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Why do children act the way they do? Use [discipline] for questions about enforcing your rules.

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My 18 month old cries when he realizes that he made a mistake

I have a parenting situation where I'm unsure of the right behavior. My 18 month old child is usually shy and doesn't mingle with people easily, but if someone spends time with him and goes a little ...
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By brother is lonely and has turned to the internet to fill his social craving. How do I tell my parents without betraying his trust?

My nearly 14 y/o brother doesn't have much social interaction (due to being homeschooled) and to fill his social craving I noticed several days when I startled him that he has turned to secretly ...
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Toddler recently pushing me away, no cuddles, not saying goodnight etc etc and I'm withdrawing a bit - is there light at the end of the tunnel?

Our daughter just turned 2 in May. My wife and I haven't really had that many issues with her, but recently she's being odd. Every time I go to give her a hug, cuddle or kiss she either pulls away or ...
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11 year old grandson holding in his poop

My 11 year old grandson holds in his poop to the point he will pack his butt with toilet paper and when he can't hold it any more it comes out in the toilet paper . Then he tries to clean up the mess ...
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how to control when they get angry [duplicate]

Hi my son is 11 years old, now he is in class 5, till class4 he was good in studies , scoring around 90%, but from this academic year he not showing interest in studies, not completing his class work ...
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My 2.5-year-old wakes up and whines for hours

My 2-year-old wakes up in the middle of the night and whines for an hour or two and won't tell me why or go back to sleep. I have to work and this can't keep happening. Also I am worried about him.
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When does a toddler understand the joke of a man falling down on purpose?

A few days ago I was watching a circus show with my almost 3-year-old daughter. There was a guy who was doing some pirouettes in an horizontal bar: he would turn several times in a row and then stop ...
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How to stop 5-year-old hitting?

My 5-year-old sons' behaviour has deteriorated over the last 9 months but mostly in the last 4 months has it been more noticeable. He will hit and lash out at both myself and my partner's children ...
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Is being repetitive normal for a 3-year-old child?

I have a 3-year-old son and am a first-time mom. I just noticed that he is very repetitive, saying something more times than expected. He doesn't stop, even when I say okay. He stops when he wants. ...
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I want my parents to be happy [closed]

I'm 17 and a second child. My elder sister is quite busy with med school and my two brothers are pretty young to understand what's happening. I'm not close with my father in the sense that we only ...
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What to do with a first grader who cannot sit still in school?

A first grader (7 1/2 years old) has trouble sitting still. Often, he stands up when everyone else is sitting, squirms around, but is not verbally disruptive. At home, he similarly has little ...
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Why don't children know why they do things?

I have a 7 year old son. He routinely disobeys instructions, I am not some strict task master that is always asking him to do stuff but I need him to listen to the things I ask him for his benefit as ...
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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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12 year old daughter only misbehaves for her parents

I have a 12 year old daughter who behaves for everyone except for my wife and I. Everyone else that encounters her thinks she is just an angel, but at home she is argumentative, talks back, has a ...
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10 year old will not help with anything around the house

My child will help everyone else out. Neighbors, family, at school, bus driver, etc. He will not help out and I've asked him to tidy his room for months now. I've cleaned it myself many times and it ...
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Our 6-year-old is talking down to herself. Why would she do that and should we be worried?

I have a 6-year-old daughter who is wonderful and basically your normal 6-year-old. One behavior that she has been exhibiting that scares her mother and me a bit is that she will occasionally talk ...
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My 5-year-old daughter was verbally forced by another 7-year-old girl to show her bottom in daycare

My 5-year-old daughter was verbally forced by another 7-year-old girl to show her bottom in daycare. She told me today about this while taking a bath with me. She doesn't remember when this incident ...
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My 2.5 year old child can only be calmed by mother

My 2.5-year-old daughter is a good educated child that hasn't many bad behaviors. Sometimes she turns out to be more the defensive type than the aggressive one, but all in normal frames. When she ...
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How do I react when my 2.5 year old hits me?

My 2.5 year old has started hitting me in the face, on the body (anywhere) during tantrums and sometimes even when we're having a nice moment together. What is the best way to deal with this? I know ...
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Anxiety, Anger, and Major Sleep Issues in 2.5 Year Old Following Long Holiday – Is This Normal?

We went to Australia from Canada for two months to visit (and stay with) family when our son was 2.25 years old. He is now 2.5 years old. Now he is terrified to go to sleep, screams if we leave him (...
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How do I stop my little brother from throwing things?

My brother is usually very nice to me, but sometimes he acts out. I can't be harsh with him because he is not a mature. He gets in a habit of throwing things. What can I do to get him to stop ...
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What to do about our 7-year-old daughter's emotional outbursts when I lose to my husband?

I'm the 31-year-old mother of a 7-year-old girl. My 27-year-old-husband and I take our daughter to the park on weekends and holidays. A few weeks ago, she wanted me to take on my husband in a game ...
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Five-year-old son constantly fondling himself - is it normal?

