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Why do children act the way they do? Use [discipline] for questions about enforcing your rules.

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Discipline and how to properly address a 7yr old with behavior/stubbornness & crying for everything

I have had this issue with my girlfriend's daughter, mind you I have been with her for approx 3 years and I seem to have a discussion on how her daughter does not obey or respect what she is told or ...
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Why does my daughter spin around for fun?

My 20 months old daughter is in very good shape and is growing very well. She has discovered how to play the music sound system and we are listening to the same record over and over again. In the ...
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Toddler pooping to get out of quiet time

We have a mostly potty-trained 3-year-old (still requiring help with wiping and clean up) that we will shortly be transitioning from an enclosed crib to a twin mattress on the floor. Currently we keep ...
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How to deal with my 12 year old son being allegedly caught cheating at school

My son, 12, is a good student who always gets A's. He takes his schoolwork very seriously and does his homework on time. Today I received a shocking call from his teacher that he was caught cheating....
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My daughter repeats the same 2 numbers and when asking me questions tells me what to say and how to say it. Is this just a phase?

I'm looking for some advice. My daughter has just turned 5 and from her being very young she has always known how she wants things and what she likes and dislikes. She's been repeating the same ...
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3-year-old wants to 'do it herself' when it's already done

My daughter (three and a half years old) has developed a strange behavior recently and I think she's passing it on to her younger brother (almost two). At odd times throughout the day, she decides she ...
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Imitating parents behavior, is it safe

My four year old girl imitates parents behavior. She likes to keep things from younger two years old sister and tell her if she doesn't behave well she won't get back her toys. Is it too young for ...
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6 y/o hates himself, everyone and threatens suicide and violence

I'm a single parent of 2 kids ages 11 and 9. 16 months ago, I started dating my current girlfriend. She has 4 boys ages 6-11. Her and her ex have been divorced almost 5 years and they share custody so ...
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Toddler talks only with family members

My 3 year old daughter talks a lot, but she mostly talks only with me and her mother. She plays with other kids in park and in school.. but seldom talks with others. After school she tells us about ...
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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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How old is too old to spank? [closed]

Here is a little more detail. I have two daughters 8 and 12. We still spank the eight year old and everything works well. We stopped spanking the oldest probably about age ten and started ...
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should i buy my toddler a punching bag?

my 4yr old loves play fighting punching a bit too much. was hoping this could provide him a healthy outlet as an alternative to my body which is getting tired of a beatdown. is there a danger that ...
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Should bad feelings of a child not be mirrored? [duplicate]

Considering: Why is trying to talk children out of how they feel a bad idea? and My son started kindergarten and doesn't like writing his name. How should I think about this? I do not agree with ...
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Stealing and lying

I am a concerned Aunt; My nephew has been stealing and lying and I am concerned about that. He is a good kid, he goes to church and school and that's really it but something has gotten into him; he ...
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Reward system for toddlers + older kids?

I have a 5 year old and a 2 year old. We have a basic reward system where you get a star for basically any behavior we want to reinforce (sharing, hygiene, trying new foods, etc). 5 stars gets you a ...
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2-year old started resisting going anywhere

Months ago, my now-2-year-old boy would happily come and let us put his shoes and jacket on and walk out of the door with us. Now, when we tell him it's time to get ready or time to go, he'll run ...
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How to handle a toddler's infinite cycle of hand washing - getting hands dirty - putting hands in mouth

My almost 3 year old nephew keeps touching the floor, dusty corners, door mats and other generally not too clean things around the house. We do try to always keep a watch on where his hands are going, ...
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Do I have to worry about my 2-year-old son's social skill?

it might be nothing but since I am observant I came to notice a few things: my son goes to daycare 5 days a week, and it's been for more than one year, still he feels uneasy on Monday and cried a ...
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Why is trying to talk children out of how they feel a bad idea?

The article 7 Parenting Essentials says, Accept your children’s feelings. ... Instead, comfort your children and let them know you love them, rather than try to talk them out of how they ...
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6 year old takes too long to do anything

We have a 6 year old son, attending 1st grade. He is doing well academically, socially and physically. However, we have a major problem that he takes too long to do anything by whiling time away. He ...
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My 4yo son is addicted to cartoons. Do I need to forcefully control his watching habits or should I let him watch?

My son is almost 4yo, too much addicted to cartoons, in fact he started repeating the accent and copying attitudes as well. Is it common behaviour in pre school kids? Do I need to forcefully control ...
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Resisting and screaming toddler.

We been having trouble with our toddler who is 1 year n 1 month. He is very mischievous but lately he has adapted screaming and resisting habit which is worrying for us. I am working all day. He is ...
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What's the best way to deal with a toddler who cries/paddies when she doesn't get her own way?

I have non-identical twin girls, 22 months old. One of them will cry when she doesn't get her own way and she'll do it fairly quickly even if she is in a good mood. For example, if she wants a ...
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How can I help my 8-year-old to learn calmly?

My 8-year-old daughter finds learning anything hard. She's bright, but with some moderate issues identified around sequencing and visual memory. But she resists any kind of teaching from her parents, ...
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Why does this special tune makes my 2.5 year old daughter sad?

