Questions tagged [development]

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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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 prevent the Mormon Church from corrupting my son? [duplicate]

Yesterday my son told me about a club he joined at school. I'm worried it's a puppet organization for the Mormon Church. How do I dissuade him from being indoctrinated?
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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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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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6 years old making hmm sound

Lately, I have been noticing my son just making a split-second sound like "hmm", "hmm". I am very concerned about why he is doing that? I know he is a bad eater but can it be he is ...
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Explaining electricity kWh to a primary school

Since getting an electric car and not knowing much about kWh I feel totally noob in understanding kWh. My son is really interested in why some chargers charge slow and some really fast. Since I didn't ...
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Tween kids in separated moms bed - should I be worried?

My long-time wife separated from me about 9 months ago. I find it difficult to talk to her because I have strong emotions towards her, many of them probably not very healthy, but we've managed to talk ...
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Should I worry that my 14 months old sometimes crawls backwards?

He is crawling most of the time 'in the right direction', but sometimes he crawls backwards. Otherwise, his movement development seems to be fine; he is almost able to walk. Could it mean that there ...
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How Old Should A Baby Be For Baby Sensory Videos?

My wife just introduced a "Baby Sensory" video to our 3-month old. https://youtube.com/watch?v=Ka0Q9oOVXt0&feature=share This video claims to help develop sensorial skills and keep ...
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How can I discourage doing a poor job without being a nitpicking perfectionist?

A (from what I can tell) somewhat common contributing factor to children growing up with a lack of self-confidence, or being people-pleasers, is parents who were very strict, perfectionist, and/or ...
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How much does the media influence a girl or boy thinking they are not straight? [closed]

I believe that to be respectful to all types of sexually the media, advertising, television series and the like have story lines that include gay couples, men and women, some with children, ...
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Should I renovate basement with 1 year old in house?

We bought a brand new house, but we would like to finish the basement (includes drywall, framing, carpet, electric, etc) it would be about 12 weeks of work. A lot of advice around renovation and ...
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Is traveling good for a baby?

My husband and I took our 5-month old baby on a 4-day trip outside the city. We had a comfortable cottage to stay in and we didn’t rough it in any way, but the whole experience was still new to our ...
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Enrolling in 1st Grade vs Playing

What age should the youngest child enroll in 1st grade; at what age should parents consider postponing for 1 year their child's enrollment? Playing is very important for a child and that is why there ...
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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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Could a three-year-old really have the cognitive abilities to make playable "Mario Maker" levels? [closed]

There is this famous YouTube content creator named James Rolfe. He does the "Angry Video Game Nerd" and other creations as "Cinemassacre". He is about 40. In the last half year or ...
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how to encourage good posture/fix bad posture for 5 year old boy

My son is 5 now. My wife and I started noticing that he had poor posture a couple of years ago, and it seems to have gotten worse. He slouches and rounds his back while sitting, and his shoulders ...
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Which is better for a toddler - music or podcasts?

My son does school with mom in the morning for 30-60 minutes during which time I take care of our daughter. We go downstairs to not be a distraction. I've been putting podcasts on in the background ...
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My 9 year old son has to take a bath and bathe 4 year old step brother, is it ok?

First off we live in the United States and I know this is asked alot with traditions. My son, 9 years old has had to bathe his 4 year old step brother for over a year while taking a bath. I feel ...
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how do I help 5 years find interest outside of watching videos on ipad or tv?

Our son is 5 years old, and since home schooling he had been very distracted he has 0% interest in studying or practicing or reading.Even with his lessons on MS Teams, he seem to draw his own his mind ...
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Is it normal for a child just turned 3 to be able to read and how do I develop and nurture his intelligence?

Preamble We have been home with our kid since birth, except for a 3 week detour of daycare before COVID hit and so he got full time attention from at least one of us (mother and father). We never let ...
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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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Supporting kid in innovation

My 5-year old son likes doing his side work apart from the usual homework. I am trying to understand what's more interested in or good at, so I can support him with tools and apps. In recent weeks, ...
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At which age child hops on one leg?

