Questions tagged [social-development]

How children learn how to interact with others, and techniques to help in that learning process.

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How to help my 7-year-old son socialize in school and learn to fight for his rights?

My son is 7 years old. He's very polite, shy, sensitive and honest. Unlike other kids in his class who tend to be more selfish and mean. I wonder why don't they like to play with him. Although he's ...
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How to teach a teenager to stay patient and polite towards abusive people and when to become more aggressive?

My son is a teenager. He doesn't have any problems. I'm trying to teach him how to deal with life in general. How to teach your teenager to handle situations in which bad people make fun of him or ...
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My 9-year-old daughter is a wallflower around friends. How do I help her?

My daughter is almost 9 and entering the 3rd grade. She has a lot of friends at school from being in sports and girl scouts. However, when we see them at a public place our daughter pretends she ...
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Teaching my 3-year-old to be nice, but values conflict between good and real. What should I do?

I am trying to teach my 3-year-old son good values, but at the same time we don't live these values in reality. For example, I am teaching him to be nice to everyone, while being nice, in reality, ...
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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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What are appropriate boundaries between siblings?

I have three children, my younger two are a 13 year old boy and a 12 year old girl. They are both maturing and going through puberty. Gone are the days of my little son doing little naked dances, ...
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4-year-old going on holiday without parents

My son is 4 and a half, and is going on holiday with his grandparents and 6-year-old niece. I'm a bit apprehensive about him being without us, his parents, for 8 days so I decided to fly over for just ...
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What to do about my 12-year-old son who doesn't show interest in anything?

I have a 12-year-old son. In the last 2 years, he has shown no interest in doing anything, not listening, not hanging out with friends, etc. He doesn't like cleaning up behind himself, is just not ...
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My 9-year-old son tries to force himself into a group of friends after being rejected and is pushed over. How to help him build character?

I have a 9-year-old son. He is a lovely, sweet person with a great fondness for his friends. He is emotional, emphatic, smart and overall a nice kid. Today I learned that he is getting himself into ...
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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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How do I handle a 10 year old girl “in love”?

I just found out that my daughter wrote in her diary that she loves a boy - and she is only 10 years old. How do I deal with the situation? How do I discipline her?
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how do I help my 4.5 year old socially?

My son likes to play with other kids, but he's shy and will usually join someone else in their game and not initiate. That is fine with us, the problem is that English is his second language, and he ...
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Is the physical affection demonstrated by a child partly genetic?

A fellow mummy was lamenting her 19m old stroking her all night. My son has never been like this. He has always needed to be unmolested to sleep (ie separate basket at least). He didn’t kiss or cuddle ...
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How to teach my son to protect himself from other kids?

My son is 30 months old and he is very nice and quiet kid but children take his toys and beat him without saying anything to them. What i need to do to teach him to protect himself and not to cry when ...
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Me too! My two year old daughter want to drink and eat everything I do!

I have a lovely 28 month old daughter who talks and walks very well for her age. Currently she is in the phase that she wants to have everything I or my wife grabs out of the fridge or storage. If I ...
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How to explain to a toddler why she doesn't have siblings?

My husband and I have decided not to have more children, which would make our currently 10 month old daughter an only child. While we obviously have our (adult) reasons for this decision, I am ...
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Are there ways to help a gifted child find a best friend?

I have a very sweet 7 year old son who is struggling with making friends and specifically he wants a best friend. He has opportunity to see kids often but cannot seem to click with anyone and really ...
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How can I emphasize to my children the importance of developing social skills?

When I was a kid I was taught that hard work was all you needed to succeed in life financially. It was so drilled in my brain and "confirmed" by movies and several examples (see survivor's bias) that ...
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What can I do to help an 8.5 month old become more outgoing

When she's at home with family members, she's fine and happy - crawls on the mat , plays with toys, smiles, etc. When we take her to a Gymboree class, where kids are free to climb and play with all ...
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How do you explain “Right” and “Left” politics to a child without bias?

I'm curious what the correct way would be to explain the difference between right wing and left wing politics to a child without even a hint of bias and without indoctrinating them. Here's my stab: ...
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My 7-year-old is “in love” with a girl in his class. How should I deal with this?

He tells me regularly that she's so nice and kind to everyone, how beautiful she is, how pretty her hair is, and this, that and the other. Now he's asking me what he should say to her, and if he ...
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How to foster t-ball enthusiasm in a five year old

Background facts: My son is almost five. This is his first season playing t-ball. I am an assistant coach on the team, first time too. I'm not really athletic, but am a baseball fan. I know all of ...
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Possible problems in a family without a car [closed]

So, I realize I am personally very early asking this question, but it is an interesting one that I know I will have to deal with in the future. Neither me or my girlfriend can drive, and neither of ...
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social skill concern raised [closed]

I posted in January about my concerns of my boy's social skill and now we have a new development. My boy will be 3 this July, and his teacher in daycare spoke to my wife today raising a concern ...
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How do you stop a child from using bad language and profanity?

My child has started to use swear words. This is shocking because he is using words that we don't use. I'm not sure how to react! How do I get this to stop?
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Is (supervised) play time alone beneficial for an infant/toddler?

