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Should a toddler who weaned only a few months ago be allowed to see mom nursing younger sibling?

I'm not speaking from either personal experience (my children were all spaced farther apart) or from academic research in this answer. That being said: I think that "hiding" the breastfeeding will ...
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Should a toddler who weaned only a few months ago be allowed to see mom nursing younger sibling?

It's not feasible to try to prevent the child from seeing the new baby nursing. It probably will be hard for her, as will lots of things now, but she will learn to adjust. You'll both just need to be ...
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What are age appropriate projects for 5-year-old interested in electronics?

I've found myself in very similar situations with my 4 year old son. He's also fascinated by electronics, and anything mechanical. We'll start projects together, but invariably after a while I'm ...
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How to make my 1-year-old understand when she is being scolded?

First and foremost, make sure your child's hearing is tested. If there's a problem, deal with that. Your baby/14 month old sounds like a normal, active 14 month old. She wants what she wants. She can'...
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How to help a teen that wants to learn productive skills, but has entertainment addiction?

I have experienced something similar to your son (although a lot milder I suspect), however I am a professional software engineer and in my very limited free time I make games. Something I've always ...
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Staying focused getting ready for school

You might try incentives. Set a schedule and use a loud timer to mark the milestones. "Timer's running...five minutes til teeth have to be brushed." Timer goes off, are teeth brushed? If so, one ...
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What to do with a first grader who cannot sit still in school?

First: this is not an uncommon problem, and your school district should be comfortable with helping kids deal with this. I would expect that your teacher in first grade should've addressed some of ...
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My 4 year old won't eat a meal in under an hour.

I want to make sure he has the chance to gain some independence This is ultimately what he's trying to accomplish when refusing to eat: assert his independence. Food is one of the few things that ...
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4 year-old son has a strong interest in numbers, how can I help him stay focused?

It is possible that your son is gifted in math. You may want to discuss this with his preschool teacher. If that's the case, it is an ability that can be developed to the child's advantage, rather ...
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What are age appropriate projects for 5-year-old interested in electronics?

Snipping and bending wires is a fun game in and of itself. :) If you want to find projects where he can actually build and modify simple electronics himself (with some help from you), your best bet ...
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Staying focused getting ready for school

I had the same problem and with a similar age grouping ( 9, 5 and 3). I more or less solved the problem by tackling two different issues. The first one is the child's focus. In my case, making my ...
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Child tries to steal teacher attention when I speak to that teacher

It often helps in any difficult situation to take some time to put yourself in the other person's shoes. Should I react and say to the other-child to step off because it's disturbing our ...
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How to help a teen that wants to learn productive skills, but has entertainment addiction?

You describe a very problematic situation, not only because it is frustrating for your son and yourself, but because he is at risk of learning that wholesome success is unattainable for him (despite ...
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My 4 year old won't eat a meal in under an hour.

Our 4 year old has been doing something similar for the last year and is gradually getting better. Some suggestions that we have tried that seem to work: Have him help making the dinner. This works ...
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Should a toddler who weaned only a few months ago be allowed to see mom nursing younger sibling?

Personal experience, single data point only: Our son was a big fan of breastfeeding and the milk and the comfort of being on mom. He was weaned while we were expecting his little sister. (He was ...
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How to get the attention of my 3.5-year-old?

Okay based on additional info offered, if I am dealing with a child (my own or one I watch) at this age, I go to the child, stoop to their level to speak & if they are still trying not to listen I ...
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Older sibling demands more attention

We don't usually make big "birthday things" at our home. We use birthdays as a symbol of growing up and life milestone, not a party event, which has some interesting effects on our kids. On a ...
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Older sibling demands more attention

This is pretty normal for that kind of situation. The best solution is to make sure he also gets attention even if it's a special day for the younger one. In general, it's a good idea not to focus ...
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I think my husband and I are the reason for our 18 month old delayed development issues

Please get to a pediatrician and get your child tested for B12 deficiency immediately. About 25% of people in the USA are deficient, and infants of parents that are low in B12 themselves and were ...
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Staying focused getting ready for school

Ok, we've found an answer that borrows from the suggestions here. Step one, have a talk with him / her about responsibility (I really liked Jeff Y's approach of placing him in charge on occasions to ...
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I think my husband and I are the reason for our 18 month old delayed development issues

DO NOT FOCUS ON PAST CAUSES OF ANY DEVELOPMENT ISSUES focus on finding the solution to the issues. Parents do many things for their children out of love, or out of fear, that may not be the best ...
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How to make my 1-year-old understand when she is being scolded?

From reading your description, many of your child's behaviors are typical. For instance, I've not met many one-year-olds whose learning style falls under the "sit and listen" category. First and ...
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How to get preschoolers to interact with me over the TV?

If you want to enjoy time with them that includes some screen time, you can gently lower the prohibition of 'talking during a movie' and invite them interact with you by singing along with the songs, ...
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Child tries to steal teacher attention when I speak to that teacher

Personally, I would let the teacher handle it, even if it meant she didn't handle it to my satisfaction. Besides the fact that wanting/demanding the teacher's attention immediately seems like normal, ...
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What to do about my almost 5-year-old always having to be first in everything or else crying and fighting?

In such situations you can try to duplicate the "getting first" into two similar things, one for her and one for her brother, and then ask her which one she prefers. For example, does she prefer to ...
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Creating focus and thought processes in young boys

Don't force it. I feel a constant mistake I make parenting is subconciously putting adult expectations onto my kids, and being frustrated when they cannot live up to them. You might be at risk of ...
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Child tries to steal teacher attention when I speak to that teacher

In general, it's not your place to interact with another child at school in any way other than a positive one. Correcting a child is the domain of those who have a certain relationship with them - a ...
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How to get preschoolers to interact with me over the TV?

Kids like TV. It gives them a kind of stimulation that you can't always match. Let them watch some without you believing that you're missing an important opportunity to teach them helpful life lessons....
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What to do with a first grader who cannot sit still in school?

Look for a more free school, I would encourage you to look into a Waldorf school. In a school like this the kids that are active will grow up more happily as it is completely natural for kids to be ...
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