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Questions tagged [psychology]

Psychological studies based on infant, toddler, and adolescent behavior or parenting techniques and disciplinary action. Appropriate questions should relate to a study or finding in a psychological study or should deal with wanting information about certain behavior or using parenting techniques ...

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What is the best time for a mom to go back to work after giving birth from the psychological and healthy attachment point of view?

Given money is not a matter of concern, and the mother cares more about the health and future of her child rather than her career development/future, when is a good time for a mother to go back to ...
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My 17-year-old daughter gets excellent grades but shows little interest in socializing or getting a job

My 17 year old does outstanding academic work in high school. She ranks #3 or #4 out of 160 students. She sings in school and church choirs and has taken part in game-show type activities at the ...
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Why does my daughter always try to get in trouble?

I have a sixteen year old daughter and recently especially she's been acting out. She dyed her hair red knowing she wasn't allowed to and that she would get in trouble. Five days later she sneaked a ...
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How do I tell my 13 year old son I am his biological father?

I have a 13 year old son and now that his mother and I get along well, we want to tell him that I am his biological father. I had an on and off girlfriend at that time and when we were off I met my ...
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Does my ex-GF have daddy issues? [closed]

I met this girl a year ago and a half ago. We then became friends and started dating and living together. We broke up last month due to different lifestyles and looking at life. To start, she was a ...
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Bullying and how to help

My son is in high school, he is near graduating; like 40 days from now he will graduate.. He is so smart and into business and science and gets top grades so I am thankful. He is so respectful to me ...
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How to talk to my son about his biological father

My husband and I have been married for 10 years, and we have three kids. He is not the biological father of my oldest son, who is 6. I am confused about the best way to talk to my son about his ...
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My 16 y.o. daughter has new personal items she hides - how can I make her to be more open?

I am a single mother of one daughter and I am very attentive to how my daughter develops as a person. We both work on it with constructive approaches. But time to time I discover in her school bag or ...
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Is it a bad idea to have a kid sleep in his/her own room since birth?

In some cultures, it seems a child should have his/her own room since birth, as long as it's economically feasible. In others this seems to be universally criticized by parents/educators alike and ...
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How will parents fighting affect kids?

This is about a 2-year-old child. His parents scream and shout at each other frequently - like thrice a week. How will this affect the toddler?
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After divorce: alternating parents in the kids' home or alternating kids in parents' houses?

I have three small kids and am going to divorce. Luckily, I am in friendly terms with my ex spouse, and we are making arrangements for our life practicalities. Planning for our family life ahead, we ...
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Reconnecting my daughter with her father

My daughter is 16 and is not seeing her father since we divorced (in 2008). We live cities apart. She is against of having any relations with him. In the past I gave him her email in hope he would ...
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What are some of the risks to a child of a divorce going to trial?

Mediation is faster and less expensive but not possible in cases when one or both of the parents are being unreasonable. What are some of the common and less common risks to a child of 6 years of a ...
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At what age do childen develop empathy?

At what age do children develop empathy? Can it be taught? My son is 18 months old. He finds it hilarious to make our cats howl by pulling their tails. I try to discourage this by firmly saying "...
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Leaving my daughter in home with her uncle

My daughter is 4+ years old. We used to take her with us wherever we went until recently when we had a doctor appointment around 10PM. We wanted her to stay home with her uncle because taking her out ...
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How to convince an adult son to seek medical help? [closed]

Our son who is 26 is seeking a restraining order against us, his parents. We did not have any problem whatsoever for the first 25 years. After that, he had a career failure. We suspect he developed a ...
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6 yo too competitive for his own good

My colleague's 6 yo son has just started elementary school. He is a bright boy, however, very competitive , so much so that he started resisting going to school, even attending any activities, social ...
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Is a parent expected to be emotionally and socially supportive for the child?

I'm 26, and feel the need to sort and process my childhood. I grew up in Norway. I have always felt a bit low, passive and lacking self-confidence growing up. I was polite, kind, and quite normal; I ...
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How can I help my child be grateful for her life

I would like my daughter to be grateful for her life - being healthy and raised in a rich country by a caring and loving family, she should be. How can I make her see her life as good enough, without ...
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Absent Father vs. Father with alcohol addiction

I was raised with a father who was dependent on alcohol and who was very abusive emotionally but sometimes physically towards my mother. At that time I wished I wouldn't have a father at all. But I ...
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Explaining death and dealing with mourning for a pre-schooler in an atheist family with religious extended family?

My grandmother, my 3.5 year old daughter's great-grandmother, is sadly very ill and could pass away at any time within the next few weeks. My daughter has yet to experience death (e.g. a pet dying) ...
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Can a wish when thrusted upon a person from childhood become her own wish?

The child is 22 months old. The father wants the child to become a doctor. He is planning to create such an environment around the child such that the child starts thinking that she must become a ...
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How to nurture my child to be fearless

I feel that my two-year-old kid is fearful since birth, or it is my own fear. This question arose when I compared him with other numerous children. As a father, I don't want him to fear anything. I ...
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How and when should I tell my son that his amazing father isn't his biological father?

My son is going on 5 and starting to learn a lot about how we're created. I've been with my husband for 10 years, but nearly 6 years ago I had no other choice but to move 1000 miles away and after ...
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Does a parent's big expectations become burden on the child?

