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When does a toddler understand the joke of a man falling down on purpose?

A few days ago I was watching a circus show with my almost 3-year-old daughter. There was a guy who was doing some pirouettes on a horizontal bar: he would turn several times in a row and then stop to ...
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How to discourage my 3-year-old from intentionally squishing bugs?

I have a just under 3-year-old girl. We spend a lot of time outside exploring nature. Often I'll pick up a bug and after she agrees to be gentle with it, I'll give it to her. She'll play with it for ...
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How can I be more sympathetic towards my children when they are injured?

I have a 3-year-old son who throws tantrums a lot. I told him not to stand in front of the door as someone may open from the other side and injure him. Someone really opened the door and the door ...
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At what age do childen develop empathy?

My son is 18 months old. He finds it hilarious to make our cats howl by pulling their tails. I try to discourage this by firmly saying "no" and "do not pull tails" until he stops (which he quickly ...
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What are some better ways to teach empathy when taking kids to the zoo?

This question was prompted by a prior question where the OP happened to mention that they found zoos depressing but didn't want to tell their kids. I felt the same way as well, yet like other parents, ...
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How can I help my preschooler develop empathy?

My 3.5-year-old preschooler is pretty book-smart, but is quite emotionally immature for his age. This has led to a frequent, difficult situation for us. He'll be acting out a bit - say, not wanting ...
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How to teach tact and empathic understanding based communication to an INTJ (overly honest) child?

My daughter is in her early 20's. She has proven to be "overly honest" time and again. She has pretty much remained at an even level since around 10 years old, though, in terms of this issue. While ...
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How can I help my 2.5-year-old better love his dog?

My 2.5-year-old seems to be relatively indifferent to our dog. I want him to learn to care for him and help him learn empathy and respect through having a dog. Any thoughts on tactics I can use to ...