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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 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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Why do kids or at least young girls so want you to "ask them questions"? [closed]

I've been virtually babysitting kids for many years, mostly girls age 6-14, and a remarkable amount of them actively and repeatedly encourage the viewers of their live streams to "ask me ...
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How to stop my preschooler from constantly running away

We have a very active 4-year-old. She has a will of her own though with what she wants to do, and there's one thing in particular that I find I don't know what to do: she's constantly running away. ...
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How do i stop my parents from splitting [duplicate]

I am a teenager youngr than 16 and my dad and stepmum seem like they are going to break up. My 3 stepbrothersdont listen to their mum and shout horrible things at her. One of them is always starting ...
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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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Toddler body going limp- leaning, laying, acting lathargic or "boneless"m

I have looked up going "boneless" in toddlers and articles mention it's a thing they do when they are tantruming. This is a different kind of boneless- My 3 y.o. when doing an activity like ...
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Teaching a 7yo responsibility for his choices

I have a 7 year old son who is a great kid. However there are times when he completely denies responsibility for his actions. For example, the other day my wife took our kids to a splashpad (water ...
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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 prevent my 8-year-old from spending time with his bad friend?

Backstory: My 8 yr old son is a bright, gentle, etc, kid who attends public school. My wife and I have no TV, we disallow violent games (simulated killing is not allowed), we don't have video games, ...
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How to help my 4yo daughter cope better with her fear of missing out?

My 4yo daughter loves to do things with me. I'm pretty sure this is normal for a kid her age. She follows me around the house (when she's not at preschool) participating in chores, helping me with ...
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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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Teaching kids how to turn off

I had struggled most of my life and I do not know how to turn it off. e.g. I work 9-5 when I come home either I watch tv with food or go out shopping and when I am back or am free I am on the laptop ...
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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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child (almost 3 years) is unable to search for missed stuff

My son who will shortly become 3 years old seems to be unable to search for lost things, and I'd like to know if this is something to worry about. He often takes some item/toy, runs around with it in ...
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Why my kids don't get excited to see me

We have been living with my wife brother for 3 years now, My kids are very excited whenever their uncle comes from door and not me. This sort of hurt, not sure why but what my kids (almost 7 and 2) ...
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Protecting your almost adult offspring from bad company and drugs

Given an offspring 16-18 years old (especially with health problems and alergies) how exactly can you protect them (and the entire family) from drugs (their friends do drugs and some are even mules)? ...
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How can I deal with with other people's children taking items from my one-year-old?

I currently attend quite a few different playgroups throughout the week with my one year old little boy (he is at the crawling, not quite talking stage). And I recently experienced the awkward ...
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Handling obsession with things like washing machine

My three year son is obsessed with some things like washing machine, vaccum cleaner etc. He will not let others to operate these things. He gets mad when someone handles these without him. He will ...
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Protecting your kid from bullying

I have asked a question on how to Earn your kid's trust and getting them to confide in you and "complain" about getting bullied The question is How not to lose the trust now that you earned ...
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How can I get my kid to stop whistling...so much?

I know this makes me sound like a jerk, but it feels nuanced and I really am trying to learn and grow. Some added context: He is using the handflute, or 'hand ocarina' method He does it very ...
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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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What should my collgeaue do to stop her 20 year old son from smoking?

What are some ways to stop a 20 year old boy from smoking? We know that smoking is bad and cause all sort of cancers (such as lung / heart / throat cancer), are there ways to stop or discourage the ...
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4 year old blames all of her accidents on others, how to help her accept responsibility in a good way?

My daughter is 4 years old, getting close to 5. She started doing this only recently. When she does something like fall over, or stub her toe, or spill milk, she immediately starts blaming it on ...
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How do we help our 6 year old son with dangerous behaviors?

Our son has been making some really bad choices lately and we don't know how to help him anymore. A few weeks ago he was playing with his new multitool from scouts but was running in the yard with it ...
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I've taken all of my 13 year old daughter's possessions, and she's still disrespectful

I've taken everything except for three outfits, a bed cover, and her pillow. What is my next step? I rarely whoop my girls, but my 13 yr old has pushed me 4 times in 3 months to have to spank her! ...
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How to best deal with kids ringing doorbell and running away?

I don't talk with my neighbours much besides the occasional hello and wave when we see each other outside. I live in a neighbourhood of townhouses. 2 boys (age low elementary school, I dunno grade 3 ...
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Should endless "but what if" questions be encouraged or discouraged?