My four years ten months old son is able to hop with right leg.Balance in one leg for 20 seconds.He is not able to hop with left leg.How to teach him to hop with left leg?He have less strength in left ...
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14 year old stepson wants to wear boxer shorts

Summary My 14 year old stepson wants to wear boxer shorts. Details At the beginning of the year, I started to do the family laundry to help my husband with the household workload. I discovered ...
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Hyper-modesty in children

you may have seen my other question, but if you have not, I am a hobbyist writer trying to get real parent's responses to questions that have come up about family dynamics in my writing. I am young (...
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7 month old can sit, but doesn't want to

My 7 month old is able to sit, and does for brief periods of time. But it seems like he has no incentive to sit. He soon falls on his stomach to crawl, or if there are things nearby, pulls himself up ...
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Are there any scientific evidence about benefits or harms of laughing a lot for babies

We sometimes make our 7 months old baby laugh. And, at these moments he laughs a lot, which we think is good for his development. However, I want to support this claim with some empirical research ...
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Advice on potty training a stubborn 6 year old

I was wondering if anybody would have any advice on how to get my 6 year old daughter to start potty training. I have tried in the past when she was younger but she would refuse to the toilet and ...
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Exercising visual spatial intelligence using interactive storytelling

What is the best way to exercise visual spatial intelligence for my 8 year old in regards to interactive story telling? I currently have her describe the surrounding environment she envisions in as ...
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How should parents handle dominant behaviour of toddler towards other children?

My daugther is almost 17 month old which is our first child and she is not in kindergarten yet (starts in two month). Whenever we go with her on a playground or meet her neighboring friend (same age) ...
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Earning your kid's trust and getting them to confide in you and "complain" about getting bullied

How can one get their kid to trust them and confide that they are getting bullied when the kid knows the parent is dead serious, earnest, direct and will vigorously seek to resolve the matter with the ...
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How do I schedule a timetable for a 4 year old?

My son is 4 1/2 years old. Since my wife gave birth to our second son (2.5 months old) our son seems to have the following routine. Wake up, pee, go down and I give him cereal which he eats in front ...
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My 8 month old baby doesn't babble

My 8 month baby doesn't babble in terms of saying baa gaga Dada ma etc..he does do a lot of "ah" and "eh" in different tones...He is very happy and active otherwise i am sure its nothing wrong with ...
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Punishing the younger sibling for bullying (physically abusing) the sibling that's 10 years older

What are pedagogically effective ways to punish a 14 year old for bullying the one that's 24 years old? There has been no effect in talking and explaining, and the younger one doesn't really go out ...
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I'm a step father, I don't have any children of my own, how do I deal with a teen boy that acts extremely feminine?

I have been with my fiancee for a little over 4 years. I met her son when he was ten and he is now 14. In the beginning I felt in my personal opinion that he was a little bit of a "Momma's boy" but I ...
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Should I tell my ex that he has a 3 year old son [closed]

I found out I was pregnant when I was 20 and naive. I had been with two men a month apart. When I found out, I thought it was my current boyfriend who was the father. I was blinded by emotions and ...
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Communication, Wording, Elaboration, Language Expression

How can a parent that has a severe problem in communication, wording, elaboration and language expession without any problems with the languages in themselves communicate with their offspring so as to ...
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Functional illiteracy, Reading and Listening

How to stimulate one's own offspring to process/hearken to/understand what they read and what they hear in everyday life? What questions to ask so as to test their Cognitive Function and incoming ...
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Activity for engaging two or more children with widely varying ages

Five years may not seem a "wide variation," but one grandchild starts kindergarten next year and the other is in fourth grade. When we're babysitting, I'd like to do something with them that both ...
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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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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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Are there proven practical benefits from teaching music to children?

It is very common for parents to try and teach a musical instrument to their children. But are there any practical benefits from doing so? Statistically speaking, 99.9% of all kids will never end up ...
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How to help my son improve without being discouraging?

I am building and painting miniatures, and have been doing so for many years. My son is showing more and more interest in building and painting them with me, which is great. I let him build a ...
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What's the best way to develop an (almost) 2yo's mind that loves puzzles?

My son is almost 2 and he loves puzzles and puzzle type toys. Obviously I can buy him more toys like this but am curious as to other ways to encourage him to develop to the best of his potential. ...
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How to teach a 7-year-old that things don't always go her way?

I've noticed that whenever things don't happen how she expects them to happen, my 7-year-old niece starts crying, runs away, or engages herself with another activity that she has more control over. ...
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How to encourage a child to learn a distant language and culture?

I want to motivate a child of High school age to learn a new language from far away like Japanese and learn about other cultures and civilisations like - Zen and ancient Japanese culture, for example. ...
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Indulging mobile game obsession Pokémon Go in 6-year old

My 6-year-old son really enjoys his Pokémon Go, a game on the mobile phone. Mainly because: it is something he does with his dad (we are together but our son spends more time with me, and so he seems ...
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Should we introduce screen time to our 27 month old?

Somehow, my wife and I have made it through 27 months of virtually no screen time for our daughter. We thought we were doing what's best for her, but we're starting to fear it's going to come back ...
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Is it normal for a 3-month-old to eat every 1.5 to 2 hours per night?

I had issues with breastfeeding my now 3-month-old since day one. I had almost no milk and had to start topping up with formula. I tried to increase my production with fenugreek and pumping. Now I am ...
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