Questions tagged [pre-schooler]

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

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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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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 letters of the alphabet?

My son is 3.5 years old and attends kindergarten. He is one of the youngest in his class. He has not been showing any interest in writing letters of the alphabet and quickly loses focus. His teacher ...
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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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How to get a 3.5-year-old to dress up in the morning?

I'm having a hard time recently with my 3.5-year-old where I struggle to get him out the door in the morning without multiple tantrums and cries. He usually gets up on his own and comes to my room ...
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Innocent age related stubborness or bad behaviour?

My 4-year-old 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'...
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How to stop my 5-year-old from being very combative to my 2-year-old?

I am a single mother of 2 boys. My 5-year-old is very combative to my non-verbal 2-year-old. Earlier today he said he "hated" his brother. He is constantly mean to my baby! Just right after I got to ...
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4-year-old won't get up and use the bathroom

I have a four-year-old son. He won't get up and use the bathroom, instead he'll tell me when he has to go and I'll take him. There are days were he'll pee on himself when I lay him down for a nap - he'...
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Why not let your child fall asleep while being held, rocked, fed a bottle, or while nursing? [closed]

From: https://aasm.org/children-who-grind-their-teeth-are-more-likely-to-have-problems-in-school-be-withdrawn-from-others/ Do not let your child fall asleep while being held, rocked, fed a bottle, ...
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5 year-old daughter has difficulty identifying colours

My daughter is now 5 years old and she can't identify any colour. When I teach a colour to her and, after few minutes, ask her what this colour is, she fails to repeat that colour. What can I do to ...
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My 2.5yr old daughter does not answer to us

Anyone ever experienced similar situation? My 2.5yr old daughter always trying to ignore my words, by not listening and not answering. For example, when there's conflict I try to blame her on some ...
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Difficulty pronouncing R and L: how fast is it overcome?

This question concerns difficulty pronouncing the sounds R and L between the ages of 4 and 6 years old. Assuming that there's no serious problem (that is, all other sounds are correctly pronounced ...
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How to make our 3-year-old stop crying when we want to leave the house with him?

My three-year-old cries when he goes to daycare, but now he cries when we go anywhere, to church or wal-mart. I know he is dealing with separation anxiety because he spent his first three years at ...
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How can I teach my daughter to wait to speak?

I have 2 daughters, a one year old and a four year old. The four year old will often call for me when I am speaking to someone else or watching a news show, interrupting me. I already tried to ...
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"Mommy doesn't like daddy" - What to do about my 4-year-old daughter crying for 20 min everytime I pick her up from my ex-wife?

I have had a shared parenting agreement for nearly 2 years now for my soon to be 5-year-old daughter. She switches houses every other day during the week and every other weekend. This has been going ...
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How to teach a 4 year old reading?

I tried to start with "A fat cat sat on a fat rat". Is it all about mugging up or is there a proper technique for learning the spellings of words? Basically now I realize that the my aim is to teach ...
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3 year old boy potty training regression

The boy has been potty trained for more than 6 months and very seldom has had accidents in that time and never wets the bed, but in last couple weeks he's had several instances of getting to the ...
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How to handle 5-year-old granddaughter shouting "Get out" (of her room)?

If you walk into our 5-year-old granddaughter's room while she is playing with her dolls, she will tell you "I want time alone" and if you do not leave within several seconds she will look at you in a ...
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My son plays alone and is not interested in making friends. How can I help him?

I have a 3-year-old son. From his birth, I tried to keep mobile away and restrict him to very limited TV. I play with him whenever I find the time. We play block games, making zoo with animals, ...
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My 4-year-old will only eat things entirely made of starch or sugars - how to make him eat more healthily?

My 4-year-old son basically will not eat anything other than things that are entirely made of starch or sugars. Anything involving any kind of meat or vegetable is immediately and completely rejected. ...
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Is there a way to remove inappropriate ads and content for children using a shared phone?

Parents! I share my mobile device with kids and let them play games. At that time I do my chores and have some time for myself. But I noticed that sometimes they watch inappropriate ads or even ...
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How do I deal with communication issues with my 5 year-old son?

I am 29 and the mother of two boys, aged 5 years and 2 months respectively. I am facing a behavioural issue with my elder one. He’s very stubborn and throws tantrums whenever he’s told to do something....
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How can I help my son overcome his fear of dogs so we can enjoy our time together with my puppy?

