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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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 ...
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Is it possible for children (aged 8-14) to be “ready” for R rated films?

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 ...
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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-...
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What age limit is appropriate for using tools (such as screwdrivers, hacksaw, drill, etc.)?

I've told my 15-year-old son off because he's not allowed to use tools because he could cut himself if he touches something dangerous. What's the right age limit for using tools? Please use an age, ...
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At what age should a child stop accompanying a parent into the “wrong” public toilet?

When you're a Dad on your own you take your small girls into the Gents with you. Mums take their sons with them to the Ladies. At what age should we stop doing this? I guess the answer changes ...
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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 ...
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At what age do kids usually begin taking showers instead of baths?

At what age do kids usually begin taking showers instead of baths? How do you help a child go about making the transition when the time comes?
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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. ...
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How long can a child sleep in a minicrib?

My wife and I live in a 2-bedroom apartment. We think that a minicrib is a more is a more space efficient option than a full size crib but we are concerned that our child will outgrow it too fast. ...
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When should a small child get out of the oral fascination?

Our boy is a few months away from his 4th birthday... but he still puts darn near everything in his mouth. We are constantly talking to him about what should and should not go in his mouth, only food ...
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Should I be concerned about my 4-year-old humping my brother's leg?

I'm a 24-year-old mother to a 4-year-old son. My son likes to hump my 15-year-old brother's legs. I know that he started doing it because he saw me and his father having sex a couple of times and he ...
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How do you keep a toddler safe around water?

We recently moved to a bigger apartment complex which has swimming pool, play area etc. My son who is 2 years and 9 months old is very excited about the place. Most of the times he sticks to the play ...
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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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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 ...
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When should an infant stop sucking on her hands?

My little girl about 3 months old and she already mouths quite frequently on her hands. Should we try to discourage this behavior now (by pulling her hand away when we find her doing it), or wait ...
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How accurate are the “Suggested Age Ranges” of toys?

Most toys manufactured today include a suggested age range, supposedly identifying the ages of children who will (safely) appreciate the toy. How accurate are these ranges? How do the manufacturers ...
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At what age should I enroll my child in dental and vision plans?

Background: Most insurance coverage in the US has separate policies and payroll withholding for health, dental, and vision insurance plans. One can typically decide who's covered independently for ...
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What's an appropriate age for a Swiss Army Knife?

My 11-year-old son watched a documentary on the Swiss Army Knife and is enamored with getting one for Christmas. We are in the UK regulatory sphere. He proposes to use the knife on camping ...
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Is it normal for a 6-year-old to say he's fallen in love?

Our 6.5-year-old boy came home one day saying "there's something wrong with my mind". After some questioning, he told my wife that he sometimes falls in love with girls and can't stop thinking about ...
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At what age is it no longer appropriate for your child to be naked in public (e.g. on the beach)?

We live in the UK. My 3½-year-old son loves to be naked. He spends a lot of time running around naked in our garden on hot days. We went to the beach during the Summer, and - since we forgot to ...
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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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At what age should opposite-sex siblings stop bathing together?

When should I stop bathing my son and daughter together? What signs can I watch for that would indicate that they should be separate? Also, what are the average ages in the US and other countries and ...
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What age to stop son from sleeping in same bed as Mother?

A 5 year old boy has been sleeping at night in the same bed as his single mother for basically his whole life, although he has his own bedroom and his own bed. They go to sleep together at the boy's ...
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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 ...
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How and when to disclose to children a parent's suicide?

My children's father committed suicide 10 years ago, when they were aged 9, 3 and 1. At the time of his death I did not want them to know how he died, but it became such public knowledge I was forced ...
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When should a child be allowed to use public transit on their own?

When did you consider your child(ren) old/mature enough to use public transit? How did you go about making the decision about permitting this type of freedom?
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Should I skip sad scenes when watching a movie with a child?

I'm searching for a research-backed answer to a question about introducing children to difficult emotions in movies. There a seemingly innocent titles like Lion King, Bambi, or Finding Nemo which, ...
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What to do after my nephew showed a graphic video to my 9-year-old son?

My 12-year-old nephew "Bob" took my 9-year-old son aside and showed him a video of ISIS beheading a victim. I am just flabbergasted that Bob would do that. Interestingly Bob did not show the video to ...
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Should I force the toddler to speak the words and sentences which she is finding difficult to speak?

Hindi is the native language and English is a foreign language where I live. The toddler (2 years old) gets sent to the daycare. They speak Hindi there. I speak English at home with the child and the ...
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When to teach children to use search engines?

I want to teach my kids how to use search engines as soon as they start asking questions. I think it's a good way for them to learn everything they want and to know that they are capable of knowing ...
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How to help a 6-year-old who has difficulties with “what comes before / after” questions (in sequences)?

My son will be 6 at the end of next month. He is generally doing good with regards to his development. He has started reading and loves math. But there is a problem I have consistently noticed. ...
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Would enrolling a 5-year-old in pre-school be okay or slow down his development?

I have a 5-year-old and we're in the USA. He had been to preschool when he was 3.5 years old for 1.5 years. Now at 5 years 4 months, he is able to read the sentences, write words, do almost 2nd ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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'...
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How do I get my child to remember to flush?

Our son is now 6. He is "going potty" entirely on his own at home and escorted but directly unsupervised in public. Our problem is that he will almost never remember to flush. This is something we ...
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When can/should children start sleeping on pillows?

Even before our child was born we were told that newborns and infants should sleep on a flat mattress. No one, however, told us when to introduce a pillow. When can and/or should children start ...
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At what age should I enroll my child in daycare in Denmark?

I have been offered a contract for work and we are planning a move with my wife and ~7 month daughter to Denmark about 2.5 months later. My daughter will be about 10 months old then. My wife wants to ...
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How and when should I tell my son that his amazing father isn't his biological father?

My son is going on 5 and starting to learn a lot about how we're created. I've been with my husband for 10 years, but nearly 6 years ago I had no other choice but to move 1000 miles away and after ...
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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. ...
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When/how is it safe to go running with baby?

My partner is an avid trail runner and before I was pregnant I didn't mind getting out too. At the very least I hope to do some brisk trail walking with baby. I'd assumed to run with a baby you had ...
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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?
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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 ...
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Why do Heinz's Honey packets say not to give them to children under 12 months?

I was getting tea today and noticed those cute little honey packets made by Heinz. At the bottom of the packet it says: DO NOT FEED TO CHILDREN UNDER 12 MONTHS OLD - why?
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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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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 ...
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Is it okay for two 6- and 9-year-olds to share a bedroom with their 18-year-old step-brother?

I have two 6- and a 9-year-old sons. They live with their father. I have found out that they share a bedroom with their 18-year-old step-brother there. The 18-year-old plays videogames rated 16+ and ...
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Can admonishing hinder a child's mental growth?

I recently got into a heated argument with my sister over her not admonishing her 5-year-old son. Sometimes he does things that really need a firm warning. For example, doing things that might cause ...
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Is jogging an appropriate activity for a pre-adolescent child?

This question was motivated by seeing a 6 or 7 year old girl jogging with her mom today. I was in slow moving traffic so I know she ran at least 2.5 miles (the distance between the lights causing said ...
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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 ...