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It sounds like she might be scared of that particular instructor -- for whatever reason, silly or serious, I think that should be treated as valid. Ask her if she can explain what about him scares her. Swim with her yourself sometimes (not during a lesson) and try to observe particular actions in the water that scare her -- face in the water? water in her ...


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One way to encourage her to be a bit independent is try to engage in some less explicitly fun things together. "Well, right now Daddy needs to _____. Do you want to watch/help?" This might be: Fold some laundry. Do light yard work. Cook a meal. Tinker with the car. Write an email. Change a light bulb. Whatever stuff you do around the house that isn't ...


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Have you tried teaching her swimming yourself? With both of my kids, we'd go to the pool a fair bit and swim together to get them used to water, basic dog paddle, putting their heads underwater, etc. This means that when they did their proper lessons, at least they were not afraid of the water. A different instructor may help, but I often see parents trying ...


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It might be worth getting her hearing checked, a sudden change might indicate a change in the feed-back loop between what she says and what she hears. At age 4, my son's adenoids closed off his Eustachian tubes thus filling his inner ears with liquid and reducing his hearing significantly. Many children's Eustachian do not fully develop until the age of 8.


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As someone who has taught thousands of kids, worked management level at a pool with a massive swimming lesson program and spent literally thousands of hours in the pool I'm gonna jump in on this. First things first: While the pool may have many instructors, it is very very difficult for them to actually change the instructor of a particular class. Not to ...


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How do you bring a child into the world without your world being consumed by their needs? Give them a sibling so they have each other! Get them a dog! (Just kidding.) The answer is, you don't. Parenting is a full time job, and the time you put in now will pay you back when she becomes a strong, independent functional societal unit and still loves and ...


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I've seen quite a few articles the last few years like this one that promote the importance of letting your kids have unstructured time, or in other words, to get bored. A lot of our generation worry about quality time so much that they sometimes swing the pendulum too far the other way. A certain balance is important. It's okay for her to be sad about ...


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Speaking in sentences and asking for things in sentences are two somewhat different things. If the problem is just asking for things - ie, he'll talk about things he's interested like trains or cars in sentences - reminding him to ask in sentences is the right approach; eventually he'll learn to do so. My three year old still has trouble asking for ...


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If you worried because you think your child is considerably behind in learning to speak, then you need to have a few things checked. Start out by getting the ears checked. If they seem to be OK, but you're still worried, have your child checked neurologically. Note that it is not uncommon that boys take a bit longer reach a certain speech ability than ...


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My 6yo son was similar, and we have recently tried him with a 200 piece map of Europe. This is too much for him on his own at the moment, but he enjoys sitting down with an adult and doing it together. The content means it is both challenging and gives us something to chat about. The problem with smaller puzzles is that they aren't interesting to him ...


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You'll have to tailor your purchase to your daughter's interests and abilities. Since 50 pieces is too easy for her, I would go ahead and try a 100+ piece puzzle. Looking at different products, I see that 50-150 pieces are typically for ages 4+, 5+, or 6+. 100 piece puzzles look to be suitable for 5+ and 6+. However, 200 piece puzzles often jump to the ...



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