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 make sure kids prioritize keeping in contact when away

My wife and kids has gone abroad,although were suppose to go together but I couldn't. so it is my kids first time without me, although they went to a pilgrimge site but kids mostly stay at home with ...
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I messed up and didn't teach my 4 year old much English, how do I start now?

Any ideas how I can teach my 4 yr old son English, even though I'm sure I've missed some vital window by not doing 1 parent 1 language? A little background: English is one of my native languages but ...
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Teeth Brushing for Preschoolers

I have a technical question about tooth brushing. I'm finding it really difficult to brush the cheek-facing "front" side of the tooth. I myself can fit the whole toothbrush head between my ...
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How can I help my 5yo feel more in control of her life

I have an extremely smart, extremely independent 5 year old daughter. She's turning 6 in a couple of months. This year in particular, starting her reception year at school, she has a lot less free ...
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Onset of aggression towards mother

I am a mother with 4.5 year old daughter. I am also expecting a second child and am in the second trimester. Ever since we shared the news with the daughter, she became much more needy. We talk a lot ...
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My 5 year is taking advantage of my wife's clinical anxiety and depression

My 5 year old acts up around his mother, especially if other people are around. She has clinical anxiety, she's taking antidepressants. It's not his fault, he noticed that he can get what he wants if ...
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When to introduce children to the internet?

So far my wife and I have only introduced our kids (20 months and 3.5 year old) to TV. We don't plan on getting them a tablet or any handheld devices. However, we do eventually want to introduce them ...
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My husband (her father) jokes/plays in ways my daughter doesn't always find funny, he says he should be able to do it if he wants

My daughter is 5. Sometimes my husband (her father) will try to 'play' with her by pretending to be a lion, going roar and pawing at her in a playful manner. Sometimes she's okay with this and has fun,...
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What is the right age to teach your kids about weather-appropriate clothing?

As a parent you'd want your kids to be safe and hence when they're small, you're responsible for picking weather-appropriate clothing for them. As they grow, you'd like them to understand the ...
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Optimal number of additional classes and activities for a 4-year-old

I have two daughters, 4 and 2 years old. Since the older one is pretty organized, we start considering various additional activities on top of regular childcare e.g. music, dances, gymnastics, just ...
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Getting child to eat (preschooler)

When I cook for my child, my child tends to just eat a little bit, perhaps, two or three forkfuls, and then goes and uses the phone. When I tell my child to eat, they say they're not hungry or they ...
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Taking preschooler for potty breaks vs letting him make the decision himself

At this stage of potty training our pre-schooler (3 yrs 3 months) can hold his pee, can usually recognize when he has to go poo and go on the potty, and has taken himself to the potty to pee a number ...
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boy (4 years) generally well-behaved but misbehaves when mom is around

My son (4 years and 3 months) is generally well-behaved. There is no trouble in kindergarten, no trouble at grandma's place and not even much trouble at home with his dad. He knows the rules and ...
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How to articulate why child still has limits to what she can refuse despite our stressing the importance of consent?

I'm a big believer in the importance of consent and stressing it when kids are young. My (many!) goddaughter and/or nieces and nephews all are told by me they have the right to consent to what ...
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How to introduce bilingualism without stress to toddler

Our daughter is now three. Her verbal skills are very good with English. We are attempting to introduce bilingualism in the household as we are bilingual. We were English only for certain reasons. We ...
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Note from the nursery

My 2.5 years old daughter don't follow the instructions at the nursery sometimes does that considered lack of focus? When the nanny ask them to stand in a line to go to lunch sometimes my daughter ...
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How to Prepare for the First Day of School

My son is 3 years old and will attend his first day of school when he goes to Kindergarten in two years. He currently stays home during the day with his mom and two younger siblings while I work. He ...
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As a father, should i allow my 5year old son to see me nude?

In July it will be 5years that I will have been a father. My son and I have a good relationship. I am a very cultured man and I really respect and appreciate the privacy of people. Sometimes whenever ...
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4 year old does not stay in bed

My son is nearly 4 and refuses to stay in bed. The only way make him go to bed and fall asleep is to stay with him and keep him from climbing out. This can take multiple hours every night. We get up ...
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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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Five Year old structured playing

My child, who will be five soon, enjoys structured play more than unstructured play. For example, he loves puzzles because they have a clear goal and a right way to complete them. He does not like ...
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Why preschooler is acting this way?

My son just turn 3 this week but he is known for his naughty behaviour but lately it has turned into embarrassment. E.g. throwing creams on carpet and rubbing it, throwing milk on wall etc. He do ...
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how to get rid of angry outbursts in a healthy way

Our son, 3.75 years old, gets frustrated fairly easily (e.g. zipper gets stuck when he dresses, tower of building blocks collapses unintentionally). Often this results in him stomping and/or throwing ...
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Is it appropriate to force an almost-5yo child to do things (at school) when they don't want to cooperate?

My daughter is turning 5 in a few months. She's just started a new preschool class (same school as last year, just an age older). The teacher has reported that she refuses to get up from the mat when ...
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A natural vs more rigid bedtime for a three year old

Some background, my wife and I largely follow best practices when it comes to our child's bedtime routine. We start at the same time, go through the same calming routine, and for the most part haven't ...
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Our hamster died, and witnessed by our child. How to communicate with/support her?

