Disrespect & Disobedience: Older Child

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Almost 6-Year-old Wants a Nintendo DS or a Wii

My almost 6-year-old has been pleading for a Nintendo DS or the Wii, like all his cousins and some of his friends have. My mother-in-law really wants to get him one for his upcoming birthday, but my husband and I are not sure we want him to have one. We're concerned that even if we restrict his usage of it, it will be addictive and he will be less interested in his usual activities --- reading, art, t-ball, scooter riding, music, imaginative play, etc. He's the usual energetic kind of boy but we love that he has a creative and...

Acting Up

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10 Year Old Defiant Son

I am so desperate for any advice from other parents of 10 year old boys. My son is not at all respectful of my discipling him, he doesn't care what I threaten him with. He is afraid if I say I am going to go get dad though. I just don't know what to do to get him to understand that what I say goes. He also says he doesn't care if he fails his classes, although we have treatened punishment and offered incentives to doing well. He will do good one week and the next doesn't care. I guess I would just like to know that there are other moms out...

Attitude & Moods

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Bed Time for a 10 Year Old

I am just wondering what time you put your 10 year old to bed. She currently goes to be around 8:00 but she thinks she should be able to stay up later. I put my 8 year old to bed at the same time. We get up around 6:00 in the morning. Just wondering your thought on this.

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Talking Back Issues

My son recently turned 6 and has begun talking back all the time. I am not...

Bullying

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9-Year-old Asking About Sex

My daughter has asked me what the word sex means and what sex is. She is 9. I explained to her that some questions are very difficult to answer and that I would like some time to think about it so I answer it the best way I can. She accepted that but I feel I need to give her an answer soon. Any suggestions? How much should a 9-year-old know? It's obvious someone, probably a kid at school, has used the word or talked about it. Otherwise she wouldn't be asking. I do realize she could have also gotten it from TV. We have already talked about...

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Is Your Kid a Bully?

It seems like everyone thinks there kid(s) are not bullies. I know we'd...

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Bullying and Suicide

Why do you think this is happening? It's terrifying, and just to say my...

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Is It Bullying?

Hi everyone, My son is 10 and in 5th grade. There is a boy in his class...

Clothing & Makeup

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6 Year Old Allowance

My daughter is almost 6 years old. She has no concept of money. She thinks...

Hygiene Issues

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9-Year-old Asking About Sex

My daughter has asked me what the word sex means and what sex is. She is 9. I explained to her that some questions are very difficult to answer and that I would like some time to think about it so I answer it the best way I can. She accepted that but I feel I need to give her an answer soon. Any suggestions? How much should a 9-year-old know? It's obvious someone, probably a kid at school, has used the word or talked about it. Otherwise she wouldn't be asking. I do realize she could have also gotten it from TV. We have already talked about...

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Bath or Shower

When do you start letting your child take a Shower by themselves? My 9 y/o...

Hyperactivity

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Would You Let Your 9 Year Old Walk Home from School?

My 9 year old son wants to walk to his friend's house after school on Friday. He would be walking with his friend & the distance is probably less than a mile. The neighborhood is good, but I'm nervous. I won't be home until around 6 because I work. My son has told me that his friend's parents think that I am too overly protective. I have a neighbor in law enforcement that mentioned that there are 5 pedaphiles (excuse the spelling) in the area. They aparently don't show up on the internet list for various reasons such as they are still...

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Hyper 4 Year Old

My 4 year old daughter is so hyper at times and I'm starting to loose my...

Jealousy & Deceit

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I'm Jealous of Daddy!

I'm starting to feel jealous of my husband's relationship with our two and a...

Not Listening

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9 Year Old Chores

Hello, I would like some advice about expectations of cleanliness for a 9 year old boy. My ds is an intelligent, respectful and responsible guy EXCEPT when it comes to cleanliness. When it comes to chores he turns from a generally nice kid to a very rude and obstinate one. Almost every request or demand for cleanliness (be it removing dishes from the table to cleaning his room) is met with either a grunt or down right refusal. He will even get tearful over a job he is being made to do. He is supposed to be responsible for his room, his...

Phone & Texting

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Cell Phone Texting

Would like to hear from mom's with 12 year olds. She's an awesome kid trying to fit in with her peers! Are there any parents out there that don't allow texting at this age? Am I the only one (according to my 12 year old :-))? Should I just block it? It's mostly other children that don't respect it, but we end up paying for each one. I refuse to get "unlimited texting", that seems to give the child the wrong message. What are your ideas?

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Too Much Texting

My 13 year old 7th grader cant stop texting! He would text 24/7 if he could...