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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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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Taking a 12 week old baby to the swimming pool for the first time

We are taking our 12 week old daughter to the indoor pool tomorrow. We have: 1 disposable swim nappy A splash about happy nappy A neoprene baby warmer Towels, change of clothes etc. We were just ...
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Learning to propel oneself in a swing

At what age do children generally learn to propel themselves in a swing? Is this something that they generally figure out on their own, or do parents/older siblings teach the skill? How do you teach ...
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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 ...
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When to teach a child about what is good and bad about the world so they don't adopt bad habits?

My son is almost one year old. He's growing fast and there are a lot of behaviors in life that I'd like to help him avoid, while still giving him the knowledge of what these behaviors are. I'm worried ...
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When is the age to start addressing/diagnosing speech impedements?

Both my nephews seem to have speech issues. The 8 year old has major trouble with Rs and is often not understandable. The 3 year old has problems in general so much so that my 3 and 4 year olds don'...
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Do I need to worry about how much time my 6-week-old's hands are covered in mittens?

It's winter here and our place doesn't have central heating. We have been using freestanding heaters and layers of clothing to keep warm. In order to keep our daughter's hands warm, I've been putting ...
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Balancing toy interest and value with noise

We got the Poppin' Park Elefun Busy Ball Poppers toy. Our daughter loves the toy and it is really encouraging her to crawl and even to work on getting from her tummy to sitting to put the balls back ...
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How to communicate with tiger parents? [closed]

I know some tiger parents who put extremely high pressure on their children, for example, they applied many extra curricular activities, tutorials for their kids and made them very busy. Their ...
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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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How to approach the mother of the twin toddlers I babysit about their seeming developmental delay?

I'm a mother of three grown sons and have been a nanny to dozens of children. Last year I started babysitting 3 week old twins. They were only 2 weeks early, but their development is significantly ...
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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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Do I force my son to speak to his semi-absent parent?

My son's father and I were together until my son was 6.5. We broke up because I found out he had been abusing heroin and stealing thousands of dollars in cash and items from my mother, his friends, ...
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7 month old will no longer play on her stomach

My 7 month old is capable of rolling both front-to-back and back-to-front. She can also sit fairly well when place in the sitting position, although she cannot get to that position on her own. ...
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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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Can Prozac stunt a teenager's growth?

I have a close friend whose son turned 14 last October. He started on 10mg of Prozac in September 2013, gradually increased to 60mg in July 2014, where he has remained. My friend keeps regular ...
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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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Are there adverse effects on a baby to see their parent talking to a toy?

I have a small cuddly bear from very young and have had it for over 20 years. I have it on my pillow every night and talk to it just like I do to a pet cat. I have a very close bond to it and can't ...
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How can I teach my child about Christianity?

I am a Christian myself but my husband is not. I would like to teach my child about my religion and I have been thinking of ordering books from online Christian bookstores. Is this the best option? ...
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How lasting is adult behavioral influence on toddlers?

My mom always told me "toddlers are soft clay and you, parents can mould any shape desired". I know it was an old idea with little information about how-tos but it is not easy to ignore because my ...
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How to encourage healthy skepticism, whilst discouraging pessimism?

I am not a parent, nor will I be for a few years at least, but I am certain that I will be one day. I have some personal demons that I'm struggling to resolve at the moment, which have had an impact ...
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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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At what age should children start taking swimming lessons?

Swimming lessons are available from 6 months, but i suspect they do not learn much there or at not any more than just taking them to play in the pool. When will they benefit from swimming lessons more ...
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One week old lifts and turns head

My grand daughter is a week old and already can lift her head off her mattress or your shoulder and turn it the other way. Is this advanced?
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How do you find apps that a 2 year old can use and enjoy?

My mom bought my 2 year old son a LeapPad2, which is fun but also a big, big challenge for him at this stage. The tablet is definitely helping him develop his fine motor coordination, but at the ...
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How to keep a baby cool in summer without air conditioning?

I have concerns regarding our baby (less than 1 yr) sleeping in an air conditioned room. I live in Mumbai. Its an area with extremely high humidity and very hot temperatures. We all sleep in an air ...
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Are shaking legs something to be worried about?

