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Just give her some time!

Posted 1 week ago

Hello! Our daughter (4.5 yrs) (and her younger sister) recently started going to their grandmother (1 - 2 times a week for 4 hours each). In the beginning she enjoyed going but now she tells...

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Be the Alpha Female

Posted 1 week ago

Our 5 yo son is very well-behaved at school (he just started kindergarten 6 weeks ago) but his behavior has worsened by extremes at home. Especially at bedtime, if I don't snuggle him in his bed...

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5 yo kicking must be nipped in the bud

Posted 1 week ago

We recently adopted a 9 month Little boy. We have a three-year-old and five-year-old boy who love their new brother very much but have had some behavior issues since adopting him. I think it would...

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5 Year Old Using Anger to Manipulate

Posted 1 week ago

Hello, it’s been a bit since my last question. New ages, new problems. My son will be five in 1.5 months. We are having trouble with his anger. At least 5 times a day if he doesn’t get what he...

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Church Expectations

Posted 2 weeks ago

This is a question about age-appropriate expectations in Church. We have 6 children ages 10, 8, 6, 5, 3, and 1. I have told the older kids that, unless you are a baby or a toddler - which they...

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"Curious Questions"

Posted 2 weeks ago

Hello, My boys are 9, 7, and 4. I understand they are curious but they are constantly asking questions and asking for things which feels overwhelming. When they ask for things, I usually give...

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5 year old won’t stop chatting in noisy classroom setting

Posted 4 weeks ago

Hi. My son just entered kindergarten at a small parochial school. The teacher has 20 kids, more than she's had. She has told all the parents the class is chatty. She has tried four or five...

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Odd Behavior is Normal

Posted 4 weeks ago

Hi there, our son just turned 4 in August. Recently, when we scold him, he begins to slap himself. He does this in public too. Is there anything we can do about this? Thank you!

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Sibling Rivalry Not Improving

Posted 4 weeks ago

Hello! Our daughter (26 months) has been hitting, scratching, biting etc her sister (almost 4.5 years old). At first we told her a firm no but now the incidents have increased and we put her in...

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How to Discipline at Home for Misbehavior at School

Posted on 9/16/2019

Hello, our 4-year-old scratched another student at school today because he wouldn’t be his friend. How do we discipline at home for school misbehavior? Thank you!

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Behavior getting worse not better

Posted on 9/15/2019

I just started reading the well behaved child. I have a 6 year old girl and a 10 year old boy. Their behavior has gotten worse. My daughter comes out of her room constantly after having been...

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"Doctor" Makes House Call for 5 YO Preschooler

Posted on 9/7/2019

My 5 year old girl is strong willed, defiant and disobedient. She throws frequent tantrums when not getting her way. At school she is fine but anywhere else she acts out (screams, rages, scowls,...

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Nap Time Distractions

Posted on 9/5/2019

Another thing that keeps coming up.. my child does not sit still on her nap mat at school and is getting in trouble for it. Are there ways to help her learn to lay quietly even when she isn’t...

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Nice Krispeas for Breakfast

Posted on 9/4/2019

Hi there. So i previously just wrote about one of my 5 year old twin boys not eating what we give him. I have followed the advice of not giving him anything else to eat but the problem I'm...

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Consequences for 4-yo biting friend

Posted on 9/4/2019

Is there an age appropriate punishment for a child biting a friend at 4 years old?

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I don't want my kids to be rude!

Posted on 9/3/2019

Hi. I have 5 yo twin boys. They are not shy but when we are out and an adult asks them a question they usually do not respond. Its generally a pretty simple question like "How old are you now?" or...

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Kindergarten bathroom blues.

Posted on 8/30/2019

My 5yr old just started kindergarten and refuses to use the bathroom. There is one right off her classroom, but she won’t use it. Now, this is a child that has never had any issues using public...

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The way we were

Posted on 8/25/2019

My twin boys are 5. Our bedtime routine consists of dinner, bath, pjs, I read one book each then lights off and goodnight. It used to work good but then the boys got sick and kept passing strep...

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Morning Routine

Posted on 8/25/2019

Hi there. I have twin boys who turned 5 the end of July. They are starting school September 5. I want to establish a good routine for the mornings. I have been a stay at home since they were...

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Tough Questions

Posted on 8/25/2019

My daughter and her spouse separated after three years in a tumultuous relationship. He was verbally abusive and their relationship was adversely impacted by alcohol, infidelity and employment...

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The All-to-Familiar Picky Eater Battle

Posted on 8/25/2019

I have twin boys that turned 5 in July. One generally eats what we give him however one refuses to try anything other than potatoes and chicken. How can I get him to eat other foods?

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Nipping Interrupting in the Bud

Posted on 8/21/2019

How to nip 4 and 7 year old siblings interrupting adults in the bud? Thank you:))))

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Morning dawdle

Posted on 8/13/2019

I asked a question about a 5 yo morning dawdle and have since enforced it, giving him 25 minutes (with a timer) to brush his teeth, get dressed and make his bed. Sent him to bed an hour earlier,...

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Premature Worry

Posted on 7/30/2019

Hello. I adopted my son, now 5 1/2, at birth, and I am a single working (teacher) mother. He is close to my brothers and my dad and has never expressed a desire for a dad and when asked, will...

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When only one child misbehaves should the other kids have to miss out?

Posted on 7/24/2019

We live in an apartment. During the working days I am at work all day long. We have three girls: 6-year old, 4-year old and 3-month old baby. The two older kids have been adopted three years ago...

