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Well, I'm not keen on the idea that there is one set of activities which are suitable for girls and a different set of activities which are suitable for boys. I try to give my daughters the idea that they can be engineers, scientists, astronauts or dragon-tamers (ok, maybe lion-tamers) if they want to be when they grow up, and not limit their options to ...


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I think that there are some people you should be comfortable with, comfortable enough to pass gas in their general vicinity and not have to apologize. And the closest family should certainly be such people. At home, when I'm not alone, I try to do it in the toilet, though I don't feel bad or ashamed to let one go when my wife or LO is near. Seriously, ...


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Cook! Every kid should learn how. Start with pancakes (not a mix . . . make it from scratch!) If she's on the high side of four and you have an electric griddle, she could probably flip them with practice and you right there. Every time you repair something have her assist. My youngest daughter could replace a doorknob/lock set when she was seven because ...


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I encourage my kids to excuse themselves when they pass gas. (Obviously the best-case scenario is that they are able to release it in the bathroom instead, but things happen.) I have a few goals with this: acknowledging that there's going to be a brief bad smell in the room, accepting responsibility for it, and begging pardon for inflicting it on the other ...


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She should try to leave the room or the crowd if you're trying to avoid impropriety. A toilet is unnecessary when simply away from prying olfactory senses would do. Now to the meat of the issue: Stating that it is wrong or bad for a child, teen, or adult to pass gas is the same as stating it is wrong for them to sneeze or cough in public. If society as a ...


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I would suggest that you focus on separating why the child is misbehaving: Wanting to do something contraindicated Directly challenging authority/boundaries Wildness/out of control behavior The three kinds of misbehavior are very different in why the child is doing the action(s), and that drives how you discipline them. It sounds like your older child ...


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Miss Manners agrees with your wife: "unacceptable noises" (her term) should be "acknowledged by neither the noisemaker nor the noise recipient".


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I saw the word "discipline" used in the context of children and I really thought I should refer you to two authors. First, please see Alice Miller. Her website is www.alice-miller.com. If it's down, you can access it using the WayBackMachine at www.archive.org. Please do read her books and/or her articles. Many of us treat children in very damaging ways, ...


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You have an 8 yr. old and a 4 yr. old. In children these ages (esp. the younger child), removing tv for week is an ineffective way to discipline, because the discipline is not tied immediately to the action that provoked it. Response to an unacceptable behavior is most effective when it's immediate and consistent. Also, your discipline seems to have ...


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I agree with the wife. Even though, Farting is very common, sadly our society does show hypocrisy in accepting it resulting in embarrasement. So the best method is to fart in toilet, but if by chance a person farts in public, unless asked why should he holler in front of everyone " Excuse Me, In case you are wondering, I just wanted to let all of you know ...


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Home remedies are all based on eliciting an inflammatory (therefore painful) reaction. For example. One remedy uses the secretions of blister beetles, which raises a blister under the wart (lifting wart and all). Blisters are pretty widely recognized to be painful.* Whether in prescription medicine or home remedy form, there are three ways to treat water ...


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That really depends on your babies and where you feel they would best thrive. I would pick a place based on which one exposes your babies to other children and has the higher caregiver to child ratio. That way, your babies will get the benefits of being exposed to other babies/children (important not only for psychosocial reasons but also medically for ...


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First off, try to avoid forcing things as much as possible. If worst comes to worst, go back to diapers/pullups; we did this at one point, and survived. It is possible your child is simply not ready for potty training; some aren't at 3. More likely, though, going back temporarily would allow you to reset some of the issues - the 'battleground', so to ...


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Ah potty training: the endless struggle. We found scheduling regular potty breaks helped with our 2.5 year old girl, because she did the same thing as your son. We tried to have roughly 6 schedules potty breaks throughout the day. Unfortunately, if your son a human child then there is a 99% chance of this also becoming a battle ground. Our daughter did not ...


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At 4 years old, your daughter should be firmly out of the 'toddler' phase and into the "walking/running child" phase. They should also probably be potty-trained by this point, and their fine motor skills should be fairly well-developed. They're also bigger and a little sturdier than they were before. All of this is great, because it greatly expands the ...


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We just got through a treatment course with my 5 year old daughter. My experience was that the bumps spread like crazy while they were left untreated. Now, I have two caveats: My daughter has eczema and the bumps were causing local itching, which creates more spots through autoinoculation I told her to be careful not to scratch them about the same time we ...


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If your preschooler or middle childhood kid(s) are not listening to you and you are looking for tips that doesn't include yelling louder here is are some resources: Tips Try really thinking about why the child is misbehaving Discipline in context so it's easier for kids to remember and associate Time outs or alone time help sometimes Parental Wisdom ...


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First off, your daughter is still great. The worth of a child is not measured by their behavior. I can't address the peeing with the information provided. Is she potty trained already? Is she in Pull-Ups? If she's refusing to obey you, for whatever reason, I have a hard time believing it's the first time. Regardless, the solution is discipline. If she ...


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Build a fort or castle out of cardboard boxes and some imagination. When you are through with the cardboard box as a fort or castle then take it to the nearest hill in the neighborhood and use the box to slide down the grass like a sled without the snow. For rainy days nothing is more fun than making a fort out of blankets and chairs. Find some cheap ...


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Sorry to write that, but I think your wife is right. You have no right (it's impolite on your part) to demand that your daughter talk about her own flatulence (even indirectly through an excuse). There could be shame associated with that talking, especially with females. And then, your daughter could associate you with that feeling of shame. And another ...


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I have an 19 year old, who spoke one word a day at school for 2 years, "here", when the teacher called her name for class register. Please believe me it will get better, take the advice given above and invite a few classmates round, please note the plural, don't restrict their safety net, widen it. You don't have to invite 2 or 3 kids at the same time, but ...


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He clearly feels safe and secure with you around, and much less so when you're not around, which is normal to many degrees. We have had some issues with this kind of thing, and what we did was to make friends with one of the other parents at the daycare, and then he has a friend we can invite round and play with consistently. Once he then feels safe with ...


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I'm not familiar with that particular series, but our 5 and 7 year-olds watch a wide variety of science and history shows intended for all ages. A lot of it goes over their heads, but they generally enjoy them and ask good questions that show a certain understanding. For example, we recently watched an adult-targeted documentary on the atomic bombs at ...


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These are very contagious, and can last anywhere from 6 months to a year, but will spread both locally and to other children if left untreated. Water warts are in a different family from normal warts and need to be treated differently; both because of their pathology and their contagiousness. I would recommend you find a dermatologist who is more familiar ...


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We recently went through a similar experience of choosing childcare for our baby who is a bit younger than your twins. It's a tough decision and of course you want what's best for your babies and you need to feel comfortable with where they'll be going if you want to be able to relax while they're away. I found some useful information in some of the other ...


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We had the same experience when our little boy caught molluscum at pre-school. We thought it was just a rash but it got worse and worse. After many months we took him to a medical specialist who suggested either minor surgery or just leave it and do nothing! ... and we paid her good money for the advice. The problem with the advice from doctors to just ...


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Yes, may be teenagers or pre teens would be more appropriate. But, I dont blame your daughter as even I dont like it & find it not so interesting. I think other than the age and maturity, even the child's preferences, liking and attitude plays a pivotal role.



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