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Should I play Minecraft with my kids?

Yes, you absolutely should Your boys are trying to share something valuable and important with you. I doubt you'd be this worried about it if it wasn't digital - what would you do if they wanted to ...
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Should I allow my preschooler to play with other parents at the playground?

Based on the additional information provided in the comments and to paraphrase the question: You are concerned that an unknown male parent in a public park and with their own child of a similar age ...
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Should a parent stop "destructive play"?

Destructive play is fine as long as it's ok to destroy the object in question. For example, as an adult I still enjoy "destructive play" when I have an old IKEA desk I need to get rid of and can't ...
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How do we help 2 yo play independently when we’re busy?

I think it's unrealistic to expect a 2 year old to be able to play by themselves for a long time. Some might, but not all. We tried the "cry it out" technique tonight but we know it'll take more ...
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Is there such a thing as too much machine time?

I don't think you'll find studies on this unfortunately, but the concern with screen time is a very different thing than the concern might be with the Roomba or whatnot. From the American Academy of ...
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Should I play Minecraft with my kids?

Yes! I view screen time as more of a necessary evil than anything else. My boys get 30 minutes each per day, and I would be happier if it were less. You've given them a resource (30 min of screen) ...
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How competitive or forgiving to be when playing games against my own kids

I'd say the basic premise is to always encourage progression. Stage 1 is to ensure they can do the basics - can they dribble and pass a football or do they know how each chess piece can move? For ...
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How to "get to know" my girlfriend's toddler?

Don't overthink it, just do it. (Nearly) every parent is inexperienced with toddlers the first time they have one around, learning on the job is standard. To help with this, toddlers can and will ...
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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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Why is the 'floor is lava' game so ubiquitious?

There are a collection of games that are ground-orientated, e.g. not stepping on the floor, not stepping on cracks, walking on rocks or cobbles, etc. There is likely some evolutionary element at play ...
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How to keep a 2 year old toddler entertained throughout the day?

You should not feel that you have to be supplying all of her entertainment. Between daycare and the home life you have described it sounds like your daughter never has to find her own entertainment. ...
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Why is the 'floor is lava' game so ubiquitious?

I can't talk about research - but I can say that my own eldest child appeared to develop "don't step on the cracks" type games naturally and spontaneously while we were out and about in town. It ...
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What's a good age for a "penny skateboard"?

Rather than starting out with a skateboard, you might want to start them on something one level easier? A kick skate is very popular and relatively cheap to come by, and has several advantages like a ...
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How competitive or forgiving to be when playing games against my own kids

I agree mostly with @Mikaveli but I would like to show another point of view based on my own experience (I cant comment yet so I answer). When I was a child my father and me played chess, soccer, ...
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What age should you start enforcing board game rules?

What a great opportunity to teach communication and compromise. I would separate the kids into those who want to play by the rules and those who want to create their own game. Or play with official ...
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Is my child's cooperativity a trait or a choice?

There have been incredible recent advances in the research on how genes and experience influence development. One of the most important things to take away from the newer research is that it's not a ...
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How to "get to know" my girlfriend's toddler?

Children that age like to be read to, some also like to do puzzles, simple games (including memory). Some kids also really like to be tickled or scared ("I'm a monster and I'm going to eat you, grrr."...
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How to keep a 2 year old toddler entertained throughout the day?

Tv is not an answer. At this age the amount of TV should be very, very limited - 1 to 2 hours according to American Academy of Pediatrics - but I'd say that 1h is absolute maximum, seeing how my girl ...
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What's a good age for a "penny skateboard"?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has the following information about preventing skateboard and scooter injuries: Young children may be at high risk of injury from skateboards and scooters ...
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Can a 7-month-old baby be lifted upside down?

This depends somewhat on the baby's age and whether the baby has any problems with his hips. If a baby is cruising (standing holding on to furniture and taking steps this way), I don't think short ...
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How do we help 2 yo play independently when we’re busy?

Your son wants interaction because you're the two people in the world that he cares most about. It is often boring playing on his own, and he isn't getting as much positive feedback by himself — he ...
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How rough can rough-housing get for a toddler?

https://www.fatherly.com/health-science/how-parents-accidentally-injure-kids-playing The above article talks about some common unintentional injuries to children. Regarding the position of your ...
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What would be a reason for a child with good reading skills to "pretend-read" stuff?

It doesn't seem that peculiar to me. My friend's 5 year old daughter loves "reading" from adult books (i.e. turning the pages while telling stories about princesses and mermaids). It's fun to make ...
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Should a parent stop "destructive play"?

The core challenge is to keep things safe and fair. At 5 years old my kid STILL destroys snowmen before they're finished. Towers get knocked over. Artwork gets torn up. Just about every creative ...
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Should a parent stop "destructive play"?

Context matters If they destroy something that nobody cares about and doesn't have any real value, then why not, but they need to know that before. At best they should destroy stuff they made ...
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How to keep a 2 year old toddler entertained throughout the day?

I have a similarly tireless 21 month old and it can be hard to keep up with his endless energy. We also only have to take care of him on weekends as he is in daycare during the week. However I feel ...
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What age should you start enforcing board game rules?

If you play a boardgame, or any game with them you should always enforce the rules. You can make then easier if you have the feeling, that some rules are to complicated or simply are bad rules all ...
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How do we help 2 yo play independently when we’re busy?

Toddlers are very social. We also had difficulties cooking while the children wanted to be with us. Having lots of toys and books helped somewhat. Another big help was a toy kitchen with a toy stove, ...
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