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What is a good physical activity for a seven-year old who loves falling down?
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Diving is all about falling with style. If he finds the activities you listed boring, I suspect that he will enjoy the adrenaline rush from the height.

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How to deal with my 2-year-old daughter crying and getting angry when we don't give her what she asks for?
13 votes

It sounds like what you have is a breakdown in communication. It's especially difficult around this age since she is trying to make use of her newly acquired language skills. Look at it from her ...

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How to tell my son (10yo), somebody he knows as a man, is actually a woman?
10 votes

Let your step-daughter and her partner take care of it. They will probably be better at explaining the situation than you. If your son has questions after that, answer them as briefly and as non-...

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Should I really be insisting that my daughter finish eating her meal?
9 votes

Absolutely do not insist on finishing a meal, especially if you're the one who determined the portion size. Your child may be genuinely full, and you're going to feel horrible if she throws up as a ...

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Disadvantages of having 2 children (1 year apart) in same school class
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6 votes

Unless there are special considerations that you neglected to mention, this sounds like a bad idea. You're essentially making the younger sibling skip a grade with no good reason. Furthermore, the ...

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Nose Bleeds at night
5 votes

A humidifier helps, but even more effective than that is to apply Vaseline to the nostrils using a Q-tip. Do it every night before going to bed, and hope that eventually he will grow out of it.

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What age to teach a child about fairness?
4 votes

Babies as young as 5 months can recognize prosocial behaviour. By 8 months, they will even sympathize with characters who punish evildoers. From those results, it's safe to say that babies have a ...

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At what age can children understand and respond well to discipline?
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Babies as young as 5 months can recognize prosocial behaviour. By 8 months, they will even sympathize with characters who punish evildoers. From those results, it's safe to say that babies have a ...

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Lying to my daughter about her mother's death
3 votes

Who else knows the details of the death? Your brother? The coroner? Any neighbors or family members? What is stated on the death certificate? I'm asking because you need to figure out whether it ...

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How can I work with a math teacher who is having trouble differentiating learning?
3 votes

Talk to the principal and see if your daughter can be moved to the next grade class in math. Make it clear that this request is not meant to be an insult to her current teacher, but to ensure that ...

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Can you guide a toddler to learn specific words?
3 votes

At ten to twelve months, no, not really. At 18 months, yes. According to a study by Pruden, Hirsh-Pasek, Golinkoff, and Hennon (abstract, full text), ten-month-old babies learn words for objects ...

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What do we do when timeouts are not effective?
3 votes

The primary problem is that you are imposing a punishment. While punishment is necessary in some cases, it is a losing strategy in the long term. You make yourself into the "bad guy" for ...

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My husband and I have different opinions on parenting
2 votes

There is probably more room for common ground than you think, if you can both step back and analyze situations rationally. I find it funny that your husband wanted to let your child learn about ...

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Should we get her a doll?
2 votes

If you are worried about stifling her imagination, you could get her something other than a realistic human doll. There are plenty of anthropomorphic stuffed animals (such as teddy bears) that would ...

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How to minimize diaper usage or replace it with greener alternatives
2 votes

Try Elimination Communication. Offer opportunities to use the bathroom At opportunistic times (after naps, half an hour after bottle/breastfeeding, before meals, before and after car rides, etc.) ...

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How quickly do I need to change my newborn with a dirty diaper?
2 votes

I change it as soon as practical (immediately, if possible) after detecting that it's wet or dirty. It sends the signal that wet or dirty diapers aren't normal. It helps with potty training later, ...

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PC mouse and lefty
1 votes

First, mice may very well become obsolete by the time he grows up. Already, there's a generation of children entering school not even knowing what a mouse is. Nobody cares which hand you use on a ...

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How long did it take your baby to like daycare?
1 votes

In my observation, separation anxiety is age dependent. At six months of age, babies tend to be relatively happy being left with a babysitter. At nine months, they have definitely formed attachments ...

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How can I encourage my 5-year-old to learn to swim?
1 votes

Start at home with the bathtub, first with backfloating, then blowing air bubbles in the water.

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