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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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Why does my teenage daughter always try to get in trouble?

I have a 16-year-old daughter and recently especially she's been acting out. She dyed her hair red knowing she wasn't allowed to and that she would get in trouble. Five days later she sneaked a boy ...
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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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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 ...
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How to react to incredible stubborn episodes in a 7 year old

My youngest daughter has always had a stubborn streak. As she's got older (now 7), it's got worse. While most children will eventually cave to some combination of carrot and stick, once she's in this ...
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How to help a 3 year old stop playing when his teacher tells him to?

I have a 3 year-old boy who often does not want to stop playing, which I imagine is not incredibly uncommon. Sometimes he will not want to quit playing when his Spanish immersion teacher needs him ...
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My 12-year-old daughter is not appreciative

My daughter just turned 12. She is the only child for me and my husband, but we both have other (grown) children from the first marriages. Our daughter is like an angel to us and we love her beyond ...
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Is it normal that my 2.5-year-old son still likes breastfeeding?

I have been breastfeeding my son since he was born up to now at 2 years old. I noticed that he really enjoys being fed and playing with my nipple. When he gets upset and I hold him, he will put his ...
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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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12-year-old hits pregnant mother in the stomach [duplicate]

My partner is pregnant with my child. We were doing homework on the couch with her twelve year old daughter. All was going well when she started hitting her mother and then hit her mildly in the ...
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Uncontrollable child

My girlfriend of two years has an 11-yearold son who is completely out of hand. She and I both are at our wits end trying to help him or figure out his behavior or correct it. Today she got our ...
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What kind of negative reinforcement works good on your 5 year old for misbehavior?

My son has few unwanted behavior I like to reduce. For example he throws objects like pencil, toys etc sometimes in frustration and sometimes he just enjoys. He throws papers outside our patio and he ...
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Developing creativity and out-of-box thinking among kids

A teacher asked my 5 year old son to draw an apple and colour it. He draws a large apple and coloured it in purple. This is not a usual behaviour though. Many times he has drawn fruits of the real ...
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Can they suspend an IEP student in kindergarten?

My son is in kindergarten this year with an IEP related to autism. He was suspended today for behavior the reason given on suspension form is caused, attempted or threatened to cause physical injury. ...
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What to do when child asks from older kids and they refuse

Background. My son is 4 years old and, as all other kids, is very fond of video games. He has a limited screen time, and currently his tablet was broken by his younger sister. He cried but then ...
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How to instill good behavior from the start?

My baby just turned 6 months old. I have seen some babies start to manipulate their parents around 8-9 months old (or around 1 year) to get the things they want (either by hurting them selves or ...
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How to deal with my 13-year-old son's friend, who makes me feel uncomfortable?

I am 38-year-old mother to a 13-year-old son. He is close friends with a boy (let's call him Alex). I have noticed earlier Alex behaving weirdly before me like complimenting me on my looks, things I ...
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Little sister out of control

I'm 26 years old and not a parent but my mother has been having trouble with my little sister. My 12-year-old sister has been not getting on the bus after school and instead has been hanging out on ...
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Our 5-year-old foster child lies and steals and my fiancé has given up on him. What can I do?

At the end of June, my fiancé and I got custody of my cousin's five-year-old son. He has been stealing and lying to us since the moment he got here. We have tried everything we can think of to get ...
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What are some healthy ways to control the speech of a child when parents are absent?

In Pakistan, according to Wikipedia, there are blasphemy laws which can even result in death. In the USA, where I am, we have a constitutional right of free speech, which does extend to children (all ...
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How can I get my 6 year old son to listen at school and home?

I really need help with my son who is about to turn 6 years old. He doesn't seem to listen to me at home or at school. I have been trying everything I can but nothing seem to work. Can anyone out ...
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7 year old threw her iPad in anger and it smashed

So the rule is, during and after dinner no iPad or games. I let her play when she gets home from school until tea time if she wants. That's roughly 2 and half hours but she's rarely on it for that ...
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Son was sent home from sleepover for behavior

I need some help with turning a very disappointing event into a learning opportunity. Last night my 9-year-old son was to spend the night with my neighbor's son, and the neighbor's girlfriend's kids. ...
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How to avoid food waste while not forbidding experiments with food?

