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Distress at the Dentist's and Choosing Church

Posted today

Question about The Godfather Principle: We’re currently implementing this because of a rather rough (that’s an understatement) dentist visit. We read your response to the question about temper...

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6 YO BOY WANTS TO PLAY WITH "GIRL THINGS"

Posted 3 days ago

We have a 6 year old son who is always wanting to play with his almost 4 year old sister's toys and we've noticed more femininity. Whenever she gets something new (only at Christmas and...

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Who’s in Charge Here?

Posted 1 week ago

I'm the stepfather to a 16-year-old daughter. She has a strong willed personality. She wants her independence, and her mother and I are giving her more freedom to do what she wants with her...

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CAN BOYS HAVE BOYFRIENDS, MOMMY?

Posted 1 week ago

We are a traditional Christian family with all heterosexual family members and children at a supposedly moderate private school. At a family 85th birthday dinner, my 6 year old son asked if “boys...

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Account Question

Posted 1 week ago

Why was my account deleted?

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22 MONTH OLD POOPY PROBLEM

Posted 1 week ago

Hi, we’re potty training our 22 month old using “Naked and $75” and we’re having issues with poop. My daughter refuses to sit on the potty when she has to poop. She starts pooping and then says...

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A TYRANT IN THE MAKING

Posted 1 week ago

Any suggestions to tactfully tell your adult parenting children that they are making a monster out of their 4 year old by trying to coddle him at every snag in his day. They are using some...

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Son Plays Too Rough With Puppy

Posted 1 week ago

We got a puppy in July, and I’m not able to get my kids to stay off of him, mainly my son (6yrs). He seems to think he is a stuffed animal or a toy and plays way too rough. We have tried...

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Problems too general to address

Posted 1 week ago

My young daughter was a G9 student. She was great when in elementary school. But developing some issues in middle school. Now in high school, she tends to isolate herself, not talking to any of...

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10 yr Old reining in his anger

Posted 1 week ago

10 year old with anger issues What is your advice as to how to teach a 10 yr old boy how to control his emotions, instead of letting his emotions control him. Our son can be like Dr. Jekyll/Mr....

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14-YEAR-OLD WITH EATING DISORDER

Posted 2 weeks ago

Dear John, We have a daughter, 14, who has developed bulimia. She has always tended toward sweets. I prepared healthy, homemade food and always told my kids my mom's rule: you have to try...

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13-Year-Old is a Mean Sister

Posted 2 weeks ago

All three of our children bicker and argue, but our 13-year-old daughter takes it to a different level. She has been very mean to her sisters for a while now, constantly talking down to them,...

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BOOKS ON PUBERTY AND REPRODUCTION

Posted 2 weeks ago

Have you any recommendations for books about puberty and reproduction that do not have underlying political or religious agendas? I am struggling to find just the right fit for my 10-year-old. One...

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Understanding a 2 year old.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Our main discipline tool for our sensitive 2.5 year old son is time out. When he disobeys after a count of 3 or says “no” to us, he goes in our bedroom or his bedroom for a 2 minute time out. I...

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Attention-Getting Antics Working for 4YO

Posted 3 weeks ago

Our question is about punishment for our 4½ year old girl. Usually we ask her to stand in a circle on the floor, or we send her to her room for the rest of the night, or a fixed amount of time, no...

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4 year old crying episodes

Posted 3 weeks ago

My grandson is 4 to be 5 in May of this year 2023. He is in a pre K public school and has been since September of 2022. He has been , we think, behind in his personal growth. During the birth he...

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Puppy challenge

Posted 3 weeks ago

We got a puppy in July, and while the dog is great I’m not able to get my kids to stay off of him, mainly my son (6yrs). He seems to think he is a stuffed animal or a toy and plays way too rough....

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How To Deal With Anger Issues

Posted 3 weeks ago

My 11-year-old, quite academic son, is very respectful outside the home and is loved by his teachers. In past few years, he has struggled with anger management and is disrespectful - especially...

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Late Talkers

Posted 3 weeks ago

Help! My 2 grandchildren, a boy 3, girl 16 months are being labeled autistic by their pediatrician because they are not speaking a lot of words yet. They both speak gibberish, and the boy is...

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Posted 3 weeks ago

Please help! This is a question about my cousin's child. He is 16 and ran away 3.5 weeks ago. He was finally found, and shows no regret for all the worries and resources that were used to find...

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13YO Thinks She's All That and A Bag of Chips

Posted on 1/4/2023

My 13 year old has been very mean to her sisters for a while now. She is very smart and quick witted. She is constantly talking down to her sisters, belittling them and making one of them cry. We...

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6 yr old fits

Posted on 1/4/2023

My daughter is 6 years old. When her father and I speak to her about her behaviour she interrupts us by saying "I know, I know, I know". She is constantly talking back! she's hit me before and I...

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Anger Mismanagement

Posted on 1/4/2023

My 11.5 year old, quite academic son, is very respectful outside home and loved by his teachers. In past few years he is lacking anger management and becomes disrespectful (especially with mom)...

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mom worried 4 yo boy is lying

Posted on 12/30/2022

When do children know/understand what lies are? I have a 4 year old, who sometimes tells fantastical stories that I truly believe he thinks are real. But I know that he is malevolently lying about...

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Does Chicken Little Make You a Little Chicken? A Four-Year Old's Tantrumizing

Posted on 12/29/2022

Constant power struggle with 4-year old. Our 4 year old son’s behavior has done a complete 180 within the last couple of weeks only at home. Preschool and daycare is constantly telling us he’s...

