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It can be tricky to find a good balance between wanting to instill your own beliefs and values on a child, on the one hand, with enjoying your child for who he or she is. You can work towards your child giving your suggested books a try by reading a wide variety of books together, building "reading rapport." Maybe you do this already. Once this ...


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Listen to your Child Never forget that your child is not you, and their circumstances are not your own. Which is not to say that you shouldn't force your child to do things that will benefit them. But remember that what benefited you as a child and what will benefit them are two very different things, even if there's a great deal of overlap. Talk to your ...


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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 really have an answer to the actual question (but I'll still give it a shot from this perspective later), but I nonetheless wanted to speak to what might be your ...


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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 learned is that I should stop trying to make my children do things, and instead help them do what they want - but still find ways to get them to stretch their wings....


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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 school sports (T-Ball, Soccer) or activities (band in particular), and it was understood both by myself and my parents that if I gave it a try and didn't like it, I ...


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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 that your description might not perfectly match what you told your son, but it seems that you're trying to convince your son of something without giving them a ...


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