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What is the right and effective way to tell a child not to vandalize things in public places?

Of all your suggestions, only one really says “it’s not ok to kick the dinosaurs”. The other are sending a different message, which can be summed up as Don’t do it when [some else with more power] ...
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How can I begin exposing my children to world news?

My personal opinion is that there are no sites I would consider appropriately curated. This is something you should watch with them, discuss with them, and if needed, change channel. I don't know ...
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Is it normal for a child just turned 3 to be able to read and how do I develop and nurture his intelligence?

Speaking from experience1, your child is advanced, very likely gifted - but it happens. Remember that “normal” is just a statistical distribution and doesn’t imply any value or sense of wrong or right....
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How should I teach my child to help but also do things on her own?

I would try modeling the behavior you would like to see in her. I suspect you are correct in your assumption that she learned her current behavior from observing you. Which means you will probably ...
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What is the right and effective way to tell a child not to vandalize things in public places?

Something that hasn't been addressed is why the child is kicking the dinosaur. They are bored with the park or this exhibit ("Hey, don't damage the exhibits. If you're bored let's go and see the ...
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when to start reading books to a child and attempt teaching reading?

In our experience, the main reading-promoting activities at this early age were limited to reading aloud to children. We used good quality books with lots of pictures, often board books. Having the ...
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How early should you teach children how to code?

This is very dependent on the child, as are all questions of this sort, but 5-6 is certainly possible. My children, now eight and nine, were first exposed to programming in a meaningful way at around ...
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How early should you teach children how to code?

I'm a fan of building up a programming mindset without even needing to use a computer. One good example is the peanut-butter sandwich game. You pretend to be a robot, while the child gives you ...
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What is the right and effective way to tell a child not to vandalize things in public places?

Just to add to what other posters have said, this can be a good time to give a child a lesson in empathy as well. Something like "Well, that dinosaur belongs to someone. Would you like it if ...
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How early should you teach children how to code?

The more people know about computers the later they appear to let their kids near them. This Business Insider article has a few observations and quotes: Gates, for example, didn't let his kids use ...
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How can we reduce the likelihood of repeating our parents' mistakes?

If you're aware of the mistakes, and conscious of when you make them, that's a big step already. The next step is to develop alternatives, and have them ready, so that as soon as you recognize a ...
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How can I convince my son to try to ride without training wheels?

3.5 is on the young end to learn to ride a bike, but not impossible certainly. The challenge a 3.5 year old will have is pedaling strength; you can help a lot here by having a lighter bike (most of ...
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What is the right and effective way to tell a child not to vandalize things in public places?

Quietly and politely, tell the child to please not kick the dino and give the best possible (age-appropriate) reason. Something like "Please don't kick the dino. The dinos in the park are not for ...
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How can I begin exposing my children to world news?

If you don't start teaching them yourself, they will learn it from their friends. If you wait until you think they're"ready", you'll wait until it's too late. The news media has always been subject ...
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Am I giving a bad example to other people's children by buying junk food in supermarket?

You are way over-thinking this. What you present for this parent is an opportunity to teach their child that other people make decisions that are different from their family. This child is going to ...
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What to do against our 5-year-old son's low opinion of the opposite gender?

I think you shouldn't overthink this. Five year olds are too young to truly have a gender bias. This is usually the first period in their young life that they even realise there are differences ...
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when to start reading books to a child and attempt teaching reading?

when to start reading books to a child As soon as it's fun for everyone involved. 11 months is fine if you and your daughter enjoy it. and attempt teaching reading? Too early. At 11 month you ...
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Teacher called my sons statement racist

From our childhood, we are conditioned to believe that certain descriptions are meant as a complement and a few others as an insult. For example, growing up, I was always the shortest girl in my ...
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Toddler has trouble keeping balance on bicycle - will training wheels help?

I would try to set her up with a "running bike". Here in Germany kids get these when they really are toddlers (around 2 or so). It's a small 2 wheel bike, with no pedals, and with the seat low ...
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How can I begin exposing my children to world news?

Just my two cents, I think one great way to get started with world news is to get a World Map or a globe. That way, when they look at the news headlines and images, they have a mental reference point....
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How early should you teach children how to code?

"Code" is not the same as "programming". For example, my daughter played an app called Coding Safari (https://www.hopster.tv/coding-safari/) when she was about 3-4yo. That app is ...
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What are age appropriate projects for 5-year-old interested in electronics?

I've found myself in very similar situations with my 4 year old son. He's also fascinated by electronics, and anything mechanical. We'll start projects together, but invariably after a while I'm ...
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Teaching young children about American Indian history

If it were me, I'd rather they were told a bit about the tribes that inhabited the area (particularly their religious beliefs are liable to be fascinating), how their language relates to others in the ...
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Should we tell a child to say Thank you

"Thank you" is social etiquette. I teach my children how to have manners & thanking others who do something for you, a service, a gift, a kindness, is part of that etiquette. I am not always ...
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Teacher called my sons statement racist

While it is easy to dismiss this as an overreaction by the teacher, since the statement wasn't meant maliciously, I think the teacher was smart to take it as a teachable moment, and that it can be a ...
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How to teach a child a third language you don't speak yourself fluently?

There have been many posts on multilingualism and the most common approach, namely one-person-one-language, as well as mixing languages. It sounds like you'd be offering your child input 3 languages (...
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How to explain addition vs. place values to a 4½-year-old?

The crux of your issue is an English problem, not a Math problem! I feel the question asked in the title and the issue described in the body are quite different, so I'll address them both, one at a ...
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At what age do childen develop empathy?

First off, please don't worry! This is natural at this age and all children are like this in toddlerhood. My son, who is now 4, did the same thing with our cat at that age, and now he is very gentle ...
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What skills should a 4-year-old have when it comes to counting and memorizing numbers?

All children are different, learn at different paces and are stronger in some things than others. This is just the way things are. What you may not realise is that the whole time you've been helping ...
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