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Who's in Charge?

Posted on 12/29/2022

I have a 4 year old and a 15 month old. About 6 months ago he was misbehaving and we did the card system. It worked well. He is very good at school (just preschool 3 mornings a week) and with our...

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Potty training and responsibility

Posted on 12/29/2022

Is it ok to discipline a 4-year old for a potty accident? We potty trained our daughter at 25-months old. She turns 4 next week and she rarely has accidents anymore. However, strangely, today...

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Night time potty training

Posted on 12/26/2022

Hello, I am ready to toilet train my 22-month old son. My question is with regard to leaving him naked and free for overnights. He currently sleeps in his crib overnight from 7pm-7am. This allows...

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Be the Adult in the Room

Posted on 12/20/2022

Here goes the scenario, most of the time this happens while eating dinner, where one of my step kids will correct my "wording" or how I "phrased some words" I used in a sentence. I work all day...

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Fears, Five Year Olds, and the Doctor

Posted on 12/12/2022

My daughter, age 5 1/2 recently started acting irrational. She refuses to get in the car and will unbuckle herself and jump out. This behavior started a week ago when she refused to sleep in her...

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11 year old usurps parental authority

Posted on 12/9/2022

My 11y old son (adopted within our family) got diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder. We do a wholistic approach such as yours. Recently, he had been showing exemplary behavior for about a...

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5 yo disrupts bedtime for sibling

Posted on 12/9/2022

My two oldest share a room, unfortunately that is our only option at this time, my son is 6 and my daughter is 5. Every single night our son lays down quietly, stays in bed and does his best to go...

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Negotiating consequences.

Posted on 12/4/2022

I need some advice! First let me acknowledge I have not had any experience with “boys” other than cousins in my life. Boy Mom is a new experience, My child, I believe has an impulse control...

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The Doctor is In

Posted on 11/29/2022

Help! Our daughter is 5 and has become defiant and disobedient. For example she will come to us and say "I know I'm not supposed to (enter action) but I did." She said she's being truthful by...

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Update - Question Has Been Answered

Posted on 11/25/2022

Hi there, I just asked a question about my 8 yo boy with difficult violin practices - but I can’t view the answer as it’s telling me ‘invalid question selected’. The previous questions that have...

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Give Little Violinist Some Space

Posted on 11/23/2022

My 8 year old son has anger issues with violin practices, especially when I give him feedback and direction. He often refuses to repeat a phrase or practise it sufficiently. He gets angry and...

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20-Month-Old Girl Wants Personal Chef

Posted on 11/19/2022

My 20 month old daughter says “ew no” to almost any meal put in front of her. I rarely introduce a food she likes or will eat (other than snacks such as cheese, fruit, etc.). When our son finishes...

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Pest Control

Posted on 11/17/2022

Our 5-year-old daughter has come a long way with her behavior in the last year, but the top two biggest issues still are 1) her never ending pestering and annoying. She pesters and annoys those...

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TYPICAL TODDLER BEHAVIOR, JUST A LOT OF IT

Posted on 11/16/2022

Update: The previous issue I wrote about where my toddler held his pee for hours and refused to go potty seems to have improved following some antibiotics given prophetically. However, other...

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2 year old Bedtime Woes

Posted on 11/15/2022

When my 2.1 years old daughter was smaller, I trained her to sleep by herself. However, these few months, if she's not too sleepy when I leave alone in the room her after evening milk, she...

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Too much information too soon

Posted on 11/13/2022

A child at school told my 3rd-grade son in detail about sex, specifically gay sex. I wasn't prepared to have this talk with him so young. My son repeated something perverted he heard from the...

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Silly boy, listening is for kids

Posted on 11/13/2022

Our 4 year old was a pretty good listener right up to when he turned 4. We've weathered some big tantrums, which seem to mostly be in decline (frequency & length). Now, he has started to just "be...

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When It Comes to Clothes, 4-Year-Old Has a Mind of Her Own

Posted on 11/9/2022

HI! My daughter turns 4 in a month. She has a closet full of beautiful dresses but chooses the same 3 outfits of hand me down play clothes. Am I asking too much to choose her outfits? This was...

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Let's talk about sex

Posted on 11/9/2022

My 14 yr old daughter has been talking/FaceTiming with a 14 yr old boy from school and it has been sweet and innocent until this last week. They have been asking each other questions about sex. To...

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The Daycare Biter, Act 2

Posted on 11/8/2022

My just turned 2 granddaughter is biting at her preschool/daycare. This has happened off and on for over 3 months and is getting more frequent. She does not do this at home, to her 4 yr bother, on...

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DIVORCED DAD WANTS TO TAKE 9 YO ON HOLIDAY, WON'T TELL MOM WHERE

Posted on 10/30/2022

I’m the worst mum in the world and hated because my 9-year-old son isn’t allowed to go on holiday out of the country with his dad and new girlfriend for a family holiday. I told my son's dad no...

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The Daycare Biter

Posted on 10/27/2022

My 2 yo is biting excessively at daycare. They do not believe in "time outs" only distractions. She does not have any delays and has been seen by ENT and speech is appropriate. I know biting...

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childminder refuses to watch 9 yo boy

Posted on 10/24/2022

What is a good consequence when you pay for your 9 year old to go to holiday clubs and childminder so you can work but they misbehave and complain so much they don’t want to be there that staff...

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Potty Training Setbacks

Posted on 10/24/2022

My 4.5 year old has recently started having accidents in preschool. These include both poop and pee. It doesn't seem to bother her. At first the school nurse would clean her up and send her back...

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