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Developmental Issues (e.g. late talking)

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Jealous Sibling and Words of Wisdom for Toddler's Parents

Posted on 6/23/2015

Living with Children John Rosemond Copyright 2015, John K. Rosemond Q: My 24-month-old is constantly wanting to be in her newborn baby brother’s face, poking and touching him. How can...

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Four Year Old Baby Talk

Posted on 4/29/2014

Q: Our 4-year-old son (middle child with older and younger sisters) frequently uses "baby talk". It doesn't seem to be a way of seeking attention, because when we ask him to repeat in his "big...

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Does Animal Torture = Sociopath?

Posted on 4/15/2014

Q: My 18 year old son and a slightly younger friend recently found some mice and decided to dispose of them. They drowned one and set the other one on fire. When I confronted my son for torturing...

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Relaxing Over The "Small Stuff"

Posted on 11/27/2007

Q. Our 21-month-old has started repeating a few words here and there. We are concerned that he uses Da-da and Ma-ma inappropriately. For instance, he will say "Da-da" and point to himself. We are...

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2 1/2-Year-Old Obsessions

Posted on 10/24/2006

TODDLER DOESN'T NEED THERAPY TO GET OVER HIS 'OBSESSIONS' Q: My 2 1/2-year-old sometimes becomes obsessed with certain objects or activities. When this happens, it's impossible to distract him...

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6-Year-Old Does Not Make Eye Contact with Others

Posted on 9/3/2002

LAY DOWN THE LAW ABOUT 6-YEAR-OLD'S LACK OF EYE CONTACT Q: My daughter is 6, and I am concerned because she rarely makes eye contact when speaking to anyone. Stacy is very bright, listens well,...

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Mom Concerned about Development Skills of Premature 21-Month-Old

Posted on 10/2/2001

FUDD TALK IS OK FOR 21-MONTH-OLD Q: My 21-month-old was premature. As a consequence, her developmental skills are lagging by approximately three months. I'm especially worried about language...

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Developmental Milestones for Social Behaviors

Posted on 10/17/2000

SOCIAL SKILLS HAVE THEIR MILESTONE AGES, TOO Almost everyone is familiar with the concept of milestones as they relate to a child's developmental "health." For example, the average age of...

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7-Year-Old has Difficulty Completing Written Assignments

Posted on 12/21/1999

LEFTY SON MAY JUST NEED PENMANSHIP PRACTICE Q. Our 7-year-old, second-grade son has difficulty completing written assignments, including math. He is left-handed and has some difficulty with...

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Recent Questions

3-year-old stammering while speaking

Posted on 8/26/2016

My three year old son sometimes stutters the first few words of a sentence. He used to get stuck on the first word and repeat it a few times or stretch that word out in kind of a sing song type...

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7 yr. old reverting to babyish behavior

Posted on 7/13/2016

My 7 year old daughter is often described as "sweet" "bright" "big-hearted" and "empathetic." I agree that she can be all of those things. However, she is also whiny, rude, and demanding. She has...

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Four year old reluctant to learn

Posted on 6/26/2016

Our four year old daughter is usually confident and independent. However, she tends to shut down and give very little effort when we try to teach her big new skills, like riding a bike or...

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3 year old Aggressive

Posted on 6/6/2016

Hi, I am a single mom that adopted my three year old on day 2 after her birth. she is super energetic and sometimes aggressive. She is in the phase of saying No to everything and changes her mind...

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14-Year-Old and Sex

Posted on 5/3/2016

Our 14 year old daughter was caught beginning to give oral sex to a 14 year old boy she likes. We are horrified. She has been raised in a Christian, 2-parent home and knows our values. I don't...

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18 month old head -banger

Posted on 11/12/2015

I have an 18 month old son that has started head banging out of anger. If he doesn't get his way, he will immediately bash his head- into the table, chair, floor, wall, whatever he is near. Most...

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Share and Share Alike

Posted on 9/18/2015

1st question: What do you recommend in terms of a 1 year old and a 4 year old sharing toys? They can't effectively play together because of their ages. He grabs hers, and she grabs whatever he is...

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2 1/2 yo Not Talking

Posted on 9/11/2015

30mo has fewer than 10 words and tested at the cognitive level of a 20mo. His regular pediatrician wants him to have speech therapy and see a developmental pediatrician. In your opinion, are these...

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Parent Alienation

Posted on 7/7/2015

What is your opinion on severe parent alienation? The child seems brainwashed! How can a child have a loving relationship with his mother and grandmother and all of a sudden show fear of them...

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11 Year Old Obssession, answered

Posted on 6/12/2015

Our 11 year daughter has a deep obsession with ticks... the other night she couldn't stop saying "good night I love you " at bedtime and finally broke down crying saying she couldn't stop... other...

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