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Every child is different, and some parents consider their children "more ready" than others to start school. I'm in the UK, where most children begin school the September after their 4th birthday. This means that some children in the same class are just 4, whereas some will be nearly 5, so classrooms contain an age range that spans a whole 12 ...


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This is a great teachable moment, both for your daughter and the other child. First - talk with her about the risks of bringing things she cares about to school. I would usually not recommend having kids take things they care about to school - not because I think the other kids will be bad per se, but it's just too likely to lose things, accidentally break ...


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I think a year is a reasonable timeframe, if the child wants it enough - but the child really will determine this. One of most the challenging things to teach is persistence - instead of flitting from one thing to another each time something is boring or difficult, doing something long enough to become good at it. A common approach is not dissimilar to this:...


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Firstly- I wouldn't be too worried about this being "dangerous" behavior. Most of the time kids use the "they told me..." excuse as a way to get out of trouble. I would be more worried about curbing the misbehaviors only to teach them that such excuses don't work and to discourage them from trying it, not because of peer pressure. A way ...


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I'm very glad your son is interested in volunteer work-this warms my heart! There are plenty of soup kitchens in the city that accept younger volunteers, especially on winter mornings. This would mean providing soup and/or other foods to homeless people in need. As Elbrant points out kids get interested in animals at this stage. Animal Care Centers of NYC ...


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If it's an unconscious habit and he is willing to cooperate in breaking it, something to give a noticeable or mildly undesirable texture to his finger may be enough of a reminder. An adhesive bandage comes to mind, as they are generally sterile and you can cheaply replace them any time they get dirty. It may also help to give him something else to do with ...


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