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Grandparents mistreating my children
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You are your child's parent. It is your responsibility to defend your child, even from your own parents. If you can afford it, your wife should move to a hotel. But you will have to explain to your ...

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What can I tell and what can I ask of a 2nd grade teacher, about my child's health?
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Pretty much what you said here. "Please keep an extra close eye on Johnny right now. He has asthma which is usually well controlled, but a cold or flu seems to exacerbate his symptoms. If you notice ...

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Do girls and boys need different toys?
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Let the child decide. Offer both and see what they like.

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If my 5yr old is an exceptional liar, should I expect that she will continue lying as she gets older?
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Why if your sure she did something are you asking her? Why are you setting her up to lie to you? Start there, tell her you know she did it first and don't set the stage for her to lie.

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When a baby cries, should we speak to it?
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She is an infant. At this point she knows two things: I am content, I am not content. If the baby is crying soothe it. If that means talking, talk. If that means touching, touch. You will quickly ...

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Who behaved badly?
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All of them. All of them are being inflexible. So what if bed time routine is not executed on time. Basically the parents told the grandparents, who are doing them a favor, that their routine was more ...

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Allowing teen daughter to take two day trip with her girlfriend?
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In a short time she will be off to college. Likely farther than 100 miles. So do you trust her judgement? You cannot handhold her through life. At some point, you have to cut the cord and let them be. ...

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Should I buy my college child a vehicle when I can afford to or make him earn it on his own?
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Yes. If you can afford it buy them a good, used car. Mostly for your own peace of mind of knowing they are going to have reliable transportation. I wouldn't buy them something fancy or expensive. Just ...

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When is it harmless to start taking a child to the cinemas?
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Check with the theater. Many have child friendly matinees that are less loud and less intense. Some have specialty showings of cartoons for a nominal fee. But mostly the answer is going to be child ...

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Four year old started calling me by my first name. Is this problematic?
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My son at that age called my husband daddy and me "hey you". If you asked who I was he would say mommy. But he called me hey you. I just rode it out. Temporary phase, let it go. You will have ...

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How do I help a bunch of 5-7 year olds get over stage-fright when performing a song?
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Ask them to focus on whomever is leading. Remind them that no one is expecting them to be perfect and the important part it to have fun and do their best. Praise them during practice and tell them ...

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Why don't kids like vegetables?
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Children have fewer taste buds than adults. Subtle flavors are lost on them. Ever taste baby food, it is bland for a reason. If your child is healthy let it go. As long as they are getting their ...

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how do i discipline a stubborn and angry 13 year old daughter
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Perhaps it is time to negotiate. Agree on what is acceptable behaviour and what punishments will follow for not following the rules. But you can get her input on the rules. You can still insist on ...

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My sister is talking to a guy way older than she is - should I let her?
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11 years is not a father figure difference. Unless you want her to stop speaking to you, stop trying to run her life. If you have concerns, express them, then butt out.

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6 year old daughter: a bully? manipulative? sensitive? or just difficult?
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Your daughter does need an evaluation by a professional. But my friend handled her step sons hatred of meals by not setting him a place at the table. Told him if he didn't like the food, he could fix ...

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Angry 7 Year-Old
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Have you had him checked for autism? Both self harm and swearing may be signs of autistic behavior. He may be high functioning. Cannot hurt to check.

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Is it OK for 2.5 yrs old to sleep 9 hours night + 1 hour day nap?
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I have a friend, who since infancy sleeps 3 hours a night. It is all she has ever needed. There is nothing wrong with her, she just has never needed much sleep. But she cannot do with less than 3 ...

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My almost 3yr is crying for just about nothing
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He is frustrated or tired. He cannot explain it to you, he doesn't know how. So he cries because he has no other way of dealing. Try to work out which it is, what it is he is trying to tell you and ...

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How to encourage children to do their homework?
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I had two methods: one was to remind him if he repeated the grade he would be doing the same homework next year too while his friends went to the next grade without him. The other was to leave it up ...

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How to address a child having a racist friend?
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You cannot parent someone else's child. You cannot protect your child from other people all the time. All you can do is reiterate your beliefs and views to your child. You can explain that some people ...

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