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The boy is clearly trying to figure out adult relationships, and maybe even adult boy-girl relationships. With the dad standing right there, I would smile at the boy and say, “That’s not something your dad and I feel comfortable doing.” If he asks why, or says, “But Daddy kisses Mommy" or "You kiss me,” I would explain that (in our culture) hugs and ...


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We had to send my son to daycare by the time he was 3 months old. My wife got 4 weeks of maternity leave, and then used 4 weeks of vacation to extend it to two months. I had saved up 4 weeks of vacation/personal time as well, so I took over staying home once my wife had to go back to work. At 3 months, we started taking our son to a friend who was ...


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That depends a lot on the daycare and the age of the other kids. Where I live (The Netherlands), maternity leave ends when the baby is 12 weeks old, and then they go to daycare, usually just 2-3 days a week at first. This means that the staff is experienced with babies of this age, and they are well cared for. There is also a rule that in the groups of tiny ...


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I think before anything is done, you have to talk to the teacher to learn more. You need to verify that what your child is telling you is accurate. If it is, I would recommend going to the owner/operator of the daycare and asking them what their action plan is for this. At my child's daycare, there are two separate classes for each age/grade level. Perhaps ...


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I actually believe he does exist in a way similar to that depicted in the article, "Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus." So, when my daughter asked about it at five I said, "what do you think" she said, "I think he is real." Two weeks ago when she asked at six and said, "I don't know Mom" I responded by telling her the story of St. Nicholas and fessing ...


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Creating Santa is about making magic. When kids finally figure out there is no Santa, you can explain that they are right, Mum and Dad were just making magic for them, and now that they have figured it out, they get to be like the grown-ups and help make magic for younger children. While saddened by the realization that there is no Santa, they will be ...


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This is serious. It sounds like you are dealing with a seriously disturbed child. A child who threatens to cut other children is likely to have been raised in a terrible environment and needs help (or perhaps is even beyond help, if the parents are unwilling to do anything about it). Certainly the daycare must know about it, though I'm not sure what ...


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The biggest difference I see between 'formal' daycare with large classes of similar age kids and informal at-home daycare is being able to behave well in large groups with relatively little attention paid per child. I'm going to see this first hand to some extent; my first child is getting close to 3, and is leaving daycare to stay at home with mom (but ...


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There is no requirement to send your child to pre-school, that's a choice that's left up to you. Obviously, there are pros and cons for whether or not you send them, which can be discussed elsewhere. As for picking schools... you supply a list of three preferences to your local authority the year before your child is due to start school. Then, based on a ...


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That's a big question with a lot of opinions . . . the current push for "High Quality Preschool" vs. homeschooling and everything in between. My wife and I both have multiple degrees in different fields, but we didn't feel qualified to teach our kids everything they need to know. I feel the same about anyone who home schools. I wouldn't push that decision ...


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I agree with Ana - daycare is preferable (if you can afford it - I don't know if it has a cost where you live). Putting the baby in daycare means the child will be cared for by trained professionals in a safe environment. It will relieve your father-in-law of a responsibility he might not want to accept, or might not be well suited for. Daycare also means ...


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Have you thought of just taking a break? Some kids are gung-ho from the start, some go in fits and spurts. Maybe yours is indeed stressed from training and daycare and just needs some down time. Try going back to diapers for a week or two, or until he settles down and indicates he's ready to try again.


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One point I'd like to add that I haven't seen listed is that putting your child into a daycare at an earlier age allows them to learn the daycare's schedule and routine at an earlier age. My son started in daycare at 6 weeks old and we NEVER had any trouble with transitions from room to room, knowing the staff, etc. My daughter didn't start in daycare ...


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Traditionally you avoid "rewarding" children for trying new foods. Thus, you don't say "have three spoons of broccoli and then you can have pudding" because that creates bad incentives and teaches the child that the food is yucky. But there's an interesting new approach where you ask the child to try a tiny bit, and reward them with a sticker. Soon, ...


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We had this problem mostly with meats but also for other foods as well. We found the following works well (suggested by occupational therapist): First stage: Kiss the new food. That's all... no pressure to even put in mouth. Do it for a few meals. Second stage: "Rocket it" - put in mouth and immediately spit out into napkin or trashcan. Make it fun- ...


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In between colds, you might be able to use this method to teach your kids to blow effectively and reduce the amount of wiping & chafing overall. http://melissawiley.com/blog/2007/06/05/how-to-teach-a-toddler-to-blow-her-nose/ Finally, a children's reference librarian can recommend more books like the one I linked below, to help kids learn about nose ...


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Try the product Boogie Wipes. These wipes have a saline solution so they break up snot and make it easier to wipe. They also have moisturizers to help prevent chaffing and chaping. Alternatively you could make your own using this tutorial. You can gently heat a wipe in the microwave so it is like a warm towel (make sure to test the temperature first). The ...


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We put our first in at 8 weeks and our second in at 6 weeks (in a preschool-quality daycare). For our first, I think he would've been better off at home - and 2 years later, he's going to get that (my wife is staying at home with them now). He'll go to part-day preschool in a year or two, but mostly will be with mommy. He's very independent, and even in a ...


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The transition will probably be harder for you than it will be for him. Joe's answer above was spot-on in getting him comfortable with being able to behave with limited supervision would be a good starting point. Enrolling him in a sport (gymnastics is pretty good depending on how full his class is, tee ball, soccer) that requires short periods of waiting ...


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I'm guessing your son will do very well right off the bat. I'll start this by saying a lot of times - especially with the outgoing personalities, the parents are way more freaked about changes like this than the kids are. If you don't treat like a big deal (but also don't surprise him with it - go ahead and talk to him about it) he probably won't think it ...


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For us, we explain that Santa is all of us. That Santa is in fact still real, but not as a tangible human, more as an emotion or a motivation in us all. So parents fill the stockings - but not exclusively, since I fill my mother's stocking and she adds things to the ones I helped to fill. And we send "stocking extras" in parcels to be added to stockings when ...


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Get him involved in the prep of food. Even if it's something as simple as tearing a lettuce apart into shreds with their hands. Maybe try growing some herbs in a pot, and strawberries. Make some healthy pizza's and show them that yucky foods and yummy foods together don't taste bad. Like chicken wrapped in lettuce with a cheese, and broccoli sauce in the ...


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Don't wait Make a change Children are little barometers They will react when the pressure is up. ... But it takes a lot for them to verbalized that they do not like an adult. We had the same nanny for 10 +years ... Closer to me than my own family. No big blow out but the kid's needs changed and she never really adapted to their growing needs . I should ...


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I think this is the site you want: http://www.scchildcare.org/ You can input a city or zipcode, and it will list all of the child care providers in the area. You can click on any one to see the complaints and whether they have been resolved. Some of them are a bit cryptic to understand. From my perusal of various SC child care sites, it would appear that ...



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