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Teaching methods, motivations, resources, etc. Also see Education, Learning, and Development for related concepts.

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How do you teach a child who doesn't respond to positive or negative reinforcement?

I've got two kids, 8 and 17, and they both struggle to learn from their mistakes, making the same mistakes again and again and again, despite the consequences. For example, they're both huge ...
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Is it harmful to try too much on a toddler?

My friend's daughter is 2.5 years old. From the time she was one, my friend has been actively helping the kid learn new stuff. He is an overenthusiastic person, besides Covid lockdown has helped him ...
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How to accustom a 10 month old baby to interacting with pets?

We have a 10-month old baby and two cats. One cat is very friendly and the other aloof. We have had cats longer than baby. Our daughter can now crawl and pick objects up--so she is eager to engage ...
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Is it normal for a child just turned 3 to be able to read and how do I develop and nurture his intelligence?

Preamble We have been home with our kid since birth, except for a 3 week detour of daycare before COVID hit and so he got full time attention from at least one of us (mother and father). We never let ...
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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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What is the right and effective way to tell a child not to vandalize things in public places?

This is the setting: I'm with my 6-7 years old son in a dinosaur park (in a day not busy at all, so he will not behave as a good boy just because there's people around him who could make him feel ...
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Helping an 8 year old understand impulse control, and empathy

Ok, so that does sound like a big ask; but at this point all I want to do is spark some thought processes in that general direction. In my last question, I had the issue with the boys breaking the ...
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Is this normal behavior for a kindergarten teacher?

I just had my son's kindergarten teacher tell me that 'the way you are raising him is making my job harder'. I was offended by this but don't have much experience with teachers and don't know if I am ...
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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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How to help my 5-year-old brother to improve in Math

My 5-year-old brother has recently showed cleverness resolving math problems which aren't for his age like adding and subtracting big numbers, learning multiplication tables and recreating Fibonacci ...
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Exercising visual spatial intelligence using interactive storytelling

What is the best way to exercise visual spatial intelligence for my 8 year old in regards to interactive story telling? I currently have her describe the surrounding environment she envisions in as ...
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Activity workbooks to teach my child long vowel sounds? [closed]

I'm currently teaching my 4 year-old son how to read. I got him this phenomenal book, and he's doing really well learning short vowel sounds. It's very methodical and systematic and is constructed in ...
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Punishing the younger sibling for bullying(physically abusing) the older by 10 years one

What are pedagogically effective ways to punish a 14 year old for bullying the 24 years one? There has been no effect in talking and explaining and the younger one doesn't really go out with friends ...
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Which education systems in the world focus on understanding the essence of concepts, rather than just doing a lot of homework?

I am currently living in Vietnam. In my opinion, the Vietnamese education system focuses too much on doing homework (sometimes exercises are very difficult), and it doesn't focus on helping children ...
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How to introduce a trigger word for 'quiet' in the car?

I've been reading a parenting book which has a section about entertaining a toddler in a car. It acknowledges that you sometimes need to concentrate when driving and it has the following suggestion: ...
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How to get baby feeding to the next level?

My baby is 11 months old now. My wife and I feed him with a spoon. He sits in his chair all well and opens his mouth when the spoon arrives. He starts to grab at the spoon and I think he may be ready ...
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Is it okay to raise a child by teaching them numbers in base 16?

Would it be child abuse to raise your child by teaching them numbers in base 16, so by the time they reach school they can count to twenty, but only in base 16? Would this stunt their growth? Just to ...
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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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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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Should you teach your children to identify letters or write letters first?

My oldest daughter is 3. I'm trying to teach her how to read and write (in English). My daughter can recite the alphabet A-Z, but cannot identify the letters. She can trace over letters that I write ...
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How to teach my people-pleasing daughter to balance between helping others and accounting for her own needs?

My younger daughter is a people pleaser. She always wants everyone else to be happy, often to her and her older sister's emotional detriment. She lets people take advantage of her generosity, buying ...
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How to explain addition vs. place values to a 4½-year-old?

My 4½-year-old son has had some questions recently about numbers. On and off for months, he's been asking questions along the lines of "What does four and two make" or "What is a four and a two"? At ...
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What's a good approach for helping my kids understand certain toys?

I have two pre-school children and I need to help them play with & understand certain violent toys, but I'm struggling with it. I've searched online but it seems like most resources are about ...
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Why do we teach animal sounds to children?

I was reflecting on the fact that, at least in Western culture, most children are taught at a young age what sounds animals make. However, this is mostly a "useless" information from a practical point ...
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How to teach a child a third language you don't speak yourself fluently?

I speak English and Korean and my partner speaks English only. I am currently speaking to my 2-month-old daughter predominantly in Korean to promote her to be bilingual. However, I also want her to ...
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Why is it so hard teaching your own children and how to improve the process?

I have two children, 6 and 9 years old. I find it very hard to teach them skills or school subjects and I wonder if there are any tricks or methods to it? It seems my children are much more eager to ...
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What activies or behaviors can help my toddler develop emotional regulation and emotional intelligence?

