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Is it worth my child continuing kumon maths if they don't like it?

My child (6 nearly 7) seems to enjoy maths, but hates Kumon maths. They seem to enjoy (or used to enjoy) an online tool called mathletics. Kumon maths (at this stage) seems to focus on repeating ...
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Advanced Placement and Honors classes

This is a good problem to have…. My daughter is an advanced learner. Her freshman year of high school, her lowest grade is 97%. She can start taking Honors classes next year and AP classes as a junior....
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My 5 year old successfully built a Lego set Porsche made for 18+ completely by himself, What can I do to use his gift in some way? What does this mean

My 5 year old successfully built a Lego Porsche set made for ages 18+ completely by himself. What can I do to use his gift in some way? What does this mean, should I do something focused on this area ...
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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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Why won't schools allow students to repeat a year?

In a little over a year time our child will have to pick a secondary education (in the Netherlands). Throught friends with older children I have heard stories of children who were refused to repeat a ...
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How to help 6 year old be self-confident about writing

My son's writing is totally fine for his age. We are trying to teach him the many ways to improve his handwriting: Capital letters, tall/small/fall letters, full stop, spacing. And his creative ...
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What are some ways to be “fair” to multiple children with respect to college expenses? [closed]

I have three children and am heading into the college years. (This is in the United States.) I would like to treat them equally when it comes to providing for college education, but I can't define “...
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9-Year old rushing through schoolwork which leads to multple problems

A little bit of context: we're in Germany, where, in the 5th grade, children are split into multiple types of schools, based on their academic capabilities. This is decided by the teachers based on ...
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How to restrain my 13-year-old pubescent sister?

Just to understand my position: I, as her older brother (she is without father, 13 and I'm 24), have to sometimes act like her parent, because mom just can't restrain her, when she starts yelling or ...
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Are there resources that provide collections of good math training activities?

I am very eager to access collections of good math training activities, games, etc -- hopefully high quality and aligned with current curriculum movements like common core, etc. Naturally I would ...
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How to create learning opportunities for the toddler who is already *extremely* interested in books?

Ahem :) So, this toddler is two years old now. And, now, she is extremely interested in story books with big pictures. The level of interest is such that she prefers me to read aloud books to her ...
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What is the Best Way for an Uncircumcised Boy to Wipe After Peeing?

My son is four. His pediatrician said he should be wiping because he is not circumcised. What is the proper procedure for wiping a foreskin?
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How can I help my high schooler find his motivation again?

My youngest is a junior in high school (in the US) this year and has been struggling with motivation and staying on top of his work. He graduated from 8th grade during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown and ...
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Are boys generally "lazy" in their early teens?

Is it typical for young teenage boys to be lazy but for them to become more diligent as they get closer to finishing high school? (I would not have thought so, but was advised by someone who is older ...
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teaching to take care of one's belongings (at least the dear ones)

My son loves balance bikes. He got his first one with 2 and second (larger) with 3. Every morning he could choose whether he wanted to use the old or new one for the way to kindergarten, and he mostly ...
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Nearly proficient, is that good?

Our first grader got his progress report. He is a great kid, and we take no issue with his progress report, but we are still wondering about the meaning of "nearly proficient" on some of the ...
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Is yelling often at kids equivalent to abuse?

I often yell at kids to maintain some direction and discipline, having three small but active kids. Often means whenever the situation gets out of hand with kids risking harming themselves or ...
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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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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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When are kids old enough to have a horse

So I am thinking about getting this kid a horse. But I am not sure if they are really ready to have a horse and ride it. He talks sometimes that he wants a horse and I can get him a horse, but when ...
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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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How can I handle a situation with a faulty, cruel teacher that does not like me and takes it out on my child?

Let me start by offering to explain my situation. It is a lot more challenging to handle than the title presents, so I should definitely elaborate, then I'll ask my question. My child is in 1st ...
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Appropriate age for use of electronics

I was searching for this video for the last 3 years. In it a salesperson refuses to sell a tablet to the parents of a 5 year old saying that they can come back in 7 years and 12 years is the ...
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Punishing my brother

My younger brother 16 is leaving with me, it's been two years now He is like every teenager likes to have fun, discover things and get friends. I kept him on the line, safe and sound. We argue ...
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How to help my 1st grade daughter with her reading comprehension?

