Questions tagged [age-appropriate]

Determining whether a child is too young (or too old) for a particular idea, food, activity, etc.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
4 votes
2 answers
253 views

child (almost 3 years) is unable to search for missed stuff

My son who will shortly become 3 years old seems to be unable to search for lost things, and I'd like to know if this is something to worry about. He often takes some item/toy, runs around with it in ...
user avatar
  • 311
3 votes
4 answers
779 views

Can it be appropriate for a 9 year old to hang out with a 17 year old?

Note: I want to try not mentioning sex/gender to see how answers may depend on this. Consider 2 children Ashanti Smith, 17 years old, and younger sibling Bidatz Smith, 9 years old. Ashanti has ...
user avatar
  • 1
1 vote
1 answer
98 views

Child interest in how movie types have changed over time

My father recently retired. Being a cinephile, he has a large collection of old film reels and has now come up with a project he wants to involve my son in: sorting and cleaning out the reels. This ...
user avatar
  • 11
1 vote
1 answer
308 views

6 1/2 year old sleeping with hands on his wee

I posted this question about the Toddler keeping his hands in the private part. Tonight I found him in bed sleeping while his hands were on his private part. I had to see if he was just keeping under ...
user avatar
  • 1,763
2 votes
1 answer
280 views

Appropriate age for use of electronics

I was searching for this video for the last 3 years. In it a salesperson refuses to sell a tablet to the parents of a 5 year old saying that they can come back in 7 years and 12 years is the ...
user avatar
4 votes
2 answers
207 views

Commit for a year when starting musical instrument at 8yrs?

My son wants to play an instrument (the saxophone) and the music school offers yearly courses. I am worried that a yearly course might be too long a commitment for a child of 8years, and that he may ...
user avatar
  • 1,250
2 votes
1 answer
186 views

Enrolling in 1st Grade vs Playing

What age should the youngest child enroll in 1st grade; at what age should parents consider postponing for 1 year their child's enrollment? Playing is very important for a child and that is why there ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
317 views

Taking children to the musical Kinky Boots

Our local theater is back live this fall. I have tickets for our family, and want to decide whether it is appropriate for 9 and 13 year old children. What kinds of mature topics does Kinky Boots have? ...
user avatar
-1 votes
1 answer
172 views

My 7 year old sister is annoying sometimes [closed]

My sister is annoying sometimes and most of the time its at my tired, or already annoyed moments and it just makes it worse. I am turning 17 in July. How can I ask her to stop, or at least tell her ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
180 views

Answering "From what age people feel in love"?

My little one and I have recently setup a weekly fairy tale movie session. She really loves stories where the female character falls in love and lives happily ever after, usually with some kind of ...
user avatar
  • 121
3 votes
1 answer
227 views

5 year old didn’t wanted his mother to touch [closed]

Today I was shocked and angered at my almost 5 old son when he started crying when his mom was tickling him while she was lying on floor and he was standing next to her. Our son said I don’t like it. ...
user avatar
  • 1,763
25 votes
6 answers
7k views

Is this normal that my 5 years old kid keep thinking about the bad things

We have a 5 years old girl. 2 years ago we have immigrated to a European county. She is going to school here and she learned the new language excitingly fast. We have another 3 months old girl as well....
user avatar
  • 453
1 vote
2 answers
282 views

How do I schedule a timetable for a 4 year old?

My son is 4 1/2 years old. Since my wife gave birth to our second son (2.5 months old) our son seems to have the following routine. Wake up, pee, go down and I give him cereal which he eats in front ...
user avatar
  • 1,763
2 votes
2 answers
767 views

Age appropriate learning

Is six an appropriate age to teach the importance of seeing things through to the end? My son wants to join karate which is very expensive, I don’t know if he will want to continue when the weather ...
user avatar
  • 21
3 votes
3 answers
248 views

Making time for yourself

My son has recently developed a habit of ,following around. If I come upstair he will follow, if I go down stair he will follow, and if he is with his uncle the uncle laugh so loud and fanatic that it ...
user avatar
  • 1,763
0 votes
1 answer
189 views

Importance of age appropriate stories

My almost 4 year old son has recently shown an interest in Greek mythology. He likes the mythical creatures, heroes, etc. I purchased a book for us to read together (we always read a story before ...
user avatar
  • 101
3 votes
4 answers
530 views

Is it healthy for children (aged 8-14) to play with toys from for R rated film franchises?

