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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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How much should you tell your children about your sorrows and joys?

I come from a house where no one talked about anything except paying electricity bills, rent, or studies. I was never asked questions about myself, my social life, friends or lack of them etc. My ...
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How to deal with beggars in front of the children?

Beggar problem in India is real. I do not give anything to beggars in order to discourage begging. My mother does. I don't want the child to think that I am cruel and it is okay not to help the needy....
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How to decide whether I should buy whatever the child asks for?

I never faced this situation when I was a child. My father tells me that I didn't have a habit of asking for things. I remember asking for 2 things as a child. They were expensive so my parents ...
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What childhood incidents cause the children to be approval seeking when they become adults?

I realise that I am an approval seeker. Other people's opinions affect me a lot. I want to understand what kind of childhood incidents lead to such a behaviour in adulthood and what can I do better ...
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At what age should I tell my child to colour within the lines?

The toddler is 2 years 3 months old. The blue part in following sketch has been solely coloured by her. Red part has been coloured by me. At what age should I tell her to be mindful of the ...
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When are kids old enough to have a horse

So I am thinking about getting this kid a horse. But I am not sure if they are really ready to have a horse and ride it. He talks sometimes that he wants a horse and I can get him a horse, but when ...
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When should parents stop changing clothes in front of children?

Baby is 2 years 2 months old. What will happen if we don't stop and at what age should we stop? Why? From: What to Expect The Toddler Years (Arlene Eisenberg, ‎Heidi Murkoff, ‎Sandee Hathaway - 2009)...
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At what age can children learn a non native language through television/podcasts? [closed]

Child is currently 2 years 2 months old. I speak only in English with the child and the child understands it. I read the story books in English and the child understands them. English is not the ...
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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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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/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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At what age should you allow your kids to go out alone?

Whether its to visit a friend who lives a few streets away, or going to the park by themselves, or going to the local shop, at what age do you allow your kids to go out by themselves? And what rules ...
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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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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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Do children start believing in fairies and magic after being read from a book? If yes, then how to respond to “but the book says it is true”?

Do the children start believing in fairies and magic after being read from a book about how fairies solve/get everything magically? The child is 2 years old, so at this age it doesn't really matter ...
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At what age does the child start understanding the difference between the spoken words which have different meanings but sound same?

At what age does the child start understanding the difference between the spoken words like C, See, Eight, Ate, and Eat? When I speak English, I find that my pronunciation is same for all the similar ...
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Why should I be hell bent on educating my toddler when she's going to learn the stuff anyways when she grows up?

Considering How to create learning opportunities for the toddler who is already *extremely* interested in books? I was wondering why should I be hell bent on educating my toddler when she's going to ...
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Can a wish when thrusted upon a person from childhood become her own wish?

The child is 22 months old. The father wants the child to become a doctor. He is planning to create such an environment around the child such that the child starts thinking that she must become a ...
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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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Daughter and school dress code

I have a daughter who will be starting high school next year. Because the public schools in our area are terrible, and because I want to try to get her to become an engineer (I'm a civil engineer/...
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How to communicate effectively with my 17-year-old daughter? And how to make her appropriately wary of strangers?

My daughter (17 years old) doesn't listen to me, but when a stranger says a few kind words to her she is like "Look Dad, he/she is such a good man/woman". I have learned that she has a boyfriend. ...
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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 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 does a child's moral compass form?

I've been reading many things about educating morality into a child. This question is great but does not deal with the age issue. My question is, at what age are children generally most active in ...
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Teen secretly playing video games when should be doing homework [closed]

If a son of about 14 years old, using his laptop to do schoolwork, secretly plays video games instead, should it be the parent's responsibility to find this out and stop him? If the son finds it hard ...
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How do I handle a 10 year old girl “in love”?

I just found out that my daughter wrote in her diary that she loves a boy - and she is only 10 years old. How do I deal with the situation? How do I discipline her?
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Are children harmed by the awareness of their parent's sexuality and sexual activity?

My wife and I are having our first child this July and a conversation that we have now and then is the prospect of having sex with our baby in the room. I've read other questions related to this ...
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My 7-year-old is “in love” with a girl in his class. How should I deal with this?

He tells me regularly that she's so nice and kind to everyone, how beautiful she is, how pretty her hair is, and this, that and the other. Now he's asking me what he should say to her, and if he ...