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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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Is it okay for an infant to sit in a regular stroller? Does position matter?

I have a 4 month old. She has pretty good head/neck control. She just barely fits into our stroller. Is there a general guideline of when an infant can sit in a regular stroller based on certain ...
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What to do about my 19-month-old grandson who doesn't talk or make eye contact?

My 19-month-old grandson is my son's and daughter-in-law's first and only child. He lives with me as do his parents. I see my grandbaby everyday. He had a severe regression after his 12 month ...
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What language should I speak to my daughter?

I am a Greek, born, living and working in France, married to an Albanian woman, working all day in English. I have a 2,5 year old daughter, who lived from: September 2014 to April 2015 and February ...
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How to help my 5.5-year-old, who doesn't speak fluently and never listens, take an interest in reading and talking?

My son is 5.5 years old. It is hard for us to make him respond to questions, tell short stories that are in his syllabus, even a statement in English. We speak in our mother tongue only at home. Even ...
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Effects of multiple new relationships (and the single parent) upon children

Background. My husband died 10 years ago. My children were aged 9, 3 and 1 at the time. I was always (and still am) probably too extreme in my stance on relationships with men, since my husband's ...
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What are some resources to help understand child development?

I would like some recommendation for resources that will help me understand physical, social and mental development in a child. Also, it would be great to have some resources that suggest activities/...
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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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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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3 year old scratches herself

My 3 year old started going to daycare in the summer and the mornings are pretty rough. The first daycare she attended, she would kick n scream as soon as we pulled up in front of the building and ...
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My 3 year old is not sleeping through the night

He will go to bed around 9:30-10:00, and usually he will sleep through the night. But suddenly he only sleeps for couple of hours, and is up by 2:30-3:00. I've tried melatonin, it's all natural, but ...
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Eight month infant not sitting on her own in full control

Is it normal for an Eight month infant female to not yet control her body and fall over if no support is given? She can sit for few seconds(10-20) but it seems she does not like sitting much and just ...
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Street noise outside a child's bedroom - studies on how much it affects the quality of sleep?

Our 3 year old's bedroom is facing a street that has some low degree of traffic at night. There is a bus stop right under the window (we live on the 2nd floor), with buses going every 10 minutes until ...
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Do you use number of weeks or day of the month to determine an infant's birthday?

If a child was born today, which is July 18th and the third Monday of July, would he or she become one month old on August 18th or the third Monday in August (August 22)? Thanks
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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 a bad idea to have a kid sleep in his/her own room since birth?

In some cultures, it seems a child should have his/her own room since birth, as long as it's economically feasible. In others, this seems to be universally criticized by parents and educators alike ...
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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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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 do I help my sister's son grow up?

My sister's son is 16. He can’t read; he is failing in school. The teachers say he can't understand. He doesn’t know how to talk to people properly, if at all. He still cries when his parents don't ...
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6 Year old troubled by waking nightmares and bad memories

My 6 year old son seems to be bothered by distressing thoughts. This started about 2 months ago with a “scary book” that he saw at school. Apparently two older kids brought in a book which he found ...
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Is it dangerous to swaddle a baby that can roll over?

I have heard that it is an absolute must that you stop swaddling your baby once they are able to roll over, due to the potential that they could roll over onto their stomach and then be unable to roll ...
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How harmful is a kid's habit of crossing the toes?

Our 3-year-old son has developed a habit to cross his second toe underneath the big toe. He does it all the time and claims that it feels more comfortable like that. We worry that, in the long run, ...
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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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Toddlerhood - when does it end?

Wow. As a first time mother, I'm finding this toddler phase to be the most challenging so far. My girl is almost 17 months old. She is sassy! She climbs everything, she's a daredevil, she's testing ...
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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 think my husband and I are the reason for our 18 month old delayed development issues

I am a first time parent to a beautiful bouncing baby boy 18 months old that is having a few delayed developmental problems (which I have seen many other parents having the same issues and are using ...
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Will my child be ready for the world?

I have a teenage child who is generally a good student and we have a usually good relationship. I only worry that he isn't being prepaired for the world very well and that he's only being prepaired ...
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Is it a good idea to move babies arms to teach them how to reach?

When our 11 week old is on her play-mat she stares at the various toys hanging down over her. It's so tempting to help her reach out to them, but is it a good idea to help, or is it something she ...
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Which skills are best learned while very young? [closed]

I know some skills are best learned while a person is very young, like a second language, or absolute pitch. What are some other skills that are best learned while young and can be beneficial to a ...
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Is it normal for a 16-month-old to always wake up at the same time no matter what?

