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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 should I reconcile the concept of "no means no" when I tease my 5-year-old during tickle play?

How should I reconcile the concept of "no means no" / "Stop means Stop" when I tease my 5-year-old during tickle play? By accepting that no means no and stop means stop. That ...
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How should I reconcile the concept of "no means no" when I tease my 5-year-old during tickle play?

I'm a firm believer that "No means no", including tickling. Does that mean that you can't initiate tickling without asking consent? No, not necessarily, any more than you need to ask your ...
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How should I reconcile the concept of "no means no" when I tease my 5-year-old during tickle play?

What I do is Tickle Kid starts giggling, says "Stop" or "Red light!" I've noticed that this seems to be reflex, and this is true for basically all of us, we instinctively say ...
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How to stop toddler crying when we watch tv

As far as I understand your are struggling with several things at the same time. If I read you correctly... After a long day at work you want to disconnect for some time You are concerned that your ...
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How should I reconcile the concept of "no means no" when I tease my 5-year-old during tickle play?

How should I reconcile the concept of "no means no" / "Stop means Stop" when I tease my 5-year-old during tickle play? Saying no when you don't really mean it is common in these ...
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What are some games that I can play with my toddler son?

Sure, there are many great ideas. Playing at this age is about teaching, bonding -- encouraging your child. Peek-a-boo -- This and all its derivatives are great. They build language and trust. Hide ...
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Games to play with child just under one year

You can look into "baby sensory play" to get some ideas of educational (mostly messy and/or elaborate to prepare) activities for toddlers, but I have always preferred the simple classics. Songs and ...
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What are some good ways a father can engage a toddler boy who is 1 year and 8 months old?

At 20 months, my oldest was like yours - very physical. So, the main thing I did with him was to take him outside to play. Running around, climbing on the playground, climbing stairs; all of this ...
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Is screaming a phase?

"Is the screaming a phase?" Well, sort of. In terms of infant crying, yes - but for the reasons you stated, it just presents in different ways as they get older. At 7 months, your daughter is just ...
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How to stop toddler crying when we watch tv

You're trying to convince your child that TV is not good, while you sit and watch TV yourself. That's not going to work. You need to practice what you preach. If you want him to watch less TV, then ...
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How should I reconcile the concept of "no means no" when I tease my 5-year-old during tickle play?

While I support the general principle behind "no means no", human interaction and communication is more nuanced than that and many parts of it - especially in playful and romantic contexts - ...
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How should I reconcile the concept of "no means no" when I tease my 5-year-old during tickle play?

I think this is a really wonderful question and I am glad that you asked! I don't think that this situation should be different. "Stop" still means "stop" and "no" still ...
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How to get my child to play alone?

This is late for independent play to start. This is a learned activity. This suggests that you start young. Here are eight tips that have most helped us in encouraging our toddlers to ...
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How to respond to pranking 7 year old?

One of my happiest moments with my (slightly older but similar age) kids was the first time watching Home Alone. After that movie was over, they spent hours playing pranks and setting traps all around ...
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Should I let my child play with gun toys?

One of the purposes of toys is to give children a safe way to learn about dangerous things. So yes, you should not only allow, but encourage your children to play with toy guns, knives, hammers, saws,...
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Son's friend asking him to stay off a common friend who this friend is closer to

I think you and your son did everything just fine. You've taught your son how to handle Joe's demands in a calm and proper way. That by itself is great. Your son can handle himself, diffuse ...
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Can my 6 years old daughter be my business partner?

Can I buy second-hand toys, make them better with my 6.5 years old daughter and sell them for a higher price? Yes you can. But don't expect your daughter to be a true business partner. Make sure they ...
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Can my 6 years old daughter be my business partner?

My first reaction, child labor rules and protections. You may intent and plan to run this as fun and a teaching experience. But it comes close to child labor and if checked you may run into problem if ...
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How should I reconcile the concept of "no means no" when I tease my 5-year-old during tickle play?

Many answers are debating whether "stop" really means stop in this situation. I think it's irrelevant. Even if there are (arguably) situations where "stop" might actually mean ...
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Should I trust the dogs instincts?

No, you should not trust any dog's instinct nor should you trust any strangers on the Internet like me. You are the responsible party and you need to do your own homework. You certainly should apply ...
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How to stop toddler crying when we watch tv

You are not the first (set of) parent(s) to use too much screen time to entertain a child, and you won't be the last. The problem is that it works, and for tired or stressed parents, it's like a "...
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How to stop toddler crying when we watch tv

Use a PVR to record the news, then watch it after your kid is asleep. Added bonus: you get to fast-forward the commercials. Now that you’re not watching TV, there are many things you can do with your ...
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How to politely decline a playdate invitation due to safety concerns?

If your concern is simply at their home, then it is fairly simple: suggest they play outside somewhere, or you meet at a common location (zoo, play space, children's museum, restaurant, etc.) That ...
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Is this a good game to play with my children?

Sounds like a lovely game. Your kids are learning how to celebrate wins without making the losing kid feel bad for losing, while also learning how to lose without explosive emotions. Children are ...
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How should I reconcile the concept of "no means no" when I tease my 5-year-old during tickle play?

The problem is that the basic assumption is not true, there are different types of 'no', and they do not always really mean 'stop immediately', sometimes it's just 'slow down' or similar. You must not ...
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How to get my child to play alone?

It really sounds like your kid is a strong extrovert while you (and maybe your spouse) are introverts. The main sign is that she is recharged by being in company whereas you find it exhausting. ...
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Should I let my child play with gun toys?

I think that the correct answer to this problem is entirely contingent on locale. I grew up in Alaska, where guns are so prevalent that my school actually took us to the range for a day during middle-...
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