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How do you tell your child they are terrible at something?
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I would explain that different skills require certain amount of practice and if she wants to see more action on the field she will need to put in more time to increase her skill level. Don't say it ...

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What do we do if our children don't like the nanny?
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If it's a full-time nanny I'm assuming it's inside your own home. You have to understand your home also belongs to your child and although in the real world we have to deal with all sorts of people ...

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What are some tips for making an international flight with a toddler?
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Buy a bunch of cheaps toy that the child has never played with. Bring something like a travel etch-a-sketch or some craft things that can be played repeatedly Ensure he has his midday nap, this ...

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What are some strategies for raising a bilingual child?
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I live in Australia. My wife came to Australia 12 years ago from China. I can speak fluent Chinese. My 4 year old son goes to childcare 4 days a week and my parents look after him 1 day a week. So ...

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How many toys are enough/ too much?
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The main point is that kids crave and need stimulation and it's important for their development that they get it. So if they are not getting it from toys or from television they need to get it from ...

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What are some ways to get an older sibling to give a younger sibling a little space?
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First thing you want to be sure that your eldest is not repeatedly doing the wrong thing despite being told repeatedly as per what @afrazier said. This is not going to work if your child is ...

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Is Doctor Who too scary for children?
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I think you should teach your child when to say they are uncomfortable with something. This is an important thing for them to learn. It means that they can decide for themselves in borderline cases ...

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Are between-meal snacks important?
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My son's day care indicates on a board what meals each child has eaten during the day. I've observed that many children don't eat the snacks and some children eat three serves at lunch time. So just ...

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At what age is it appropriate to have a party for a child and invite other kids and parents?
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We did this for my son on his 3rd birthday and most recently for his 4th birthday and he definitely had a blast. My son goes to childcare 4 days a week and he had a great time playing with his friends....

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What are some hacks and gadgets for a soon-to-be dad?
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This is quite common, but a baby monitor definitely comes in handy. This allows you to leave a baby in it's room without having to stress out by checking every minute. Children make lots of small ...

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How should I plan for an international urban vacation with a toddler?
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We have taken our child under 4 years three times to China and it all went quite smoothly. Entertainment: In Australia we have shops called $2 shops which sells lots of cheap things. I just bought a ...

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How to teach a toddler how to treat a book?
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I think you hit the nail on the head when you say 'deliberate guidance'. I personally think respect for certain things like animals, other people's stuff and even books, requires deliberate guidance. ...

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How can I toilet train my reluctant pre-schooler?
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Here are some things that worked with my son who started toilet training around 2.5 years. Peer pressure. He goes to child care 4 days a week and his older friends were already trained. He saw using ...

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How do we teach a pre-schooler about money and shopping?
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Here are some things we do with our 4 year old: If we are shopping with my son and he is going to get something we ask him to take the item and the money to the teller / cashier himself. In this way ...

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How can we address lapses in potty training during afternoon naps?
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I'm not sure if you mean childcare or nursery school? Kindergarten in most countries I know is around 5,6,7 years of age (as confirmed by this wikipedia article). If it is just childcare then you ...

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Is it normal for a 6-year-old to say he's fallen in love?
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The first thing I suggest you do is discuss with your child what they think love is. Children communicate with the vocabulary they know and an adult understanding of love is different from your child ...

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How can I avoid ugly arguments with my wife?
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The problem is you (singular or plural) crossed the line when your son was made to feel bad or to feel to blame although he stuck within the rules and you even told him he had the option to let your ...

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When should a small child get out of the oral fascination?
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I know this is an outside chance, but any chance this could be to do with his eating patterns? Maybe he's getting hungrier at different times of the day to the rest of the family. Does your ...

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What features should I look for in an infant or toddler bath tub?
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Maybe you are expecting too much. Babies will kick and wriggle and are prone to sliding around. Try and find something that they are happy with more than finding something that you are happy with. We ...

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Is it important to encourage children to experience historic events?
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If your children aren't old enough to decide for themselves you will ultimately be "helping them to decide" anyway because they will likely be doing what you are doing anyway. If you are at home in ...

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How do you wash a toddler's hands in a public restroom?
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I'm not sure how tall your toddler is or even if they can stand yet? My son is now 4 and quite tall, but I previously used to let him stand on my shoes in front of me which gave him enough height to ...

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