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Questions tagged [age-appropriate]

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

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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 ...
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6 years old girl resolving most of things with crying or yelling

My 6 years old daughter is generally a very optimistic, probably happy, smiling kid which likes to play with her sister and others. But... only until everything goes with her expectations. Whenever ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Warning label on electric toothbrushes - for kids 3+ only [duplicate]

Almost all electric tooth brushes companies state on the back cover of their electric tooth brush that it is only for kids 3+. I thought about using such brush for a 2 year old kid, but one to make ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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age appropriate projects for 5 year old?

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 ...
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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" ...
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My child wants GTA V for his birthday

My 10 year old son wants to play Grand Theft Auto V, which is PEGI 18. My son has ADHD and I'm really worried that he will start acting like his favourite characters in the games and I don't want ...
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How to talk to my son about his biological father

My husband and I have been married for 10 years, and we have three kids. He is not the biological father of my oldest son, who is 6. I am confused about the best way to talk to my son about his ...
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My 13-year-old daughter is talking to a 20-year old girl on the internet. Is this normal?

She’s not very open so I have no idea whether their conversations are age-appropriate. She is a really intelligent and responsible kid, and she's definitely smart enough not to give out any personal ...
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At which age do I let my daughters wear makeup?

My toddlers (daughters) like to wear nail polish and lipstick. It is because I wore them in front of my daughters. Normally I like to do my manicure and pedicure out-of sight of children which ...
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Should bad feelings of a child not be mirrored? [duplicate]

Considering: Why is trying to talk children out of how they feel a bad idea? and My son started kindergarten and doesn't like writing his name. How should I think about this? I do not agree with ...
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Older boy showing inappropriate video to younger child

My 12 year old nephew, N, took my 9 year old son aside and showed him a video of ISIS beheading a victim. I am just flabbergasted that N would do that. Interestingly N did not show the video to my ...
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Why is trying to talk children out of how they feel a bad idea?

The article 7 Parenting Essentials says, Accept your children’s feelings. ... Instead, comfort your children and let them know you love them, rather than try to talk them out of how they ...
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At what age should parent of opposite sex stop taking their children to changing room?

Say it's a public changing room of a swimming pool. From what age should a father stop bringing his daughter into males room with him? (Is it different for mother-son?) I know it's probably very ...
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Is a Rubik's cube an appropriate gift for a 15-month-old child?

I am planning to buy some meaningful toys (puzzles, learning toys) to my friend's daughter. She has completed 15 months. Would it be appropriate to buy Rubik's cube. I would appreciate other toy ...
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Why is my 5-year-old son always interested in baby toys?

When I take my son to the store and we take a look at the toy section, he always goes straight to the baby toys. And when he picks out a toy that he wants it's always a baby toy. He has toys for his ...
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At what age will I be able to leave the child alone at home for long intervals? [duplicate]

I will be a single parent in future, and I will have a 8 hour job (7:30 AM to 3:30 PM) always. Assuming the school bus drops the kid at the colony gate, at what age can I expect the child to come ...
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My 11 year-old daughter wants to create a Facebook account

My daughter wants me to create a Facebook account for her; I told her no. But I didn't really think about what she wanted me to do for her. I have Facebook and she sees me on it all the time, so she ...
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My 9 year old saw an R rated movie

My 9 year old son recently made a new friend who lives in our neighborhood. My wife and I like the friend and are happy that our son is being more social. Apparently, there are very few rules at the ...
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How to encourage a child to speak truth about the wrong deeds she has done?

I have a close relationship with my 3 year old child. This means that since I have told her that I hate lies and love truth so she should speak the truth with her parents at least all the time, she ...
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What is next after a baby bouncing chair?

(UK) My girl is 11 months old and is now too big for her baby bouncer chair, which she really loves and it is convenient to put her in to keep her out of the way for a bit. What comes next? Is there ...
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Finding out who initiated sexual contact. What needs to be done?

I live with my girl friend and her 5 year old son, and my 7 year old daughter. Recently they were found in the closet suspiciously. Her son had his boxers improperly outside his shorts. So his mom ...
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Is an 8 week trip abroad an appropriate time away for a 14 year old?

My 14 yo son is interested going on a summer missions trip to Mt. Kilamanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. His mother is pushing him to go, but has just sprung the idea on me. Everything looks fine about the ...
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From what age do children start reading and understanding sentences?

Google said that at the age of 6 a child should be able to read. Here I am talking about story books. I am talking about independent reading by the child where the child reads the sentence and ...
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How should the children be taught to be wary of online predators? [closed]

Online predators can be known people as well as unknown. What does the child need to know before going online to stop being a prey?
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How should the children be taught to be wary of physically present strangers?

All I have heard from my parents is not to talk to strangers and not to take anything from strangers. I am not sure if in today's date these two rules are sufficient. What should I tell the child ...
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When can the child start using adult cosmetic products?

Child is 2.6 years old. It is winter here and taking the child to bathroom to wash her face with soap is difficult for me as well as her. Water can be warmed but clothes do get wet, hers as well as ...
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Appropriate age for a Swiss Army Knife (male, age 11, UK based)

My son watched the Megafactories documentary on the Swiss Army Knife and is enamored with getting one for Christmas. He is 11 and we are in the UK regulatory sphere. He proposes to use the knife ...
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At what age child can get a game console?

I'm thinking about to buy xbox for my daughter 7-year birthday. But I'm worry a little bit that it can be too early for this age and maybe it's better to wait? I think playing is good for brain ...
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How to get 10-year-old to diversify his reading?

My 10 year old loves comics and graphic novels. LOVES them. I have absolutely nothing against comics - I think they're great and have seen some great works in that medium. But it's all he'll read. He ...
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From what age should I expect the child to pick up her toys which she scattered while playing?

At what age should this be started? How to go about it such that the child doesn't feel bored?
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How should I act such that child doesn't feel average success and mediocrity is expected of her?

From: http://www.raisesmartkid.com/all-ages/1-articles/47-authoritarian-strict-parenting-vs-permissive-which-is-better Do not impress on your child that mediocrity and average success is all that ...
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From what age should I require the child to speak the foreign language which I want her to learn?

Considering: Should I make my child respond to me in my language? and Enforcing minority languages at home The child is currently 2 years 4 months old. I speak to her in foreign language X. Other ...
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How to explain children why junk food is bad for your health?

All my life I was told by my parents that sweets are not good for your health because they cause cavities in your teeth. It never affected me because I thought that after eating sweets if I brush my ...