Recently, Haruki Murakami started an advice column on his personal website. One of the questions was about motivating kids. Here is what Murakami replied: When a parent's expectations for children ...
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Why is a 7 year old always suggesting catastrophic outcomes?

What's a good way to deter "worst case" questions? My son loves to pipe up with oddball rebuttals. Some recent examples... me: We'll be getting to Grandma's in about five minutes, yay! son: What ...
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Questions about “Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids”

I just heard about Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids by Dr. Laura Markham (on this site) and I started looking into it. I really like some of the things I've read about this approach to parenting, but I ...
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10 year-old child convinced that she can go to heaven

My girl is 10. Apparently one of her friends can go to heaven and talked with angels. Out of curiosity, she found out 'how' to be like her. It has been a year now, only now I realized that she has ...
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Why do some parents have a favorite (or least favorite) child? How can this be avoided?

Playing favorites with one's children is clearly a moral grey area at best...so why do we do it when should be treating all our children equally? I'm a personality psychologist by training, and ...
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5 year old only wants to poop wearing a diaper but refused to poop in toilet bowl [duplicate]

My daughter just turned 5 years old 2 weeks ago but until now she refused to sit on a toilet bowl to poop. She only uses the toilet to urinate and we have no problem with this. She even wakes up at ...
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Does a child's resemblance to a parent affect attitudes of people?

When a child strongly resembles one of his/her parents it can create a reaction in people who meet the child. Can a strong physical resemblance to a parent affect relationships with both close and ...
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A child accustomed to sleeping with the tv on

The tv is outside my 12 year old daughter's bedroom. She likes me to sit up until she falls asleep (which is not difficult). I pull the door to and we agree on a maximum volume that makes her feel ...
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8 year old too stressed to sleep

My 8 year old is so stressed out about not getting enough sleep that she can't sleep. When school started the teacher explained to them that is is important to get 10 hours of sleep a night because ...
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How structured does a child's life need to be?

At home, our kids' lives (3 and 7 months) are fairly well-defined, in terms of when events happen. Waking up, meals, naps, bath, bedtime - except for a little slacking on the mornings on weekends (...
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Please help with defiant, stubborn and abusive 5yr old

I have a 5yr old boy who is beyond bad. We have tried everything from talking to spanking to taking stuff away to rewarding the good and are at our wits end. He is abusive to animals, at least 4 ...
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What harm is porn?

It is generally accepted that porn shouldn't be seen by children, and we even sometimes punish parents who fail to stop their children from finding porn. What is the justification? The only "damage" ...
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How to respond to shame

I have 4 kids, 11,8,6,3 (boy girl boy girl). My 6-year old is tremendously prone to shame. At the drop of a hat he will turn away, cover his eyes, hide in the corner and just generally grind to a ...
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Relevant research to support father custody for children?

I have a friend who has children who are suffering an abusive situation with his ex-wife where she is physically, emotionally and verbally abusing their children. The situation is such that the ...
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Restricting infant on almost every move

Most of the times I restrict my 10 month old on doing things which I feel would have a negative impact on him. For example, I say NO in a louder tone when he makes a desperate attempt to put his hand ...
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My 6 y/o daughter gets separation anxiety due to my medical problems

Last year I was almost killed by a freak heart condition (that I now know is a genetic issue and I wont ever be out of the woods) and while we kept my daughters away while I was in ICU and having bad ...
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Have studies shown whether toys that feature guns or other weapons prominently promote violent behavior?

Note: I am looking for referenced answers only! Answers citing one or more peer reviewed studies, or, better yet, a meta analysis of several such studies, would be ideal. Answers that reference ...
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Why do kisses stop a child from hurting?

Whenever my son gets a minor injury (scraped knee, stubbed toe, bumped head, etc.), the fastest way to get him to stop crying is to kiss wherever he got hurt. It almost always immediately stops the ...
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Mathematics concepts for older children and teens

I have previously asked the question teaching mathematics to young children about reliance on aids, but now I face this issue with the students I tutor. Seeing as many parents I know have also ...
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How can we get our 5 year old son to control his temper and behave

Our youngest of 2 sons is 5 years old and demonstrating really bad behaviour. This has been on going for 2 years. He has just started primary one and is a march birthday so one of the oldest in his ...
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Can putting a one year old baby in a playschool for around 7 hours, daily, cause any psychological issues to the baby?

I and my partner both work in software companies. There are only two of us living together. So, if we put the baby in a playschool for around 7 hours, daily, after he is one year old, can it cause ...
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Embarrassing experience with my nephew; Should I tell his parents?

I thought a lot about whether to post this or not. In addition to being personally embarrassing it happened long time ago and is quite a "localized" question. However there might be a benefit in ...
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How do I explain the difference in responsibilities and privileges between the oldest and youngest child?

"It's not fair, why can't I do/have it as well?" This must be the recurring question that annoys me the most. Why can't the youngest do or have the same things as the eldest. Why does the eldest have ...
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Basic guidelines for supporting psycological health of a sick 3 y.o.?

My 3 year old son has become ill over the last few days - his white blood cell count is low and the diagnosis is ITP. The prognosis is good - he should get better in a few weeks or months. He also ...
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What are the psychological impacts of a split-religion household?

This is quite related to THIS question about how to deal with a non-religiously-participating child when both parents are Christian. My situation is a bit different, and while some of the answers at ...
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How important is stability / change / lack of change for children?

I frequently see people around the web supporting various arguments with the following statement: "children need stability." Is there any evidence for this, and more importantly can there be ...