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

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How to get new 'earworm song' for six year old boy?

My six year old boy has heard Sir Mix A Lot's song Baby Got Back. (From a movie I think). The chorus has the right mixture of irreverent delight that would appeal to a six-year old. The challenge ...
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6-year-old child taking about an hour and a half to get to sleep

When we put our 6-year-old child to bed, he can take between 45 and 90 minutes to get to sleep, if we leave and don't lie with him. If we do, it's 20 to 30 minutes. His 4-year-old brother, who sleeps ...
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How to support a 7-year-old who is behind in school for reasons other than intellectual and learning disability?

The kid in question is 7 years old and just finishing first grade. His parental guardian is his aunt (his father is not in the picture and his biological mother lost custody of him when he was very ...
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What to do with a first grader who cannot sit still in school?

A first grader (7 1/2 years old) has trouble sitting still. Often, he stands up when everyone else is sitting, squirms around, but is not verbally disruptive. At home, he similarly has little ...
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468 views

How to explain -gasm to 10 year old

I was watching a daytime TV programme about Asian food with my 10 year old son. One of the presenters said while looking at a very nice piece of fresh tuna "I just had a sushigasm" My son asked me ...
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Shall I be worried about my 6-year-old girl still sleeping with us from time to time?

My six-year-old younger daughter still sleeps with us from time to time at the early morning hours. She gets to sleep in her own bed each and every evening (with the exception of some rare cases, ...
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2answers
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How do I address not wanting my children to view our mature/R-rated content?

My child and I are both "gamers". He has a handheld gaming system, we both play together on a console, and, when I have free time, I play on my PC. Sometimes when I am playing on PC, his interest ...
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Our 6-year-old is talking down to herself. Why would she do that and should we be worried?

I have a 6-year-old daughter who is wonderful and basically your normal 6-year-old. One behavior that she has been exhibiting that scares her mother and me a bit is that she will occasionally talk ...
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I found a video on my 8-year-old girls tablet where her same aged girl friend asks her to show her private areas. And she does. What should I do?

They are good friends since they were 4. Last weekend at a play date at my house they were playing with my girls tablet, making toys videos (just for fun, not uploading them anywhere), filming the ...
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3answers
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What to do about our 7-year-old daughter's emotional outbursts when I lose to my husband?

I'm the 31-year-old mother of a 7-year-old girl. My 27-year-old-husband and I take our daughter to the park on weekends and holidays. A few weeks ago, she wanted me to take on my husband in a game ...
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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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2answers
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Telling my daughter I am not her biological father [duplicate]

I met my partner when she was 6 months pregnant. I took my daughter on as my own. I have and will always be her dad. She is now 10 years old and three years ago we lost her mam so it is me who is ...
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What to do about my 5-year-old's tantrums?

I'm a single mother of a 5-year-old boy. Within the last month or so, his tantrums are increasingly getting worse. Hitting, talking back, spitting, name calling, throwing things, the whole nine. I don'...
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How can I help my almost six year old behave better at my home? He is good at his dad's house, with grandparents, and at school

My son is with me 4 or 5 nights per week; with his father the balance. But I see him every day after school regardless (I'm at home with my second baby). I have a good relationship with my ex, and ...
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3answers
427 views

Elementary aged students and school walk out

I have a 2nd grader that would like to participate in the National School Walkout being organized by the Women's March. I don't feel comfortable with my 2nd grader participating without parental ...
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Does the Montessori method allow a child to choose the same lesson every day without guidance?

My 7-year-old daughter goes to a Montessori school. For at least 3 months now, she has been choosing the same lesson every day. There have been new lessons given by the teacher, but it seems the level ...
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330 views

My children witnessed family violence. How should I handle it? [closed]

Yesterday my sister-in-law unleashed a torrent of verbal abuse during a family gathering, which culminated in her pinning her sister to the floor and punching her, and when I asked her to leave, a ...
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3answers
580 views

My daughter asked if I will remarry

So, I'm a single father with full custody of my seven year old daughter and aside from Skype calls her mother is not in the picture. Today my daughter asked me quite seriously if I plan on remarrying. ...
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1answer
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First time kindergartner having trouble with focus

I have a 5-year-old who's in kindergarten for the first time this year. He is a smart person, but in class he's not staying focused. He gets sidetracked easily but he can comprehend and get the ...
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0answers
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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 ...
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6answers
8k views

Five year old lying

We send our 5yo boy to kindergarten with a packed lunch most days. Every once in awhile we let him buy lunch. Kids have an account that we can pay into, so there is no need for cash transactions. (...
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5answers
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Hand me downs: what to do when it's not the receiving child who is resentful

Our family has three boys and now a baby girl. My oldest is in his teens and was so gentle on his clothes that I have had a steady supply of well cared for and almost brand new hand me downs available ...
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4answers
499 views

Should I give my son a christmas card from my mother, with whom we deliberately have no contact?

Today, a christmas card came through the post addressed to my 7 year old son. I recognised the handwriting as my mothers. I am reluctant to give my son this card and am unsure on the best course of ...
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5answers
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How to react to incredible stubborn episodes in a 7 year old

My youngest daughter has always had a stubborn streak. As she's got older (now 7), it's got worse. While most children will eventually cave to some combination of carrot and stick, once she's in this ...
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4answers
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At what age should we replace old mobile phone with smart phone?

Recently my 7-year-old daughter asked me to replace her old phone with smart-phone(the one with touch screen etc.). One of the reason was that some kids in her class have such a phone. My daughter ...
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1answer
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How can I help my kindergartener dress up for costume week on a budget?

