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6 yro has trouble occupying herself

Posted on 3/25/2019

Our 6-year-old daughter does not like to occupy herself. When we ask her to play by herself, she keeps coming from her room asking us to play with her or asking us to be with her. But when she is...

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Attention Addiction

Posted on 1/23/2019

Our son is 4 1/2 and is basically an only child as his older siblings are no longer living at home. Lately he seems to be having episodes of anxiety, and they seem to happen at various times. He...

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Liberating the Playmate Dad

Posted on 1/11/2019

I read the column by Dinah Bucholz, Stop Paying Attention to Your Kids. I'm struggling because this is my downfall. My daughter wants me to play with her constantly. I have an overwhelming sense...

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Grow a Man by Growing Flowers

Posted on 7/8/2018

Hi. After being at a 4 hour playdate, my 10 yr old still makes me feel bad for not playing with him when he gets home. How do I handle a 10 yr old boy who needs to be entertained constantly? Is it...

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'Tis the Season of Leaving and Cleaving

Posted on 7/3/2018

My son has joined my practice which was always our plan. He brought his girlfriend (also a dr & now is wife) back. They lived with us for 2 years. I trained them, shared my practice & they kept...

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4 yro won't share

Posted on 1/5/2018

I host a few ladies and their kids at my house weekly. My four-year-old son (only child) usually starts off okay, but then loses his mind (yelling and telling the kids to leave) when they mess up...

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Why "why" doesn't really matter.

Posted on 8/21/2017

I have a 5 year old daughter who will start kindergarten in 4 days. I have used the 6 block chart for behavior issues with good success. For some reason, the last several weeks have seen her...

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Never argue with a 5 year old.

Posted on 7/16/2017

My one and only gives the vibe she is superior to her classmates by contradicting them, telling them they are wrong or having show off behaviour. I'm afraid she will not have any friends, but am...

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Wild Monkey at Naptime

Posted on 5/1/2017

I try to make a regular one hour quiet time for my 3 year old daughter every afternoon but things usually end negatively. She has, from birth, been a high needs kiddo and playing by herself seems...

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Homeschool to Public School for Lonely Preteen

Posted on 10/13/2016

I have been homeschooling my daughter since she was 6. She is now 12. My health is failing me and I haven't been able to drive her out to co-op or sports weekly, but only occasionally. She is a...

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4-Year-Old Gets Frustrated Easily

Posted on 4/16/2016

My son is 4 yrs. He is an only child. When trying something new, he gets very frustrated very fast if he can't do it right within a couple tries. This happens when practicing numbers, letter or...

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Social Life of a 2 Year Old

Posted on 6/5/2015

Our 2.5 yo daughter is an only child but extremely mature, talkative and social. She loves other kids and is dying to go to school. We go to story time at the library, but other than that we...

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Four year old cannot play by himself

Posted on 4/27/2015

Our 4.5 year old son is incapable of playing by himself. He either bothers his brother or lays on the floor and whines for me to play with him. I limit tv to one hour a day and we do not have...

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3 year old play time

Posted on 10/9/2014

I would like advise on how to get my child (3 years old) into writing and activities she can do her e.g puzzles. She is currently an only child as we struggle to have children so I would like to...

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Only Children

Posted on 1/19/2014

Dr. Rosemond, I listened to your webinar tonight and you mentioned how an only child can feel superior. I have an only child and know that I am not able to have more children. Do I parent him...

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8 year old : pullng eyelashes

Posted on 7/19/2011

My beloved 8 yr old grandson has decided to pull out all of his beautiful eyelashes; we are so concerned about what might be causing this. He has older parents who love him dearly (52 and 59)and...

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Character Building

Posted on 1/25/2011

My daughter is seven and our only child. Infancy through 5 we lived with my Wife's parents. We made the mistake of focusing too much on work. Grandparents raised our child. Our daughter was raised...

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Desperate in Mexico!

Posted on 11/23/2010

My 8 yr old daughter (only child) has taken over our house hold. She doesn't respond when we ask her to turn off the TV for an example. Takes 5 or more request. Same with the wii game or computer....

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Playdates and micromanaging

Posted on 11/9/2007

At what age do children benefit from playdates. Our daughter is an only child and will be one, so she does not have siblings to learn things from like sharing? Also, do you define playdates as...

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7 yo: Only child discipline

Posted on 12/13/2006

My husband and I are 51 & 48, I am a mother of older children (25 & 22), my husband is a first time father of our 7 year old son. Ken is a wonderful father and husband. But needs to establish...

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4 yo: Only child syndrome: which discipline method ?

Posted on 11/19/2006

My husband and I have, unintentionally, created the "only child syndrome" with our 4 YO. We altered our work schedules in order for one of us to be home with him since birth, in order to avoid...

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College Daughter Truly Hates Us

Posted on 9/25/2006

I always read the Rosemond books when my child was young but must have missed the mark somewhere as she is now 20 years old and hates me and her Dad. She has told me this many times in the past...

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