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Should you play games with a toddler that they're very good at and always win?

If the child really enjoys the game, what you need to do is not making him stop playing it. Teaching kids that they're not supposed to win at things, or play things they are good at, is just as bad as ...
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How should I handle a little boy who likes girls' toys?

Kids like toys. My daughter plays with trucks and shovels and her toy lawn mower. My son will undoubtedly wind up playing with old toys that my daughter used to play with. This link from baby center ...
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Is a Rubik's cube an appropriate gift for a 15-month-old child?

At 15 months old, a rubik's cube would not be appropriate. First, it's kind of a complex puzzle. Most adults can't solve it. A 15 month old is going to see it as a brightly colored cube and nothing ...
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How should I handle a little boy who likes girls' toys?

Playing with "girl" toys at the age of five is indeed completely normal behavior for a little boy. You are correct not to worry and to allow your son to play in the way that he enjoys. It doesn't mean ...
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How should I handle a little boy who likes girls' toys?

Your son is doing what he is doing in response to his own internal drives. His actions are nothing but a combination of genetics and life experience. Playing with dolls won't "turn him into a fag." He ...
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How should I handle a little boy who likes girls' toys?

There's nothing whatsoever wrong with your son, but there is something very very wrong with his father. The best thing you can do is try to limit your sons exposure to this person. If he has these ...
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Is a Rubik's cube an appropriate gift for a 15-month-old child?

I would not recommend this as a toy, but for a different reason. As a brightly colored geometric shape a Rubik's cube would probably be appealing to small children, and at that age they will likely ...
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Is it okay for a child to focus on one toy type?

To expand your daughter's range of toys, build on the toy she likes. (Aren't you lucky that it is imagination-based -- and not TV or computer. Do note that if you remove one thing, it will be ...
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How should I handle a little boy who likes girls' toys?

Your son likes picking out his clothes. I can't see that as a gender-defining issue. One of my (now married) sons had such a great eye for arranging flowers in the most interesting and imaginative ...
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Is a Rubik's cube an appropriate gift for a 15-month-old child?

There are huge soft 2x2 rubik's cubes for toddlers. Like this one: Jumbo 12157 - Rubik's Baby - My first Cube, Kleinkindspielzeug They are soft and not easily breakable. There is a youtuber called "...
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How should I handle a little boy who likes girls' toys?

I highly doubt there is a correlation between sexual orientation and the kind of toy one plays with at five years old. I can't imagine what would cause that, anyway; 'boy toys' and 'girl toys' are ...
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Do girls and boys need different toys?

Let the child decide. Offer both and see what they like.
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Toy safety 3 years old - what are the reasons?

In the USA, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) sets these limits. In Which Toy for Which Child Ages Birth Through Five (only a PDF for download), the reasoning is explained. In short, the ...
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Is there any reason for my seven year old son not to play with toys appropriate for younger children?

Cuddly soft toys are most certainly age appropriate, and in fact most of the Pokémon plush toys are at least age 4+ if not higher. They're great for creative play, and are especially useful if there'...
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Should you play games with a toddler that they're very good at and always win?

I would suggest teaching the child the concept of handicapping. An approach I've found helpful with some other games is to say that every time someone wins, they have to start with one more card [or ...
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Why am I hurt by my toddler saying she wanted to throw all her toys in the garbage?

Children say hurtful things. Sometimes they know they are doing it and sometimes they don't. Since they are so young and have limited vocabulary and ways to express themselves, they often grasp onto ...
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Should you play games with a toddler that they're very good at and always win?

I have also noticed that young children are remarkably good at Memory games, although 95% of wins against adults is very impressive. A small trick (beside concentration) can improve your results ...
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How should I handle a little boy who likes girls' toys?

As others have mentioned, enjoying dolls isn't particularly unusual for a little boy and does NOT mean your son will grow up to be gay. The bigger problem here is your and your son's relationship ...
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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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How should I handle a little boy who likes girls' toys?

First of all, he's just fine. Nothing to correct here. Second, I don't think sexual orientation is a choice or something you can change. You're born with it. I see it like this. If the doll ...
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How can I forget children toys riffs?

Not sure this is the answer you want to hear. I learned to not hear those toys along with zoning out repetitive kids sounds that meant everything was fine. It took time. I have also used other songs ...
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Baby turning during nappy change

Welcome to parenting 101. Some kids lie still, but mine were total wiggly worms. You might be able to rig a "mobile" as we call them in the States, but your ultimate answer is that you yourself will ...
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Robot to get started with programming

I don't know how old your daughter is, but we have recently bought this programmable robot toy for a 4 yo: Andy from Xtrem Bots (YouTube ad) It is pretty simple but for a toddler seemed interesting ...
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Robot to get started with programming

Try Big Trak. This is a rereleased version of a toy that was very popular in the 1980's(!). Here is the original TV advert to give you an idea what to expect. Summary: A toy vehicle that you can ...
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Robot to get started with programming

I want to mention the Lego Mindstorms NXT. The official age is 10+, but with all the flexibility it offers (it even has an own programming language), it can be a challenge even for fully grown-up ...
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How should I handle a little boy who likes girls' toys?

I am 53, and I have been married for 24 years with 2 sons. In my childhood I spent all my time playing with the dolls people gave my sister; I also won prizes for cookery, sewing and flower arranging -...
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How can I forget children toys riffs?

Embrace it or, in the words of a song you will soon know if you don't already... ♫ let it go, let it go ♫ Don't try to unhear or get the song out of your head. Instead, accept the fact that it is ...
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Is it okay for a child to focus on one toy type?

Yes, it's okay (and very, very common) for a child to focus on one type of toys for a period of time. My sons and their friends have variously focused on trains, cars, ponies, Pokémon, one specific ...
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Why am I hurt by my toddler saying she wanted to throw all her toys in the garbage?

I just want to add to @SomeShinyObject's excellent answer. But first, I'll actually answer the question. Why am I taking such offense to her request? Because you love her, and what she feels ...
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