Questions tagged [pre-schooler]

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

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How to answer my 5 year old why I can tell her what she has to do, and why she can't tell me what to do

In the morning there are lots of things to be done before heading off to preschool. I'm acting like a policeman every morning to get those things done and to push my child to go out. Every day I have ...
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Child tries to steal teacher attention when I speak to that teacher

I just took my child to preschool. Another child has just been brought in by their parent (we've just crossed paths at the front door of the preschool). While my child started to take off their ...
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How to teach children Santa is not real, while respecting other kids beliefs?

So I personally dislike the idea of Santa. Although the Siberian Santa Claws and Turkish Saint Nicholas origins are very cool, I find then contemporary concept of Santa is the antithesis of 'Christmas ...
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How old should a child be to sleep in top bunk?

So I've recently had a second child. For now, he's in a co-sleeper and my daughter (3,5 years old) is in a toddler bed (big cot with bars removed). I'm considering buying a bunk bed for when I ...
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4-year-old screaming at every occasion

We are a family of four, my wife currently attends teacher education which in relatively time consuming. Our two sons of 6 and 4-1/2 years are at the kindergarten in the morning and I care for them ...
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When do pre-schoolers learn how to paint a copy of a basic shape they are seeing?

My 4 year-old daughter is starting to learn how to write some letters and tries to write her name. She does some mirror writing, so a letter like L will look as _|. In any case, today we did some ...
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How can I convince my child to write?

Recently my child(3.5 Years old) has joined a pre-school class. A couple of months passed and he participated in all types of activities and events. He has also learned oral words. Sometimes feel he ...
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Does toddler keep hands around private parts?

My son is turning 3 years old and lately I been noticing he is playing/holding his penis, which I am really concerned about. His hand just wonders off to his willy, I have asked him what's wrong but ...
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Encouraging the love for dinosaurs in 3 years old

My son is three years old and he is an extreme fan of dinosaurs. He managed to remember the name of most of them by listening to his teachers in day care and watching cartoons. I know this is most ...
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How to deal with a stubborn but brilliant child?

I have 2 boys, aged 6 years and 4 years respectively. This concern is regarding the younger one. He has been very stubborn since birth. But on the other hand, I believe he is very brilliant and has a ...
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How to prevent my 3-year-old boy from climbing on top of me?

We have a 3-year-old boy who spends most of his time at home. Oftentimes, while we are trying to work, or teaching our older kids, the boy will start to climb on top of us. Telling him "Stop" doesn't ...
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How to make my pre-schooler stop trying to make his friends follow the instructions given to him?

My son is 3 years and 8 months old. He starts to cry when any of his friends in school makes any mistake. For example, if his friends make any mistake in writing, he starts to cry. If his friends are ...
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How do I get pre-schoolers to stop asking for food every hour?

My boyfriend has three little girls, 3, 3 and 5 years old. I try to feed them balanced and correctly portioned meals and snacks even though the 5-year-old is extremely picky. They eat about every 2 ...
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How to make my 5-year-old niece understand that I try very hard to be honest with her and wouldn't lie, when she implies I do?

My 'honorary' niece is 5 years old. The other day I made a comment about how she was lucky to have a mommy who is always honest to her (referring to the fact that her mother was upfront and honest ...
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Little League Coach - What do I call myself?

What is the convention, should I call myself coach "first name" or coach "last name". It's a team of 4 & 5 year olds.
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Indulging mobile game obsession Pokémon Go in 6-year old

My 6-year-old son really enjoys his Pokémon Go, a game on the mobile phone. Mainly because: it is something he does with his dad (we are together but our son spends more time with me, and so he seems ...
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What to do when my 3.5-year-old says “I don’t love you, I love mommy.”?

Recently, my 3.5-year-old daughter started saying, “I don’t love you, I love mommy.” Also the same phrase with "like" instead of "love". It’s killing me to hear her say that. But, I know she’s little,...
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How to make a 3.5-year-old stop deliberately waking up her 1-year-old sister?

We've got two daughters of 3.5 (B) and 1 (L) years, respectively. B's behaviour is sometimes a bit reminiscent of what was described in someone else's earlier question. The particular issue/situation ...
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Should I call my sad, almost 5-year-old on holidays with grandparents and his sister?

I have an almost 5-year-old son and an almost 3-year-old daughter. My children are on holidays with grandparents far away for a week. They had the same holidays last year and it went smoothly, but ...
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Should you teach your children to identify letters or write letters first?

My oldest daughter is 3. I'm trying to teach her how to read and write (in English). My daughter can recite the alphabet A-Z, but cannot identify the letters. She can trace over letters that I write ...
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What to do about a 4-year-old who has reverted to peeing in her pants and wearing diapers?

My 4-year-old daughter was potty trained at 2 or maybe 2 1/2. At night she had quite a few dry nights, but not all were perfect; so she has worn a pull-up while sleeping. During the day we never had ...
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How many hours per day should a three and a half year old sleep? [duplicate]

And what night-time/midday nap split? Please quote sources. I have Weissbluth but have difficulty parsing any proscriptive advice out of it.
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How to make my niece stop bothering my son because she is older?

My son is 3 years and 9 months old. I have a problem telling my 5-year-old niece that she is bothering my son. She's always telling him that she has something that he doesn't have, or knows swimming ...
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How to talk about a historic suicide in the family to young kids?

My brother took his own life in 2000 at age 23. My kids - 10-year-old girl, 8-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl - know that I had a brother and that he died, but I have not told them anything more than ...
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How to help my 3.5-year-old daughter who's suddenly much more attached to me and cries for everything?

