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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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How to improve a 7-year-old's reading?

Our 7-year-old boy has just started 2nd grade. His testing has shown that his reading and math is at a kindergarten level. We've done the math homework every single night, and he understands it at ...
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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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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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What are tested ways to teach kids about self-discipline?

I have made my 6.2-year-old kid aware of the experiment on delayed gratification (+ video) and its results. It seems to have worked. Now we write what she wants to buy and associate possible (days) ...
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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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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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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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What to do when the school principal breaks our confidence?

My 5-year-old son had been coming home for several days (eight at that point) in distress because one political candidate was "evil" and the other was "good". The views he was embracing did not match ...
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How to make my 5-year-old speak in first person when she speaks in second person?

My 5-year-old daughter talks a lot. But when she does, it's in second person (i.e. the second person in the conversation), saying what she expects I would say when directed towards her. So she's not ...
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What to do about a defiant 5-year-old?

Our 5-year-old daughter just started kindergarten a week ago. After over a year of defiant behaviour, I had hoped that school would give my wife and I a much needed change for the better with our ...
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How can I explain to my 5-year-old that I need to be alone if I am showering?

I'm having a difficult time sometimes with my 5-year-old daughter understanding when I need privacy such as when I take a shower or need to put body cream on afterwards, dry up etc. If I explain it to ...
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When to move house to get into Junior School?

My daughter is in Year 2. I am going to move from North London to Bromley. As far as I understand, good schools are full and cannot increase class size. I've noticed that some junior schools have ...
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How to teach a 7-year-old that things don't always go her way?

I've noticed that whenever things don't happen how she expects them to happen, my 7-year-old niece starts crying, runs away, or engages herself with another activity that she has more control over. ...
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How to avoid corporal punishment?

I know that beating and spanking is no good, but there are situations sometimes when I'm unable to maintain control over myself. We have two boys, one's five and the other's two. Due to their age ...
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The problem of distance and UK Primary school admission

In the UK primary school admission process, does an applicant who applies outside of their borough, to a neighboring borough, have a lower likelihood of admission than a resident of the borough the ...
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Is there an alternative to Boy/Girl Scouts in the US?

My son desperately wants to join the Boy Scouts, but I've had to say no due to the local troop's religious agenda. I've been helping my friend try to come up with ideas for her daughter's new Girl ...
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Could cold/flu-induced asthma lead to other triggers later in life? [closed]

My 15-month-old is currently going through her second bout of a cold-induced asthma. It's relatively minor as this time my wife and I are better prepared - the first time did require a trip to the ...
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How to make my 6.5-year-old stop playing with saliva?

My 6.5-year-old son is a normal, happy child but has a nasty habit of wiping his mouth on his hands, or taking saliva out of his mouth and spreading it, e.g. on his foot (?) multiple times a day. He ...
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How and when to tell my 5-year-old son that his “daddy” is gone?

I am a single mom again (as of a week ago) of a 5- (almost 6-) year-old, who is in kindergarten. My son's biological dad and I were together 5 years but we lived apart by the time I got pregnant. He ...
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How to deal with spillage when my 6-year-old son uses the toilet?

My son is 6 years old. I have been dealing with spillage in the toilet. He himself is very concerned and tries to avoid it by holding his 'thing' and pointing it down. This way he is successful but I ...
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What to do against our 5-year-old son's low opinion of the opposite gender?

We have a 5-year-old son. Mom and Dad both work. A female nanny manages the kids once they return from school. Mom manages the household with help from the nanny. This is something we are changing so ...
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My 8 year old pees and poops his pants

I am at a loss. My son is almost 8. He was fully potty trained by 2 1/2, but now isn't. I have tried everything; taking away TV, toys, etc. I have even grounded him. I have even tried to be calm and ...
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What to do about a 5-year-old girl being violent and insulting?

I have a 5-year-old daughter and an 8-year-old son. My daughter is normally a sweet, passionate, and loving child. There are no problems in school at all. Lately, she has started being violent ...
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How to encourage my 5-year-daughter to become a Medical Doctor?

I have a 5-year-old daughter. She has expressed a desire to be a Medical Doctor several times. Are there games, books, something on TV she can watch that will ground this idea or give her more ...
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How can I encourage my 5-year-old to learn to swim?

My son is five years old and simply does not want to learn to swim. We've had him in swimming lessons, but he won't go in the water and if put in the water will not make any effort to swim. He is ...
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How to stop a (seven-year-old) child from constantly making silly, nonsensical noises and actions?

I am step father to a seven-year-old boy (let's call him H). H's father is very much involved in his life. He sees him every night for a couple of hours and they (Mother and Father) alternate weekends....
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How to make a 5-year-old follow instructions in kindergarten?