Obligatory: not a parent. I was wandering through Walmart the other day when I came across toys, designed for kids (aged 8-14 is my guess) from the Alien franchise. (Lanard is the company, for those ...
user avatar
  • 131
4 votes
1 answer
294 views

Social Confidence/Intelligence for 7 y/o boy

I have a 7 y/o 2nd grade boy. He’s really talented academically, especially in the reading and writing areas, but he is lacking socially. I’ve noticed it when watching him at classroom events, the t-...
user avatar
4 votes
2 answers
951 views

Is it ok to pick up my 11-month-old baby with one hand by the shoulder?

I heard recently that it isn't good for children's hands and elbows to be spun around while holding their hands. So I never even pick up my child by the hand or forearm. I normally pick her up by ...
user avatar
1 vote
2 answers
381 views

Can a 4 years old feel if someone is missing

My wife lost her mother 2 weeks ago. My mother in law took a lot of care of our son and every time we use to go she would be with him. She had been in and out of hospital but 90% she was in Hosptial. ...
user avatar
  • 1,763
3 votes
4 answers
553 views

Help dealing with son addicted to video games. Would this app work?

My son is 15 years old and plays video games all the time. His grades are quite low now. I already tried a couple of things like rewarding him when he is studying, but with no effect. I heard of an ...
user avatar
35 votes
11 answers
12k views

What's an appropriate age to involve kids in life changing decisions?

My wife and myself have very different views on bringing up our kids. Our differences and different ways of handling problems is tearing the family apart. My kids are about 6 years old (girl) and 10 ...
user avatar
  • 532
1 vote
1 answer
324 views

How to tell my 7-year-old about bio father who just got out of prison?

My 7-year-old daughter's bio father went to prison when she was 3 months old. My son's dad came into our lives when my daughter was like 14 months old and has been here and been dad ever since! I ...
user avatar
  • 11
1 vote
1 answer
692 views

Our 8 year old son saw us having sex [duplicate]

Our 8 year old son saw my wife and I having sex the other day. Now I don't see anything wrong with it, yet my wife is unsure. What should happen here?
user avatar
  • 19
0 votes
4 answers
1k views

At what age should a boy be able to clean up the toilet after himself?

I have a 6-year-old grandson who pees on the toilet, around the toilet and down the front of the toilet every single time he uses the bathroom. My daughter insists he is too young to clean the toilet. ...
user avatar
  • 9
0 votes
1 answer
182 views

Possible and adequate parental attitudes to a 10 yrs old playing a horror video game on smartphone possibly under group pressure

My 10 yrs old son has recently a copy of horror game (haunting scenes with ghosts/monsters having appearance of toys like teddies etc) app allowed from 16 years and his arguments are: his friends in ...
user avatar
  • 411
3 votes
2 answers
198 views

Can a 2 year old learn "hard" and "soft" for "don't throw"?

At 22 months we've just entered the throwing and hitting stage. For "throw this, not that" I'm thinking of teaching him "hard" and "soft" and that's okay to throw soft things. I'm wondering if anyone ...
user avatar
1 vote
4 answers
808 views

Am I being too hard on my 7-year-old child?

I never thought I would have children. I suddenly walked into a beautiful little 7-year-old's life, with the commitment of becoming the best mother I can be to her. But sometimes, I question whether ...
user avatar
4 votes
4 answers
562 views

My 4-year-old wants fairy to grant her wishes - how to keep the magic alive without always having to buy presents?

My 4-year-old daughter asked the fairy for a specific toy. I want to keep the magic alive, but don’t want to buy gifts everytime she posts her wishes to her fairy.... I’m looking for an age-...
user avatar
  • 41
6 votes
1 answer
723 views

How to explain -gasm to 10 year old

I was watching a daytime TV programme about Asian food with my 10 year old son. One of the presenters said while looking at a very nice piece of fresh tuna "I just had a sushigasm" My son asked me ...
user avatar
  • 281
7 votes
1 answer
767 views

I found a video on my 8-year-old girls tablet where her same aged girl friend asks her to show her private areas. And she does. What should I do?

They are good friends since they were 4. Last weekend at a play date at my house they were playing with my girls tablet, making toys videos (just for fun, not uploading them anywhere), filming the ...
user avatar
  • 73
3 votes
1 answer
489 views

At what age can you let kids go hungry till the next meal if they don't want to eat?

There's a lot of content on this site and others, which basically tell you never to force feed your child. Your job is to provide healthy food, it's their job to eat it. Allot a certain time limit in ...
user avatar
  • 3,402
4 votes
1 answer
308 views

At what age will a child understand a map?

I want to prepare my 25-month-old for a long distance trip - across the Pacific Ocean. Part of that is understanding where he is and where he's going. I have a globe, but I don't know if I point to it ...
user avatar
10 votes
1 answer
521 views

Does the Montessori method allow a child to choose the same lesson every day without guidance?

