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When should I allow a child to swear?
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You are asking the wrong question. Your question really is, how can I sensitize my children to understand the context of people with which they are interacting and choose their language and manner of ...

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Should we circumcise our son?
14 votes

Absolutely not. For females, anything "circumcision" is binned under female genital mutilation. In many countries FGM is banned. As to the "benefits" (such as reduced STI/HIV transmission rates) I ...

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How to handle an 11 year-old son who acts like a girl?
9 votes

You shouldn't worry about your son choosing the female avatars. In fact, that may be an expression of heterosexuality, his interest in female characters. So, like others have said, "effeminate" ...

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How can I get my kids to spend wisely?
8 votes

You don't need to teach them how not to waste money. Implicit in your statement is what these kids like, that, that's a total waste of time. Wrong attitude. They like the Gundam cards, they're toys....

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How do you control the quantity of sweets and junk food a pre-teen eats?
8 votes

Besides "don't bring the enemy into your home", which is an excellent tip, when you do treat them, buy them reasonable quantity, out-of-home sweets. For example, you might buy each one donut on the ...

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Preschooler can't sing, but sings anyway - loudly!
6 votes

First of all, don't discourage him. That is the worst thing you can do. If you tell him he's bad at something, that will create a very judgemental culture in your household. "You're bad at this so ...

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How do I help a child overcome fear of ghosts?
5 votes

First, constantly reassure her that she has nothing to fear. Whenever she is scared, be patient and walk her through. Here's the best thing I can think of. You could also try cartoons that have ...

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How do I stop my 2-year-old son from hitting and biting
4 votes

Like you said, avoid exemplifying the unwanted behavior as much as you can. Try to have arguments and disagreements in a civilized tone, with positive body language in trying to persuade the other ...

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My wife wants a 4th baby, but I don't
3 votes

I think the most major point on there is "It will cost more money." Draw up some numbers. Make an Excel spreadsheet to make your case. Consider your financial future in the first couple of years. "...

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How can I make learning English fun for a teenager?
3 votes

Try kids shows. In kids shows the actors usually speak slowly and clearly and use simple language. Good examples are Adventure Time, SpongeBob Squarepants. Movies may help also and actually may be ...

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Is it ok to be on diet while pregnant?
3 votes

If you want to cut back on anything, cut back on empty calorie items, such as sugar-filled cakes, cookies, etc. Cake and cookies contain no nutritional content while at the same time delivering ...

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Does feedback from a baby monitor result in hearing loss?
3 votes

Generally it sounds like you don't have to worry. Did you hear the noise from a similar distance? Can you still hear? The human body is very resiliant. Your child will be exposed to a lot of noise ...

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How can we avoid tantrums over sweets and cakes?
3 votes

Reduce the frequency of the sweets. It sounds like you are in the habit of giving sweets after every meal. This is a problem. It seems like they have an expectation for sweets. Remove that, by ...

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How do you address a 5 year old that has problems accepting corrections?
3 votes

Dealing with emotional intensity 'Gifted' children often experience intense emotions So, the linked article suggests helping the child scale-out their reactions. It says to sit down with the child, ...

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Pre-teen always sneaking junk food
2 votes

She's old enough that she may begin to understand the health implications of sugary food. While great as a treat, when eating too much of it can cause weight gain diabetes poor nutrition (because ...

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How can I teach my son to ride a bike?
2 votes

Practice. I taught 2 kids how to ride bikes without training training wheels in the past 2 years, both when they were 3. The boys both took a great interest in biking. We bike every day for 20 ...

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How can I motivate my 16 yo daughter to do something valuable with her life?
2 votes

Don't belittle her interests. I don't need a title for that, I just want to scream it at you. What she's interested in at 16 is socialization. If you haven't seen Mean Girls, go see it. That movie ...

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How do you deal with when you've had a "parenting fail"?
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2 votes

The resolution I made to this was REACT. This isn't an acronym, this isn't a cheesy resolution either. It's to clearly define totally unacceptable behavior, that could cause injury or other such ...

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How do I motivate my 8-year-old to practice the piano regularly?
2 votes

I am thinking about the same way I motivate myself : have him play songs he likes. Disney ballads (like "A Whole New World" or "Prince Ali") are really easy to play, and lots of fun.

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How can an older brother fill the parenting void of an absent father?
2 votes

So, you are needed. They need you very much. There is always a lot of anger from children that lose their fathers. Here is where I think the anger comes from. You're not their dad. They lost their ...

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Arguments for/against same birthday for siblings?
1 votes

It's ok for the first few years, assuming the children are close in age. In fact, I'd encourage it. A 2-3 year old will usually feel left out for not receiving gifts at a party, even if he just had ...

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As an atheist, how should I explain theism to my children?
1 votes

Look man, you should always educate your children with the very best information that you have at your disposal. If the very best information you have is Christ is Lord then teach them that. If the ...

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Is teeth grinding bad for my child?
1 votes

Bruxism is normal and natural and completely unpreventable. Not brushing the teeth correctly will increase bruxism due to gum irritation. Clean your teeth, floss, and forget about the rest.

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How can I get my toddler to eat as well for us as he does at daycare?
1 votes

My view of this whole question is nature should take it's course. That is, the child will eat the healthy food if he's hungry enough. Look, you're not feeding him crap. You're feeding him honest to ...

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How do you teach morals and values in non-religious households?
1 votes

It sounds as though you're going through something I went through a little while ago. About 8 years back, I thought I wouldn't have children. "I wouldn't know how to raise them", I thought, I hadn't ...

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When is the best time in a child's development to move to a different area?
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I think it depends on the child. Being the new kid is always hard, and there are a number of movies that depict this in detail (can't cite any now!) However, inevitably, it all depends on the child ...

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How should a child be prepared for adulthood?
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Don't tell your child "they will have to do a job they will hate." Not because it's "protecting their innocence" or whatever, but because it isn't true. There are plenty of jobs out there, at all ...

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Email and social media for pre-teens
1 votes

Keeping tabs on her whereabouts, getting her a cell phone / emergency contact in case they do find themselves in trouble, and making them feel like they can communicate with you and not have to hide ...

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Disagreeing with a teacher
1 votes

Part 1: Teachers are like second parents Like it or not, a teacher is like a second parent. You'll find children coming home with new expressions, and peculiar ways of phrasing things. For example, ...

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What to do about gnawing when Adult teeth start to come in?
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Gnawing or grinding is usually a response to itchy or agitated gums. I wouldn't suggest encouraging it -- he will do it naturally, you don't need to get crazy about it - just discourage it and see if ...

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