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Children's physical and mental development. This tag usually is used along with a related tag clarifying the specific topic, such as health, learning, etc.

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Father now, earlier nursery versus grandparents now, later nursery? [on hold]

Our son is 14 months old. Both the mother and I have in the last month entered full time education (I was in full time employment, she was on maternity leave). We are lucky to have my wife's parents ...
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Intentionally losing a game to make my daughter happy

My daughter is very clever at playing chess. At 5 years of age, she could win against her mother and grandparents, but still couldn't beat me. She kept playing me and tried to win, but always failed. ...
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Do kids outgrow distractability? If not, what to do?

I write about a happy, bright 8 yo boy who enjoys reading and learning but sometimes has difficulty focusing on the task at hand. In school, it can take him a long time to complete his work because ...
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13 y/o step-son wants to be a “furry”

My 13 year old step-son told his mother yesterday that he wants to be a "furry." A couple days ago he decided he wanted to make a cat costume. I just shake my head most of the time when he comes up ...
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What is the best time for a mom to go back to work after giving birth from the psychological and healthy attachment point of view?

Given money is not a matter of concern, and the mother cares more about the health and future of her child rather than her career development/future, when is a good time for a mother to go back to ...
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Should I encourage my 2 year old to figure things out on her own?

My daughter loves books and we regularly read tons of books to her everyday. She can sit and listen to the same book over and over for 30 min+. Earlier this week, we bought new books for her and these ...
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How to encourage 17 month old to walk?

TL;DR: my 17 month old son could walk 10 - 20 steps two weeks ago. But now he refuses to walk. What should I do to encourage him? Long version: my son had some serious eating problem when he was 8 ...
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When does a toddler understand the joke of a man falling down on purpose?

A few days ago I was watching a circus show with my almost 3-year-old daughter. There was a guy who was doing some pirouettes in an horizontal bar: he would turn several times in a row and then stop ...
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Which hobbies would interest a teenage boy addicted to Youtube and games? [closed]

My son spends most of his free time on Youtube videos and games. He does nothing else. I feel this is a huge waste of his time. He isn't growing as a person. I tried in the past to reduce his usage of ...
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How to support a 7-year-old who is behind in school for reasons other than intellectual and learning disability?

The kid in question is 7 years old and just finishing first grade. His parental guardian is his aunt (his father is not in the picture and his biological mother lost custody of him when he was very ...
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2-year-old still doesn’t want to walk

My daughter turned 2 at the end of April and still isn’t walking unassisted. What’s weird is she’ll do everything else you’d expect: she’ll walk if someone holds her hands; she’ll use her walker and ...
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Writing from the bottom to the top [duplicate]

I just noticed my 9 year old writing her lowercase "f" from the bottom to the top. I would like to correct this... What is the best way to correct this habit?
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Can a “magic answer box” backfire? Is it ok?

I’m a fresh father (4 months old daughter) and I’m sometimes visualising the future. I was thinking to implement a system for when she’ll be a little older (7+ years old) in which: she posts a ...
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When can a child start using adult's toothpaste?

Here, in Poland, we have toothpastes divided into four age groups: 0-2 years (probably 0 ppm F, but unverified), 3-5 years (500 ppm F), 6+ years (1450 ppm F), adults (1450 ppm F). Initially, I ...
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1.5 Year Old Playing Tricks About Wanting To Pee, How To Handle? [duplicate]

My 18 month old daughter already has figured out that she ought to use the potty for pee-pee and poo-poo. She also makes effort to use the potty, although she sometimes informs of her need to use it ...
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My 8-year-old son is still soiling and wetting himself. Please help!

My 8-year-old son has been wetting and soiling himself for a long time now. We have been referred to hospital specialist nurses who are helping retrain his bladder. This was over 18 months ago and we ...
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How to keep the “Question asking” nature of your kid?

I am a father of a two-year-old girl, and as she speaks more and more from day to day, I am already impressed by some questions, like "why does it rain?". Of course, she does not ask me this with any ...
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Am I being stressful to my child by trying to teach them how to be creative?

I have two children, one being 7 months old and the other on the verge of turning 3 years old. My question is about my way of interacting with the 3-year-old one, but I hope to learn something I can ...
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What to do about 3-year-old boy hitting kids at preschool when bored?

My 3-years-old boy just started the preschool. He is not listening, he is bored by the activities that the other kids are doing, he hits the children and he is laughing. (it seems like he is having ...
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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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Possibly long-lasting trauma as a newborn?

