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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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How to instill scepticism towards authority, albeit in a healthy way?

I have a nine year old son. I personally believe kids should have a healthy scepticism towards authority, and should question stuff before blindly acknowledging and obeying it. However, I'm not sure ...
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Feel like I’m failing my 11 year old daughter [closed]

I am a mom to a beautiful and intelligent 11 year old daughter and I feel like I am failing her as a mother. She has been incredibly moody and temperamental for the last few months and I try and talk ...
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Why is my toddler protesting sleep with me and not my partner?

My 21 month old has had a very regular bed time routine for a long time now: dinner > bath > read books > sing a song > lay down in crib (awake) > say goodnight, love you, and leave the ...
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4 year old son talking so loud to me and familiar will he decrease his tone later?

4 -year-old speaks to me and my family members too loudly.When he is travelling with me also he speaks loudly he never minds about others.But in school or when any unknown people to him asks some ...
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Is it normal for a 3-year-old to always lay down when playing?

I have a 3-year-old grandson. It doesn't matter where he is, ice cold tile floor or on his bed, he lays down to play. I've read that in some children this can be a sign of a learning/sensory ...
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Toddler's inner conflict with himself

Our son is 2.5 years old. At this age I expected him to start disagreeing with his mother and me, but although he does, occasionally, he seems to be disagreeing with himself more. Especially when he ...
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How should parents handle dominant behaviour of toddler towards other children?

My daugther is almost 17 month old which is our first child and she is not in kindergarten yet (starts in two month). Whenever we go with her on a playground or meet her neighboring friend (same age) ...
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Why does my 16 month old daughter cry when we imitate animal sounds?

My daughter is a very curious, interested, and active young girl. She loves animals whether they're in a picture book or real life. She goes nuts when she sees them or hears them (in real life). Some ...
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Earning your kid's trust and getting them to confide in you and “complain” about getting bullied

How can one get their kid to trust them and confide that they are getting bullied when the kid knows the parent is dead serious, earnest, direct and will vigorously seek to resolve the matter with the ...
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Toddler has a strong preference for one parent

Our almost 2 year old toddler has developed a strong preference for me. In mild doses, this was acceptable but it is getting pretty out of hand. She cries when my husband, her father, tries to hug her,...
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Should parents back each other up when a child behaves badly?

The example is a 4.5 year old. In a few months, he goes from preschool to kindergarten. The first thing in the morning his dad asks him what he wants for breakfast. Sometimes the child shouts at his ...
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How do I schedule a timetable for a 4 year old?

My son is 4 1/2 years old. Since my wife gave birth to our second son (2.5 months old) our son seems to have the following routine. Wake up, pee, go down and I give him cereal which he eats in front ...
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How to deal with overly talkative 6yo?

My son is 6 and can often "talk too much". He could talk for hours if nobody stopped him. This is mainly with adults, because they stick around out of politeness. His peers usually just walk away when ...
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Why do kids pick up on violence in cartoons/movies?

Why is it that children seem to pick up and mimic even the tiniest examples violence on TV? It's like a golden beacon of what not to do and they seem to be just magnetized towards it. Let me try to ...
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Four Year Old - Won't listen, cries frequently, incredibly stubborn

I have two children, a four year old and a two year old. Both my kids are sweet and kind hearted. However, the 4yo has suffered from separation anxiety in the past and has a very stubborn personality. ...
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4 year-old son not speaking on phone

4 year-old-son speaks while using loudspeaker option in phone and in video call.But If I give mobile phone in his hand he just keeps it in his ear for just 5 to 10 seconds and gives back to me.If I ...
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How to teach kids that loud voices are nothing to be scared of

If parents are habituated to raising their voice when disagreeing with their partner, in the presence of kids, it appears that the kids are visibly distressed due to this. It is clear that its the ...
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Ways to convince a teenager to quit smoking

I'm 23 years old and I have a sister that is very soon turning 17. She lives with my parents and I live abroad for a couple of years now. My mother noticed that my sister started smoking around 1 ...
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Should an almost 2 year old be picked up when he asks?

It is second nature for me to pick up my child when he wants it unless there is something preventing it such as cooking, etc. My husband asked me to not pick him up so much because now our son ...
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I'm a step father, I don't have any children of my own, how do I deal with a teen boy that acts extremely feminine?

I have been with my fiancee for a little over 4 years. I met her son when he was ten and he is now 14. In the beginning I felt in my personal opinion that he was a little bit of a "Momma's boy" but I ...
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4 year old seems suddenly uninterested in me

I have been separated from my childrens' father for nearly two years. I have custody of our two children, and he lives in a different city than us. Although it is a long haul for him to get to us, he ...
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How to protect my children from abusive mother?

I am looking for some urgent advice with how to proceed. My wife is constantly emotionally and physically abusive to both my 3 and 5-year-old. She belittles both, plays favorites, talks about her ...
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How do I help my 6 year old daughter behave better at school?

