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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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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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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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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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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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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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What can I do to encourage my 10-year-old boy to try things he is reluctant about?

I'm somewhat a fan of Maria Montessori, and the one sentence any Montessori parent could tell you is this: Follow the child. It took me years to figure out what this means, but ultimately what I ...
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Are forward rolls dangerous for young children?

As a daycare provider for the last 10 years, specializing in Infant and Toddler care, this is pretty normal. Kids that age love to roll, tumble and try new ways to move around. As long as you are ...
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How can I help my parents to not waste their lives?

I think the first important thing is to let go of this idea that you are going to 'make' your parents do anything. This is not even what happens when you are a parent. You will of course give your ...
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What can I do to help an 8.5 month old become more outgoing

I think Willow's answer is great, but isn't 8.5 months a bit early to start worrying about how outgoing your child is? Gently encourage her, just like Willow says. But I'd ask myself where that wish ...
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Should we make a 13-year-old without any interests/hobbies do something?

When I was 13 I recall my socializing was arguable the most important part of my day after school. I spent most of my time on the phone chatting with friends or on the computer typing to other people. ...
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Discussing early literacy tools with parents

I have been in a similar situation with one friend mother of two young girls, while being a mother myself and encouraging early reading with my toddler. I approached it in these two ways over months: ...
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How do I make my home welcoming to friends with toddlers?

For the most part, the answer is "ask the parents what would be helpful". You didn't clarify your relationship with the parents, but regardless of your relationship with them, it should be ...
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What can I do to encourage my 10-year-old boy to try things he is reluctant about?

I'm not a parent, but I am a former 10-year-old child who liked math and (would have, if it were around) liked Minecraft! (And I liked math so much from that age that I got my degree in it!) I don't ...
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Toddler doesn't like physical activities

I would try to find physical activities that she does enjoy and if possible, ones she can share with you. Roll down a hill, dance, jump, run races, walk, swing, soccer/football -- anything you can do ...
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How do I make a decision about a precedent for my child going to sleepovers?

In my own opinion, your daughter should already know about sex, hygiene, drugs, theft and current events. Yes, I understand that you might temper the information for her age, but she needs all 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?

Both Jeremy Jamesons and Joshs answers are good examples, each having their own advantages and disadvantages. We have a group activity, and a solo game. Allow me to offer a third choice which has its ...
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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 two fundamental problems here. Firstly, any demonstration of compound interest, if done right, starts to require inordinate amounts of the thing being compounded to be a valid and engaging ...
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Pros and Cons of competitive music festival

Music festivals are different from other sorts of competitions because there's really no head to head aspect. You go on when it's your turn, do your best, then you watch other performers and hope ...
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My 7-year-old doesn't want to go to before-school childcare - how do I engage her with the opportunities in this situation?

You could offer to go into the before school program and let her show you all the 'stuff' that is there. (Call for 'permission' first, but it would be very bad form for the daycare to refuse.) Then ...
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What can I do to help an 8.5 month old become more outgoing

I think you might consider a smaller, less chaotic group until your child has the opportunity to accustom herself to other children. Invite one or two other children over to your home, and let her ...
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How do I make a decision about a precedent for my child going to sleepovers?

I understand why you are worried. It can be hard to try and do "damage control" when your kid finds out about something you'd rather they didn't (yet). But it's a reality of life. Your kids will ...
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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?

Video games, especially numbers-heavy games, often have exponential growth involved. If your kids enjoy video games and get to the point they thoroughly understand the strategies involved, they can ...
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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?

Compound growth is a great way for your kids to enjoy annoying their friends with long text messages. For example, let's say you want to send your friend a flood of sunglasses emoji. You can type ...
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How to help my child explore hockey without fully investing in it?

Around here, youth sports tend to be organized around sports clubs (organizations dedicated to providing facilities to participate in one or more sports). As it is well known that children don't ...
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My 7-year-old doesn't want to go to before-school childcare - how do I engage her with the opportunities in this situation?

My kindergartner doesn't really want to go to school in the morning either often, so we have worked in a few ways. First off, we have an incentive to wake up early (as waking up just before leaving ...
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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'm not an expert but I lived this situation myself. As far as the parents hang out well, and never argue, that's ok, otherwise it'll turn good days into nightmares ( the chance of ruining the ...
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