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Questions tagged [pre-schooler]

Age specific questions from about 3 years to about 5 years. Younger: toddler. Older: primary-schooler.

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Toilet/Potty Training (4 Year Old Daughter)

I've read a few of the other posts here regarding the same topic and I've tried the answers that were given. My daughter is four years old and still in pull-ups, using them like diapers. She is ...
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How to help a 3 year old to sleep better?

My 3 year old doesn't go to sleep until late after 11pm and wakes up by 7.30am. Is this ok? She sleeps for 2 to 3 hours in the afternoon until 5pm. Since birth she hasn't slept properly.
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My daughter tells me her teacher slapped her. How should I proceed?

I have a 4-year-old daughter. She goes to a small, private preschool. It is one class, all my daughter's age. There is no director; it consists of four women, who are partners, who take turns ...
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Young kids and other people's dogs

I have a five-year-old son. Quite often when we're walking in the countryside a puppy of a big breed will come running up to him and try to jump up and often end up knocking him over and/or scratching ...
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How to help a pre-schooler overcome sensitivity to social setbacks?

My son (3yrs 9 months) is bright and generally happy, but sensitive and sometimes acutely anxious. The sensitivity worries me a little for the future. If something in a social context doesn't go his ...
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How to convince a 4-year old child that professional cyclists are not littering during a race?

We were watching a Cycling Tour on TV yesterday and my 4.5-year old son saw that after having drinks or chocolates those cyclists were throwing the empty bottles/wrappers on the roadside. I ...
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What is a better approach than “mum with the carrot, dad with the stick”?

It seems to me that "mum with the carrot, dad with the stick" is a very bad approach, at least for me (dad) as the kids (the 3.5-year-old mainly) are behaving very badly especially with me! What is ...
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Is 18 month good age to start a toddler school?

My baby is turning 18 month old next month. I have enrolled her in a Montessori Scool but I am having anxeity as the time is coming closer for her to start the school. I am working mother I have 9 to ...
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Should I encourage/persuade my 3 year old to watch kids TV shows that she finds scary or upsetting?

My 3 year old daughter is quite sensitive and empathetic, and subsequently finds some of the kids TV shows aimed at her age group too scary, worrying or upsetting to watch. Even televised productions ...
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How to help 3-year-old stop breaking down about going to the bathroom?

My son is 3 years 11 months old. He's been potty trained for about 10 months now. Things were just fine early on, he would go potty when we asked him to with no complaint. For the last few months ...
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How to make my oversensitive 4-year-old stop crying so he won't be targeted by bullies later?

My 4-year-old son is very sensitive and cries for anything. For example, when visiting one of his cousins, he would say it's time for my son to go home and my son would start crying. There are a lot ...
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My 4-year-old with-holds poop even though he's on meds. How can I help him?

My son is almost 4 years old and is still holding his poop in. He has been on Miramax for a while now but we were trying to figure out how much to give him and when to give him only due to the fact ...
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How to teach 5-year old to value friendship?

My son is almost 5 years old. There are two other boys in the neighborhood: Z is 5 months younger than him, and S is 10 years old. Both are very nice and well-behaved kids. We moved to this complex 5 ...
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Are trampolines safe enough for kids? [closed]

My son will turn 5 soon and we're considering buying a trampoline. He enjoys trampoline-jumping at his cousin's very much and we hear from other parents who have one that 'it was the best toy they ...
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Should I try to long-distance parent or will I do more harm than good?

My long distance ex and I have a 4 year old son and we're trying to figure out what to do post-breakup. A little backstory, we've always been long distance (different countries) and we've been very ...
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How can we teach our 5-year-old daughter to be patient?

Our 5-year-old daughter is so impatient. She wants everything to happen the moment she asks us to do it. For example, when she is watching cartoons and the episode ends, she asks us if we can check if ...
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How to engage my 4-year-old daughter to do something by her own?

My daughter is 4 years old. She wants to keep playing all the time and in her way only. She avoids to play cricket, basketball, or puzzles where you can lose or you need to think in order to win. She ...
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How can we help our 5-year-old daughter enjoy a family activity and stop complaining, when she just wants to watch cartoons?

Our 5-year-old daughter loves cartoons. She can watch them all day, unless we take the phone from her. She says she's bored otherwise. I should probably also mention that she's so impatient that the ...
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What to do with tantrums if screaming it out is not possible?

Our daughter is a bit above 3 years old and she's having tantrums multiple times a day, whenever she doesn't get what she wants. Lots of screaming and shouting. We as parents understand that this is ...
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Should I be concerned about my daughter's behavior (or my wife's)? Trying to co-parent

For reference, please see my previous question. As a newly divorced father I have worries and I am not sure if I am making too much out of them or worrying about nothing. Getting some sleep at night ...
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How to talk to school/nursery personnel about the quality of language?

My child's school has become an "International School" this year. There are no foreign students, but they are teaching english as a second language to children since the age of 3. This comes with a ...
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How to help a child understand length of time?

My question stems from an article I read, which says Parents are presenting a clear choice for the child. ... For example, “If you sit on the steps, it will be for 10 min. If you do not sit on the ...
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How to make the preschooler tired enough to go to bed?

She is 5 years old. Stays in daycare till 17 30. Sleeps in daycare from 14 00 to 15 00. Watches TV from 18 00 to 19 30. After that she plays in the house on her own till 23 30. We wake her up at 9 ...
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Encouraging my sister to read and write

A lot of other questions here have a similar theme, but I want to address a specific problem that I couldn't find answers for. My sister has no interest in reading at all - she's 5 (going to ...
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What to do about my 3.5-year-old daughter's tantrums, which have worsened?