My 7-year-old daughter goes to a Montessori school. For at least 3 months now, she has been choosing the same lesson every day. There have been new lessons given by the teacher, but it seems the level ...
user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
275 views

When can a child start using adult's toothpaste?

Here, in Poland, we have toothpastes divided into four age groups: 0-2 years (probably 0 ppm F, but unverified), 3-5 years (500 ppm F), 6+ years (1450 ppm F), adults (1450 ppm F). Initially, I ...
user avatar
  • 503
14 votes
3 answers
686 views

Should I give my son a christmas card from my mother, with whom we deliberately have no contact?

Today, a christmas card came through the post addressed to my 7 year old son. I recognised the handwriting as my mothers. I am reluctant to give my son this card and am unsure on the best course of ...
user avatar
  • 143
4 votes
3 answers
2k views

Need advice on telling my child that her father isn't biological and has passed

My child is 8 years old. I met my husband when she was 7 months old and he has been there for her ever since. We had our second child when she was 2 years old and they are one in the same. She calls ...
user avatar
12 votes
3 answers
523 views

How do I resolve a child's anxiety for war?

Missile warning siren tests are going to be conducted in Hawaii once per month. Presumably the government will start distributing information on shelters and how to shelter in place, and some schools ...
user avatar
  • 6,533
4 votes
2 answers
512 views

My 4 year old won't eat a meal in under an hour.

He used to be a great eater. My step kids were fussy eaters. Now the roles have reversed. My son takes an hour or more to eat a small meal. The tension at mealtimes is palpable. I have had some ...
user avatar
3 votes
4 answers
8k views

What is the appropriate age to tell my daughter that her biological father doesn't want to be a part of her life?

I had a beautiful daughter with my very first boyfriend at the age of 16. He was 18 at the time and he was very careless about the whole situation. He was a high school dropout, selling and using ...
user avatar
2 votes
8 answers
22k views

At what age is it inappropriate to take your opposite sex child into the toilet with you

I was at the airport and saw two women (mother and daughter I guess), traveling with a young boy (about 9 or 10 years old). The two women both went into the ladies toilet, and the boy went in with ...
user avatar
  • 55
5 votes
3 answers
730 views

Is it a good or bad idea to let my daughter visit her mom in jail?

The charge is a check fraud charge and it is a seven month sentence. My daughter she seems to be handling it fine. I told her right away about it and she reacted pretty calmly. I told her mom did the ...
user avatar
  • 59
7 votes
2 answers
486 views

How can I establish new parental controls for older children

I have an interesting issue. We have two new kids that have come to us with tablets. Normally, we would give children of this age tablets (7 and 11). These tablets would have parental controls, and ...
user avatar
  • 2,546
17 votes
15 answers
7k views

How can I begin exposing my children to world news? [closed]

I have an 8-year old and a 4-year old. My 8-year-old recently asked me "Are wars are real?" At 8 years old, my elders watched TV news so I got little inklings of politics, wars, crime, etc. But we ...
user avatar
  • 334
9 votes
2 answers
492 views

Teaching young children about American Indian history

My son is in 3rd grade, and next week all of the 3rd grade classes are going to tour various historical sites in town. I volunteered to do research and give a tour on a local American Indian site. ...
user avatar
  • 191
6 votes
3 answers
740 views

Should I start teaching my 2.4-year-old mathematics?

My son is 29 months old. He has shown me that he has good memory, so far he knows all the shapes, all the letters A-Z (he can pin point and name them), can solve a 8-9 puzzle (car, farm etc.). And I'...
user avatar
91 votes
18 answers
78k views

How to respond to 17 year old daughter going out with a 25 year old man?

I have just found out that my 17 year old daughter is going out with a local 25 year old. I feel the age gap is way too big at her age. We're in the UK, so it's perfectly legal. He does seem a very ...
user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
953 views

Are sit and stand strollers suitable for 4-month-old infants?

I'm the mother of a 4-year-old son and a 5-month-old daughter. We are having a little problem with our umbrella stroller. My son is refusing to give his stroller to his sister and we have no choice ...
user avatar
9 votes
4 answers
531 views

What are age appropriate projects for 5-year-old interested in electronics?

I have a 5-year-old boy who's very into electronics and Ghostbusters in particular. So far, I've had pretty good luck with snap circuits. We started to build a homemade Ghostbuster Proton Pack but it ...
user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
6k views

4 to 5 year old child taking time to answer questions

When asked my 4 year old either does not respond to the question or responds slowly and I've seen 3 year olds respond much more quickly. Is this a development concern or is something in the "normal" ...
user avatar