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Is it normal for my 2 year old to to sleep with his grandmother and refuse to sleep with his parents?

Is it normal for my 2 year old son to sleep with his grandmother and refuse to sleep with his parents? I feel that I am not comforting my child enough and that's why he is refusing to sleep with us.
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Is my toddler prone to violence?

I have a 2.5yo son who, from my point of view, finds violence amusing. Examples of this behaviour are: When my partner and me play with him, he likes to slap or punch us bursting into laughter if he ...
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6 year old aggressive and impulsive behavior

My 6 year old stepson has shown signs of ADHD for many years. The worst of it is shown in school, where the behaviors are out of control. He has extra help and support from staff and teachers who give ...
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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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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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Activities besides tv

My 8yo, after school runs a tv marathon (as did I when I was kid) but that is because there is nothing to do for him, I got him books but he study/read in one go and finishes it. I live in UK so ...
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How to make sure kids prioritize keeping in contact when away

My wife and kids has gone abroad,although were suppose to go together but I couldn't. so it is my kids first time without me, although they went to a pilgrimge site but kids mostly stay at home with ...
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My 11-year-old grandson is 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 anymore it comes out in the toilet paper. Afterwards, he tries to clean up the ...
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Crime and Punishment-A Family Approach-Social Issues

What are the consequences (mainly in their social life and social development) of depriving your child of their liberty as a form of punishment? I am not looking (only) for studies on the effects of ...
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My 10 year old daughter watches Youtube shorts all day - what can I do about this?

As the title says, my 10 year old daughter watches Youtube shorts all day - and not things you can learn stuff from. She also constantly says she's tired. When I ask her to help with anything, she ...
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2 year old keeps pulling up the couch cushions and laying underneath them - is this a problem?

My 2 year old has a new favorite habit - lifting up the couch cushions and putting himself underneath them. My wife and I are pretty cautious, and it's not very subtle that he's under there, so he's ...
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Creating scheduling for a primary schooler

So my son is 7 1/2 years old, all he understands is life is watching TV the whole day on holiday & weekend or play on Nintendo Switch or ask someone at home to play as 2 players with him or ...
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When should a child stop using a pacifier, and how can I help with this transition?

I am curious how a child can be helped to move on from his/her pacifier, and what age is a good age to do this?
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My 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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6yo son doesn't want to return to mother after scheduled contact

Me and my wife have separated and are going through a divorce, we have two boys, 6 and 2, currently I only get to see the eldest. He stays with me from Friday evening until Sunday evening. I usually ...
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3 year old grandchild Julie will say things like "Bad Julie" or "Just throw me away mommy" or hit herself especially during tantrum. Is this normal

3 year old grandchild Julie will say things like "Bad Julie" or "Just throw me away mommy" or hit herself especially during tantrum. During her tantrums she also will tend to ...
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How to make a routinue and ask my son what he want

At the end of year 2, I had to take my son out of private school where he was studying since nursery, although it was hard decision but I had to make it because I was having financial issues, after ...
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Would my behavior towards my child have the desired result?

Suppose your kid steals a bag of chips from another kid and you want to make him/her understand that what he/she did was wrong.Now you go to the movie theatre and you are buying 2 bags of chips one ...
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9-Year old rushing through schoolwork which leads to multple problems

A little bit of context: we're in Germany, where, in the 5th grade, children are split into multiple types of schools, based on their academic capabilities. This is decided by the teachers based on ...
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My child's best friend's parent thinks my child is a bad influence

I have a middle schooler who is a nice but very introverted kid. She's smart, never gets in trouble at school, is nice to the kids who don't have a lot of friends, and is generous. Because of her ...
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How do change eating habit

My son has a problem with eating. He can eat all the junk like KFC, McDonald's, or rice and sweet yogurt, but starts crying when I ask him to eat more healthy food, or when I ban his TV or iPad. Part ...
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Why does my daughter smile and start to laugh at me when I am noticeably really angry at her?

My daughter is 11 years old and has been diagnosed with high functioning austism along with sensory processing disorder. I am a single father and have raised her alone since she was two years old. We ...
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My son refuses to celebrate. What should parents do?

I have a twelve year old son who will turn thirteen in about a month. We have begun planning for a birthday celebration for him. However, he resents the idea of any celebration whatsoever. Information ...
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Is this bullying? Are we overreacting/under-reacting?

My happy, positive, loving, open-minded, outgoing teenage daughter gets along with other people very easily. She's kind by nature and cares deeply about the feelings of others. She's mature for her ...
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Should I really be insisting that my daughter finish eating her meal?

Like many young children, my 4.5 year old daughter will often stop eating her supper (6 PMish - she has breakfast and lunch at daycare) and say she's not hungry. My instinctive initial response is to ...
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boy (4 years) generally well-behaved but misbehaves when mom is around

My son (4 years and 3 months) is generally well-behaved. There is no trouble in kindergarten, no trouble at grandma's place and not even much trouble at home with his dad. He knows the rules and ...
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How can I help my child to stay still?

