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A Four-Year-Old 's Three Options

As-salamu `alaikum,  Thank you brother for writing to us. I would like to give you a word of advice: A child at this age needs emotional support. He has changed his environment; he has moved from the known to the unknown, with all the fear and suspicion this unknown may hold for him, so do …

My 6-Year-Old: How Much Active Time is Enough?

As-Salamu ‘Alaykum, Can you remember when you were six years old? Can you remember any period around that age group? Developmental needs differ from child to child, but there are some fundamental stages that we must all go through before we are ready to move on to the next stage of our development. Each stage …

Sibling

How to Deal with Sibling Fighting?

In this counseling answer: “sit them both down and explain to them that from now on you will not tolerate any bickering and that when they start to fight and bicker you will blow the whistle (or whatever you chose) and once that whistle is blown they have 1 minute to recompose themselves or there …

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Son's Violent Behavior While in Public

In this counseling answer: ” When a child realizes that they can always have their own way, then naturally they will make more and more demands. If you are embarassed by your child’s behavior, and the child knows it, and also knows that they can get your attention in this way (even your negative attention is better than no attention), …

Weaning

Weaning Problems & Bedtime Battles

As-salamu Alaykum dear mother,  Weaning can be very hard work for the parents if the baby isn’t ready yet to give up the special bond with her mother. Nursing is so much more than food to your little girl; she knows that this is the one time she has you all to herself. During breastfeeding, she feels …

Kids, Reading

How to Make My Kids Enjoy Reading?

 As-Salamu ‘Alaykum,  I’m not so sure the books themselves matter, actually, because kids like to use their own imagination, and they feed off the person reading. You should try and MAKE the book exciting by adding your own information, funny voices, sound effects, questions, etc. My daughter has some very simple children’s books that on the …

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She's Only 5 & Enjoys Touching Her Private Parts!

 In this counseling answer: “In general, helping your niece to make the right choices means loving her unconditionally, because no matter what she may experience later in life, she will have the memory of you, and what you tried to teach her, and therefore she will have the means to find her way back. However, …

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My Son Bites People!

As-Salamu ‘Alaykum,  Every day, there is a new discovery for a child, especially toddlers. What they could not do yesterday, they are struggling to do today with some persistence, and tomorrow they are successful without effort. This is so for your son who probably has more freedom of movement in the home than his cousin. …

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How to Improve My Son's Intelligence?

In this counseling answer: “He may be too intelligent for the toys labeled for his age. Your son may have too many toys, so he gets bored quickly. In this case, hide all the toys except a few and then rotate them weekly. Sometimes, you may take away all his toys for a couple of …

elder

How Can I Teach My Child to Respect Elders?

In this counseling answer: “Children intuitively need and want those guidelines and clear boundaries even when they rebel against them. Explain to her that it is only when someone loves them that they will correct them, and try to help them be better, because you will not always be around and sometimes she will need …



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