My daughter is in her 1st grade and she is quite good at reading. By that I mean she can pronounce difficult words, read books with the correct pause and expressions. She can even read fast. But what ...
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2.9 year old does not want do coloring

My son is 2.9 years old and he is not interested to do coloring. We have tried to do everything to increase his interest for coloring, but day by day it has deteriorated. Please give me any suggestion....
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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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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 parents in the UK really pretend to be religious to get their kids into church schools?

I'm a long term fan of some UK panel comedy show. "Mock the Week" is a particular favourite of mine. In a recent episode they had a real laugh at the expense of some parents who pretended ...
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Should I financially assist my child in paying for college? [closed]

In Short I’m wondering if there is any research to support the idea that paying for a child to attend college leads to a more desirable outcome than allowing them to pay their own way (either via ...
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How can I help my daughter to realize advantages of books?

My daughter is 9, she is very clever, but I want her to work harder, read more as after doing the lessons quickly she takes her cell phone and doesn't notice anything else around. How can I help her ...
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ADHD and physical activity prior to school work

My 10 years old daughter was diagnosed with ADHD two years ago. I found that when she does physical exercises before homework, she is more concentrated, happy and willing to work with me. I am ...
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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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At what age do children usually learn to write letters of the alphabet?

My son is 3.5 years old and attends kindergarten. He is one of the youngest in his class. He has not been showing any interest in writing letters of the alphabet and quickly loses focus. His teacher ...
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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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When to give up learning an instrument with a 6-year-old?

My daughter has been practising the violin with the Suzuki method since she was 3.5 years old and she is now 6 (so 2.5 years practising). However she's never really wanted to. She has struggled ...
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At what age child naturally stops asking "Why?"

My daughter is four years and 2 months old. About half a year ago she was asking a considerable amount of why-questions but currently, she doesn't. Is it natural at this age? I try to steer her in the ...
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Experience with sophrology

I recently stumbled upon a series of children books that teach kids to deal with certain emotions like anger, fear, shyness, envy, or sadness. I'm all about helping my child get a better handle on ...
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Teach my children not to lie?

Regarding the education of children it is a generally held dogma that they should be taught not to lie. However, I personally have some doubts whether this really is a good thing to instill in my ...
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To what extent can parenting affect a child's future intelligence level?

This is a follow up on What can I do to a 6-month-old child so she ends up smart and has a high IQ?. A comment left by @chasly mentions that: High IQ is not something that can be trained. You can ...
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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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How to respond if my child is picked on by other children?

What can I do if other children pick on my children? Obviously I can't perform any disciplinary actions. Reprimanding might make my child look like a "mama's boy" and doing nothing might look like a ...
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2-year-old does not speak

My son will be two years old next month, and he doesn't speak. Actually, he speaks, but some other language which nobody can understand. If I point him out to something, he says it not perfectly, but ...
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How can I tell if my toddler is truly gifted or just bright?

I'm the father of a 2 years and 4 months old daughter. I can't understand if she's gifted or just very bright. We live in Italy, where giftedness is not recognized by law and there are no special ...
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How much time is too much time playing educational computer games?

I recently bought an iPad primarily for my 3-year-old daughter. I put nothing on it but educational apps and children's books. No YouTube, no Internet, no (non-educational) games. I've decided to let ...
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What are some strategies for raising a bilingual child?

We are planning on raising our child bi-lingual. The plan is for my husband to only speak English to her and I would only speak Tagalog (a dialect of the Philippines). I have asked my parents to also ...
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How should screen time be treated to balance the pro of education resources on the internet and con of decreased involvement in other activities?

Screen time is a tricky subject. Around middle school age there are very good uses of technology that emerge where can child can develop healthy hobbies fueled by self-motivation (which may later turn ...
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How to make my 4 1/2 yr son understand of why I work/overtime

Recently I had been too busy with work and my son asked me to 'Play with him' during working from home and I said I am at work so I get free I will, he kept on asking 'R u working so you can buy me ...
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Educational collectible cards

I am looking for educational collectible cards. That is, physically similar to baseball cards but consisting of educational content such as famous cultural figures or bite-sized scientific phenomenon, ...

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