I have a 16-month-old daughter. I'm 5 months pregnant with her baby brother. No matter what time I put her down for bed she wakes up at 12:30 am. I've tried putting her in bed at 7 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm, 10 ...
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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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Is my baby short for her age?

My baby girl is 13 months old. At birth, her weight was 2.7 kg and her height was 55 cm. Now at 13 months, her weight is 7.8 kg (tripled) and her height is only 71 cm. (less than doubled). I'm ...
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What are some techniques to raise a problematic son like Bart Simpson?

The son hates school. He loves to play games on the computer and smartphone. His grades are bad enough that the teacher called up the parents to have a one-to-one meeting. However, the son is not ...
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14 month old walking but not standing up on his own

My 14 month old son will walk, and even sometimes run, but when he is sitting or falls, for some reason he can't (or won't) stand up on his own. Is there a way I can encourage him to learn this vital ...
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When can I expect an infant to be willing to stand?

I'm worried about my granddaughter who is 3.5 months. She is not even wanting to use her legs to stand up when we try to make her stand. But I can see when she's laying down she moves her legs, and ...
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What's the right (average) age to transition from Duplo to Lego?

I'm trying to figure out when it makes sense to transition my son (and daughter, eventually) from Lego to Duplo (or the equivalent generic blocks). I'm focused on the age at which children have the ...
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Can Constant Alarm Testing in a Building Pose Emotional/Psychological Concerns for our Infant?

Our building is constantlly having false fire alarms that are extremely loud. These are beyond the smoke detectors in our home, they are the industrial strobe alarms that can be heard over a block ...
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What age do children understand what it means to hide?

My 4-year-old niece doesn't understand yet the difference between not seeing and not being seen: when she wants to hide from someone, she simply closes her eyes, and that's it. For example, when ...
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How to help our 4-year-old who can't bite food into appropriately sized pieces?

My almost 4-year-old won’t bite his food. He doesn’t seem to know how to. If given a large piece of food, he will try to stuff the whole piece in his mouth or won’t even try to eat it because of its ...
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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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nearly 2 years old son fears characters, dolls and someone knocking on door (bully niece)

Whenever I take my kid to the mall, he fears going to the soft toys section and fears all the dolls, characters, stuffed animals. Another thing I observed is that if we are in our room and somebody ...
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How to teach my 3.5-year-old to turnover in bed?

I have a 3.5-year-old daughter. She doesn't know how to turn over in bed. I myself know how to, but not how to teach how to do the same or in an easier way. How do I teach my 3.5-year-old how to ...
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scientific parenting book for newborns thru pre-school [closed]

I am looking for a particular kind of parenting book. The focus should be on newborn to pre-school. The book would offer parenting advice grounded in scientific studies. For example, there is a ...
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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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My toddler used to love bath time and now he hates it (or is scared of it) [duplicate]

My toddler seemingly has developed some fear to bath time. My toddler (16 moths) used to love bath time. He would be smiling when I carried him naked to the bath and loved to play with his bath toys. ...
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Sitting with my 5 month old as I work on the computer…harmful for my baby? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does it hurt my baby (developmentally) if she watches while I'm on the computer? Sometimes I need to work while I'm caring for the baby. Sometimes she'll be content in a ...
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Should we see a Speech Development Specialist?

My child is 2.9 years old. He is very active and restless. He understands everything but can't respond with even a word. He can say just 1 or two words, such as water, car, toy, give me, etc. After ...
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How to bring my 10-year-old, who is convinced that she can go to heaven, back to reality?

I have a 10-year-old daughter. Apparently, one of her friends can go to heaven and talked with angels. Out of curiosity, she found out 'how' to be like her. It has been a year now, only now I realized ...
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How to teach children about minimalism

Minimalist is something one cannot teach a three years old. Problem is our 3 yrs old gets stuff everywhere, every room is messy and when it come to tidy up he is tired (his excuse) and every room of ...
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To celebrate my kid's birthday or not?

My question may sound weird to many but we are unsure that should we celebrate our kid's birthday or not? My Son will turn 2 years old on 15th December and we have started feeling the social ...
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Are “cheap” shoes bad for your young childs feet?

Disclaimer: I don't have kids myself so this is a general question. Many of my friends do have children and I sometimes buy things for them. (Location Germany) I wonder if "cheap" shoes you can buy ...