My son (currently 8 months old) is quite content to sit by himself and play with toys (blocks, toy cars, etc.). We make sure that he spends time interacting with other children, and we also make sure ...
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Do I have to worry about my 2-year-old son's social skill?

it might be nothing but since I am observant I came to notice a few things: my son goes to daycare 5 days a week, and it's been for more than one year, still he feels uneasy on Monday and cried a ...
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Why are parents so concerned about profanity around their children?

I've spent some time around parents of children in the 2months to 6 years range. And both were quite diligent about having me watch what I said, in particular around profanity. Why the concern? For ...
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Is it a problem to keep getting my kids small toys / trinkets? 2 and 4 year old

I have a 4 year old daughter and a 2 year old son. Both are good kids and just have the usual kid moments here and there - but on the whole they're very good :) However, whenever we go out anywhere, ...
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What avenues can we give to our 6 year old daughter to help socialize with those outside her immeidate family?

Our 6 year old daughter is really bright and very friendly and outgoing to those in her immediate family (parents, siblings, uncles and grandparents). But when she is in social situations where she ...
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What are effective strategies against social phobia?

Our 5 years old (in a month) daughter has excessive apprehension about being immerged in new environments with people (especially children) she doesn't know. Basically, she will cry her heart out ...
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The human moments - the bigger picture

Not a specific situation, but how do you help your child with the moments in which either 1. You've made a mistake, or 2. Someone else in their life has, that affects them. Again, not about the ...
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3 year old scratches herself

My 3 year old started going to daycare in the summer and the mornings are pretty rough. The first daycare she attended, she would kick n scream as soon as we pulled up in front of the building and ...
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Why do people have kids? [closed]

I always thought people had kids so as to make their life more meaningful in the following manner: they know that when they die they will leave something about themselves: their genes, and perhaps ...
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7-year old with Asperger's caught stealing - how to deal with that?

Today my 7-year old child was caught stealing in their classroom. They suffer from light Asperger's, so I'm not sure that they even notice having done something wrong. I'm not eager to punish my child ...
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Should young children be kept away from a depressed relative if the latter ignores them?

I have a brother who suffers from depression. He is in his late twenties, is unemployed, has almost no social life and lives by himself. Every other weekend for a day, I have him over at my house ...
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How can a young child be taught not to bully?

How can an 18 month old be taught that bullying is not ok? He seems to like causing the trouble it brings upon him, and bullying, mean acts also seem to please him. He likes to sit on his younger ...
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How to make excessive daydreaming affect daily activities less?

My 5-year old child daydreams a lot. I know daydreaming is essentially a positive thing. However, she misses instructions in class, and is always last because of that - she has to look at the other ...
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Should I discourage my son from talking so much?

My 5 year old son is very extroverted, and loves to talk to anyone and everyone. Sometimes, this feels problematic. For example, he engages waiters and waitresses in conversation, which frequently ...
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Should I be worried my daughter is in a bilingual kindergarten class?

Today was "Meet the Teacher" and my 5 year old daughter has been placed in a bilingual kindergarten class. My husband speaks Spanish and I speak English. I was happy, but then I started asking ...
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Is a small kindergarten class a problem?

We have to choose between 2 good schools but one of them is rather small. There are about 8 children in the class. Is it bad or good for a child to be in a low populated classroom? Social interaction ...
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My 3 month old daughter looks away from me

Whenever I look my daughter and try to speak to her, she always looks away from me but she doesn't do that with her mother. My wife is the one who usually take care of her since I have a full time ...
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What childhood incidents cause the children to be approval seeking when they become adults?

I realise that I am an approval seeker. Other people's opinions affect me a lot. I want to understand what kind of childhood incidents lead to such a behaviour in adulthood and what can I do better ...
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How to deal with beggars in front of the children?

Beggar problem in India is real. I do not give anything to beggars in order to discourage begging. My mother does. I don't want the child to think that I am cruel and it is okay not to help the needy....
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Three and Half years baby talking and playing in the class room alone due to less family support

Age of my sister's daughter is 3 and half years. From her berth itself she was very active and played with us usually. Last month my sister delivered a new baby and so our family members are very busy ...
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When holding a party for a 2-year old, what are appropriate age limits for the guests?

My boy is turning 2. Is it appropriate to invite 13 year olds to his birthday parties? We argue a lot about this.
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Encouraging friendship with same-age children

We have a few family friends. Some happen to have all children about 5-6 years older than the oldest one here (so closest is 5 year old and 10 year old). I'm thinking we should not spend as much ...
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How do I accustom my students to interact with children of a higher economic class?

I recently took my two high school students to a physics laboratory at UCLA where they could work on a lab project with other high school students. My students are minority students from a low-income ...
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What role do imaginary friends play in a child's development?

My son, currently three-and-a-half, has taken to making constant references to his "brother," who is apparently a wealthy businessman and property owner (he apparently owns several stores that sell ...
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What are the outcomes of highly unusual community outreach to young children?

I can't think of a way to better title this question. My question is a direct response to a recent news event. You can read the article online. Here's the scenario: A child with a condition ...