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How to teach my 22 year old stepson to communicate instead of burning inside?

I became stepdad to an adult boy (22) (I am not the biological dad). He didn't have anyone to teach him or a father-like figure since his dad passed away when he was 7. He never went to college or ...
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How do I get my toddler dried and dressed after the bath calmly?

My toddler loves bathtime, and he loves running around naked afterwards. But this is the trouble! He runs away from me whilst I'm trying to put his cream on, PJs on. Once we are upstairs with milk/...
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How/should I encourage child's father to look into his 5 year old child's ADHD?

I'm a 'honorary Uncle' for a child who is 5 years old. The child has not been diagnosed by a doctor yet, but as someone who is ADD himself and has some experience volunteering with kids, including ...
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8 year old is breaking the rules, and not understanding consequences

So, I recently asked this question, and after following the advice given, it has only made things more erratic. At this point, they both do listen when told what they have done wrong, and why it is ...
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Should I speak German with my child given I am not a native speaker but C1 level?

The title says it all. I am not a native German speaker, but I have achieved C1 level (according to the Goethe Institut). I no longer live or work in Germany, and haven't visited for some time, ...
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My dad never compliments me and constantly calls me a jerk

My father and I have an inequitable relationship. I'm not allowed to talk back to him or say anything to my mom in his presence without telling him. I have nothing against such a state of affairs; ...
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Toddler gets extremly upset about the presence of certain toys and items in her play area

My 32mo daughter gets extremely upset when I introduce a new item or toy into her play area or bedroom. For example, when the seasons change and she needs a blanket in her bed, she will throw a ...
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2 year old son not the typical 2 year old boy

Just wondering if anyone has a 2 year old Son that isn’t the typical two year old boy? My son is so gentle, scared of a lot of things (riding bikes, scooter etc. He doesn’t jump around and play rough ...
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Do I keep my daughter's Russian vocabulary small or not?

My husband is American, and I am Russian. We live in US in an area without a large Russian community. My relatives are in Russia. Our daughter is nine months old, and I have been speaking to her in ...
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How to talk to 4 year old children about action scenes in movies?

My 4-year-old twins like to watch TV shows occasionally that have a bit of action in them. My kid's favorite TV show is "The Walking Dead." My husband is concerned that it's a little too ...
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Unwanted behavior at table, our usual approach is failing so far

Our 11 month old has gotten fairly good at knowing what she may and may not touch around the flat (e.g. a dangerous table, curtains etc.). When she approaches or actually gets her hand on such stuff, ...
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Im scared of my dads yelling at me for little things [closed]

So i cleaned my room and i was in a hurry so forgot to do the bed and forgot to close a cabinet, when i get home my dad starts screaming at me and this always happens and i always cry and now i'm ...
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Why is my child so scared of strangers? Is it nature or nurture?

What makes children very scared of strangers? My one-year-old boy has had stranger anxiety since he was seven months old. He'd scream and cry if a "stranger" - that includes relatives who ...
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Can I bring my parents back together? [closed]

I am fairly young, not a teenager yet. This morning, my parents had a fight and my mom said she was going to stop cooking for my dad. At lunch, I spoke to my dad about apologizing and recognizing my ...
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My 3 y old DD is refusing to sit on potty/toilet after a bad spell of constipation? [duplicate]

My 3 year old daughter is fully potty/toilet trained apart from wearing a nappy for bedtime. She had constipation recently which was very painful for her. This has cleared now, but she is still ...
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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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How can I teach a one-year-old to stop throwing food once he's done eating?

I've looked at other questions here about toddlers throwing food. But they seem to do it for the fun of watching things fall, or in the middle of their meal. So those answers do not apply to my ...
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How to enable child to deal with name calling?

My 5 year old wears prescription glasses for astigmatism and they are helping him immensely and he keeps them on 90% of his waking hours. From time to time I appreciate he 'helping his eyes to see ...
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At what age child naturally stops asking “Why?”

My daughter is four years and 2 months old. About half a year ago she was asking a considerable amount of why-questions but currently, she doesn't. Is it natural at this age? I try to steer her in the ...
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What exactly constitutes shaking?

It is well known that shaking babies can cause serious brain damage, but what exactly constitutes shaking? I've seen some videos that demonstrate shaking on dolls, and I can say with certainty that I ...
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Can my 6 years old daughter be my business partner?

TL;DR: Can I buy second-hand toys, make them better with my 6.5 years old daughter and sell them for a higher price? Some context: This year for Christmas, Santa brought some Lego bricks for my 6.5 ...
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Should I limit the amount my toddler eats?

My 18-month old has a large appetite. If she likes what she's eating, she'll just keep eating, and she isn't picky. Sometimes she polishes off nearly as much as me in a sitting. Her daycare tells us ...
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i am a kid and my parents are asking who do i want to stay with… what should i answer? [closed]

I am a kid and my parents are asking who do I want to stay with... because I think they might want to divorce... what should I answer? I love both of them and do not want to live separately from any ...
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Toddler stands in crib and may fall out

This happened once when he was around 8 months old. He was standing in his crib and something on the floor caught his attention. He stood on his toes and leaned forward and tipped over. I caught him ...
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How to explain an online scary story to a 7 year old boy?