My daughter has not really had many full-blown tantrums when she was younger, ever. But now at 3.5 years old, almost 4 years old (on 8/27). She has been having the worst tantrums ever. First, she used ...
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If my 4-year-old pees his pants, should I wake him up to toilet or just change his pants?

My 4-year-old kid is still bed-wetting. In the past month, he has remained dry two times and the rest wet. I changed his milk time from 10pm to 7.30pm or 8pm. After that, no liquid allowed. If he is ...
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How to help my 4-year-old focus on his tasks instead of zoning out?

My 4-year-old son is diagnosed with speech and a borderline case of autism (score was—29). Since 2 months ago he started to speak in sentences, tries to talk on his own and tries to explain what ...
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6 years old girl resolving most of things with crying or yelling

My 6 years 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 with her expectations. Whenever ...
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How to explain to a 4-year-old kid to stop playing with kids who beat him?

My 4-year-old kid is very very energetic. He is very intelligent and he gets bored very easily. He started reading from 2 and a half years old, and now he is reading books in 2 different languages ...
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Not sure where to go next

How can I stop my 5 year old from hitting and kicking kids at school? He doesn't behave this way anywhere else. My wife and I don't argue much and we have a happy household. We are embarrassed and ...
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My 5-year-old daughter was verbally forced by another 7-year-old girl to show her bottom in daycare

My 5-year-old daughter was verbally forced by another 7-year-old girl to show her bottom in daycare. She told me today about this while taking a bath with me. She doesn't remember when this incident ...
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Why do my kids always wan't to play at their friends instead of at home?

My daughter is 4 and my son is 2 and they both play together a lot at home, especially on the weekend. Something has been bugging me a bit lately and it started since we moved into our new house a few ...
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Five-year-old son constantly fondling himself - is it normal?

When my five-year-old son wears some comfy clothes, like joggers or pyjamas especially after school, he tends to either sit on the sofa or lie on the floor and basically fondle himself. He started ...
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4-year-old going on holiday without parents

My son is 4 and a half, and is going on holiday with his grandparents and 6-year-old niece. I'm a bit apprehensive about him being without us, his parents, for 8 days so I decided to fly over for just ...
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Is asking a child to count to 10 when they don't say please OK?

I'm rather pleased with my latest attempt to remind my 4 year old to ask for things nicely - if she asks/demands something without saying "please" then I ask her to count to 10 and ask again. It ...
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english novels like “the worst witch” for boys [closed]

I'm looking for a wizard book for my kid, hopefully similar level as "The Worst Witch", i.e. easier than the Harry Potter series, but for boys. Hopefully it is suitable for boys around 5-7 years old, ...
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I have custody of grandson, he won’t let me out of his sight

I have had custody of my grandson since he was 15 months old. He loves his daddy, my son. My son works a lot and recently had a new baby. For a while now, he will not let me out of his sight. If I ...
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3-year-old eats snow

My daughter is 3 years old and she eats snow at kindergarten. And not even white snow, but dirty gray snow. She told me she does so because other children do it and because their leader allows them to ...
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4 year old becomes passive when coming to kindergarten [closed]

My 4 year old child becomes super passive when she passes thru kindergarten doors. She attends to the group of 25 children + 2 child minder for 7 months already. Most of the times when it's time to ...
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How to enrich my “everyday” vocabulary as an ESL parent in the U.S.? [closed]

How to quickly acquire the "everyday" English vocabulary needed to communicate with my preschool child? I am an immigrant IT professional who speaks fluent English, but who learned his English as an ...
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My daughter bites her nails - me too and my husbands says its my fault…? [closed]

My 4 year old daughter recently started biting her nails. Not seriously short or bleeding but I never have to cut it. I've been a nail biter since I can remember but now my husband says she is biting ...
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5 year old lying and stealing

My 5-year-old son has recently developed the habit of lying and stealing. All of this in the span of 2 weeks. It started with him getting a small toy from his school classroom. We made him understand ...
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At what age do children usually learn to write alphabets?

My son is 3.5 years old and attends a kinder garden. He is one of the youngest in his class. He is not showing any interest in writing alphabets and quickly loses focus. His teacher has told us to ...
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To gifted school or not to gifted school? That is the question

My almost 4 year old is nearing the end of his first full year of school, and we’re trying to assess whether the school he’s going to is a good fit and whether there might be something better for him. ...
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Can a Child Fail Preschool in the United States? Should a Child be Held-Back from Kindergarten? [closed]

I have a acquaintance who lives in the United States with a young daughter who will be starting Kindergarten next year. However, her preschool feels she should be "held back", because among other ...
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Shall I be worried about my 5-year-old son seeming to be depressed when at his mom's?

I have a 5-year-old son and I have him every weekend and days here and there during the week. When I drop him off at his mother's on Sunday nights maybe once or twice a month she texts or calls me and ...
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How to address preschooler lying

My 3.5 years old recently started lying. Up to now, they where mostly "I didn't do this" type of lies. For exemple, he would unroll the toilet paper in the bathroom or put play-doh in the washer (!) ...
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5 year old talking in second person

So my 5 year old talks a lot. But when she does it's in a third person, saying what she expects I would say when directed towards her. So she's not speaking in first person, but in first person from ...
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Innocent age related stubborness or bad behaviour?

My 4-yearold shows impressive stubborness and singlemindedness. While it is sometimes clear, often i find it hard to tell if i'm looking at: "i'm four years old and surprises make me insecure" or "i'm ...
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Is my daughter's temper doing emotional harm to my son? [closed]

I have a 6-year-old (in 2 weeks) daughter and a 4-year-old son. The family includes me (Mom), the kids, my husband (their dad), and my mom. Our parenting techniques are very aligned with Positive ...