My wife has noticed that my 10 month old son sometimes starts to twitch his leg. It only lasts for a couple of seconds, and is infrequent enough that I have yet to witness it. She described it as ...
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Would enrolling a 5-year-old in pre-school be okay or slow down his development?

I have a 5-year-old and we're in the USA. He had been to preschool when he was 3.5 years old for 1.5 years. Now at 5 years 4 months, he is able to read the sentences, write words, do almost 2nd ...
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Do a parent's big expectations become a burden on the child?

Recently, Haruki Murakami started an advice column on his personal website. One of the questions was about motivating kids. Here is what Murakami replied: When a parent's expectations for children ...
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How can we find a compromise about screen time for our daughter?

I am personally very strict with my daughter (2.5 years old). After she comes home from kindergarten, she sleeps and after she wakes up, my wife lets her watch TV. Anytime I am home, I don't allow ...
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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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When children get quiet so you know they're up to something?

I'm not looking for a certain word, but rather a concept or a stage of childhood development. Specifically, I'm wondering about that stage when children who are doing something they know they're not ...
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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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3 months old not gaining weight well from exclusive breastfeeding

my LO is now 86 days old and has been exclusively breastfed. He just had his check up today and now measures as follows: height: 59cm. 57.5cm two weeks ago. weight: 5.15 kg (with clothing on, suppose ...
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How can parents help an adult child with OCD?

My brother was diagnosed with OCD about two years ago and is following treatment. He lives with our parents (we're both 20-ish years old, but I moved out years ago). He has some conspicuous ...
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Are playpens (playards) physically or mentally damaging?

I just cancelled my order for a playpen. The playpen that I ordered is 1.2 m x 2 m (we live in a city apartment). I read online that putting your baby in a playpen is akin to neglect. Babies placed in ...
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Should I forbid my 10 month old boy to touch/play with anything that is harmful/dirty?

We are pleased with a powerful sense of his curiosity in our 10 month old son, but his curiosity makes ​​him want to touch/play everything, including items that are dangerous or dirty. When he ...
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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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How to deal with spillage when my 6-year-old son uses the toilet?

My son is 6 years old. I have been dealing with spillage in the toilet. He himself is very concerned and tries to avoid it by holding his 'thing' and pointing it down. This way he is successful but I ...
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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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Three months crying a lot. Cannot determine reason

My baby just turned 3 months old and he is crying a lot, he is hard to put to sleep as well as he fights it and cry a lot. We tried everything, changing his pampers on time, milk on time, give him ...
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Can my 18 months old boy learn from watching movies?

Everyday, my 18 months old boy is always asking to watch a movie by coming to my laptop and requesting to watch movie by talking with his baby talk style. I have a good serial cartoon movies for him. ...
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At what age is handedness preference firmly established? [duplicate]

Based on the discussion in the comments here: Is being left-handed going to be more difficult for my son? Some of us are interested in knowing when hand dominance becomes firmly established. I'm ...
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Is it okay for a baby's head to be vertical in a baby carrier?

We are thinking about getting a baby carrier. Our child is one month old. All of the carriers require his neck to be vertical, though the head is protected from moving side to side. The grandparents ...
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Our 6 month old baby moans continuously

Apologies if this is a duplicate, it searched for the question terms but found nothing similar. Our baby is nearly 7 months old, and after being left to do anything for over 5 minutes, just starts to ...
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How to help a 6-year-old who has difficulties with “what comes before / after” questions (in sequences)?

My son will be 6 at the end of next month. He is generally doing good with regards to his development. He has started reading and loves math. But there is a problem I have consistently noticed. ...
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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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My son turns 10, what can I do for him that will be special?

January 2012, my son turns 10. I want to do something special with him, just me and him. A male bonding session to celebrate his double-digits. I've spoken to my wife and she thinks it's a great idea, ...
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When can I start “doing the air plane”?

By "doing the air plane", I mean holding one arm and one leg of my daughter and then let her fly by circling around. I'm wondering when I can safely start doing that without dislocating her joints. I'...
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Counting out of context words?

We have been trying to count our 20 month old's vocabulary and are trying to decide if words which she has learned incorrectly (words which are said correctly but may require further context for a ...

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