We kept a hamster in our house and my daughter liked it. She was very gentle when holding it. She had a really happy time with the hamster. But this week the hamster died when she was playing with it. ...
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Knowing of a drugged meth head mentally unstable mother - what help is out there for the children?

Even with the assistance of the state controlled agencies the results have been very lacking. 2 are under the age of 8 and the other is 16. The mother is now smoking cannabis with the daughter as well ...
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Taking days off from kindergarten

As a parent, our child takes days off from kindergarten for important family events or when sick. I would like to think that the stakes are low for kindergarten in general and a family fun day, ...
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my 3 yo refuses to participate to any group activities

My 3 years old is a bit on the shy side, but nothing alarming. She manages to play with friends and interact with adults. She has been at the nursery school since she was 1 year old, and we only heard ...
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Fear of teaching my child academics on my own

I have a 4yo and a 6yo. I want to enrich them in academics (reading, math etc) in weekends. They like when we do it. I do have one fear - maybe I'm teaching them "wrong"? I mean I know the ...
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How do I teach letting go to a 5 year old?

My 5 year old daughter has complained a few times that she just can't get things out of her mind ("I can't get it out of my mind daddy" and she is visibly quite distressed). I'd like to ...
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6-year-old loves making her little sister cry by dialogue

We have two daughters: O. (6 years) Y. (4 years) We have the impression that O. leaves no opportunity to intentionally make Y. cry. This includes physical acts like hitting/pinching/taking things ...
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6-year-old stays up until after midnight every day

Our daughter (O.) is 6 years old. She has always (read: since she was born) been someone to rather get up late and stay up late (in contrast to her little sister (Y.), who is much more of an early ...
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What are things to consider when moving yourself and kids closer to your girlfriend?

I’m beginning to think about moving closer to my girlfriend to spend more time with her. We’ve known each other for around 7 months now and things are going great! We are both good at communicating in ...
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How to handle situation when a mother gives her child preferential treatment and is defensive about it?

So the full details of my involvement and actual relationship with my 'friend' and her child are a bit too complicated and distracting to go into right now. For now lets say that I love kids and have ...
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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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Label preschooler's items with full name?

My son's preschool requested that we label all his items with his name. I'm wondering if it is better to include his full name (so he learns to recognize it), or if it is safer to include just a first ...
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How to help my 4yo daughter cope better with her fear of missing out?

My 4yo daughter loves to do things with me. I'm pretty sure this is normal for a kid her age. She follows me around the house (when she's not at preschool) participating in chores, helping me with ...
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How to best prepare a pre-school child for surgery and associated procedures?

My child of four years (and eight months) is soon having surgical treatment. I want to prepare them in the best way possible for the trip to the hospital and best manage any distress around the ...
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Why my kids don't get excited to see me

We have been living with my wife brother for 3 years now, My kids are very excited whenever their uncle comes from door and not me. This sort of hurt, not sure why but what my kids (almost 7 and 2) ...
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child (almost 3 years) is unable to search for missed stuff

My son who will shortly become 3 years old seems to be unable to search for lost things, and I'd like to know if this is something to worry about. He often takes some item/toy, runs around with it in ...
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4 year old blames all of her accidents on others, how to help her accept responsibility in a good way?

My daughter is 4 years old, getting close to 5. She started doing this only recently. When she does something like fall over, or stub her toe, or spill milk, she immediately starts blaming it on ...
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Four year old having a hard time with COVID rapid tests

I live in a jurisdiction which requires COVID rapid testing for even a single mild symptom of COVID before attending school, events, shopping, etc, even if masked. My son is a four year old in a ...
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My 33 months old calls me by her name

My toddler calls me her name. Has anyone else child ever done this. I keep telling her that is her name.
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Is it normal for a 4 year old to scream when told no or something she doesn't like?

I have been looking after my daughter who is 4. Unfortunately, I have postpartum depression, which makes it difficult at times. However, I do everything to enjoy and spend my time with her. I take her ...
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How to teach my 4 year old when are appropriate times to scream (for general screaming, not related to tantrums)

My 4 year old has a very high-pitched scream. It used to cause pain in my ears when she first started doing it (when she was 2 if I remember right?) but it doesn't anymore; I think the high-pitched ...
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Is acceptable that a preschool to rejects a 3 year old for non speech English? [closed]

I have tried to enroll my 3 years old twins boys to a preschool program in, I'm a Spanish speaker and encourage my boys to speak Spanish at home in order to develop language. I want my children to be ...
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4 year old - throws things (this is not an anger tantrum)

My 4-year-old boy will sit and listen, read and play all fine. However, he suddenly started to throw things as a ‘game’. It’s so hard to stop him. I tried to read up about it but most websites ...
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Goddaughters can't be anywhere without me

I live in a different state as my goddaughters, but we do in person visits semi-frequently and weekly video chats. The girls, 4 & nearly 6, seem to really value their time with me, which I'm glad ...
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How to help a child accept when an activity is over

My five-year-old really struggles with moving from one activity task to another. For example, we tell him we will only do a certain activity for x amount of time and then be done. It doesn't matter ...
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