My son's elementary school is doing a week with a different costume theme each day. I doubt that the theme is mandatory, as I can't imagine them requiring low income families to participate. That said,...
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Is it appropriate for boys aged 7 and 11 to go shirtless at home in front of 7 year old girl?

I am divorced with 2 boys and my significant other has a girl. My boys are 11 and 7, and she is 7. What brought me here is me not understanding certain things such as, my significant other asks me to ...
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1answer
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Can they suspend an IEP student in kindergarten?

My son is in kindergarten this year with an IEP related to autism. He was suspended today for behavior the reason given on suspension form is caused, attempted or threatened to cause physical injury. ...
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10answers
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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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How to discuss art which includes mild adult content with a child (around 8 years old)?

I recently started to give English lessons to my niece, who is nearly eight. My main method for learning vocabulary and pronunciation is listening to songs and discussing them. So far we have been ...
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7answers
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What can I tell and what can I ask of a 2nd grade teacher, about my child's health?

My son is 6 and in second grade. In general he is quite healthy, but he has illness induced asthma. In other words, his asthma is essentially dormant unless he gets a cold or the flu, at which point ...
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How do you respond to unfriendly parent volunteers at your kid's school?

I'm starting to believe it's due to the past year's issue that we had in my child's class. A kid bullied him, but it was never caught, so the teachers and this parent volunteer (that helped out in the ...
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Our 5-year-old foster child lies and steals and my fiancé has given up on him. What can I do?

At the end of June, my fiancé and I got custody of my cousin's five-year-old son. He has been stealing and lying to us since the moment he got here. We have tried everything we can think of to get ...
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What are some healthy ways to control the speech of a child when parents are absent?

In Pakistan, according to Wikipedia, there are blasphemy laws which can even result in death. In the USA, where I am, we have a constitutional right of free speech, which does extend to children (all ...
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Strong-willed child? What am I missing?

My 6, almost 7 year old is so strong-willed that it's crushing me and destroying our relationship, as I'm getting to the point that I dread being around her. She can be so fun and nice one minute but ...
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At what point does confidence become obnoxious over-confidence?

My 5 year old has just started primary school, and for the most part he's taking the change from Kindergarten very well. He was a little shocked by the fact that he had to sit and learn instead of ...
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How do I inspire creativity for my child?

My 7-year-old son loves Lego and video games. He plays Minecraft on his tablet all the time, building various things, but apparently nearly everything he made was something he replicated from a ...
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3answers
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How do I teach my 7 year old son to share things?

My son never shares anything he eats/enjoys with us. Of course, its not that we want that food item, but its just to teach him to share things with others. I have already tried: Tit for Tat: doing ...
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My 7 year old will not sleep

I have an 7 year old will be 8 soon and she will not go to sleep. I put her to bed and she says she is not tired and is constantly getting up and will lay awake for hours. When she finally does sleep ...
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What to do with a 5 soon to be 6 year old that likes getting you upset?

We have a great little boy. He was absolutely perfect until he turned 5 years old. He is almost 6 now and he is just a handful. He talks back, does not listen, refuses to admit fault and laughs and ...
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What's the motivation behind school uniforms {or} Why can't my daughter wear a dang princess on her shirt? [closed]

I just registered our daughter for Kindergarten at a school that has amazing ratings online - Great Schools ranks it at a 10/10 (for whatever that's actually worth, I'm not really sure). So I'm super ...
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7answers
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Boy defending himself from sister, or fight back?

I've read this question, but I don't think that is the solution for my situation. My son is 6 years old, and has a 5 year old step sister. The sister is able to get under his skin very quickly - ...
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Unsportsmanlike behaviour from my 7 year old son

My son is 7 and loves sport - and is good at it. However he often behaves badly e.g. lying on the ground when tackled in football, going in the huff and standing at the sidelines, rough-riding ...
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Fastest way back on schedule for a child that is past the age to nap

Recently due to a pretty minor illness (that was sleep disrupting) I have a kid that is going to bed excessively early but then rising excessively early. So what I need him to do is to stay awake ...
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12 year-old son doesn't want to move to a new city

I was recently offered a job in another city on the other side of the country. I was attracted to it because it represents a new adventure for the family and my wife is excited by the prospect. ...
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How to help my 6-year-old son, who is being bullied by my roomate's 20-year-old son?

I have 6-year-old twins, a boy and a girl. My son is being tormented by my roomate's 20-year-old son, with very vulgar name calling. This 20-year-old is over 300 lbs and acts out as a very ...
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8 year old daughter distressed at throwing anything away (packaging, tags etc)

My 8 year old daughter has always had an issue with permanent loss but recently has begun getting distressed when packaging and clothing tags are thrown away and attempts to rescue them from the bin, ...
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2answers
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How would a child view a move based on materialism?

I am a husband who has been married for the last 9 years and have 3 daughters (7,3,1). Recently I told my wife that I want to move to another state because my new job lets me work remotely and the ...
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How do I teach patience to my 7 year old son?

I want to teach patience to my son. How do I teach him? He always wants things done NOW. If I tell him that we will go to a restaurant at night, as soon as I am back from office in the evening, he ...
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My children's Mother's new boyfriend is potentially abusing my child

I have two sons, the eldest is 6 as this question is about him. I am separated from his mother, she has a new boyfriend and is pregnant. My son lives with her during the week and I get him 3/4 ...