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Can my 6 years old daughter be my business partner?

As others have said, the primary thing is that you make this a fun activity that the two of you do together, not a chore. That means that you will wind up doing the bulk of the actual work; do not ...
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How to teach a toddler to identify colors correctly?

You should also consider that 2-year-olds often don't react as expected when quizzed. My son (almost 3) is pretty intelligent for his age, but if I ask him what he did today, no matter what we did, ...
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How to encourage a child to self-edit and take criticism positively?

If she's asking you which bits need work and why, that's a sign she's open to criticism, and that she trusts you to provide it. The thing about criticizing creative work is you want to be as specific ...
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Learning to play an instrument: Should we insist that our child practices each day?

The key to getting a reluctant practiser to practise anything (a musical instrument, reading, physical exercise, whatever) is to change from: Time for you to go practise X! to OK, time for us ...
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How can I help a child stay motivated in learning to program?

First off, in terms of helping the child learn: Many/most schools have computer clubs. Encourage the child to inquire from other students, or ask the school professionals yourself. This will place ...
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Can my 6 years old daughter be my business partner?

I don't think this would be essentially different from a backyard lemonade stand. Make sure it's something she does for fun, and not something she feels forced to continue with. That's the biggest ...
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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 to encourage a child to self-edit and take criticism positively?

I think perhaps you should re-assess what your expectations should be for an 8 year old both in writing quality and in capacity for taking criticism. I know few, if any 8 year olds who can take ...
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How to teach a toddler to identify colors correctly?

It's normal, and you're expecting too much. Colors are hard, for a variety of reasons explained in this article: Colors are not a thing like a "ball" or a "dog", but a property of a thing Colors are ...
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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 to teach a toddler to identify colors correctly?

Color is a difficult thing to teach . . . they don't know that you're talking about a quality rather than an object. Kid: "Hey, just a moment ago, they told me that was an elephant, and now it's a ...
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Learning to play an instrument: Should we insist that our child practices each day?

Insisting, forcing him to do something will most likely not work in the long term. Yes, he may improve, but it'd be much much better if he wanted to improve. You should talk to your son, ask him ...
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How to approach a stubborn parent about a rule that is harming my studying

There is no reason not to speak to the neighbors, find out about their routine & figure something out that is reasonable & respects everyone involved. I have a neighbor whose teen is in a ...
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How to get toddler's mind off of a single topic (vehicles)

Welcome to having a toddler. Every toddler I've ever known has done this to some degree. For some it was vehicles, others was baby dolls, etc. And after a while, they all move to something else. ...
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What are some options for helping my child continue learning while schools are closed?

Khan Academy is a great resource for letting children learn math and science/technology at any age. It allows children to progress through different subjects, includes videos to teach them each ...
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How can I help a child stay motivated in learning to program?

A couple of things to add to user3143's excellent answer: Tools. Tools are not a substitute for experience or knowledge, but every craftsman/woman appreciates good tools, and they are something that ...
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Explain to a 4-year-old how magnets work

say "let's find out together". Then collect some different magnets, some magnetic and non magnetic items, something the magnetism can be transferred to (screw driver or pin). Some type of compass ...
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What are some options for helping my child continue learning while schools are closed?

I would grasp the opportunity to teach them about things that they don't learn in school, or to teach them in a different way from the way they are taught in school. Perhaps look at family photos and ...
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Learning to play an instrument: Should we insist that our child practices each day?

Without exception, every adult I know who took piano as a kid but no longer plays, including some who were quite talented, had it turned into a chore by their parents. It is absolutely essential to ...
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Learning to play an instrument: Should we insist that our child practices each day?

I would get him to play more on days when he is does not have sport or late finishes, and get him just to do a couple of scales or something on days when he has more on. As he starts playing for ...
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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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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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How to get toddler's mind off of a single topic (vehicles)

I’m going to address something that I think is perhaps in the background of your concerns. Between the ages of 2 and 5ish, my son would get fantastically obsessed with different things and it would ...
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How to constructively play with a one year old?

I've decided to share a few things we do right now which seem to be interesting and fun and (I think) help her develop (or at least don't slow her development:). Just an explaination: I write her all ...
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How can I help my child who is advanced in programming to meet others at the same skill level?

Go to a hackerspace. They are everywhere in the world, and they are places where 'hackers' meet, in the sense of good-willing computer experts. It's mostly adults, but if you are lucky there are also ...
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First pet (fish) just died. Is there a teachable moment?

Many. But which exactly greatly depends on your child and his experiences so far. Some suggestions: Death is final Really. If you are four you haven't necessarily made that experience yet. Families ...
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How do you teach a toddler how to wait?

21 months is young to truly understand waiting, but it's not too young to get a head start. Of course, this is a balancing act: teaching her to wait is a good thing, but too much waiting may make ...
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How to help my antagonistic 10-year-old learn necessary skills when he doesn't want to participate in any classes?

Everyone learns in their own way. I love going to classes/seminars/workshops, but for a while I dated a guy who couldn't understand why I would do that, as he learned best on his own, reading through ...
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Is it harmful to try too much on a toddler?

can over-enthusiasm adversely affect a kid's learning process? As long as the kid has fun with it, it's totally fine and a VERY good thing to do. Kids that age WANT to stretch their brains, are ...
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