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Will Signing Up My Child For Martial Arts Lessons Give Him More Discipline
Absolutely!: I'm glad you posted this question...Having studied martial arts myself and having enrolled my son in the study as well. 'studying' imparts not only self-discipline but confidence and self esteem as well; and can be great in potentially dealing with "bullies". The only warning would be the demeanor of the sensei(or teacher); your child needs to 'fit' with him/her so meet with first and decide. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My child shows fear of going to school.Age is 5.7years.Is not ready to leave classroom for pt and music lessons.No participation in oral sessions?Why?
Anxiety/A, Phobias/P: Part of normal development. 1.Social p: fear of contact with unfamiliar people, social isolation; desire of involvement w/family, familiar peers. 2.Separation a: unrealistic, persistent worries of possible harm befalling primary caregivers, persistent avoidance of being alone, complain distress. 3.School p. 4. Generalized a disorder: worries about future events. Encourage, talk; get counselling. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
At what age should a child stop playing pretend? My child is 8 and wants pretend food and a cash register for christmas?
Probably Not: I think this depends on how we define "forced". If the child seems to have some interest, but may be lacking the initial motivation, then a little prodding may be helpful. But completely forcing a child who has no interest will likely be non-beneficial. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below.: Children have to learn how to choose friends wisely. Parents can help young children learn how to make friends by teaching them concepts such as sharing, compassion, and conflict resolution and how to choose good friends and resist negative influences. Kids learn how to get along by watching other kids. ...Read more
Can you give any suggestions to help this 21 year old stay at home mommy, full-time student, daycare owner to lose weight?
See below: Play outside more with your kids, be more physically active. ...Read more
Make it fun: At the beginning practice sessions should only be 10-15 min and you can work up to 30 min. You can even have multiple 10 min sessions a day. Pick out some fun music books with songs your child may recognize. Sit at the piano bench with your child. Don't force practice sessions. If your child isn't enjoying it talk with them- maybe there is another activity they would rather put energy into. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Child has jra and school occupational therapist suggested her using a cushion to sit on for her chair. Why?
Comfort: May have hip involvement and elevating her seat will be more comfortable for her. ...Read more
3.9 year old with autism seems ready for potty training but won't sit on potty long enough. Is the iPotty (potty with iPad stand) a good idea for him?
Do you really want : to pair those behaviors? Once you do, transition to a regular toilet is going to be tough! Use his developmental, not chronological, age, for readiness: Can he stay dry for 2 hrs., walk from room to room, recognize the urge to go, use a word to say so (e.g., potty) & pull his pants up & down? If so, use a Little Looster stool & read " Steps to Independence" by Baker, ~$30 on Amazon.com. ...Read more
My 5 yr child has trouble learning spellings and following instructions at school.daydreams and does not complete school work?
ABA Therapy provided: by Board Certified Behavioral Analysts really helps children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder +/- ADHD if parents learn & consistently use the behavioral techniques. Ask your son's Special Education teacher about www.autismspeaks.org/resource/kids-korner-autism-center. Also, see a Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrician to look for genetic & other medical causes & manage medical & behavioral issues. ...Read more
ADHD: That is different, for each child. ADHD has several factors, attention span, distractibility, and and how very busy their brains are. A better plan might be to take tasks, and break them down. Write it as a list that they can refer to. Clean room: 1-pick up trash, 2- put toys away, etc. I've even suggested using a timer, 3-make bed, 5 minutes. This focuses on their success, rather than the problem ...Read more
My child is 6 yrs he learns his school lessons late he is not sharp in memorizing what should I give him so that his memory power increases?
Time and practice: Just like he practiced walking and didn't just stand up one day and run around, his brain has to practice memorizing. Try different ways of presenting information. Some kids are oral learners (you can just tell them 2+2 is 4), while others are visual learners (show them 2 items and 2 more and then count all together are 4). Make learning fun, not a task or chore he is "good" or "bad" at! ...Read more
When strangers wants to talk/play with my 21mths toddler, he ether cries or look warily at them. How to ensure he grows up with good social skills?
Passing Stage!: Stranger anxiety is very common at this age; it is probably the rule rather than the exception. This is a passing stage and your toddler will eventually become more interested in exploring the world while developing independence. It is important to keep exposing your toodler to social situations rather than sheltering them from interaction. Stranger anxiety little to do with future social skills. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are computer games harmful to a child's development, or do they help train him for a future in computers?
Some are: Many computer games involve killing and maiming and seem to me to teach that violence is O.K. Others, like e.g. Snow boarding, teach dexterity and computer savvy. Like everything in life, it should be balanced by thoughtful restriction. I believe that the constant use of electronic gadgets is harming kids because it is surprisingly addictive. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Simple is best: The 10yo's past experience with pets or bugs gives them a basic understanding of the physical reality of death. Since their thinking processes won't begin to embrace advanced thinking until well into the teens, you need to stay with simple. Instead of trying to provide an elaborate discussion of heaven or eternal love, provide an open invitation to ask questions. Kids will come back again & again. ...Read more
I have a sports mad son who wants to do strength sessions he is 12.5 loves training i keep reps to 12 plus squats d lifts pull ups press ups is it ok?
A toddler who walks: from room to room, pulls his/her pants & pull-up or underpants up & down & says " pee-pee", "poo-poo" or "potty" to indicate he senses the urge to "go" is ready for daytime toilet training. If not, you may create a behavior problem . There's no harm in putting a potty chair in the bathroom for the child to sit on while you model using the toilet, but don't force the child to sit on it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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