Should this behavior from a child be encouraged or discouraged: They ask you a question, you answer it, but then they ask but what if [insert clause here]? You answer again, but they ask but what ...
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Should I be concerned about my 3.5-year-old believing he was Spiderman?

My 3.5-year-old son is obsessed with Spiderman comics, games and movies. He thinks he is Spiderman. He even has a 'girlfriend' in school whom he calls Mary Jane. Is this normal? Or should I be ...
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2 year old toddler closes her eyes only in the classroom in school

Our 2 year old closes her eyes in the classroom in school, and only opens them when she steps outside the classroom to go to the playground or toilet. She has been there for 3 weeks, and I'm wondering ...
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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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How can we discipline a strong-willed, misbehaving 5 year-old?

My 5 year old son receives and fears punishment but repeatedly exhibits the same unacceptable behaviors. He's always been strong-willed, and is usually the kind to view a statement like "Don't do ...
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Kleptomania in 9 year old

So, my 9 yo step sons has a big issue with stealing. The issue is that it's not stealing money, or for gain. A lot of the time, he just takes things, just so that he can have it. He takes something, ...
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How to make conversation and why my son doesn't engage in convo

My 6 years old son doesn't interact when someone like my mom, or my niece interact with him, which remind me of my wife once said "I do not want him to be like you" it was ouch moment for me ...
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Is it normal for a 3 year old to change their clothes every 10 minutes all day long?

My 3 year old grandson changes his clothes every ten minutes. He even puts his baby sister's dresses and t-shirts and socks on. He came down with five t-shirts on yesterday and even chases his ...
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Toddler tells everyone to "go away"

My son who is 2 years and 7 months old has gotten into a habit of telling everyone to "go away". A most recent example happened just this morning. I sleep in another room while he and his little ...
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13yo kid does not want to use knife for eating [closed]

I have an unusual problem that is creating tense situations at home. My 13y/o boy does not want to use his knife for eating. He bends his head to the dish to eat things like salad or pasta. He ...
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Son cries intensively every morning when I bring him to day care, but he ostensibly likes it there

My son (2y5m) always cries when I bring him to the day care in the morning. I thought it could be because he doesn't really like it very much there, and would rather stay some time with his dad. ...
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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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Appropriate age for use of electronics

I was searching for this video for the last 3 years. In it a salesperson refuses to sell a tablet to the parents of a 5 year old saying that they can come back in 7 years and 12 years is the ...
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Why do babies laugh at being "attacked"?

My son is nearly 1 and I've noticed some weirdness about him. He seems to enjoy when he is being "attacked". We don't actually attack him of course. Play punching, putting a hand over his ...
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Punishing my brother

My younger brother 16 is leaving with me, it's been two years now He is like every teenager likes to have fun, discover things and get friends. I kept him on the line, safe and sound. We argue ...
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Toddler makes a mess with everything, everywhere

Our son is 17 months old. He is too frequently ruining things and losing our expensive things. I know these things should be out of reach, but some things can’t be locked and things at his level are ...
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How to remove mobile addiction in my toddler

Our son is 3 years old and addicted to mobile, he need to play games, or he will cry and make fuss. My wife give her phone and he is always starring down at it. To make him quiet coz he make a lot of ...
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4 year old - throws things (this is not an anger tantrum)

My 4-year-old boy will sit and listen, read and play all fine. However, he suddenly started to throw things as a ‘game’. It’s so hard to stop him. I tried to read up about it but most websites ...
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My 5 years old being very difficult

My son is almost 6 and is very choosy and in everything he cries, I saw him playing in school (as U.K. school doesn't allow parents to go in and see their kids) but now I came to my home country and ...
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7 year old won't believe adults even when they show overwhelming evidence

This one is a weird situation that came to a head yesterday but, now that I look back on it, the behaviour has been there for months. My seven year old has indoor and outdoor shoes at school. The ...
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How to stop my kids uncle from watching him mobile before bedtime

My son is 1.5 years old, every evening or some night when his uncle takes him to his room, he put his mobile youtube videos and I believe it is affecting his sleep. I m a firm believer that watching a ...
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Discipline hyperactive 3 year old

I have a three year old son who is just awesome. He is advanced intellectually, loving, and he seems very empathetic. He does extremely well in daycare (it is at least an above average daycare), ...
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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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