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I want to teach my children the power of compound growth, what are some demonstrations that they can be a part of?

Here's a great way that has nothing to do with money but instead something tangible that's easier for young minds to grasp. Plants! What you want to do is get your hands on some heritage-grade seeds ...
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Some games and playful ideas for a father to do with his 4 year old daughter?

Well, I'm not keen on the idea that there is one set of activities which are suitable for girls and a different set of activities which are suitable for boys. I try to give my daughters the idea that ...
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Is visiting museums worthwhile or beneficial for a toddler?

I started looking into research relating to the value that toddlers might get from a museum visit, and I'm almost overwhelmed by the number of quotes and discussions I found (much of it from the ...
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I want to teach my children the power of compound growth, what are some demonstrations that they can be a part of?

There are many board games in the market which are designed exactly in this way. The overall idea of this kind of games is that you earn points (XPs) and money. Points are important at the end - ...
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How to get a 3-year-old started with running training and contests so that it's a fun experience?

I started running with my dad and he did usually do some warm up with me and then run around the block with me. When we were back again I got a glass of water and a sandwich, while he went out again ...
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What can I do to encourage my 10-year-old boy to try things he is reluctant about?

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea. - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry I'm aware ...
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How can I help my child who is advanced in programming to meet others at the same skill level?

I meet people at local meetups. Where I live there are about three Python meetups a month. My experiences have been great: excellent programmers who just like to talk shop. While you will likely meet ...
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How do I dissuade my three-year-old from saying he doesn't like a parent?

Expressing an opinion of not wanting to be near/liking another parent is for the most part very natural for someone of that age, and certainly the opinions need to be explored with the child. ...
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How do I dissuade my three-year-old from saying he doesn't like a parent?

I have some good news and some bad news. Good news is, this behaviour is entirely normal. For the bad news, re-read the good news. At around 2.5+, your child works out that one way to get a little ...
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What can I do to encourage my 10-year-old boy to try things he is reluctant about?

When I was a child, my parents had a philosophy about doing certain things. If you try it, and you don't like it, then you don't have to keep doing it. This was mostly for signing up for various ...
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Some games and playful ideas for a father to do with his 4 year old daughter?

Cook! Every kid should learn how. Start with pancakes (not a mix . . . make it from scratch!) If she's on the high side of four and you have an electric griddle, she could probably flip them with ...
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Preventing anti-STEM bias especially with girls

First, good on you guys for recognizing this and addressing it both with your daughter and the group that held the event. It's not always easy to speak up in a group setting when this happens RIGHT ...
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How do I convince my eleven-year-old to practice her dancing?

This can be a common issue in children who are very successful in almost anything: when they are motivated by success, and that success is easy to achieve, they see no reason to work hard to achieve ...
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Discussing early literacy tools with parents

Very, very carefully. Seriously, one of the easiest ways of offending friends is criticizing the way they raise their children, even if you mean well. I'm sure that you have only the best ...
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How can I help my child who is advanced in programming to meet others at the same skill level?

I'm 15, and I had this same problem about a year ago. There's an awesome community called HS Hackers on Facebook. To call it lifechanging would be a gross understatement. Hackathons are the best way ...
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How do I convince my eleven-year-old to practice her dancing?

There's a common saying among highly-successful people, which is to never be the smartest person in the room. You grow by surrounding yourself with people who challenge you to be better. Somewhat ...
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rules for a tea party

At this point, you're not teaching your daughters how to run a tea party. That's their job to teach you. You're teaching them (by example) how to cooperate, negotiate, share, make decisions, respond ...
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Is visiting museums worthwhile or beneficial for a toddler?

Yes, visiting an art gallery or history museum is great for toddlers. We live in London and are blessed with a huge number of world class free museums and I would say that taking a toddler to a ...
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Activities to show to my children that the body is 70% water

Make beef jerky A tasty lesson about how important water is in living organisms. The fact that the human body is 70% water is pretty well known, but really on its own it's just a simple factoid. It ...
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I want to teach my children the power of compound growth, what are some demonstrations that they can be a part of?

If they can count well then here is a a quick and easy challenge you can set them: Challenge them to place a grain of rice on the first square of a chess/checkers/draughts board. Then have them ...
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Should we make a 13-year-old without any interests/hobbies do something?

I noticed you only mentioned physical things. I am a big believer that kids need to move their bodies too, but I never had a hobby of any of those. If your interest is having her be more physically ...
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How to escape vicious circle of dawdling - no outdoor activities - conflicts ...?

I think the first step is recognizing that your desires are in conflict with your children's. You are craving some special event time, and they have been craving unstructured time. It's natural and ...
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How to escape vicious circle of dawdling - no outdoor activities - conflicts ...?

I hear your frustration! I have a 5 year old daughter who is slower than molasses waiting on Christmas. The mornings have turned into a routine for us though. She used to get up and want to watch a ...
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My 13 year old son has a friend whom he brushes off but yet my 11 year old son really likes

I don't think your older son really has a choice in being okay with it or not. If the friend and the younger child want to be friends, hang out, and do stuff together, your son can either tag along ...
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Preventing anti-STEM bias especially with girls

Diffuse these situations without adding to a perceived disparity. A simple comment to the tune of "oh, my daughter is at the right age, not my son" would probably have been the best bet. Treat these ...
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Is my daughter getting enough sleep?

As for the recommended amount of sleep, sources vary - most state between seven and nine hours for teens, with a rather new study suggesting that the lower amount may be linked to better academic ...
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Should I force activities on my child?

If you force your child to do a sport, he will resent you for it and not continue it later in life as it was always something my mum/dad wanted me to do. If you want to get your child involved in ...
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Should I force activities on my child?

I absolutely believe you should force activities on your young child, for the reason you found with the Taekwondo: Without trying it, how can he tell if he likes it? As adults we can recognize when ...
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How can I help my child who is advanced in programming to meet others at the same skill level?

I do not want to say that you are out-of-luck, but you are pretty much out-of-luck. The issue is that most people around your age do not know those languages. In fact, most people around your age ...
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Couple separated 18 months ago (irremediably), sharing custody of two children. Good or bad idea to share weekend experience together with the kids?

I wouldn't beat around the bush. Tell them straight what is happening. At ages 12 and 10 the children are certainly old enough to understand that their parents want them to have a great time on a ...
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