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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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Will “positive parenting” techniques work with my children?

I have two children (age 8 & 6). Both are very strong-willed. The stress of the pandemic and remote learning have taken their toll and caused their behaviors to escalate. They are now more ...
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Why my 4 year old is acting moody

A few years ago I wrote this question, I had moved out for 3 years just to find myself back at the same house again but with different circumstances. My mother in law passed away last year and my wife ...
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To what extent should an (almost) two year old be able to lie still on command?

My daughter will be two years old next week. Today she went for a check up with her cardiologist to get an ECG. She refused to lie still during the procedure, getting upset and crying, and was ...
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Should we reciprocate what our children does to us or should we do what ideally should be done?

My question is specific to my son who is about 12 years. When we ask him to do some favour like helping do some work and sharing his ice cream, he will always refuse to do so. I am confused as to what ...
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Should we be concerned about preschool siblings playing “sexual” games?

My wife recently discovered our 6 and 4 year old daughters playing an imaginary game where they were pretending to be "husband and wife" and they both had their pants off. As soon as she ...
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what should I do with my stepfather [closed]

It all started when I first meet my stepfather when I was 11 years old. at first, I thought he was a good person and I can trust him. After one year I meet him again when he already married my mother. ...
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5 year old touches his lips often. Is it normal or a sensory issue?

5 year old son touches his lip often, sometimes wipes it and doesn't peels skin in lip but he just pulls his lips like peeling skin and rarely at night during sleep, wipes his mouth with his own ...
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Behavioural therapy - for parents - combine with… what? Pointers appreciated

TL,DR: My son's therapy is taking a break; to help me help him I am contemplating behavioral therapy for myself - as well as combining this with consequential discipline, praise and all the other ...
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how do I help 5 years find interest outside of watching videos on ipad or tv?

Our son is 5 years old, and since home schooling he had been very distracted he has 0% interest in studying or practicing or reading.Even with his lessons on MS Teams, he seem to draw his own his mind ...
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How do you teach a child who doesn't respond to positive or negative reinforcement?

I've got two kids, 8 and 17, and they both struggle to learn from their mistakes, making the same mistakes again and again and again, despite the consequences. For example, they're both huge ...
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How to stop a (seven-year-old) child from constantly making silly, nonsensical noises and actions?

I am step father to a seven-year-old boy (let's call him H). H's father is very much involved in his life. He sees him every night for a couple of hours and they (Mother and Father) alternate weekends....
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What's a good approach to a kid who behaves rudely in home

I'm not a parent myself but it is regarding my younger sibling and I don't know where to go with this situation. My younger brother is 20 years old and in his final year of college, currently ...
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How do I deal with my son being a bully to his brother?

So, first things first; I am a step-dad. I have known the boys (ages 6 and 8 - lets call them Tim and Robert, respectively) for about 18 months now, and they do look up to me as a father figure (...
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How do I get my toddler dried and dressed after the bath calmly?

My toddler loves bathtime, and he loves running around naked afterwards. But this is the trouble! He runs away from me whilst I'm trying to put his cream on, PJs on. Once we are upstairs with milk/...
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is it time and, if so, ways to show 10 month old daughter how to clean up?

Our baby is 10 months. Very healthy, happy, and on target with developmental milestones. My husband suggested we start showing her how to put away her toys for the day. I'm wondering if it's too soon. ...
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My 11-month-old child is shaking arms and legs when excited. Should I be worried?

I kind of feel like this is "normal" but I am also worried that while I am in awww over her preciousness and loving her cute little moments that I may actually be watching her having some kind of ...
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8 year old is breaking the rules, and not understanding consequences

So, I recently asked this question, and after following the advice given, it has only made things more erratic. At this point, they both do listen when told what they have done wrong, and why it is ...
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Unwanted behavior at table, our usual approach is failing so far

Our 11 month old has gotten fairly good at knowing what she may and may not touch around the flat (e.g. a dangerous table, curtains etc.). When she approaches or actually gets her hand on such stuff, ...
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My 6 year old answers teachers slowly during distance education

My 6 year old child's behaviour in zoom schooling is a bit different. When we take his study at home, he responds well. But when it comes to responding to teachers, he answers a bit slowly. For ...
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Dealing with “breaking the rules”

So we have 2 young boys, aged 8 and 6. The 8 year old is very smart for his age, he's intuitive, figures out how things work, and knows how to get what he wants. The 6 year old however is more ...
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How can I teach a one-year-old to stop throwing food once he's done eating?

I've looked at other questions here about toddlers throwing food. But they seem to do it for the fun of watching things fall, or in the middle of their meal. So those answers do not apply to my ...
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7 y/o suddenly completely loses it

Our 7-year-old son (elder sibling of two) just started school this summer and can be described as a intelligent, pleasant and independent person. Normally, we trust him to be home alone for some 10 ...
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Helping an 8 year old understand impulse control, and empathy

Ok, so that does sound like a big ask; but at this point all I want to do is spark some thought processes in that general direction. In my last question, I had the issue with the boys breaking the ...
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How do I tell my parents I don't agree with their beliefs? [duplicate]

I am a 15-year-old and this is my problem : I was raised in an extremely Christian environment, I had no problem following what my parents and the church thought was best for me. About three years ago ...
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How to reduce screentime habit while eating food for children?