When my five-year-old son wears some comfy clothes, like joggers or pyjamas especially after school, he tends to either sit on the sofa or lie on the floor and basically fondle himself. He started ...
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My son still wants to hold my hand at 13

My son still wants to hold my hand at 13. Holding his dad's hand has been drilled into him since he was able to walk as a safety thing and I assumed as he got older he would not want to anymore, but ...
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Bad attitude from my 12yr old

My son has a bad attitude, and I can't even have a discussion with him without him kicking off. I try my hardest to not get cross but sometimes it's so hard not to. The way he is being is splitting my ...
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Do court imposed curfews work? [closed]

Recently, my 18 year old son went to court for a possession for the purposes of trafficking (P.P.T.) charge. His mother and I have been divorced for the last three years; and she told me that the ...
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My daughter is not talking to me

I am father of a 5 year old kid. Both myself and my wife were working until my daughter was 3.5 years old. Until then my daughter was so caring affectionate towards me, would play with me, would talk ...
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Kindergartener daughter getting in trouble at school [closed]

My 6-year-old is off to a rough start in Kindergarten. Right when school began she got detention for kicking another kid on the playground. When we asked her why she did it, she said the other kid was ...
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Is this a situation in which I should push for intervention or should I let it go?

Background I am a mid-older teen living at home and preparing to go to college in about a year. I generally keep to myself and only interact with my parents on the most essential topics so I may be ...
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Shall I be worried about my 5-year-old son seeming to be depressed when at his mom's?

I have a 5-year-old son and I have him every weekend and days here and there during the week. When I drop him off at his mother's on Sunday nights maybe once or twice a month she texts or calls me and ...
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How to address preschooler lying

My 3.5 years old recently started lying. Up to now, they where mostly "I didn't do this" type of lies. For exemple, he would unroll the toilet paper in the bathroom or put play-doh in the washer (!) ...
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How can I help my almost six year old behave better at my home? He is good at his dad's house, with grandparents, and at school

My son is with me 4 or 5 nights per week; with his father the balance. But I see him every day after school regardless (I'm at home with my second baby). I have a good relationship with my ex, and ...
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How to rectify downward spiral of Parents (us) Shouting & 'Bad Behaviour'

Our son (4.5 yo) has recently gone from being very well behaved to frequently... 'selfish'*. I've noticed my wife and I have more frequently resorted to shouting at him, whereas before we tended to ...
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How to get past the phase of dirty talk?

I'm not sure if every child goes through this so I won't make a blanket statement. Some kids go through a phase when they learn words like "snot" or "booty" or "poop" that saying it makes them giggle ...
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How do you deal with an abusive out-of-control sibiling [closed]

I'm a college student still living at home to save money and have a 15 year old sister who also lives at home. My sister constantly swears and both my parents and I as well as makes threats (that she'...
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2.5 year olds favorite game when video chatting is to bury phone and ignore me

I do video calls with my 2.5 year old god daughter every week, as she live in another state and keeping a close relationship with her is important to me. She insisted on carrying the phone we use for ...
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First time kindergartner having trouble with focus

I have a 5-year-old who's in kindergarten for the first time this year. He is a smart person, but in class he's not staying focused. He gets sidetracked easily but he can comprehend and get the ...
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My sister obsessively washes her hands. What should we do?

For close to a month now, my 13 year-old sister has been obsessively washing her hands. In the past week it has gotten so bad that she won't keep her hands together and would sit on the couch, staring ...
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How to get fixated child to cooperate?

Background These behaviours aren't the focus of the question, simply provided for background information. I'd appreciate it if answers focused on the main question at the end. Sometimes I look ...
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How to keep 3 year old from chewing on everything?

I have a 3 year old who recently started chewing on whatever is nearby. Whenever he gets bored, or he's sitting watching a show, it's almost guaranteed he'll start chewing on something. Up until ...
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How to get my 4yo daughter's fixation on my belly button under control?

I don't know where to begin with this question. It's awkward and to be honest, it makes me feel rather uncomfortable. Simply put, I'm led to believe that my four year old daughter is obsessed with my ...
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My 2.5yr old daughter does not answer to us

Anyone ever experienced similar situation? My 2.5yr old daughter always trying to ignore my words, by not listening and not answering. For example, when there's conflict I try to blame her on some ...
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How to make my son sit on barber seat to have haircut

My son is 2 years old and he had rarely had a haircut. He refuses to sit on his own or won't let the barber cut his hair because he only likes to do things he likes to do. He has it cut when he is on ...
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How to get a 3 year old to eat

I am having a problem with a three year old boy. He won't eat. He does the "I don like it" at foods that we know are his favorites. We have tried one food at a time. For example "You can get more ...
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How to teach my son to protect himself from other kids?

My son is 30 months old and he is very nice and quiet kid but children take his toys and beat him without saying anything to them. What i need to do to teach him to protect himself and not to cry when ...
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What strategies can I teach my (autistic) child to deal with another child who winds him up?

We have a group of friends that came about through having children the same age; so the children are friends and the parents are friends, and we hang out quite a bit. A couple of years ago, another ...
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12 year old grandson hitting 7 year old sister

My 10 year-old grandson hits, pushes, kicks and spits on my 7 year-old grand-daughter. He has ADHD. When she complains, he always says it’s not his fault, that it was a accident or she got in the way ...
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Is tickling “cruel”?

At the risk of asking a subjective question, I recently heard from another parent that tickling triggers the same nerves as pain receptors but at significantly lower levels of intensity. Is that true? ...
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How can I help my mother realize her harmful behavior towards my brother?

My brother (age : 20 yrs) has some bahavioral problems which cause significant stress to me and my parents. He is short tempered and can not take suggestions even when politely expressed. He turns ...
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14 year old not turning in homework?

I have a 14 year old. Shes a great kid, never gets in "real" trouble, Loves all her classes and teachers. However... She has 5 classes in high school, 4 out of 5 classes she does great in. She has ...