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I completely relate - know that it gets better. When my little girl was four she went through a phase almost exactly like the one you describe - except instead of tantrums she dissolved into tears. First, you should know that developmentally a lot of things are going on at four and they are growing in ways that are much more difficult to "see" than when ...


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Being four is really different between kids and your guesses as to the cause of your niece's sensitivity are probably all accurate to some degree some of the time. The main thing is that she have people around her to guide her (with principles like Karl Bielfeldt offers) and with love. Her sesnitive side just means she will receive your corrections and ...


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"We are visual creatures and we have to have pictures, not just text, to help us visualize things." I'd be a bit careful about that idea. Not everyone thinks the same way. In fact, people have a variety of learning styles, and most people find that one or two styles of learning may be more effective for them than others. You may want to suggest a variety ...


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Different children naturally handle conflict differently, even those with the same parents. I don't think you can draw any conclusions about discipline by watching a child's reaction. Also, for better or worse, a lot of (maybe even most) parents go easier on their children when company is over. The general principle of expecting children to solve their ...


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You have written a complex question (let's say 5 stars). Let me reduce it to 2.5 stars: How do I make playing games with a 6yo fun? The very fact that I reduce it implies I have an answer and that, in-and-of itself, can sound rather irritating -- if I understand the question so well that I can completely rephrase it, then I demonstrate I know an answer. ...


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What I would suggest, from a parenting point of view, is to focus on the process as you have been. It sounds like this is a classic case of rewarding effort versus rewarding success. Your cousin is focused on the goal (getting a solution) but isn't sufficiently satisfied by the process. Assuming your goal is to teach him problem solving skills, continuing ...


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Whether the "problem" is real or imagined is all but irrelevant. What's important is giving them the tools they need to communicate their emotions in a pro-active manner. Dealing with stressful situations is hard enough for adults so when kids don't know what to do they fall back to old faithful; screaming and crying. We tried a lot of different things ...



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