My son is 3.5yo and is very healthy and active. And we do have screentime limits setup on ipad. Right now there is a mealtime association with ipad screentime and it has become a habit. How can i ...
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Teacher asking my 5 year old daughter to take a boy student to toilet

My daughter is in year 1 in the UK. She was asked by her teacher to help a boy of her class go to the boys' toilet and get back. What should I be aware of in such cases? I am not sure what were the ...
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Teenage son talks to self

My son talks to himself, often in the shower, and stops when I'm aware of it. He is 17, and in a demanding program in college. He is elite, he is on the rowing team and the debate club. He doesn't ...
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5 year old didn’t wanted his mother to touch [closed]

Today I was shocked and angered at my almost 5 old son when he started crying when his mom was tickling him while she was lying on floor and he was standing next to her. Our son said I don’t like it. ...
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How to stop a toddler (seventeen months old) from hitting and pushing the TV?

We have a pretty standard living room set up with a TV sitting on a not-that-high cabinet which is easily in reach of our seventeen month old. Our apartment is very small and for that reason we're not ...
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How Do I Stop My Two Kids from Fighting? [closed]

My kids are fighting with each other for no reasons. They are twins (4 year old). Sometime they get too serious. Punishment is not the way I really like. Please share some cool ideas.
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Should I teach my kid how to lie?

My hypothesis is this: If a kid (aged about 12 or older) knows how to be a good liar, and how to spot other (good) liars will actually be more honest, or at least be able to be in relationships of ...
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6YO over-reacts to minor problems

Most of the time my 6YO daughter is quite happy and fully of energy. However when minor problems occur she over-reacts. i.e. falls down on the floor with her head in her hands and wails and cries. She'...
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4 year old son enjoys things that fly on air is this normal if not how to distract him?

4 years old child enjoys balloon flying on air,paper flying in fan he makes a paper boat keep it straight to fan enjoys moving to side again he brings it straight to fan,he repeats the same for ...
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Get around peer's mind games gracefully

What shall my 2.5-year-old son do in the situation when his peer plays naughty games with him? My son meets regularly with a toddler girl (3yo); his friend, our neighbor and a follow-mate in ...
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7yo step-son runs away when he thinks he's in trouble

The child in this case is 7 years old. Just as an example; maybe he breaks his own toy, clearly by accident, but right after I asked him not to do whatever caused the breaking. I would like to calmly ...
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My 3 year old is having problems at daycare but not at home what can I do to address this?

My son just turned 3 and moved to a new daycare 4 weeks ago. He had a good first few days and his behaviors have gotten steadily worse. He’s spitting, hitting, biting, and pinching. He’s had bitting ...
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Is it common for a toddler boy to wiggle his fingers in front of his eyes?

Our three-year-old son has a habit of wiggling his fingers in front of his eyes/face. Is this common for a toddler? I previously asked whether arranging toy cars in a line or crying when things are ...
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How to handle my little brother's addiction to videogames?

Here is a bit of context to start with: I live 150 km away from my little brother. My father got remarried to another woman, with whom he had my little brother (let's call him 'Marc'). Since we grew ...
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What are some good ways a father can engage a toddler boy who is 1 year and 8 months old?

My toddler boy who is 1 year and 8 months is fond of running, climbing, falling down. He has had several bruises on his head but does not care. He was playing in bed even when his hand was on a sling ...
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Is this normal that my 5 years old kid keep thinking about the bad things

We have a 5 years old girl. 2 years ago we have immigrated to a European county. She is going to school here and she learned the new language excitingly fast. We have another 3 months old girl as well....
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My 11 year old son is out of control and no1 can seem to help. What can I do? [closed]

This has been my nightmare since he has been 5 just getting progressively worse. He is 11. I have had the police at my home 3 times in 6 days. He has been to the psych ward twice in a years time. This ...
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How to encourage 9 year old boy to start learning new skill

I have a 9 year old son. He loves doing things he is good at but is not very open to start trying new things. For ex. he is doing Karate since he was 6 yr old and now he is intermediate level and good ...
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14 year old stepson wants to wear boxer shorts

Summary My 14 year old stepson wants to wear boxer shorts. Details At the beginning of the year, I started to do the family laundry to help my husband with the household workload. I discovered ...
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best way to initiate conversation with five year old son

My son's mother and I have a hard time getting our five year old son to respond to any type of questions. Whether that be about his day, how he's feeling, what he's interested in, when asked directly ...
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5yr old Addicted to Mobile Devices - Need Advice!

So it started when he was 2yrs old, we gave him his first bad habit.. eating while watching youtube videos. It worked, he ate well..like a zombie. (Parent Fail #1). Now at 5, he LOVES playing a ...
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How much of an effect does parenting style have on a child?

I'm not a parent and I haven't done as much research as anyone on this website. This question is motivated by looking at many of my friends. Sometimes, I find that one sibling is a high achiever, ...
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What to do when a pre-schooler refuses to perform routine tasks?

I've recently observed a lot of parenting and I must admit that it's left me baffled and overly cynical. My primary question is this: What do you do when a pre-schooler, say 4-5 years old, refuses to ...
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My daughter hides inside room when guests come to our home

My daughter is 2 years old and usually quite active. However, when guests come to our home, she is kind of very scared, goes inside the room and sits alone. We are a bit worried about this behaviour ...
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6 year old child being sexually active? [duplicate]

The first time I walked in my son's bedroom, he was playing with my friends niece (he was 4 and my friends niece was 2), and he had her pinned down on the bed and kneeling on her arms. She was ...

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