A few weeks ago my daughter saw a turtle toy being used by some other kid in kindergarten. She asked us to buy her one too and so just before Christmas, we bought one. This is the kind of turtle toy ...
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Baby daddy's jeliouse controlling rebound [closed]

I have a amazing 3 3yr old little not. His father and I got together 2011. We broke up around beginning of 2014. We honestly both fell in love the same day we met at the one and place as the other, we ...
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Why is my 5-year-old son always interested in baby toys?

When I take my son to the store and we take a look at the toy section, he always goes straight to the baby toys. And when he picks out a toy that he wants it's always a baby toy. He has toys for his ...
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My 15 months old daughter screams a lot

I have a 15 months old daughter and she yells and screams at the top of her voice every time she is denied of something. She cries instantly and will not stop until acknowledged. For instance, she ...
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Angry 7 Year-Old

My son is 7 years old and he gets angry very easily. When he gets angry, he will hurt himself (like bumping his head). He has also taken to saying bad words such as f**k. What can I do? Is this ...
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How can I, as a father, help develop my 5-year-old daughter's self-esteem?

I was was distant from her when she was a baby till 1.5 years old because of struggling through my own problems, and eventually separated from her mother for a year. And even though I have gotten ...
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6 year old daughter: a bully? manipulative? sensitive? or just difficult?

My 6 year old daughter is amazing in many ways - she is smart, creative, likes school, gets along well at school, is independent...on her good days. However, I'm really struggling with her at home. ...
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How can I get my 5 year old son to be a better listener and have respect for his classmates and teachers?

My son is 5 years old and started kindergarten this fall. We are almost at the end of the second semester and his behavior seems to be deteriorating instead of improving. Today we got this email from ...
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Assessing behavioural difficulties in toddler

How would a behavioral specialist assess behavioural traits for a stubborn 18 month old toddler who cannot speak yet ? Will the exercise even get to the root of the problem or even achieve desired ...
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How do you get your kids to do their chores at home?

My kids are 4 and 5 years old, so I need to always "supervise" them to make sure that they are doing their chores. Sometimes it's a bit frustrating. Any tips or advice on how to handle it better?
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Getting 3-year-old to hurry up

My 3-year-old will take a long time doing anything. If nobody stops her, she'll spend an hour in the bathroom. Meals will essentially never end unless somebody keeps reminding her to eat or else ...
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Potty Training a stubborn 3 and a half year old

My son has not been willing to potty train at all. He won't even sit on the potty - no matter what incentive we try to give him (candy, tv, etc). We have even taken to telling him that he will receive ...
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How to encourage 2 year old to co-operate

How do you persuade a 2yo to co-operate more? Specifically I'd like my daughter to get dressed calmly into her pyjamas with my help. Currently our bedtime routine involves: Read story while drinking ...
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Why is my 6-year-old son yelling or being very loud when talking?

I have a 6-year-old son. Whenever he talks, he yells. He has had several hearing tests and passes them with flying colors. I do not understand why he tends to yell. Is his behavior normal?
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How could i change behavior of my 12 year's son?

I have an only child of 12.5 years. He is very intelligent, but doesn't score well on exams. On questioning it's clear that he understands the topic. When I restrict something, he argues continuously....
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7 year old has tantrums only at home

My almost 8 year old is a smart boy at school, is a role model and "a stabilising influence" on kids with anger issues (according to the school, so he sits next to troubled kids). Our problem is that ...
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Is clenching teeth normal for a toddler when they are angry?

When angry, my 2-year-old granddaughter clenches her teeth, bites or pinches. Are these normal behaviors?
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Baby won't settle down without mother

My 9 months old has cries a lot without her mother, he is very smart to know when her mother is leaving during sleep for bathroom and check to see if someone is there, cries when he sees me.Same case ...
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My 12 year old daughter just smiles when we're trying to talk to her after she gets in trouble

My daughter is 12 years old. When she gets in trouble or we(parents/teachers/coaches) are trying to talk to her seriously, she has a smile/smirk on her face. She looks like she does not care what we ...
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How to tell off a 2-year-old boy

I assume that this question has already been asked on countless occasions but I haven't been able to find the answer to it! I'm a separated father who sees his son 2 days a month. As you can imagine ...
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How to deal with a very incorrigibly naughty 5-year-old who? [duplicate]

My 5-year-old has been an absolute nightmare. He hits his 2-year-old sister and blames it on her, argues back saying "no way" all the time, and will not do as he is told to. He keeps having major ...
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Why does my 12-month-old slap us?

My 12-month-old son has just recently taken to slapping us - the parents. He has been directing the slaps to our faces, chests and arms. What is causing this? Is there anyway for us to stop it?
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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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Is my 2 year old son jealous of his kid brother?

my toddler son is two years old, one month ago I and my wife were blessed with the birth of our 2nd boy. My old son seems to understand the situation and welcomed his kid bro at first. Recently, ...
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My 5 year old is disrespectful & bad at school

My son just turned 5 this July. He has behavior problems I have had him enrolled in about 3 different schools( Not this year - in about a 3 year time frame). I have gotten a call from school twice ...
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How come when we pick up a baby or first reaction is to rock them, even if you have never ever held a baby before?

My mother just had a baby girl yesterday and I have always been the youngest so I have never held a baby before until yesterday. When I held her for the first time yesterday my immediate instinct was ...