Paul Cline
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How to deal with others' children who do not respect my authority?
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I'm sorry. My son (2 years) is one of the wild ones. He's rough, aggressive, has a high tolerance for pain, and is nearly fearless. What's more, he loves to break things, tackle people, wrestle, and ...

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Should the nanny quit when the parents don't care about their dangerous children?
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The most concerning thing about your question is the comment, he "has taken a kitchen knife and tried to kill me and his brother." If you are speaking literally this child needs a professional ...

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How do we teach a pre-schooler about money and shopping?
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I suggest a simple habit. Never buy toys on impulse; no matter how difficult the merchandizers make it for us. (Toys in the check out lane, really?) Each time explain that the child can think about ...

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Are signs of early puberty in a primary-school aged child a cause for concern?
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I found this entry at Michigan's Health System with lots of valuable information and links to more information: http://www.med.umich.edu/yourchild/topics/puberty.htm Having read this article on ...

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How long should I wait before I permit my children to have access to caffeine?
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The quote below is from Health Canada - Caffeine in Food which also has a list of the amount of caffeine in various drinks and foods. Recommended Maximum Caffeine Intake Levels for Children and ...

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What should I teach my teenager about condoms?
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When teaching the practical use of condoms I suggest one takes the opportunity to teach the life skill of deciding in advance as well. Maybe these points will be helpful to cover. Use of condoms, if ...

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Should I be concerned about my 3.5-year-old believing he was Spiderman?
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This role playing is normal, common, and essential for skills building. In imaginative role play children get to practice dialog, politeness, meanness, being the authority (parent), and all sort of ...

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Should we be using fluoride paste or not for toothbrushing a 1-year-old who eats the toothpaste?
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It seems in your case a pea sized bit of fluoride free toothpaste until two years of age is the most consistent recommendation. Consider unsweetened toothpaste; the trade off being between building ...

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What is a positive way to handle a boy who acts like a girl?
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I have no direct personal experience, but the attention I pay to early childhood research tells me that this is normal. At this young age (3 years) your son is trying on aspects of his environment to ...

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How can the god-parent obtain legal custody of children when single parent is comatose?
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Adding to tomjedrz... Things to consider: Who currently has physical custody of the children? If it is A, make it official with the authorities, such as a family court or child protective services. ...

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How much sleep does my infant really need?
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It seems that your son is getting nearly the right amount (number of hours) but is waking up too often and not sleeping when it is best for the whole family. You may want to encourage him to fall ...

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How do we determine what school is best when a child is high performing on the Autism Spectrum (Aspergers)?
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Selecting schools without the issue of Autism can be difficult. With ASD or Asperger's you will need to consider the impact on your elder son and how that will impact the family. Another issue to ...

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Why is my newborn crying constantly?
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First, it is very likely normal for your baby to cry and you need to ration your strength. Make sure both parents and other caregivers give each other breaks from the crying to recover. If it is just ...

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How do I put my child in time-out when we're in public?
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When dealing with a misbehaving child in public remember that it is basically your responsibility to civilize them by taking them into public where they will misbehave and then correct them. ...

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My daughter wants me to read other's minds
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Answer the questions to the best of your ability. Model empathy. Guess what the people are thinking. Explain why they might be doing something that is against your family's values. Use it as a ...

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How do you balance time for playdates vs family time?
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Maybe I can approach the question in a broader sense. In suburban America we have built a community that does not meet our needs. To get anywhere we have to drive. For children, schools are out of ...

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How can I stop my toddler from having nightmares about robots?
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It appears that your son is about 2.5 years old. Keep in mind that toddlers have less ability to know the difference between dreams and reality. Also, nightmares tend to occur with stress in waking ...

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How do I teach my child to speak in sentences?
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Prakash, You have asked a challenging question; "what are the best teaching methods at Home?" It sounds like you are already doing a great deal to teach your son. So I will try give pointers from my ...

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What are the sterilization techniques available to sterilize bottles and nipples?
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We've gotten by with two children using soap, bottle brush, and water. I think the main risk for contamination is in handling raw foods, meats and vegetables. Make sure to clean your hands, counter ...

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How to check the fine motor skills development
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Definitely see your doctor if possible. At 8 years of age some of these seem to be a concern. There's not enough information to really know whats going on. It could be an allergy or allergies, an ...

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How to make a 2-year-old understand that hurting herself is not a good thing?
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As I understand it, it is normal and common for toddlers to cause themselves modest pain. It seems to be a combination of sensory stimulation, sensory integration, expression of frustration, body ...

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Encouraging my 2-year-old to play independently
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I have tried the simple direction "go play on your own" combined with praise when my son is found to be playing on his own. The results are mixed and the effort is ongoing. This article inspired me to ...

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How can Dads Cope When Going Back to the House Alone?
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Build up your support net prior to the delivery. Prepare friends and relatives for the birth and give them some reasonable expectations to support you just before, during, and after delivery. Create ...

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Siblings learning differences
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Begin pointing out your strengths and weaknesses and compare them to your spouse or other adults in your child's life. Find things your older child does well and compare them to your weaknesses. ...

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At what age is it reasonable to expect a child to understand risk/chance?
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On an instinctual level very young children understand risk. What I've noticed in my son (under 2): fear of being burnt, fear of falling from a height, fear of being underwater, fear of scurrying ...

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Are there any games or activities to help a child increase their spatial awareness?
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Here's my take on spacial awareness, body awareness, kinesthetic awareness, and proprioception. Train the body with activities like gymnastics or rough and tumble play. Train awareness of the body by ...

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What software can I use to plan and prepare for my family's security and safety?
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When it comes to security and safety these resources are widely available in the United States. Are you ready? via FEMA Ready.gov (a part of FEMA, above, has a Kids section) Prepare Your Home and ...

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What games are good for teaching math?
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I found 'Great Big Book of Children's Games' with a google book search and searched for 'math' within the book: goo.gl/e6f25 Some examples of math related children's games: Casino (card Game) ...

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Why is my baby crying?
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My edited answer from another similar question. First, it is very likely normal for your baby to cry and you need to ration your strength. Make sure both parents and other caregivers give each other ...

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Why use rice cereal as a first food?
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The typical choice of a baby's first food(s) is a cultural artifact related to the baby's needs, parent's needs, available foods, beliefs about food, and marketing. (And many other things likely.) In ...

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