My 3 year old son is generally very well behaved and plays well with others. However, he just wont sit still when we need him to. He is good at staying still when he is focused on something, but as ...
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My stepdaughter expressed she wants to kill her little sister and her father Im terrified!

I have a 10yr old stepdaughter from my husband previous relationship and I have a 13yr old daughter from previous. Me and husband now have a 3 yr old daughter. Recently I was tidying up the older ...
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Are my parents right to give me a severe punishment for being brought home by the police drunk? I am 16 [closed]

Are my parents right to take such drastic action to stop me drinking alcohol underage? In the past couple of weeks I have been coming home drunk (not on school nights) my parents said they are worried ...
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Boy defending himself from sister, or fight back?

I've read this question, but I don't think that is the solution for my situation. My son is 6 years old, and has a 5 year old step sister. The sister is able to get under his skin very quickly - ...
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How to help a child accept when an activity is over

My five-year-old really struggles with moving from one activity task to another. For example, we tell him we will only do a certain activity for x amount of time and then be done. It doesn't matter ...
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7yo not listening , have to repeat couple of times

I don’t know what happened but my 7 1/2 yo is not listening the first time. e.g. if I ask him something of him he won’t listen until I have to be a bit louder. This has been going on for months now. ...
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Should I be restrictive in my son's interest in electricity?

My 12-year old son has had an interest in electricity for several years now. However, lately his experiments have been becoming more and more extreme. For example, he routinely looks at videos online ...
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How to restrain my 13-year-old pubescent sister?

Just to understand my position: I, as her older brother (she is without father, 13 and I'm 24), have to sometimes act like her parent, because mom just can't restrain her, when she starts yelling or ...
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what shall I do my 12 year old daughter is out of control

My 12 year old daughter has been a nightmare in the past few months. On her good days she is the sweetest most helpful girl but these are becoming very rare. She loves her sporting activities but ...
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Should I let my child play with gun toys?

I've noticed a great many parents do everything within their power to prevent their children playing with toy guns and weapons. As a 30-something, I grew up with toy swords, bows and guns, action men (...
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Can it be unhealthy to deprive a child of sugar?

My youngest son just turned five. For years he's had a relentless craving for sweets. He's constantly requesting/demanding sugary food and drinks If we walk by somebody eating anything in a wrapper, ...
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Why preschooler is acting this way?

My son just turn 3 this week but he is known for his naughty behaviour but lately it has turned into embarrassment. E.g. throwing creams on carpet and rubbing it, throwing milk on wall etc. He do ...
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18 month keeps her eyes closed when she meets new people

My daughter is very attached to my wife. She's good with me (dad) and was okay with her grandparents. But lately she cries when she meets new people and keeps her eyes closed for hours. She either ...
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Is it normal for my 10 month old boy to lick my face

My 10 month old boy licks my face,especially my nose when i bring him close to my face. He does this only to me. But i am concerned. i tried to distract him when he licks but he thinks of it as fun ...
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How to deal with grandchildren who are wild and misbehave

I have a son and daughter in law who have 5 children , live out of state and are easygoing in their parenting style. A couple of their kids are loud, one is delayed, and two are extremely needy and do ...
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What should I do about my 7 year old goddaughter intentionally baiting people into give her things?

I fear my goddaughter has weaponized cuteness to become a professional moocher. She knows I won't buy things for her myself (I donate most of my income to charity and feel that's more important then ...
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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 can I get my 16-month-old to stop gagging himself, and (sometimes) vomiting?

I know he's doing it to get attention - particularly at the dinner table, or when we're out. But he'll stick one hand in his mouth until he starts gagging, and giggles when my wife tells him to stop. ...
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How can I get my son to wear his CPAP mask all night?

My son (12 years old) has down syndrome and pulmonary hypertension which requires him to wear a CPAP mask at night with supplemental oxygen. The problem is that he takes it off half way through the ...
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How do I teach letting go to a 5 year old?

My 5 year old daughter has complained a few times that she just can't get things out of her mind ("I can't get it out of my mind daddy" and she is visibly quite distressed). I'd like to ...
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How do I get my 12 month old to sit in his high chair longer?

My 12 month old is very busy and independent. He does not like cuddling and does not like to be restrained for long periods of time. He is ok with being in his car seat but for some reason does not ...
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How important is making up after a fight?

How important is making up after a fight and what are the do's and dont's? My child has recurring fights, verbal and physical, with other children in our street. Most of the children will fight ...
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Why do kids dare each other?

My son (15) has always been very susceptible to being dared. To my knowledge, he has never turned one down. Without going into too much detail, the dares are getting more extreme as he gets older. I'm ...
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How to instill reading/writing habits in primary schooler & toddlers?

My almost 7 years old son has an all-day tv/iPad/plays outside or asks mom for mobile and plays games habit. He won't get tired doing those but gets tired when asked to write something/do something ...

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