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Hold 'em Accountable

Posted on 7/24/2019

Our 6 and 4-year-old girls have behavioral problems and suffer from consequences on a regular basis. We wonder how to deal with the situation when one girl is punished for bad behavior and another...

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The Great Outdoors

Posted on 7/22/2019

First of all, thank for all the previous advice I've been given. It has all been helpful. This may be a silly question, but I was wondering what is an appropriate age to send my kids outside to...

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Making an Imprint

Posted on 7/21/2019

Our two girls (6-year old and 4-year old) share one room. Today my wife told them to clean the table before dinner (where they made a mess while playing) and the girls just ignored her request. My...

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6 year old's disrespect reaches new heights

Posted on 7/17/2019

Hello. Starting in the last two weeks, my 6-year old daughter has ratcheted up her disrespectful tone, language, and behavior to an awful degree. If I ask her what is going on with her she blames...

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A Morning Dawdler

Posted on 7/16/2019

Hi there, How do I get my 5 year old to do his morning routine - is get dressed, make bed and brush teeth without being told? We have put up pictures of what needs to be done but he plays...

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The Enemy of my Enemy is my Sibling

Posted on 7/14/2019

We have five children, and multiple questions, but I'll just focus on one here. My oldest son and daughter (ages 10 and 7) fight regularly. My son is a teaser, and my daughter is a screecher. ...

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Overly Protective Mom Needs Help With Anxious 4-Year-Old

Posted on 7/11/2019

Hello! I will freely admit that I created this problem, but now need to help my currently 4 1/2 year old daughter the best that I can. I was raised in a very protective family and have a...

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Be The Grandparent

Posted on 7/10/2019

I witnessed my son try to discipline his daughter. Daughter in law repeatedly challenged him and totally emasculated him in front of me when he continued. She's a wonderful daughter in law and...

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Put Preschooler's Sleep Problem to Rest

Posted on 7/1/2019

Hello! Our daughter just turned four. There are periods when she wakes up several times during the night crying. We go to her room, give her a sip of water, tuck her in, and she goes back to...

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Soon to be 4 yro needs to know who's in control

Posted on 6/29/2019

Hello, what is a good discipline measure to use on my 3 year old son who is soon to be 4 years old? Time out does not seem to work anymore. He yells at us, slaps the walls, and outright tells us...

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How to get 4 and 5 yo brothers to play outdoors

Posted on 6/26/2019

How do I get my boys to play outside? We are locked in a power struggle at the moment over this. They never watch TV or videos. They get rambunctious playing inside the house all the time and I...

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Getting Back on Track

Posted on 6/20/2019

Two weeks ago, our power went out at 3 am and the bang of the transformer blowing jolted everyone awake. Since then, our son (5.5 years old) has called us into his room in the middle of the night...

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Ending the Blame Game

Posted on 6/17/2019

My 5 year old son regularly blames others for his own mistakes, and for anything that he doesn't want to do. For example, this morning when I told him to help me with the dishes he pitched a...

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4 and 5 year old brothers tag team Mom

Posted on 6/12/2019

My older boy, age 5 has been on the ticket system for about 9 months. He starts the day with 3 tickets and his misbehaviors are screaming at us and not obeying us. My younger boy, 4 has recently...

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Love One Another

Posted on 6/6/2019

My son who is 5, loves to play with a certain 9-year old at the park. The kid's mother sits in her car the entire time while her son will sometimes curse at and scare other kids. My son doesn't...

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Miserable Meal Times

Posted on 6/6/2019

Our son makes mealtime miserable by yelling, complaining, and making a huge production out of eating what we serve. He also whines, begs, and screams about wanting us to "help him" eat his dinner...

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I'm Not Your Friend

Posted on 6/3/2019

My four year old has been telling her younger sister who is three that she will not play with her, be her best friend, etc. if she doesn’t play the way she wants or gives her the toy she is...

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Grandparent raising grandchild

Posted on 5/30/2019

I have finally gotten to a point legally where my daughter, who is the mother of the 5 year old I am raising has no visitation. It's been a long, hard, and expensive process but it is what it is...

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Will the Terror Ever Stop?

Posted on 5/30/2019

Our son who is almost 5 went back to throwing tantrums and have started hitting on a few occasions again. We're wondering if he'll ever stop. We have put him back on the 30 sticker program with a...

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5yr old not listening needs the good Dr.

Posted on 5/24/2019

My second child who is 5 years old is always very much in her own head. What I mean is that she seems to be thinking about a hundred different things all the time she is preoccupied with her...

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Word of the Moment

Posted on 5/21/2019

My 4 year old child has learned the word “kill”. He tells me he is going to kill me and his one year old sister. I don’t think he knows what he’s saying. I tried to explain it but he won’t stop. I...

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Following the Leader

Posted on 5/21/2019

My girls, ages 6,5 and 3, prefer to follow me around during their free time. They just like to watch what I’m doing and talk and sometimes be involved in what I’m doing. I wonder if I should send...

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Attention seeking or not?

Posted on 5/12/2019

How do you suggest handling this scenario. Your child (4) says something “not nice” directly in regards to you... I typically feel like it’s attention seeking but that’s just a guess. Do you...

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Fear Of Bugs

Posted on 5/10/2019

First of all, thank you for all of the advice you've given me on my last questions. Most of it has worked well. My 4 year old daughter has recently developed a fear of bugs. Every night at...

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