To give a bit context: We are quite relaxed with food and eating. Our daughter (3 years old) is free to decide many things about eating. Most of the time she may decide what to eat (as long as she ...
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What to do about a 4 year old abusing animals? [closed]

I am extremely distraught, so please forgive my rambling and errors. Edits are welcome. Yesterday, before I got home, my wife called to tell me that she found our son choking our kitten that we've ...
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Strong-willed child? What am I missing?

My 6, almost 7 year old is so strong-willed that it's crushing me and destroying our relationship, as I'm getting to the point that I dread being around her. She can be so fun and nice one minute but ...
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At what point does confidence become obnoxious over-confidence?

My 5 year old has just started primary school, and for the most part he's taking the change from Kindergarten very well. He was a little shocked by the fact that he had to sit and learn instead of ...
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My 13 year old son is skipping school and I'm not sure how to proceed

I am a single mother, my son's father is not in the picture. My son doesn't want to go to school and is being very difficult. He says he is going, but when I get home the school tells he was not in ...
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I have a negative parent. How do I tell her to stop being my counsellor?

First off, I'd like to start by saying I love both my parents very much and I have great respect for them and what they've done for me these last 24 years. One of my parents is very negative. She ...
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how do i discipline a stubborn and angry 13 year old daughter [closed]

How do I discipline a 13 year old daughter who is very stubborn and won't listen to her parents and keeps doing everything that we don't want her to do e.g smoking, sneeking out of the house when ...
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How do I teach my 7 year old son to share things?

My son never shares anything he eats/enjoys with us. Of course, its not that we want that food item, but its just to teach him to share things with others. I have already tried: Tit for Tat: doing ...
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How can I deal with adopted son who promised to the god he believes in to never to speak until he sees mommy again, when mommy is dead?

My 5 year old adopted son is, contrary to everyone else in his entourage, religious - a leftover from his days in a war zone. His mom died some time ago - by suicide - and since then he hasn't said a ...
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Grandparents want our three year old daughter to throw tantrums like her cousin did

When my nephew was a toddler/pre-schooler, he had major separation anxiety issues and tantrums. Specifically, whenever his grandparents or we (his aunt and uncle) visited him, he'd never let us leave ...
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What to do with a 5 soon to be 6 year old that likes getting you upset?

We have a great little boy. He was absolutely perfect until he turned 5 years old. He is almost 6 now and he is just a handful. He talks back, does not listen, refuses to admit fault and laughs and ...
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How to help my 4-year-old son, who pretends play to be a girl with long hair, develop a stronger identity?

I have a 4-year-old son, who is a high functioning autistic child. Since age 3 he began wearing his jacket over his head pretending it was his long hair. Recently, my Mom gave him a Halloween wig to ...
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How to deal with my 9 year old son who is not listening to me

I am a working woman. My son is 9 and is actually a good boy. But when I am ask him to study, to complete his school homework and do the studying that I give him, he just tells me that he will do it ...
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How can I help my 6 year old boy who has being bullied by one of his classmates?

My son is a very emotional kid. He falls in love/hate with absolutely everyone with ease. Recently one of his classmates started calling him "sh*t head" and he immediately started to believe that. ...
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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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What to do when a child gets angry while trying to lead a group?

On a children's camp we have a group of 4 boys (around 12 years old) with no appointed leader. One of the boys is naturally trying to lead the others, but they are lazy, so it's not easy for him. The ...
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Children mimic parents, but what to do when it gets out of hand?

There's this 3.5 year old that I know, who keeps saying/yelling "Listen to me" when you try to correct him. He probably gets it from his parents, who I've seen saying the same thing when they're ...
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Unsportsmanlike behaviour from my 7 year old son

My son is 7 and loves sport - and is good at it. However he often behaves badly e.g. lying on the ground when tackled in football, going in the huff and standing at the sidelines, rough-riding ...
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How do I manage my toddler's fear to use the potty?

My LO is almost 15 months. She just started walking and has been really good at climbing on chairs for a while so I figured we'd buy a potty, no pressure, just to get her used to the idea. I sat her ...
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What is the most gentle way to break an association in a 15 months old?

We are doing a daycare transition currently. My LO is 15 months old next week. I spent all AM and lunch there with her yesterday and today. It's a family based homecare and I've only heard very ...

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