Javid Jamae
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How do you feed a picky eater?
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My five kids range from "ultra picky" to "eat only healthy foods" to "surprise, I've changed my likes and dislikes". Keep healthy foods around, so their choices are all generally healthy. Keep ...

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How do you teach toddlers to defend themselves?
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In general, at this age, it's not the child's responsibility to defend himself/herself, it is the parent's responsibility to make sure that the play environment an surroundings are safe so that the ...

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How do you stop a child from using bad language and profanity?
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25 votes

Definitely don't let it slide, but also don't overreact. We used a consistent timeout policy (warning, ultimatum, timeout) with our teenager when he was younger, and despite the fact that he cusses ...

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How do you discourage a toddler from hitting people?
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At some point, in the myriad parenting books, articles, and magazines my wife and I read, somebody said that the best way to discipline a child under 2 is to do the following: get down on the ground ...

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Is an expensive stroller worth it?
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Going through strollers for 5 kids (2 of which are twins), we've been learned quite a bit about what is good and what isn't. When it comes to price, here is what we've learned: Avoid the ultra ...

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Why would a child hold his breath regularly?
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I'm the original poster. Nobody gave an answer that covers what turned out to be the actual cause, so I'm posting this answer to bring closure to this question. Hopefully this will be useful to ...

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What are some tips for making an international flight with a toddler?
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Here are the best things you can do from my experience: 1) Do whatever you can to get bulk-head seats. These are the seats in the front of a compartment that have a bunch of extra space. This is ...

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How do you tell your child they are terrible at something?
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One way to handle it is to not say anything negative about her performance at all. A parent telling a child that they are not good at something can be very hurtful. If she has passion, then that's a ...

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At what age should I expect my daughter to talk?
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Don't expect anything. Having 5 kids, I'm well on my way towards having my own statistical sample. :-) 15 yo boy - started saying words at 1 year, could speak well before 2. 5 yo boy - pretty much ...

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At what age is a child able to brush his or her teeth unaided?
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They have to have the physically and mental capacity to continually brush all of their teeth for about 3 minutes (a number I've been told is good by many dentists). If he's not able to get all the ...

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How can we teach a toddler to use first person and second person point of view in speech?
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The best way I've found to help with this is to teach them a song where they use the 1st and 2nd person pronouns along with pointing. They would point to themselves when saying I or me. They would ...

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Would it be bad to only speak to a child in a language in which you are not completely fluent?
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I grew up in America, but my parents are both from Iran. My Persian is not terribly strong (probably 3-4 grade level as well), but I try to exclusively speak it to my kids. I find it challenging at ...

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When should a child stop using a pacifier, and how can I help with this transition?
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Get them down to using a single pacifier, then cut a sliver off of the pacifier each day, making it shorter and shorter. I would recommend getting them off the pacifier before they are old enough to ...

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How do you deal with a 9 year old not doing their homework?
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Don't waste your time trying to get her to be self-reliant right now when she hasn't already formed the correct habits for accomplishing her work. You're primary goal is to sit down with her each and ...

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How do I explain regional differences in language?
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Before you read a book, put a pin on a world map for where the author is from and/or the setting of the story. Then explain to your child that different people from different places speak and write ...

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What are some age-appropriate tasks that my pre-schooler can do around the house?
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This is one of those things that if you get creative about, you can almost always find a way for them to help. For example, my 3yo wanted to help move a heavy couch a few weeks back. Of course, having ...

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What is a good strategy for getting our 5 year old to finish dinner before expecting dessert?
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Only do dessert one night a week. On dessert night, don't tell them its dessert night until after they've finished their food. So from their perspective, its never dessert night until they get ...

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What are some suggestions for punishing a child?
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First an foremost, we ask our children leading questions to get them to think about what they're doing: Me: "What are you doing?" Child: "I don't know." Me: "Your talking about poop at the table. Do ...

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What to buy to prepare for the arrival of a new baby?
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Diapers, car-seat, onesies, burp cloth, wipes. That's it. Steal a few swaddle blankets from the hospital (they'll usually give them to you for free). Don't buy needless furniture: change diapers on ...

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How do you handle grandparents who spoil your children?
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I think it depends on the child's exposure level to the grandparents. In my experience, grandparents tend to spoil more when they see the child less. When they have a more active care-taking role, ...

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Sneaking vegetables (and other healthy foods) to small children
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One possible way is to not sneak vegetables to children. As children get older, they realize that you're trying to sneak things to them, and it becomes a never ending battle. You should introduce ...

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What can be done to help bright children stuck in a boring school?
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If you have some time to spend teaching your children yourself, and you have some money you could contribute towards their education, you could look into a homeschool co-op, or a part-time homeschool-...

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How do I stop my toddler from biting his fingernails?
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We went through this with my son a few years back when he was about the same age as your son. We had a few major changes that had happened in our life at the time: less time with us and more time with ...

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How can I help my child develop social intelligence?
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I think the best thing to do is get your child thinking and talking about social situations. Presenting your child with hypothetical stories, role-playing exercises, and discussing real stories of ...

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How do you you encourage siblings to share their toys?
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This is a good question. We have a 5yo, 3yo, and 20 month old twins who often have toy ownership confrontations. Dealing with ownership issues is a constant task for us. Generally, in our house it is ...

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How can I potty train a 12-month-old?
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Unless you have a parent who is with the child 24/7 and can constantly and consistently monitor the child's facial expressions and movements, I would highly recommend not wasting your time. In most ...

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At what age do kids start sleeping through the night?
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I've never heard of doctors or psychologists using sleeping through the night as a milestone or indicator of progress in childhood development, if that's what you're asking. I have 5 kids and they ...

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Why is my daughter pulling at her ear when she is eating?
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Two of my five kids did this, the others pulled or squeezed various other things at different ages. With the ear thing in particular, I think that it is just that the ear/nose/throat are all connected,...

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What is the correct temperature and humidity to maintain in a child's room at night?
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The temperature part of this question is tricky, because different children are comfortable with different temperatures, just like adults. For example, each of our children have been different as ...

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How can I stop my two year old from taking off his diaper in bed?
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I find that putting a Onesie and overalls on our 20-month-old son usually does the trick. Overalls over the diaper still allows access from the top. But with the combination of the two, he'll have to ...

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