Do you know of any studies on effects of traumatic events on newborns? Can they be long-lasting? If yes, when would it make sense to think of some help (e.g., therapy)? Situation: Three days after ...
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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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Teen may be racist

I am a mentor to a 15 yr old girl. Today I was telling her about what happened in Charlottesville and getting her thoughts on it. She said she kind of agreed that white people are better than everyone ...
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Is it okay for a parent to cry in front of their children? [duplicate]

If it's okay for a parent to cry in fron of their children, when and in what circumstances will it not affect their children in a negative way?
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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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My daughter is refusing baby apron before eating

She is one and half year old now. And we want her to get used to apron because soon she will start eating her own completely. But whenever we put this apron it annoys my daughther a lot. And she ...
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My younger brother doesn't want to do anything or leave his room

I am a 22 year old male and I have a younger brother 20 years old. I come from a patriarchal family in which my mother has always been a house wife. Though we have been a happy family until my father ...
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12 year-old son doesn't want to move to a new city

I was recently offered a job in another city on the other side of the country. I was attracted to it because it represents a new adventure for the family and my wife is excited by the prospect. ...
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Why am I so scared to become a parent?

My wife and I are looking forward to try to have a child sometime soon. She's really excited about it, but I can't help but be really scared. My main fear is that I want to give our child the best ...
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8 year old daughter distressed at throwing anything away (packaging, tags etc)

My 8 year old daughter has always had an issue with permanent loss but recently has begun getting distressed when packaging and clothing tags are thrown away and attempts to rescue them from the bin, ...
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Our baby prefers to turn to one side over the other - should we be concerned about symmetry?

Our baby is now close to 6 weeks old and likes to turn the head to the left - while being held in a carrier, sleeping on my chest, or while lying on the back and looking around. A friend said that ...
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How do I teach patience to my 7 year old son?

I want to teach patience to my son. How do I teach him? He always wants things done NOW. If I tell him that we will go to a restaurant at night, as soon as I am back from office in the evening, he ...
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Study while pregnant

If a pregnant women reads or studies suppose English or Mathematics or Science books during her trimesters, then does it really helps in brain development of the child ? If yes, is there any specific ...
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Separated parents. As a dad, how do I exercise tough love without being the bad guy?

I am a father to a nine year old boy, I am separated from his mother and have been since before his birth. We don't really get on but we are civil for his sake and communicate maturely as and when it ...
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Possible problems in a family without a car [closed]

So, I realize I am personally very early asking this question, but it is an interesting one that I know I will have to deal with in the future. Neither me or my girlfriend can drive, and neither of ...
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Is it ok to stop breast milk at 7.5 month?

I know people say breast milk is most nutritious. But my 7.5-month-old has been refusing to drink from expressed milk in bottles during the day. Our best efforts (breaking into several sessions at ...
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Need guidance on several issues with my 6.5 month old

My 6.5 month old daughter is beautiful and growing normally and healthily, almost a perfect baby, except for some minor issues such as: 1) She takes in 3 feedings during the day, all bottle fed with ...
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Can a 3-month-old baby get addicted to TV?

I know that watching TV is bad for kids and babies, but sometimes I would carry my baby in my arm and then sit down to watch some TV programmes (typically for an hour everyday). I believe that TV is ...
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I'm worried my child may have BPD [closed]

My 10 year old daughter may have BPD, but I don't want to see a psychiatrist yet, in case my fears are unfounded. She's very clingy, and when she is spending the night elsewhere, she has to call me ...
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Is it potentially harmful to a 2-year-old to still sleep in a room with her parents?

My daughter is 2 years and 4 months old and still sleeps in our room in her small bed. I told my wife many times to try to put her in the other room and if she cried at night, go to her or I can go to ...
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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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Our 10 month old baby spits food in our faces to entertain us

We've had no problems feeding our 10 months old baby, and in general she eats (almost) all her meals without complaining. However, she figured out a few weeks back that spitting out the food is fun, ...
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Which is more important for a baby: keep the baby happy or keep the baby healthy

Let me illustrate with some examples: A 5 month old wants to be held to sleep, and will cry hard if you put her down even for 1 min. She's clearly unhappy when not being held to sleep. Assuming no ...
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Should I be concerned about my almost 1-year-old baby being scared to walk?

My child will be one year old on the 15th of February, and she has not yet tried to start walking. She only pulls up on me when we are sitting on the bed or couch, but when I go to put her down on the ...
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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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What benefits does using “baby talk” provide, and how do you maximize those benefits?

When I was doing my initial language development research about 7 years ago, I vaguely remember seeing several (probably non-scientific or blog sources) recommend against using "baby talk", arguing ...
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How can we reduce the likelihood of repeating our parents' mistakes?

It appears to me that I often repeat my parents' mistakes, in raising my children, in interacting with my spouse, and in providing all of them feed-backs (often positive ones, but sometime quite ...
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6-year-old is crazy only with us

My wife and I are pulling our hair out. Our 6-year-old daughter behaves very well at school and with others, yet at home, when it's just us, she is the complete polar opposite. We have had to restrain ...
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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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At what age should a child be expected to learn to “hold it”

When out with my 4 year old, we go to the bathroom at EVERY place we go to. I call it bathroom tourism. I don't think he has to go nearly as often as he indicates, but, since he manages to conjure up ...