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Encouraging the love for dinosaurs in 3 years old

My son is three years old and he is an extreme fan of dinosaurs. He managed to remember the name of most of them by listening to his teachers in day care and watching cartoons. I know this is most ...
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How to help a 14-year-old recognize reckless, destructive behavior as such and take it seriously after partially blinding our dog?

Our 14-year-old is a great kid. No joke. He causes very little issues for us. Lately though, he has simply turned reckless in his behavior at times. I have attributed this change to the fact that he ...
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Young kids and other people's dogs

I have a five-year-old son. Quite often when we're walking in the countryside a puppy of a big breed will come running up to him and try to jump up and often end up knocking him over and/or scratching ...
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How to discourage my 3-year-old from intentionally squishing bugs?

I have a just under 3-year-old girl. We spend a lot of time outside exploring nature. Often I'll pick up a bug and after she agrees to be gentle with it, I'll give it to her. She'll play with it for ...
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At what age do childen develop empathy?

My son is 18 months old. He finds it hilarious to make our cats howl by pulling their tails. I try to discourage this by firmly saying "no" and "do not pull tails" until he stops (which he quickly ...
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What are some better ways to teach empathy when taking kids to the zoo?

This question was prompted by a prior question where the OP happened to mention that they found zoos depressing but didn't want to tell their kids. I felt the same way as well, yet like other parents, ...
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What are good approaches to lessen fear of insects in a child?

One of my kids is extremely frightened of bugs. As in, if there's a fly/mosquito/bee in the room - far away from her - she will freeze up and refuse to move. If she's in small proximity, she gets uber-...
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How can I help my 2.5-year-old better love his dog?

My 2.5-year-old seems to be relatively indifferent to our dog. I want him to learn to care for him and help him learn empathy and respect through having a dog. Any thoughts on tactics I can use to ...
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How to teach children the difference between pets and vermin?

My 16 month old daughter just witnessed her grandmother chasing and proceeding to bash a mouse to death. My daughter was within 4 feet of the death site. She was pretty shocked and asked to pacify ...
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How can I teach my toddler to ride a pony she's scared of?

This weekend I took my 3yo daughter for a pony ride. She is very independent and social-able kid and I expected there would be no problem, but she had refused to sit on the pony because were very ...
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How do I teach my toddler not to abuse animals?

We have two dogs and two cats, and our son loves to interact with them, but his form of interacting is not particularly enjoyable to the animals... Some of the things he does are just annoying, like ...