"Bob" is a divorced dad of a 5 year old boy, "Tom". Tom lives with his mother and also spends a lot of time with his grandma and great grandmother. Both Bob and his ex-wife work full-time and he only ...
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Superlight equipment to carry an almost 4y old pre-schooler during a hike

I am planning a hike with the kids, but the youngest one (almost 4 years old) may become too tired at some point and may need to be carried for a while. It is unlikely that this will be needed, so we ...
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How do I introduce my sons biological father to my 4 year old when my fiancé has taken that role and is called daddy?

My sons biological father and I have been separated since my child's birth. He wasn't on the birth certificate and hasn't seen him. My fiancé has been in my sons life since he was 3 yrs old and has ...
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How do I help my 5 year old sister with PTSD and serious behavioral issues?

Okay so I'm not a parent I'm a big sister. We're 14 years apart, different dads, single mom, etc. Sadly, her father was abusive and around long enough for her to remember just how abusive he was. My ...
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How to help a 3 year old stop playing when his teacher tells him to?

I have a 3 year-old boy who often does not want to stop playing, which I imagine is not incredibly uncommon. Sometimes he will not want to quit playing when his Spanish immersion teacher needs him ...
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How to explain to my 4-year-old son that he needs to wear glasses, although he became self-conscious about them?

My son has just turned 4. He was operated on when he was 2 for squint eyes (strabismus) and his eyes are much better but not perfect. He has to wear glasses to prevent further damage. He is now very ...
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4 year old being hit in school

For the last few days my four year old daughter has been coming home and telling me that she has been hit, and hurt, at school by a couple of boys. We don't hit in our house and she has no siblings ...
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Should children be encouraged to get themselves or their clothes dirty?

I'm not a parent myself, but I frequently look after two siblings of close relatives. While the girl (3 years) does not have a problem with wiping hands in pants or getting in any other way ...
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Son having problems going to pre k

My 4 year old has been going to pre-kindergarten for a little over a month. He has been having problems in class behaving. He talks back to his teachers and tells them "no" along with trying to do ...
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What kind of negative reinforcement works good on your 5 year old for misbehavior?

My son has few unwanted behavior I like to reduce. For example he throws objects like pencil, toys etc sometimes in frustration and sometimes he just enjoys. He throws papers outside our patio and he ...
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Developing creativity and out-of-box thinking among kids

A teacher asked my 5 year old son to draw an apple and colour it. He draws a large apple and coloured it in purple. This is not a usual behaviour though. Many times he has drawn fruits of the real ...
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If my 5yr old is an exceptional liar, should I expect that she will continue lying as she gets older?

I have a gorgeously adorable 5 year old daughter who over the past 6 months or so has developed a bent towards lying. Adorable + lying = bad recipe for a pushover dad (I'm really not, I may be mushy ...
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What to do about 3-year-old boy hitting kids at preschool when bored?

My 3-years-old boy just started the preschool. He is not listening, he is bored by the activities that the other kids are doing, he hits the children and he is laughing. (it seems like he is having ...
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Occasional Gift or Daily Reward?

TLDR Is there a valid argument for not giving a child a present/reward daily or am I thinking to hard about this and it is perfectly fine to give a child a daily present/reward? So my daughter ...
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Effective ways of learning nutritious foods, nutrition and balanced diet

How do I teach my 5 years old and 3 years old daughters about nutritious foods, proper nutrition and balanced diet? Actually, my understanding of them is very basic and I am not quite sure that I can ...
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Options when you feel your child is unsafe around another child?

We are in the awkward situation where new neighbors have moved in and it would seem they have a very different parenting style to our own, which in our opinion has begun to affect the safety and well ...
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Start daycare immediately or after a while in a foreign country

We (2 parents, 1 child) are moving to a foreign country with a three-year old, who can't speak the local language. What are the pros and cons of the child starting in daycare immediately or very soon ...
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Almost 4-year-old still refusing to poop in the potty

My son is almost 4 years old. He has been pee trained for about 9 months but will not poop in the potty. In the last year I've tried rewards, treats, bribing, star chart, cutting a hole in his pull-...
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Is my 4-year-old too dependent on over-the-counter medication?

I have been concerned about a particular behavior from my 4-year-old and am hoping it is just unnecessary worry. We are not by any means big on giving our children over-the-counter medication. We use ...
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How to avoid food waste while not forbidding experiments with food?

To give a bit context: We are quite relaxed with food and eating. Our daughter (3 years old) is free to decide many things about eating. Most of the time she may decide what to eat (as long as she ...
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