My daughter acts out at school. She hit, kicks, flips over chairs and tables, throws things..sometimes at kids or adults.., screams, etc. We (parents and the school) have been trying different things ...
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How to get husband to clean his daughter's room? [closed]

my husband's 17 yr old daughter (who is not my daughter nor have I raised her--we have been together 4 yrs) has very crippling mental health issues. One of her issues is compulsive hoarding and ...
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How can I get my teenager to go to school?

Teenage daughter refusing to go to school Very similar situation! 15yr old, been going through this for a couple years. Hates idea of home schooled so says, that will make it much worse. She likes ...
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6 Year old son behavior problems at school and now at home

My son is 6, 7 next month. He's having a lot of problems at school. At the beginning of the year he was getting tallies and notes sent home because he was hitting, pushing, kicking other kids at ...
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How to deal with a teenager who wants his parents to buy him everything his friends have?

How do I teach my son the value of money and to differentiate between a need and a want? The problem I am facing is that he is 19 years old, not 5 years old. He is my youngest son and to be honest I ...
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How do we help 2 yo play independently when we’re busy?

My wife and I have a 2 year old boy. He's very attached to my wife / his mom. He's typically happy to play on his own, as long as we're nearby. But if we go into the kitchen (next room over) to cook, ...
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Confidence in 4 year old twin

I have twins and one of them has a slight confidence issue in certain social situations. At their 5th birthday party today when they brought the cakes out, she became embarrassed and turned away from ...
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Toddler struggling to adjust to new class in daycare

My 2.4 year old is struggling to adjust to his new daycare class, with him refusing to get into the car, crying when we leave the house, crying hysterically when I walk him to his class, hurting his ...
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How do I get my 4yo to stop repeating himself all the time, and to respect a quiet time?

My 4 yo has been showing a rather annoying and obsessive behavior for the past 6 months or so, in that: he repeats himself all the time, and won't take no for an answer in some circumstances. Maybe ...
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Making time for yourself

My son has recently developed a habit of ,following around. If I come upstair he will follow, if I go down stair he will follow, and if he is with his uncle the uncle laugh so loud and fanatic that it ...
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Dealing with other peoples kids who don't know when to stop

Initially my question was, how do I discipline other people's children but I am not sure that is the right question, nor is it something I actually want to do. More over, I need to understand better ...
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My 4 year old daughter doesn't love her Dad and sometimes rejects him

My daughter (4) is very close to me. She wants everything from me, and I certainly do her whatever she wants (within limits), however sometimes I tell her ask her Dad to do. When she does ask him, ...
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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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How can 7-year old defend himself when toddler is hitting?

I am a mother to a 7 year old boy and I have a friend who has a 2 years toddler. Both my friend and I try our best to use the Conscious and Peaceful Parenting Approach. Her little daughter is lovely ...
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How to tell my 4-year-old son not to get hyper with his uncle or anyone except parents?

My brother in law is a cocky, arrogant person. The way I see it, my son plays with him and they laugh and play really loud, but suddenly he has change of mood like flicking a switch. As 4-year-olds do ...
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How to deal with toddler discipline and tantrums

Obviously toddlers have different behaviours so this is not an easy one size fits all question. So I am asking generically as opposed to specifically. Today I had to discipline my toddler for a very ...
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How to introduce a trigger word for 'quiet' in the car?

I've been reading a parenting book which has a section about entertaining a toddler in a car. It acknowledges that you sometimes need to concentrate when driving and it has the following suggestion: ...
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Girlfriends Daughter

I recently started dating an on again off again friend of mine back in May. We've been living together in our new house since October. We're both in our mid thirties and have known each other since ...
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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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teenage child with severe daily temper tantrums and whining

My 13 year old daughter has severe and daily outbursts - sometimes as many as 10 a day - from time she gets up till time she goes to bed. This has been going on since she was of walking and talking ...
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How to answer my 5 year old why I can tell her what she has to do, and why she can't tell me what to do

In the morning there are lots of things to be done before heading off to preschool. I'm acting like a policeman every morning to get those things done and to push my child to go out. Every day I have ...
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When do kids stop holding their parent's hand?

At what age do kids stop holding their parent's hands? My 8 year old daughter ALWAYS holds my hand whilst outside. I don't mind, but my partner and older daughter (16) thinks she is too old to be ...
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Fear of DAD and leaving [closed]

I'm 26 years but i still stay with my Dad because in a typical african home its a taboo for a lady to leave her fathers and live alone. They see it as her being wayward and she will not have chances ...
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How can I get my 7 m/o to stop rubbing her eyes?

We have observed our 7 month old rubbing her eyes ever since we can remember. She does this especially when she's tired, but also when she's bored or starting to get frustrated. She'll oftentimes rub ...
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Does toddler keep hands around private parts?

My son is turning 3 years old and lately I been noticing he is playing/holding his penis, which I am really concerned about. His hand just wonders off to his willy, I have asked him what's wrong but ...

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