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The process of expressing ideas, thoughts, feelings and values so as to be understood by others

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How do change eating habit

My son has a problem with eating, he can eat all the junk like kfc, McDonalds, or rice and sweet yogurt, he does start crying when asked to eat more or ban his TV or iPad. Part of the problem I feel ...
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What are constructive ways to teach the value of attitude/tone to a 5 year old?

My five year old son occasionally has abbrassive tones with other parents and friends. It's hard to describe. Things like: "I saaaaaaaaaid I don't want to play on the swings!" (when invited ...
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How to approach my teenage child who never shares his feelings but is otherwise fine?

TL;DR - My son turned 18 last month. He is ready to speak when needed and almost never argues. However, he never discusses how he feels about things, what he feels about himself or the people around ...
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Boys have crush on my 6 year old daughter

Ok so my daughter goes to this new school, and a lot of boys have crush on her. When I pick her up from the after school I see all these little boys trying to flirt with her. I'm very open minded ...
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My little brother acting out

Hey i ( 24 years old ) had custody of my lil brother ( 16 years old ) for 5 years now . He is a teenager like you see : he is acting out I tried all the easy way talking scolding never talking with ...
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My son doesn't understand me when I talk to him

My son is 20 months old, and an active child. He listens when I call his name, and we have some non-verbal communication. But he doesn't understand what I'm saying to him. Whenever I say, "Come ...
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What to do with a hyperactive/agressive/non-responsive 5 years boy?

My nephew is 5 years old and going to be 6 in about 2 months, he is hyperactive and aggressive towards others, also he doesn't seem to understand what his parents or anyone else told him to do or not ...
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When should I intervene in conflicts between my children and other relatives?

I have a problem that whenever I want to speak and need to speak giving my advice, idea, or argument my heart races, hands shake and I get dry mouth hence leaving me unable to do it. Currently, our ...
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How to explain intravenous drug abuse to a 6-year-old?

Drugs are bad, m'kay. In the area where I live, one of the unfortunate facts of life is widespread drug abuse. So, at night, addicts use local playgrounds to shoot up then leave syringes and needles ...
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17 year old son decided he is a girl but previous to coming out has never shown signs of feminine behavior [closed]

My now 18 year old son came out as transgender six months ago. He has never been girly. He is a stinky teenage boy, who does not clean his room, has to be forced to bathe and his voice and manner of ...
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Why my 4 year old is acting moody

A few years ago I wrote this question, I had moved out for 3 years just to find myself back at the same house again but with different circumstances. My mother in law passed away last year and my wife ...
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Son (22) has to keep initiating contact between son and parents after moving out

Me being 22, I moved out a year ago (about half an hour drive away) to live with my girlfriend after I proposed too her. I always (and believe I still do) had/have a good connection with my parents ...
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As an adult, how to react when parents try to micromanage

I’m 26 and have a turbulent relationship with both my parents (who are now separated). For example, my dad was just helping me move some boxes and my bike with his car. Parts of it were nice, he ...
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How to talk to a teen daughter about her weight

My daughter is 16 and is gaining weight. My wife and I are on board with what needs to be done - and there's a lot to do. But as to talking to her about her weight, we are at a loss. She's an ultra ...
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How to deal with a 6 year old who was "caught" cheating?

This is regarding my son who is 6 years old and is studying in Grade 1. We got a call from his class teacher that he was caught "cheating" during dictation assessment. Actually, we revise the words at ...
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How best for a trans and/or non-binary person to respond to their 6-year-old cousin asking if I'm a girl or a boy?

I have twin 6-year-old cousins (a boy and a girl) who I usually see about once a week or so, when the locally-resident segment of my family get together for dinner on Friday evenings. Yesterday, when ...
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My father just gets mad when there's a problem instead of trying to resolve it

I think it's best to tell the story before asking the question. I live on my own now and my dad said I could have a spare bed he has. I didn't ask he offered. I am very grateful for this, beds cost a ...
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How to encourage speech of minority language for bilingual child?

Note: I am going to use 3rd person plural pronouns (e.g. "they", "their") when referring to my child as I think gender is not important here. Situation: My wife and I are using the One-parent-one-...
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How do I explain to my 3-year-old the difference between biological dad and step-dad?

My son is 3 1/2 years old. I have been separated from his biological father since he was 6 months old and when my son was 1 1/2 years old, I met my new partner. We are now engaged and have been ...
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How do I convince my strict parents to allow me to do things as a 17 year old?

I’m 17 and I have my driver's license and I’m legally old enough for many things. However, my parents have not allowed me to drive ever since I upgraded from my permit to my license. I have also been ...
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Pen-pal’ing in 21st century [closed]

Last night, my friend and I had the idea of setting up his daughter and mine as pen pals. He lives in Calgary, Canada, I live in Hong Kong. His daughter is 7, mine is 9; they have never met. Is pen-...
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How to teach my 22 year old stepson to communicate instead of burning inside?

I became stepdad to an adult boy (22) (I am not the biological dad). He didn't have anyone to teach him or a father-like figure since his dad passed away when he was 7. He never went to college or ...
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How to talk to 4 year old children about action scenes in movies?

My 4-year-old twins like to watch TV shows occasionally that have a bit of action in them. My kid's favorite TV show is "The Walking Dead." My husband is concerned that it's a little too ...
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How to encourage video chatting with family?

