Questions tagged [primary-schooler]

Age specific questions from about 5 years to about 8 years. Younger: pre-schooler. Older: middle-childhood.

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Potty training 7 year old

I have been trying to potty train her and nothing is working. I’ve took her to the doctors and all they said was don’t force her it will makes matters worse and said to have her talk to someone so we ...
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7 year old won't believe adults even when they show overwhelming evidence

This one is a weird situation that came to a head yesterday but, now that I look back on it, the behaviour has been there for months. My seven year old has indoor and outdoor shoes at school. The ...
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What action should I take upon learning that boys are wolf-whistling girls in my daughter's class?

My daughter is 5, in her second year of primary school. The parents of this class all share a WhatsApp group, which is used for practical things like reminders of school events, and occasional moral ...
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5 yr old's toy taken by a another kid

My daughter is 5, and is attending an elementary school. My daughter keeps her favorite toy 'pop its' in her bag and take it along to the school and after school. Today at after school, one of her ...
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Commit for a year when starting musical instrument at 8yrs?

My son wants to play an instrument (the saxophone) and the music school offers yearly courses. I am worried that a yearly course might be too long a commitment for a child of 8years, and that he may ...
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Book recommendation to 8-year old non-native girl [closed]

I would like to ask you for advice. What book would you recommend to my 8-year old daughter? I'm trying to teach her reading. We are not natives but she can speak fluently. She has read all Ladybird ...
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Enrolling in 1st Grade vs Playing

What age should the youngest child enroll in 1st grade; at what age should parents consider postponing for 1 year their child's enrollment? Playing is very important for a child and that is why there ...
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Ways to stop 8 years old boy from putting his finger in his mouth?

Note: this is related to How can I encourage my son (age 8) to stop sucking his thumb? but not a duplicate, as this case isn't about sucking the thumb but rather putting the finger (second finger, not ...
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Giving a gift: require that it stays in good condition, or let the child figure it out?

My 7-year old nephew is very interested in pokemon cards. Over the past few months, he has been mentioning a very rare card that he wishes he had. The card is very expensive and I am (secretly) buying ...
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Newly developing social anxiety in 7yr old

My question is: What could be causing the new anxious behaviour in my child (described below)? Should I dig for causes beyond changes in social group, social maturity and 'academic' demands? How do I ...
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How early should you teach children how to code?

At what age should I expose my child to coding in order to see if they like it? Some argue that 5-6 years old is a good age to start coding (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). I am looking for answers based on ...
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Appropriate response from a non-parent - young child drawing pictures depicting violence

I am writing to ask what an appropriate (ethical and constructive) response to the following situation would be: A child is a 7 year-old boy The child has been playing with my daughter and has drawn ...
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Will "positive parenting" techniques work with my children?

I have two children (age 8 & 6). Both are very strong-willed. The stress of the pandemic and remote learning have taken their toll and caused their behaviors to escalate. They are now more ...
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My 6 year old answers teachers slowly during distance education

My 6 year old child's behaviour in zoom schooling is a bit different. When we take his study at home, he responds well. But when it comes to responding to teachers, he answers a bit slowly. For ...
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5 year old child chews clothes how to stop him from chewing?

5 year old child started to chew shirt collars or he chews some clothes its his new habit and how can I stop him from chewing clothes.
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How to correct an overly apologetic 5 year old?

We have noticed my 5 year old son is overly apologetic. Towards all and for even minor things. I have no idea where the apologising for every mistake came into him from. When slightly younger we did ...
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How to explain an online scary story to a 7 year old boy?

My 7 year old kid just started playing the game minecraft. He quite enjoyed it, played it a lot and also watched many related youtube videos. However, he watched some youtube videos about "Entity ...
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acting instead of the teacher against bullying

I live in Israel. Here bullying is not as much on the radar as it is in the United States. For example, there don't seem to be special "bullying policies" in the schools. In fact, when I ...
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On the strategy of comparing parents to supervisors/bosses/employers [closed]

Prepare to downvote me. Context: There appears to be this folklore strat of comparing parents to supervisors/bosses/employers when parents have a discussion/disagreement/argument/debate with their ...
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How to stop my 6 year-old son from running away and crying when faced with a homework challenge?

My son runs away and hides crying when he has trouble completing an assignment. I'm maybe a little harsh on the kid telling him to just suck it up and keep going, but this doesn't seem to work; he ...
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Advise on 123 Magic for hyper or anxious kids

Has anybody that’s done 123 Magic have any experience with a child who knowing they will get a time out, negotiates the conditions of their time out? My son will know on 3 he goes to his room for 5 ...
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What to do about a 6 year old who knows when to go to the bathroom but still doesn't?

