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Is a Rubik's cube an appropriate gift for a 15-month-old child?

At 15 months old, a rubik's cube would not be appropriate. First, it's kind of a complex puzzle. Most adults can't solve it. A 15 month old is going to see it as a brightly colored cube and nothing ...
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What can I do to a 6-month-old child so she ends up smart and has a high IQ?

At six months old, the key is to talk a lot, and to give the baby lots of opportunities to explore their environment. One approach that worked well for us was to follow the Montessori approach to ...
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Is a Rubik's cube an appropriate gift for a 15-month-old child?

I would not recommend this as a toy, but for a different reason. As a brightly colored geometric shape a Rubik's cube would probably be appealing to small children, and at that age they will likely ...
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What can I do to a 6-month-old child so she ends up smart and has a high IQ?

Turn off the TV and interact with your child If your IQs are so high, use that intelligence. You can't make a child more clever. That's built in, by nature. What you want are skills they can develop ...
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Is a Rubik's cube an appropriate gift for a 15-month-old child?

There are huge soft 2x2 rubik's cubes for toddlers. Like this one: Jumbo 12157 - Rubik's Baby - My first Cube, Kleinkindspielzeug They are soft and not easily breakable. There is a youtuber called "...
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Five year old successfully built a Lego set meant for 6-12 year olds. Does this mean anything?

Five year old son successfully built a lego set meant for 6-12 year olds... Is this common? Yes, it's quite common. The age range on the boxed toy is not based on intelligence or aptitude. It is ...
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What can I do to a 6-month-old child so she ends up smart and has a high IQ?

Above all else, let her play. In my opinion there is way too much focus on academics in the early years these days, and not enough on creativity and play which are integral to how a child learns ...
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What can I do to a 6-month-old child so she ends up smart and has a high IQ?

Including your children in your life and activities builds both intelligence and capacity. Especially for young children, avoid passive activities like videos, or non-human interactions such as ...
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At what point are children developmentally able to understand long periods of time?

My seven year-old only differentiates time out to about a week. He understands longer time intervals, but just doesn't care. To him, if it's not until next week, it may as well be next year. My ...
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What can I do to help my kid attain a high Intelligence?

https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/primer/traits/intelligence I think a loving, healthy home is an excellent foundation. As a special needs teacher, I can tell you that parents might not control how intelligent ...
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Five year old successfully built a Lego set meant for 6-12 year olds. Does this mean anything?

I don't know whether it's common or not but my son could certainly do that; he first got into Lego aged 4 and it really clicked with him (in fact he's only just growing out of the Lego obsessed phase ...
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What can I do to a 6-month-old child so she ends up smart and has a high IQ?

What can I do to a 6 month child so she end up smart and have high IQ? Your child's IQ is what it is. (The constant drive of IQ test developers is to take the child's socio-economic and educational ...
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Two year old indecisiveness

This is a guess. I'm wondering if it might be a situation where he made the following two, distinct cognitive steps: (1) A while back, he developed the understanding that he could choose things. ...
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From what age do children start having permanent memory of incidents, and what is the maximum long term memory at what age?

I found one source that claims 14 to 18 months for long-lasting memory, though without defining "long-lasting". Remembering comes on various levels, though: Specific Daddy turned to page ...
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Is a Rubik's cube an appropriate gift for a 15-month-old child?

No, at 15 months this doesn't make sense. I'd recommend a book with little flaps that show pictures underneath. These are fun for kids that age. Pick a book that shows colors, numbers, animals, etc. ...
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Could a three-year-old really have the cognitive abilities to make playable "Mario Maker" levels?

Can every three year old? Probably not. But yes, it's not outside the realm of possibility. What you'll find is that oftentimes kids who are particularly exposed to one thing will end up learning ...
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When do children become aware of time?

For the record I am looking at this question as two different sub question. First question is when do humans gain temporal awareness? and when are they are they able to make sense of this temporal ...
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Why do toddlers hide while having a bowel movement?

I don't have any real 'evidence' for this, but my nephew used to do the same thing. When he was being potty trained, he would go hide in a corner and poop his pants instead of in the toilet, which ...
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At what age child naturally stops asking "Why?"

Children go through a developmental phase, around three or so, of asking "why". They do grow out of that - and four is a reasonable time to expect that - so it's not surprising your ...
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How do I motivate my ten-year old to take responsibility and to do his best?

Children with ADHD can be prone to depression, since much of the feedback or attention they get is negative -- either criticism for not focusing or trying hard enough, or a stressed parent pointing ...
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How to help a 6-year-old who has difficulties with "what comes before / after" questions (in sequences)?

Don't we all sometimes struggle with this? Probably less with numbers, but certainly sometimes with the alphabet. The reason behind this is how our brain "files" data. Let's take the alphabet, for ...
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What childhood incidents cause the children to be approval seeking when they become adults?

In my experience, both over-criticizing and over-praising can lead to a child who desperately seeks approval from others around them. The problem with most praise/criticism is that it is about us, ...
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When does a toddler understand the joke of a man falling down on purpose?

You're asking when a child develops the ability to understand that a pretend action is not a real action. This ability typically develops around their third year, so your daughter is probably around ...
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What can I do to a 6-month-old child so she ends up smart and has a high IQ?

Several of the other answers touch near this, but I didn't see anyone directly state it. One of the most beneficial things you can do to help your child's development is to read to/with your child. ...
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What can I do to a 6-month-old child so she ends up smart and has a high IQ?

One of the most important things you can do for your child as they reach the age where they can begin eating solid foods is to make sure you are watching their early-childhood nutrition. Make sure ...
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When do children become aware of time?

Early. If the answer is vague, that might be because the question is also vague, perhaps not purposely, but it is, because there is a lot that relates to different kinds of time and the theory of the ...
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What childhood incidents cause the children to be approval seeking when they become adults?

I realise that I am an approval seeker. Other people's opinions effect me a lot. This is true of most humans. People that don't care about approval either hide it well or are sociopaths. I want to ...
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Should I worried about my son's development? Or maybe my son's right brain is dominant?

You got some good answers in the comments, so I am summing that up here and adding a few comments of my own. Torben nailed it in the comment: Without going into the details you describe, keep in ...
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Helping a child independently make logical connections

First off, while I certainly don't suggest giving up on training this ability, it's worth considering that this may simply be how his brain works to some extent. That means tailoring his education to ...
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