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Fitting In

Posted 2 weeks ago

Hi have a soon to be 13 year old. He is in a new school, his old school was a Christian school. It has been somewhat of a struggle in middle school. From being the new student and being exposed to...

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Caution: Response not politically correct.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Hi! My husband and I have three kids; a girl age 8 and boy and girl twins age 6. The girl twin has recently gotten to be very into “boy things” and please listen before making judgements. I think...

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Out of Control 7yr old

Posted on 10/27/2018

Hi, my husband and I would appreciate some advice on our situation with our 7 year old daughter. Her medication has become ineffective recently and we are at our wits end with what to do with...

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No Tolerance For Hitting

Posted on 10/11/2018

My grandson is the perfect student inside the classroom. However, when allowed outside to play, especially team sports such as basketball, he becomes very aggressive. He hits when something...

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Sticks and Stones

Posted on 9/27/2018

I have a 12 year old boy in 7th grade. He started a new private school this year. He used to go to a Christian private school. When kids argued and treated each other badly at the other school I...

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Six year old needs a leader.

Posted on 9/12/2018

My son just turned 6 and started Kindergarten at a really great private school that has high expectations for kind behavior. His behavior in the classroom is very good, but he's having a bit of...

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Parent anxiety can be contagious to 8 yo

Posted on 8/22/2018

Our 8-year-old son is headed back to school tomorrow, and we just got word that one of his favorite elementary teachers has been arrested for third-degree sexual abuse. We believe in the “Tell him...

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Picking up on Bad Behavior

Posted on 7/25/2018

My son, age 4, is very impressionable and quickly picks up and mimics bad behaviors he sees from other kids. Many kids in our church nursery are badly behaved at this age group and, one in...

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Masculinity

Posted on 6/11/2018

My husband and I I have a 14 year old son. We have raised him in a Biblically centered home. My husband is a wonderful father to our son. He has always made it a point to try to take him on...

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Teaching Time for Touchy 7 yo boy

Posted on 6/7/2018

my 7 year old son got in trouble at school for grabbing the private parts of another boy. Similar things have happened before and we've been working on a solution. For the last 3 months he had to...

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6 year old likes shaking hands

Posted on 5/27/2018

Continuing on concerning twin boys. One boy tends to shake hands over and over. Should we gently ask him to stop? It’s happened more when he’s excited about something he’s watching or waiting for....

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Get Along or Get Away

Posted on 5/13/2018

Hello! My 6 and 3 years old sometimes play well together just perfect, but sometimes it is just horribly. 6 years would do something that 3 years doesn’t like or they just can’t share one red...

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Annoying behaviors among family

Posted on 4/25/2018

I just found out my sister and her kids do not like having us visit because my daughter is always getting into their things and is too nosy. She is too touchy they said as well. I don't know how...

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2.5 yro acting like a 2.5 yro

Posted on 4/6/2018

Our 2.5 year old son uses a baby voice and whines most of the time. I try to say "I can't understand you" or ask him to re-phase or use a different tone and it just doesn't seem to change his...

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Should parents intervene in 8yro friends

Posted on 3/1/2018

Hello- For the past 2 years, our 8 yo son has been in the same classroom as another boy and they have become friends (at school and play sports together). Our son has recently told us that this...

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Time Out With Tickets?

Posted on 11/28/2017

We just started the ticket system with our three-year-old and five-year-old. We have done this with our five-year-old in the past and we appreciate how it works and how effective it can be....

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4 yo With a Wonderful Problem

Posted on 10/24/2017

So my almost 4 yo listens to us and does as he is told. However, when we're around other kids with their moms, he watches the other kids not listen and outright disobey their moms. He will...

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3 yo questions about death

Posted on 10/19/2017

Over the past year my (then 3 year old) son has attended two funerals, one for his great grandfather, and another for a young child in our church. He knows the part of the catechism about what...

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Ill-Behaved Grandchildren

Posted on 9/25/2017

My 4 yr old grandson is already in trouble in school for bullying. A classmate didn't want to go to school because he was afraid he was going to get hurt by my grandson again, who has apparently...

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Girl--Boy

Posted on 9/20/2017

My granddaughter just turned 3 and has been saying she wants to be a boy. She wants to wear just t-shirts and shorts and hates dresses. It's been going on for quite a while but seems to be getting...

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Teenage Girl Talks of Changing Gender

Posted on 9/9/2017

I have a grand daughter who is now announcing herself as a transmute. Her mother is in a lesbian relationship with a wonderful partner and they are marrying this year. My daughter has set some...

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Terrible Transition to Three

Posted on 8/3/2017

My 3 year old is a bully. She is starting 1st pre-school soon, Picks on 2 year old sister (sleep in same room, in cribs but climbs out) uncontrollable screaming when not going her way, snatches...

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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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2 Year Old Being Bitten in Daycare

Posted on 6/23/2017

My guy just turned two and has been in daycare since 12 weeks. My husband and I both work full time and right now it's the only option. We love his school. It's very enriching and he's learned a...

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9 Year Old Learning Self-Control?

Posted on 6/9/2017

I am totally convinced my 9yr old son can learn self control through the methods talked about here. He does relatively well at school and when he is separate from his twin younger siblings (5yr...

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9 yo boy needs boom lowered

Posted on 4/13/2017

My youngest son is 9 years old. He has an older brother who is 11 years old. My 9 year has always had a temper/anger problem when things don't go his way. He reacts by having a tantrum. He has...

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Mr. Negativity, 9 year old stepson

Posted on 3/10/2017

My 9 y/o stepson seems increasingly negative and anxious. We thought it was due to our move (still within a half hour of the mother) but his mom mentioned he complains he has no friends at school...

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6 year old's friendships

Posted on 2/9/2017

How can I make my 6yr old (only child) understand he can have many friends and not just one? He tends to become obsessive about a friend that he really is keen about. We had a problem last year at...

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Not so friendly friend

Posted on 10/28/2016

What advice would you give to a child whose friend at one point called her a chicken for not wanting to be rude to an older man who asked that she stop playing in some water at a local park (he...

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Preschool Provoker

Posted on 10/3/2016

I have an almost 3 year old boy who is in a 2 day a week preschool. He has been bitten at school twice in the last 2 weeks by the same student. My son is very stubborn and strong willed. Each...

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Ten year old with multiple issues

Posted on 10/1/2016

Adopted Female child age 10; neglect and multiple traumas, sexual abuse. She is in complete safety for 4+ years now, yet she is Hypersensitive, intense, social issues, cannot get along with...

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Bad Words

Posted on 9/22/2016

I'm afraid that my 3 year old son has developed a bad habit of swearing, using the "D" word when he is frustrated. I don't think he is just trying to get my reaction either, as he says it when he...

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Conflict With Friends

Posted on 9/8/2016

I like to stay out of my kids conflicts with their friends, but I'd like some insight on whether there is some helpful coaching I can offer them on healthy conflict resolution when they come to me...

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Neighborhood Interactions

Posted on 5/3/2016

Our boys 8,7 and 5 play outside both in our yard and in neighbors yards (who have kids they play with) They love being outside and I LOVE not having to sit out there and monitor their play. My...

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4 Year Old Play Dates

Posted on 4/25/2016

My 4 year old daughter has a 4 year old friend who will push/hit/spit on her when they play together. This happens 75% of the time they play together. The parents usually reprimand their...

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Feelings Hurt Among Three Friends

Posted on 4/19/2016

We're having a little "drama" between three 11 year old (5th grade) boys. All three boys are the youngest of four siblings in their families. Two of the boys are cousins, one is a mutual friend...

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