During this social distancing and lockdown situation, we have all been going through, we haven't been able to connect with loved ones which has been hard. It's been especially rough for my parents ...
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How do I help my wife be more engaged with our child in the mornings?

My 3-year-old child wakes up after about 6-8 hours of sleep which I think is normal. I get up around that time to pick up the house, study for school, and then I head out to work. When he wakes up, ...
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Advise on 123 Magic for hyper or anxious kids

Has anybody that’s done 123 Magic have any experience with a child who knowing they will get a time out, negotiates the conditions of their time out? My son will know on 3 he goes to his room for 5 ...
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Avoiding kids calling me Daddy when playing without making a big deal about it?

I'm a known sperm donor, meaning I've donated sperm to a few women to help them have children, and I'm lucky enough to get a chance to visit and play with some of the children I donated for. Most of ...
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Should I use the word please when giving preschooler's orders?

We try to stress the importance of using please and thank you with kids, and one of the ways we do that is by demonstrating the use of good manners ourselves by always using please and thank you when ...
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How to help my 11-year-old daughter who is confused because she likes a girl?

My 11-year-old daughter came to me and told me that she thinks she has feelings for another girl. She explained it as she has the same feelings for this girl that she has had for a boy all school year....
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What is the correct age to discuss words with taboo definitions?

I have a friend with a child of about 10 year old girl. She shared an experience about dealing with her child. The girl seems recently picked up a word "impotent". She asked her parents the meaning ...
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5 year old didn’t wanted his mother to touch [closed]

Today I was shocked and angered at my almost 5 old son when he started crying when his mom was tickling him while she was lying on floor and he was standing next to her. Our son said I don’t like it. ...
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Explaining to a child the issues of inappropriate content and helping them pick cleaner games? Comforting a child after having to take away an Item?

My child got a video game from a friend's parent as a "gift". I didn't know what was in the game until we turned it on. For the first few minutes the game looked ok but later got dirty ...
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7yo step-son runs away when he thinks he's in trouble

The child in this case is 7 years old. Just as an example; maybe he breaks his own toy, clearly by accident, but right after I asked him not to do whatever caused the breaking. I would like to calmly ...
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I just learned my 15 year old daughter has come out to her friends - should I say anything to her...OR to my wife?

This past weekend I learned that my 15-year-old recently came out to two of her friends. I learned this in a couple of ways: The two of us just traveled alone for a weekend, and she let me use her ...
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best way to initiate conversation with five year old son

My son's mother and I have a hard time getting our five year old son to respond to any type of questions. Whether that be about his day, how he's feeling, what he's interested in, when asked directly ...
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How can we help our 5-year-old daughter enjoy a family activity and stop complaining, when she just wants to watch cartoons?

Our 5-year-old daughter loves cartoons. She can watch them all day, unless we take the phone from her. She says she's bored otherwise. I should probably also mention that she's so impatient that the ...
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How to approach my little brother's addiction to TV and computer?

I'm 26, my younger brother is 13. He is spending almost all of his day on TV and computer. Common problem, but I am really worried about him. I came back to live in my parents' house since it's ...
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How do I explain the reasons behind protesting and rioting to my children?

We live in a major US city, and while we live far enough away from the areas most affected by the rioting and protesting that is currently ongoing, we are not so far that my children aren't aware - ...
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worried about prior marijuana use [closed]

If I used marijuana everyday before I found out I was pregnant ( I quit as soon as I found out) My question is when my blood work comes back from first doctors appointment positive for THC , will CPS ...
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Kid opens up during Corona, make it last

After 7 weeks of Corona-lockdown, staying at home and home-schooling our 6-year old, he is opening up. He has told me what goes on at school, that he is often angry and how he vents. He has told me ...
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What to do when you side with your kids over your partner

I'm new here - be kind. Without getting into the specifics of the event, the punishment, etc. I have a daily recurring issue. A personal concern I have with my partner is their inability to listen/...
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How to encourage my daughter to be more social?

My daughter is 10. She is very shy that she does not have friends at school. currently I am overseas and try to video talk to her, but she is shy to talk to me and does not want to talk to me cause ...
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How to make my niece stop bothering my son because she is older?

My son is 3 years and 9 months old. I have a problem telling my 5-year-old niece that she is bothering my son. She's always telling him that she has something that he doesn't have, or knows swimming ...
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How do I tell my 14 year old niece that her mom is kicking her out?

I'm a 30 year old guy, and I'm single, never had a real girlfriend to speak of. My sister's first born is in some trouble and she has decided that her daughter cannot live with her anymore (there's ...
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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 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 answer my 4-year-old asking where she was when I was small and how she got in my tummy?

My 4-year-old daughter knows that she was in my tummy and then the doctor took her out. She saw my childhood photos and asked me where she was at that time. She has also asked me how she got in my ...
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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 live like a normal teenager with my super strict parents?

I am 16 and a junior in high school. I have an older sister who is 22 and live with both of my parents. My parents are super strict compared to my friends' parents. They are very religious, which I ...
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At what age it is psychologically OK to teach child that parents need personal time?

I have 3 years old twins and I have a problem that I don't have any personal time, because when I finish my job and go home, they ask me to play with them all time I spent at home. When I go to work, ...

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