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Pulling Her Hair Out

Posted 1 week ago

Q: Since our daughter, now 2 years old, was born we have lived with my parents. Being the first and only grandchild she has been the center of attention. Several months ago, our son was...

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Sassy Children

Posted 2 weeks ago

Q: The "sassiness" that I have heard so much about from my friends started a few months ago with my 5-year-old daughter. She will say things to me that I actually find myself tongue-tied on how or...

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Head Banging

Posted 3 weeks ago

Q: When he throws a tantrum, which happens several times a day, my 20-month-old often gets down on the floor and starts banging his head. Worried that he may hurt himself, I pick him up and...

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Potty Training: It's a process

Posted 4 weeks ago

Q: My 26-month-old daughter will go on the potty happily every hour when told (we’re using your “potty bell” and it’s working extremely well) and produces every time. As a result, she’s having...

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8 year old Grandson is Lying

Posted on 6/17/2014

Q: We are very concerned about our 8-year-old grandson’s lying. He always pleads innocence and wonders plaintively why no one ever believes him. When someone confronts him with some misdeed...

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Patient Approach to Toilet Training

Posted on 6/10/2014

Q: We began toilet training our daughter when she was 21 months old. Within 10 days, she was consistently using the toilet for Number One. She now wears underwear 24/7 because she doesn’t...

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Question of the Week...

2 yo screaming at bedtime and during the night

Posted 1 week ago

I have a question about my 2 year old, she has all of a sudden started screaming at night when I put her to bed and will go on for sometimes longer then an hour, she randomly will get up through...

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12 year old bedtime

Posted 1 week ago

Help!! Bedtime question… My twelve year old doesn’t want to be reminded or nagged (which I wouldn’t either) about when it’s time to go to bed, so we have left it up to her to get herself to bed....

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Teens monthly allowance

Posted 2 weeks ago

My husband and I are reading Teen Proofing. On the subject of "cash", $100 was identified as a suggestion for monthly allowance and that amount would remain the same for the teen years. Since...

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kid lies about using toothpaste

Posted on 4/26/2014

I have a friend who recently confronted his seven year old grandson about lying to him. My friend handled the situation very appropriately, from what he shared with me. My friend's grandson told...

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Rough older sibling with baby

Posted on 7/18/2006

My 4 year old is loud, rough, and in my 11 month olds face (playing rough) as soon as the baby hits the room. It lasts about five minutes and then the baby is hurt. I tell the 4 yr. old he can...

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Spitting - 5 yr old

Posted on 6/27/2006

Last night my son spit on 2 kids on his baseball team at the game. He did not get to eat snacks with the team, and went straight to bed when he got home. This morning he was told that as a...

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