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What are possible risks to a child's health from having an indoor cat?
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Actually, most studies show the opposite - that having a pet is good for children's health. Specifically, kids exposed to animals when young have a lower risk for developing pet related allergies ...

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Is it possible for an 8 year girl to be sexually abused and enjoy it?
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Physically - Yes. Mentally - No! In my experience (foster parent - seen this way too much, unfortunately), kids this age know that this isn't right. Physically, they might enjoy the stimulation - it'...

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How can a parent encourage their child to talk more about what they did at school?
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Things that worked for us: Give the child a little time to relax after school, get a snack, etc. They may be more willing to talk after some down time. Ask specific questions. For example, instead ...

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Is there a "better" time for parental absence?
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Based on my experience as a military kid, my husband's experience as a military dad, and my experience as a foster parent, the biggest factor is how the limited schedule is presented to the kids. For ...

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how to deal with complete meltdown for simple everyday tasks with my 4 year old
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Have you had her evaluated to see if she has any sensory issues? Sensory disorder can cause issues with clothing, as the clothes can feel extremely uncomfortable. If you think this might be the ...

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6 year old child being sexually active?
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You should definitely seek professional help for this child, such as counseling. This is not normal behavior for a child this age. Getting counseling serves two purposes: protecting the other ...

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At what age should a child be able to count to 10?
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21 months is pretty spot on, or even a bit earlier than a lot of the kids I've seen. You don't mention how consistent she is about it (gets them in the correct order every time, doesn't skip numbers),...

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What childhood incidents cause the children to be approval seeking when they become adults?
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In my experience, both over-criticizing and over-praising can lead to a child who desperately seeks approval from others around them. The problem with most praise/criticism is that it is about us, ...

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When to buy first toy and what kind of toys have any sense for newborns? (if any)
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As a newborn, she won't be interested in "playing" with toys for awhile yet. Her favorite thing to look at will be your faces. Other items that would be interesting for a very young baby are mobiles ...

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Adoption/Foster Care: How should I deal with abandonment issues?
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One additional suggestion: educate any other adults who will be spending a lot of time with the child, such as relatives, teachers, or respite providers. One of the issues that you see a lot with ...

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What are practical tips for helping newborn with possible "Silent Reflux" condition?
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My daughter had extremely bad reflux as an infant, and eventually had to go on medication. Before we moved to that step, our doctor had us try several things to help her: Smaller, more frequent ...

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Should I cancel child support?
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From a legal standpoint, if you think she would sign over rights in exchange for cancelling the child support, I would do it. This doesn't have to limit her ability to see the child, but it does give ...

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Recommended quantity / frequency of meat for 7 year old
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The recommendations on how much of a particular food group should be included in a healthy diet give amounts per day, and aren't so concerned about which meals each item is included in. Depending on ...

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Should I use "pet names" when talking about (private) body parts with my child?
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Teach your kids the correct names. If they ever need to communicate something to an adult, the adult may not understand them if they are using an uncommon pet name. In an example from a foster care ...

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My newborn hates everyday bath time
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Use two washcloths - one to wash him with, and get the other wet and use it to cover whatever part of his body you aren't washing. This helps keep the baby from feeling cold where the air hits his ...

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What aspects should we consider when choosing a name for our child?
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My list: not too common, don't want five others in their classroom with the same name if you see it written, you can pronounce it correctly if you hear it said, you can spell it correctly No ...

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What to do if a breastfeeding toddler vomits?
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Assuming that your doctor hasn't instructed otherwise: As long as she isn't throwing up immediately, every time she takes even a few sips, yes, continue breastfeeding. It will likely be helpful to ...

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How to stop my preschooler from constantly running away
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Not a long term solution, and I agree with those who answered about explaining rules, but for allowing a child some freedom to roam without safety issues, I've found those backpack/harness ...

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How to decide whether I should buy whatever the child asks for?
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With my four year old, who was constantly asking for things, I started carrying a small notebook in my purse. When she found something else she had to have, I would make a deal of writing it down on ...

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How to stop 1-yr old from kicking us while sleeping
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A portable co-sleeper might be a good option for this case. I used one with my daughter. It's like a small bassinet with no legs, and is meant to go in the parent's bed, between the adults. Because ...

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How to get baby back to sleep throughout the night without needing his bottle
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I have an eight month old who used to do this same thing. What worked for me: Give him five minutes or so before going to him. A lot of times, my baby would be at a light point in her sleep cycle, ...

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My 3 year old is not sleeping through the night
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Not getting enough sleep can lead to sleep being more restless, and waking up. If he isn't getting a nap, try getting him to take one, or move bedtime earlier. Make sure his room is conducive to ...

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A three week old baby refuses to sleep in his crib
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When my baby was that little, we got her to sleep in the crib using a travel co-sleeper. It's like a bassinet without legs, and is intended for putting in the parent's bed between the parents so that ...

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How to get a 2-year-old to stay in his seat belt?
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I had a similar issue with one of my kids. She would slide the chest clip down until it was low enough on her torso to get her shoulder free, then she would climb out of her seat through the top of ...

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Treating diaper rash for a teething toddler
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My daughter had a very bad case of diarrhea a few months back that had her bottom so raw it was weeping. With none of the regular diaper creams helping, her doctor recommended Calmoseptine. This is ...

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