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What are the legal, emotional, and/or behavioral repercussions of confiscating money as a punishment?

Let's assume I'm a parent and that I use this punishment, for the sake of the question. The primary punishment I use to discipline my children is to confiscate money. It seems fairly effective in ...
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Is it ok for parents to kiss and romance with each other while their 2- to 8-year-old child watches?

I'm not a parent yet and still in my 20s. I was wondering if it's ok for a kid (between the age of 2-8 years) to watch his parents kiss and romance with each other. By romance I mean holding your ...
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Is it normal for a 6-year-old to say he's fallen in love?

Our 6.5-year-old boy came home one day saying "there's something wrong with my mind". After some questioning, he told my wife that he sometimes falls in love with girls and can't stop thinking about ...
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Do baby massages improve motor skills and emotional development?

I find a lot of parents take their baby to get baby massages. I have heard that babies who receive periodic baby massages (such as once a week) are showing rapid development in their motor skills and ...
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List of emotions to teach

Is there a list of emotions with an age range that is appropriate to teach kids? I would like to put the list on the fridge so that we (the parents) are reminded to use these words.
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How to deal with tantrums in an 8-year-old child?

We have three boys aged 4, 8 and 10. The youngest and eldest seem to be fine and no issues, but the middle child is quite willful and having tantrums. It's like he never quite grew out of the terrible ...
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Can having a computer game temporarily go blank when kids are too loud have adverse emotional effects?

There is a very popular question where a father says: My kids (4 and 5) yell a lot when playing games on the computer. I found an effective cure for this. When I hear loud noises, I [remotely] ...
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Does teaching your child sign language improve his emotional health?

We're expecting our first child and trying to make decisions about what parenting trends to follow. I've been reading about teaching sign language to babies. It seems like the jury is out on whether ...
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What activies or behaviors can help my toddler develop emotional regulation and emotional intelligence?

I have a normally developing child who is just under 2 years old. He's an emotionally "intense" kid, and I want to work with him on developing emotional regulation and understanding his feelings. ...
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8 month old misses father on long trip

Me and my wife live in US with our 8 month old son.I spent my evenings bonding with him. He was a very happy baby here laughing and smiling. He went to India a month ago with his mother. We wanted him ...
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Toddler is ignored by other person/child. Should I let her learn the lesson or should I step in and entertain her?

I have a 2-year-old toddler who is happy going and social. Our maid's 10 year old son came with her and sat in the drawing room. Toddler was playing nearby. I told her to say hello to the boy and ...
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How to teach child to recognize his emotions and deal with them on his own

I'm currently just starting to learn this for myself. Growing up in a neglectful and abusive home I never learned to recognize my emotions. Just to surpress everything. This is why I also have a hard ...
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Should I skip sad scenes when watching a movie with a child?

I'm searching for a research-backed answer to a question about introducing children to difficult emotions in movies. There a seemingly innocent titles like Lion King, Bambi, or Finding Nemo which, ...
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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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How to help a 4-year-old who is afraid because she doesn't know yet what she will do when she's grown up?

I have a 4-year-old daughter. Yesterday, when I was changing my daughter in her PJ's to get ready for bed she started crying out of nowhere. This was very surprising because we don't get that very ...
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5 year old is very prone to emotional outbursts - especially when he doesn't get his way

My 5 year old son is really kind, smart, he's an excellent communicator, and he's even tough when it comes to bumps and bruises. Overall he's a great kid. However, he really struggles with making ...
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Is a parent expected to be emotionally and socially supportive for the child?

I'm 26, and feel the need to sort and process my childhood. I grew up in Norway. I have always felt a bit low, passive and lacking self-confidence growing up. I was polite, kind, and quite normal; I ...
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Validated list of emotions for children by age

I am writing stories about emotions for children age 5-10. I would like to use emotions that are relevant to children's emotional development in that range. For example, I heard from discussions with ...
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Intervention or learning experience: child gives away stuff

My 6 year old recently he gave away a bunch of pokemon cards (these are collectible cards that can also be used to play a game, but he is a little too young for that) and now he regrets it. At the ...
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Should I be concerned about my 6-year-old daughter resolving most of things with crying or yelling?

My 6-year-old daughter is generally a very optimistic, probably happy, smiling kid which likes to play with her sister and others. But... only until everything goes according to her expectations. ...
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How to evaluate social/emotional development?

I know there are many books on evaluating academic success and deficits, but how do you evaluate social/emotional learning? Are there studies to help with this? What milestones should a parent look ...
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What are the effects of CSA on infants and newborns?

There are a lot of studies I've seen about Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) regarding toddlers or adolescents, but what are the effects of it on infants or newborns? There are some studies on intercourse with ...
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Answering "From what age people feel in love"?

My little one and I have recently setup a weekly fairy tale movie session. She really loves stories where the female character falls in love and lives happily ever after, usually with some kind of ...
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My 4 yr old all of the sudden started clinging to me and throwing tantrums by morning drop-off. Any advice?

My 4 yr old has always been going to daycare happily ever since, and I don't remember ever having problems with him during drop-off. Now during lockdown we were home together for two months! Daycare ...
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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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How to know whether I am giving too much attention to my child?

I have heard that getting too little attention from parents can result in personality disorders in adult life and getting too much attention from parents can result in child be an attention seeker as ...
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How to teach 5 year old to express emotion verbally?

My 5-year-old son just cries when frustrated and throws his toy if angry. He is expressing his emotions only by actions, not by words. If he enjoys a movie he laughs in a loud tone. If he couldn't ...
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