three-year-old son is starting a summer camp, and we need to pack him a lunch. He loves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (PB&J), so we were all set for that to be a staple of his summer lunch ...
3
votes
1answer
177 views

My son did badly in his AS levels because he didn't work

Asking this for someone else. Their son did really badly in their AS levels, as he didn't work. He did amazingly in GCSE, and had 2A*s, 7As a B and a C. They could have done so much better. However, ...
4
votes
2answers
86 views

1 year old refusing to eat or drink

We've got a 1 year old daughter and she is generally refusing to eat or drink. She started off not eating anything by mouth (and gags at textured purees), but eventually managed to get her eating ...
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2answers
2k views

Can I still nurse?

I am a first time mom and my baby is three and a half weeks early. I am currently pumping, but am trying to nurse. Unfortunately she wont even latch for more than 20 seconds and I'd say about 95% of ...
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9answers
1k views

Thermometer for babies and children

We have a digital oral/rectal thermometer, but is difficult for our toddler to be still long enough to get an accurate reading (sometimes it seems to to take several minutes before hearing the ...
3
votes
2answers
150 views

Wrist tendonitis from carrying babies

So, our girl (of twins) really needed to be picked up to be soothed. Both me and mom have tendonitis in our left hands. Specifically I was diagnosed with de Quervain's, though mom technically hasn't ...
7
votes
7answers
16k views

How can I prevent my 2 year old from covering her face with a blanket when she sleeps?

For the past couple of months, our two year old has been covering her face (her whole head, actually) with a blanket whenever she sleeps. At night we usually go in after she has fallen asleep and ...
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vote
1answer
141 views

Do mild facial scars (from fingernail scratches) on a young child fade?

I have a 4yo whose younger sibling scratched her on the face, leaving a minor "gouge" mark. It's been a couple of months since the incident, but the mark is still visible; the edges are very slightly ...
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2answers
70 views

How to potty train a two year old?

I'm not a mother, but my aunt is having trouble potty training my cousin. She's not talking very much yet and I don't believe the last methods (I potty trained her older sister with: But you don't ...
9
votes
3answers
3k views

What are possible risks to a child's health from having an indoor cat?

My children are aged 14 months and 3 years. What are possible risks to their health from having an indoor cat? I had many cats when I was a child but they lived in the garden - they came inside from ...
17
votes
3answers
1k views

How do I explain to a 4 year old that our family pet is sick and needs to be put down?

My son loves our 9 year old cat very much. The cat was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer a couple of months ago, and has reached the point where we will soon need to make arrangements to put the ...
8
votes
5answers
3k views

What is the best way to potty train a little boy?

I was trying to find out the best way to potty train our son, since I know boys sometimes have a harder time learning than girls. I was thinking of just teaching him to sit when he is ready to start ...
2
votes
2answers
59 views

Has anyone had success with Occupational Therapy and ADHD?

Occupational therapy has been suggested for our 6 year old with ADHD. Has anyone had success with this mode of treatment?
8
votes
2answers
175 views

5 year old boy having adjustment issues to kindergarten

My 5 year old son had his first day of kindergarten and it was my worst fear. When I went to pick him up his teacher pulled me aside and told me about his day: he pulled the other kids hair, used his ...
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2answers
110 views

When are kids old enough to have a horse

So I am thinking about getting this kid a horse. But I am not sure if the kid is ready to have a horse and ride it. The kid talks sometimes that he wants a horse and I can get him a horse, but when ...
2
votes
1answer
176 views

6 year old, being sexually active. [duplicate]

First time I walked in he's bedroom, he was playing with my friends niece, he was for 4 and my friends niece was 2, he had her pinned down on the bed kneeling on her arms, as she was screaming. ...

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