My 7 year old kid just started playing the game minecraft. He quite enjoyed it, played it a lot and also watched many related youtube videos. However, he watched some youtube videos about "Entity ...
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acting instead of the teacher against bullying

I live in Israel. Here bullying is not as much on the radar as it is in the United States. For example, there don't seem to be special "bullying policies" in the schools. In fact, when I ...
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On the strategy of comparing parents to supervisors/bosses/employers [closed]

Prepare to downvote me. Context: There appears to be this folklore strat of comparing parents to supervisors/bosses/employers when parents have a discussion/disagreement/argument/debate with their ...
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Toy or some other way to stop a 1 year old from playing with a soda can?

My neighbor has a 1 year old toddler who always tries to take their soda can to play with. They're not concerned about the mess if it isn't empty but they're concerned the toddler will hurt themself. ...
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Looking for options to deal with 18-yo who refuses to grow up [closed]

My stepdaughter has recently turned 18. She has severe behavioral problems: she urinates in her bedroom, often in her clothes; she starts fires with a lighter; and she refuses to do anything other ...
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How to stop my 6 year-old son from running away and crying when faced with a homework challenge?

My son runs away and hides crying when he has trouble completing an assignment. I'm maybe a little harsh on the kid telling him to just suck it up and keep going, but this doesn't seem to work; he ...
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Shared custody father completely overwhelmed, doesn't accept help, what can I do?

My brother is in a very difficult situation. His wife separated from him a year ago. They have two kids, at the time 3 and 5 years old. They moved out of their common apartment, each one into their ...
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Avoiding kids calling me Daddy when playing without making a big deal about it?

I'm a known sperm donor, meaning I've donated sperm to a few women to help them have children, and I'm lucky enough to get a chance to visit and play with some of the children I donated for. Most of ...
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Should I use the word please when giving preschooler's orders?

We try to stress the importance of using please and thank you with kids, and one of the ways we do that is by demonstrating the use of good manners ourselves by always using please and thank you when ...
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How to choose a game for a 3 year-old child?

I've been recently in a game shop to choose a gift for my 3 year-old nephew. Although age was indicated on boxes, I was not sure that some games are really suitable for him, some were very hard for ...
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How to deal with a situation in which following the rules feels like punishment and breaking them is rewarded?

Disclaimer: This question is triggered by the current COVID-19 pandemic, but should please be seen as a more general question. To cut a long story short, a long-planned birthday party sleepover at a ...
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Hi I am under 14 and i wonder why my parents are fighting so much [closed]

Why are my parents fighting so much when I mention how my day went at school my mom says thats great and then i use the bathroom and i come back to the table they are screaming at each other my mom ...
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Should we be concerned about preschool siblings playing “sexual” games?

My wife recently discovered our 6 and 4 year old daughters playing an imaginary game where they were pretending to be "husband and wife" and they both had their pants off. As soon as she ...
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Does free childcare have an effect on children's development and how much time parents spend with children?

Some countries have free nursery/pre-school from a very young age - it's compulsory in France from age three, for example. I'm interested in what kind of effect this has on children's development. By ...
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Advise on 123 Magic for hyper or anxious kids

Has anybody that’s done 123 Magic have any experience with a child who knowing they will get a time out, negotiates the conditions of their time out? My son will know on 3 he goes to his room for 5 ...
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How to prevent a meltdown before bed for a 4-year old?

Our 4-year old has unfortunately started having meltdowns a couple of days a week before bed. It's really sad because she'll often put together a great day, just to cause a house-wide problem near the ...
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Should you give your children allowance? [closed]

From my understanding, there are a few ways people approach giving economic opportunities to their children: 1. As a return for doing chores, 2. Simply a monthly allowance, 3. Allow the child to be at ...
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Teach my children not to lie?

Regarding the education of children it is a generally held dogma that they should be taught not to lie. However, I personally have some doubts whether this really is a good thing to instill in my ...
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How to politely decline a playdate invitation due to safety concerns?

A person has invited our child to come play with her daughter. We know little about her but we do know unfortunately her husband is currently temporarily forcefully kicked out of the home as he has ...
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How to tell to my 4 years daughter that she should not to be scared of a specific person?

My daughter seems to be scared of my younger brother in law, let's call him Alex. Alex has a quite large posture. He said that he even teased my daughter a little, like winking at her or staring at ...
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How to transition from someone with no knowledge of parenting into someone who is likely to succeed at the task?

I hope to become a parent one day, and when I do I would like to be a good one. I have been trying to learn a bit about what that entails, which has so far involved reading lots of questions and ...
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Recommendations for a 4.5 month old who needs to suck on a parents’ finger to fall asleep

Does anyone have a recommended sleep training method suitable for a 4.5 month old who has become reliant on sucking on our fingers in order to go to sleep, or any experience with this problem ...
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What professional helps teach parents how to parent?

What's the name given to the person that teaches parents how to parent? Dog trainers usually don't only teach dogs tricks. They show the owners, how they can teach the dog things, how they can master ...
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2 year old afraid of security cameras

All of a sudden my 2.5 year old has noticed the security cameras at school and is afraid of them. When I ask him what is scary about them, he doesn't answer. He says it's there to keep him safe (...
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My mother refuses to believe I have Social Anxiety Disorder

So, basically, I have Social Anxiety. I have taken many tests, and have been told by my doctor that I do. She even recommended a therapist to me. I am a freshman in high school, so it's a bit ...
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What do I do to get my nine-year old boy off books with pictures and onto books with text content?

Books for kids now have a wide range of 'graphic novels'. When I grew up, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, or CS Lewis Narnia series, or Charlotte's Web had a few illustrations, but they were ...

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