My 3.5-year-old daughter has suddenly become more attached to me. She also is crying for everything. Recently, she has gone on a trip with her grandmother 1.5 months back and she used to cry there and ...
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How to explain addition vs. place values to a 4½-year-old?

My 4½-year-old son has had some questions recently about numbers. On and off for months, he's been asking questions along the lines of "What does four and two make" or "What is a four and a two"? At ...
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Our 5-year-old boy doesn't respond to timeouts, etc. What are some other methods of discipline?

Our 5-year-old boy loves to challenge us when we try to discipline him. We would ask him not to do something and he would go right ahead and do it. Eventually it escalates and he starts to scream, ...
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How to get preschoolers to interact with me over the TV?

I'm a godfather/honorary uncle to a number of preschoolers. They get excited about my visits and mostly prefer to play with me. However, during my longer (8 hours to few days long) visits they will ...
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Why does my 3-year-old cry when someone laughs?

My 3-year-old cries or throws a tantrum when anyone laughs. She will actually tell us to stop laughing. If it’s strangers she will say to me "mom they’re laughing" while she starts to cry. I would ...
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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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How to make 5 year kid to sit and write

I have a 5 year old kid, he is pre-schooler. I am not able to make him sit and write his home work. He is very good in oral, but why he is not willing to write I don't know. How to make him write? He ...
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What's a good approach for helping my kids understand certain toys?

I have two pre-school children and I need to help them play with & understand certain violent toys, but I'm struggling with it. I've searched online but it seems like most resources are about ...
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Is comparing my child with others good or bad?

I have a 5-year-old child. Is it a good idea to compare my child with another child with regards to scoring marks or how they perform an activity? I think that comparing my child with another child ...
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Why do we teach animal sounds to children?

I was reflecting on the fact that, at least in Western culture, most children are taught at a young age what sounds animals make. However, this is mostly a "useless" information from a practical point ...
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“Never punish in anger” - How far does this extend?

I've heard the phrase, "You should never punish your child in anger," before, and it makes logical sense. However, how far does this extend? If a child, let's say a four-year-old, does something ...
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How to help my 3-year-old who wakes up at night in fear of a bug biting his leg (again)?

My child is 3 years and 2 months old. In the last two weeks, I have seen his behaviour change - he wakes up crying around 2 am, shaking and not allowing his leg to be touched, not wanting a blanket, ...
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How to deal with a 3.5-year-old who starts to cry when someone speaks louder to him?

My 3.5-year-old son simply cries when someone talks or gives commands in higher volume. He stops crying when I hug him again. But this is new behaviour in him. In school, staff informed me that he ...
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How to help our 3-year-old deal with continuously missing clothes and bad behavior from another kid in the nursery?

My 3-year-old daughter has been going to nursery for a year now. We live in Denmark. Her clothes began disappearing in the day care (first a dress, then a jacket). And she was saying the name of one ...
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How best to help a language-delayed 3.5-year-old in a foreign language environment?

We are an English-speaking American family with 2 children, and have recently moved to Germany. The length of our stay is indefinite, and we've decided to try to integrate culturally and ...
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How to entertain (or keep in bed) a 5-year-old who gets up at 5am?

We have two girls: Elise, who is 2 and is decidedly an evening person: running and bouncing and laughing and playing until 7 or 8 PM if she can get away with it (which she can't, we want her in bed ...
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How to help a 4.5-year-old to no longer get “stuck” on minor minute details?

My 4.5-year-old often insists on certain things that seem to suggest he has some issues with flexibility. For example: He wants the green straw not the red one He wants to wear a different shirt to ...
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What to do about a 4.5-year-old soiling underwear shortly before bedtime when he usually uses the toilet?

My 4.5-year-old son was well potty trained. He has only recently started to soil his pants. This always happens in the 30 minutes before bedtime, always when he is in his room playing alone. He tells ...
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How to make our 3-year-old stop talking over every conversation around her?

Our 3-year-old daughter has been talking over any conversation in her vicinity for the past few months with increasing intensity. I can't talk for more than a minute or two to my wife when our ...
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Raising a bilingual kid. When should we introduce the majority language?

We are a family living in an English speaking country with a 3-year-old. My wife and I speak both French and English and we are committed to raise our kid bilingual in both languages. So far our ...
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How to encourage my 5-year-old who seems to be unusually interested in astronomy?

My almost 5-year-old son has developed a great interest in astronomy since last few months. I show him pictures of planets in books and videos on YouTube. He asks me to point out planets in the night ...
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Does separating necessarily cause damage?

Me and my (ex)girlfriend have a 3 years old child. He is an accidental child from a one night stand (where I was completely drunk and she was sober), but I didn't want to leave them alone, so I gave ...
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Is it normal for a 3-year-old to repeat the question before answering?

My 3 years and 3 months old son has speech delay. He repeats the question and then answers (mainly choice questions). At age 3, if I asked him any question ('this or that'), he simply repeated ('this ...
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How to discern whether a 3-year-old's repetitive hand movements are normal or not?

My 3-year-old son has a habit of holding his two hands tightly closed near his mouth and biting teeth so as to show he's excited. He performs this action only when he plays with toys. It comes ...
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When the length of a commute can be recognized as not acceptable for a kindergartner?

I have learned of kids with crazy long commutes in their school bus for public schools. I'm surprised of having such longs commutes (1 hour) for a 4-to-5 year old starting kindergarten. I understand ...
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How can I get involved in the parenting of my girlfriend's sister's 5-year-old who spends too much time on screens etc.?

I am a 30ish years old man, living at my girlfriend's parents place for 4 months. It's been 2 months already, 2 more to go. I don't have kids (yet, but want to). With us is my girlfriend's sister and ...