My 6 year old granddaughter is a smart child and knows when she needs to go the bathroom. She just does not care if she goes in her undies or pants. We have tried everything with her. Tried to give ...
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5 year old didn’t wanted his mother to touch [closed]

Today I was shocked and angered at my almost 5 old son when he started crying when his mom was tickling him while she was lying on floor and he was standing next to her. Our son said I don’t like it. ...
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Supporting kid in innovation

My 5-year old son likes doing his side work apart from the usual homework. I am trying to understand what's more interested in or good at, so I can support him with tools and apps. In recent weeks, ...
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7 y/o suddenly completely loses it

Our 7-year-old son (elder sibling of two) just started school this summer and can be described as a intelligent, pleasant and independent person. Normally, we trust him to be home alone for some 10 ...
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Any resources for primary schoolers online? [closed]

I have a 7-year-old and I am afraid the schools are going to be closed soon so I am looking for online resources to use and keep him entertained. Have you got any suggestions for me?
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Child refuses to accept being wrong

Depending on context, a somewhat to extremely annoying habit my oldest (9 years old) has is refusal to accept that he is wrong about something. For certain situations, our (wife and I) reaction is ...
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best way to initiate conversation with five year old son

My son's mother and I have a hard time getting our five year old son to respond to any type of questions. Whether that be about his day, how he's feeling, what he's interested in, when asked directly ...
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How to respond to pranking 7 year old?

My kid discovered and started enjoying pranking. For example, he will ring the doorbell and then hide in the bushes, or pour water in our mailbox. He really enjoys this and I find it impossible to be ...
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How to help 6 year old be self-confident about writing

My son's writing is totally fine for his age. We are trying to teach him the many ways to improve his handwriting: Capital letters, tall/small/fall letters, full stop, spacing. And his creative ...
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Advice on potty training a stubborn 6 year old

I was wondering if anybody would have any advice on how to get my 6 year old daughter to start potty training. I have tried in the past when she was younger but she would refuse to the toilet and ...
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What can I do to encourage children I mentor to be tolerant of other's differences if parents don't want an open discussion about it?

I believe strongly In encouraging children to be open and respectful of everyone regardless of their differences, That everyone should be loved regardless of their race, gender, sexuality, religion, ...
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Earning your kid's trust and getting them to confide in you and "complain" about getting bullied

How can one get their kid to trust them and confide that they are getting bullied when the kid knows the parent is dead serious, earnest, direct and will vigorously seek to resolve the matter with the ...
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How to know whether I am giving too much attention to my child?

I have heard that getting too little attention from parents can result in personality disorders in adult life and getting too much attention from parents can result in child be an attention seeker as ...
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How to handle spontanous confessions of naughty deeds by primary-schooler?

Our son will sometimes open up around bedtime. This is when I hear about how things are at school or what he is afraid of. But sometimes he confesses naughty things he did. In some cases he is ...
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Kid opens up during Corona, make it last

After 7 weeks of Corona-lockdown, staying at home and home-schooling our 6-year old, he is opening up. He has told me what goes on at school, that he is often angry and how he vents. He has told me ...
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Teaching an 8 year old that he doesn't always get to dictate exactly how we play?

My nephew is 7 years old and is use to leading the games and make believe we play. He often decides what games we should play and exactly how he wants to play it, down to telling me what I should say ...
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How best for a trans and/or non-binary person to respond to their 6-year-old cousin asking if I'm a girl or a boy?

I have twin 6-year-old cousins (a boy and a girl) who I usually see about once a week or so, when the locally-resident segment of my family get together for dinner on Friday evenings. Yesterday, when ...
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How to deal with overly talkative 6yo?

My son is 6 and can often "talk too much". He could talk for hours if nobody stopped him. This is mainly with adults, because they stick around out of politeness. His peers usually just walk away when ...
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Social Confidence/Intelligence for 7 y/o boy

I have a 7 y/o 2nd grade boy. He’s really talented academically, especially in the reading and writing areas, but he is lacking socially. I’ve noticed it when watching him at classroom events, the t-...
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How do you teach a child to tie their shoe laces?

What approach can you use to teach a child to tie their shoe laces? What approaches are known, and how long should it take?
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6 year old has habit of holding the pencil too tight and pressing too hard while writing

I came to know about this problem in her a bit late. Because of this problem she gets easily tired while writing and the writing turns out to be bad. I have got extra dark pencils for her and though ...
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Aggressive behaviour towards mum

The boy is six years old and is very aggressive to mum when she tells him it's time for bed, to put the toys away or to run the TV off. He hits her, pulls her hair, spits at her. He will throw his ...
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Kid genius help

I am the legal guardian of a kid, after his/her parents were found incapable of taking care of him. Okay from day 1, I saw that he/she couldnt make any friends and knew things normall a 6 year old ...
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How to deal with a 6 year old who was "caught" cheating?

This is regarding my son who is 6 years old and is studying in Grade 1. We got a call from his class teacher that he was caught "cheating" during dictation assessment. Actually, we revise the words at ...
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How to help my son improve without being discouraging?

I am building and painting miniatures, and have been doing so for many years. My son is showing more and more interest in building and painting them with me, which is great. I let him build a ...
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What's a reasonable phone/FaceTime schedule for a six-year old child and a remote parent?

For the sake of concreteness and specificity, let's say that both parents work full-time Monday thru Friday. What is reasonable for the remote parent to expect from the 'on site' parent?
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Why is technology bad for children?

Almost 5 years ago I have asked this question: Is it too dangerous for my 2 years old son to watch YouTube on the iPad for hours? and I concluded that (watching) TV etc is not very healthy for the ...
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Intervention or learning experience: child gives away stuff

My 6 year old recently he gave away a bunch of pokemon cards (these are collectible cards that can also be used to play a game, but he is a little too young for that) and now he regrets it. At the ...
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5-yo getting violent

My son has always been kind and never got us worried before. Never had any issues. We recently relocated and he had to change school. The school assigned buddies to everyone because they had merged ...

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