I have a normally developing child who is just under 2 years old. He's an emotionally "intense" kid, and I want to work with him on developing emotional regulation and understanding his feelings. ...
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How to find out why my 11-year-old's memory is poor with regard to homework?

I've started to help my 11-year-old step son with his homework and in doing so, I've noticed that his memory is very poor. We walked through a multi-step process for adding three fractions, and after ...
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How to teach writing to a left-handed child?

My son is 3 years old. He has a tendency to use his left hand more than his right hand. I have seen he holds the pencil easily with his left hand. I suppose he is going to use his left hand for ...
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How to gamify learning?

My 11-year-old son is in his second year of secondary school and motivating him to learn is becoming increasingly difficult. In primary school, the subject material was presented by his teachers in ...
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How to train a 2-year-old to eat food she doesn't like?

My 2-year-old daughter is scared of consuming curd. She runs away and if tried to force, she vomits. But it's good for her stomach. She also avoids cream and cottage cheese but drinks milk. Otherwise ...
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How can I teach my daughter to see her errors?

An 11-years daughter of mine, when checking a piece of her writing or math exercise, where she has one or more errors, simply misses them, whispering contentedly something as 5*6=36. Normally, if I ...
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How to teach my almost 7-month-old to play on his own without getting angry?

My boy will be 7 months old at the end of November. In the last couple of weeks I’m noticing he gets angry when he’s not constantly entertained. I want to start to teach him to learn to play on his ...
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Can a 2 year old learn “hard” and “soft” for “don't throw”?

At 22 months we've just entered the throwing and hitting stage. For "throw this, not that" I'm thinking of teaching him "hard" and "soft" and that's okay to throw soft things. I'm wondering if anyone ...
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4 year old has trouble drinking from a cup

My 4 year old is having trouble learning to drink from a cup. He drinks from a sippy cup but can’t use a straw and when trying to drink from a cup he puts his tongue in the glass instead of under the ...
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How to help our 4-year-old who can't bite food into appropriately sized pieces?

My almost 4-year-old won’t bite his food. He doesn’t seem to know how to. If given a large piece of food, he will try to stuff the whole piece in his mouth or won’t even try to eat it because of its ...
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How to help a pre-schooler overcome sensitivity to social setbacks?

My son (3yrs 9 months) is bright and generally happy, but sensitive and sometimes acutely anxious. The sensitivity worries me a little for the future. If something in a social context doesn't go his ...
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How can we teach our 5-year-old daughter to be patient?

Our 5-year-old daughter is so impatient. She wants everything to happen the moment she asks us to do it. For example, when she is watching cartoons and the episode ends, she asks us if we can check if ...
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How can I mitigate how my toddler has generalized a fear related to insects/flies?

I'm typically careful of not instilling needless fears in my toddler as I want her to be afraid of important danger and not everything and anything that might be dangerous. We went for a vacation ...
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How to help a child understand length of time?

My question stems from an article I read, which says Parents are presenting a clear choice for the child. ... For example, “If you sit on the steps, it will be for 10 min. If you do not sit on the ...
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How can I educate my 2.5 year old daughter to be quiet when my other 8 month old is sleeping during the day?

Should I punish her? With saying you can't play with your toys? I don't think that would work! Should I be quiet and when she yells...quietly tell her honey if we yell he will wake up? I did that, ...
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Scientific proof of sign language for toddler communication [closed]

Is there science-backed research on teaching sign language to toddlers to enhance communication?
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How should I teach my child to help but also do things on her own?

The other day I asked my child "Can you give me a napkin?" and she said "o self" which means "you do it yourself"! At first I was shocked, and ashamed that she has perhaps learned it from me and my ...
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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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How do I resolve a child's anxiety for war?

Missile warning siren tests are going to be conducted in Hawaii once per month. Presumably the government will start distributing information on shelters and how to shelter in place, and some schools ...
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How to teach a toddler to use a cup with a straw?

My kid knows how to drink from a regular cup but is unable to use a cup with a straw. How do I teach my kid to use a cup with a straw in it?
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Teacher called my sons statement racist

My son is in class with 2 people named Matt. He was trying to get one of the Matt's attention. They both were talking to my son. The conversation likely could be paraphrased like this: Matts: Which ...
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Toddler has trouble keeping balance on bicycle - will training wheels help?

My child (five years old) is learning how to ride a bicycle. At the moment she can ride a few meters on her own, but quickly loses her balance. Therefore I practice with her regularly, by walking by ...
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Should we tell a child to say Thank you

Many parents tell their children to say "Thank you" and some parents prefer making an example by saying Thank you themselves. I personally think telling a child to say Thank you may back fire as ...
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How can I begin exposing my children to world news? [closed]

I have an 8-year old and a 4-year old. My 8-year-old recently asked me "Are wars are real?" At 8 years old, my elders watched TV news so I got little inklings of politics, wars, crime, etc. But we ...