I have a 5-year-old granddaughter. She has only been in kindergarten for two weeks and has been in trouble three times for not following instructions. No walking in line without touching wall or ...
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How can I stop my 5-year-old's violent tantrums?

I am a single mom to a very good 5-year-old little boy ... 90% of the time. About once a week, give or take, he has a meltdown and becomes violent (hitting, scratching, biting, throwing things, etc.). ...
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Should I reach out to my 5-year-old's absent father?

My 5-year-old son is starting to ask questions and comment on the fact that he "doesn't have a dad". His biological father and I have not spoken in years, he last saw my son when he was 6/7 months old ...
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How to give a 5-year-old “the talk”?

We have a 5-year-old son and my wife is pregnant with a second child. Our son asked us how the baby got inside of her. Should I give him the talk? If so how much detail should I go into?
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My 6 year old son does not listen when I tell him to stop something immediately. Should I beat him?

At times when I ask my son to stop doing something immediately he does not stop. Should I beat him in that case? I know the answer might be no but I need an alternative in which he listens and stops ...
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How to make my 2-year-old son stop being violent towards his older sister?

My daugther is nearly 6 years old and my son just turned 2. How can I make my son stop hitting and biting and throwing things at my daughter? Should I let her deal with him on her own or step in?
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What causes a 7 year old to be overly affectionate

My 7 year old daughter has very recently become very affectionate with her soon to be step dad. What could cause this? She doesn't see her dad often, but calls him daily. Could it be as simple as she ...
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How to make our son use tissue in toilet

As Muslims we are use to using a Bidet shower for purity reason. We moved to the UK some time back and now we have a toddler who is soon going to go to playgroup nursery. One of the requirements the ...
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Should I be concerned about my 6-year-old daughter resolving most of things with crying or yelling?

My 6-year-old daughter is generally a very optimistic, probably happy, smiling kid which likes to play with her sister and others. But... only until everything goes according to her expectations. ...
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How to control an angry and stubborn 5-year-old child?

My 5-year-old son demonstrates really bad behaviour which is embarrassing and upsetting me. This has been on going for the last 4 months. At home, he is extremely naughty, and just doesn't listen to ...
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How do I help the neighbor's kids not be so scared of me?

My husband and I are in our early thirties and have no children. I don't really have much experience with kids. I am happy to talk to them but have never had any of my own so don't feel super ...
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Ego-centric kid or control-freaked mum?

Apparently, I'm doing something wrong or I don't know how to connect with my child properly... I have a lovely 5,5 years old daughter, who is an absolutely cute and non-problematic girl at a ...
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How to deal with tantrums in my 5-year-old?

My 5-year-old can't seem to shake off the temper tantrums! Probably because while trying to "fix" it, I've unintentionally given him attention for it. I've gotten to the point of enough. I've done the ...
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When my kids don't get along; what are some options besides punishment that can be effective beyond 5 minutes?

I have an 8-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old son. Sometimes my kids get along great, but like most sometimes they clash. I've been trying to work on substitutions to my usual model of rewards and ...
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How to implement natural consequences to make an 8-year-old stop being rude to a sibling?

I have an 8-year-old son, a 6- and a 2-year-old daughter. My son is a model student but really likes to argue. He's extremely stubborn and always right. When he argues with me, I'll correct him and ...
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How to handle separation from former classmates at the start of a new term, when your child was the only one in a different class?

My 6 year old just started first grade, but to our surprise he was assigned to a different class from his former (from last year) classmates. The ones that did not transfer schools at least, but he ...
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How can I make my 6-year-old daughter zip her jacket up?

I am a father of a 6-year-old daughter. She comes out of school with her jacket wide open, even on wet rainy days. She knows how to zip her jacket and can do it very competently. It's just that she is ...
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Private school vs bad public school for a young child

I live in an inexpensive area (in the US) with a public school that is pretty bad by most measures (it gets low/failing rankings by most measures I can find online). I have a child who will soon be ...
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What can be done to help bright children stuck in a boring school?

My kids (grades 2 and 4) are very bright and very active. The traditional school setting does not seem to be working for them. This is evident by their perpetual visits to the principal's office for ...
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My son is 8 and is still soiling his pants and doesn't care

I would like some help on how to deal with an 8 year old boy, who is refusing to go number 2's in the toilet and does them in his pants and then won't go and clean himself up. I have talked to him ...
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How to break the cycle of lies?

My six year-old son has recently started lying almost constantly. This is somewhat puzzling to us, because: He almost never gets away with it. Fortunately for us, he isn't very good at it yet, but ...
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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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Will a child understand what's wrong about asking for things costing money and then not wanting them, when you confiscate some of their money?

Similar to this question, but not about behaviour. My son is 5 years old now, and I give him lots of choices that he is free to make on his own. A while ago, he started asking for certain foods (that ...