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How to cure kickboxing?

One of my son’s friends likes to pretend he’s a kickboxer, and now he’s encouraged my son and the other boys to do the same. Although they’re only 8 to 10 years old, I really think they could hurt each other. I don’t want to make my son look ridiculous by padding him up before he goes out to play, but I also don’t want …

Attention deficit disorder & heredity

Is attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder hereditary? My sister-in-law has it, so will our kids have a greater chance of having it? Your sister-in-law’s children may develop attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, but that doesn’t make your kids any more prone to it – unless you also have a family history of ADHD. We still have a lot to learn about ADHD and the role of heredity. However, research …

Kids who want to sleep in your bed

After letting our children sleep with us, in the living room and with their aunt, they now fuss and make up excuses to avoid sleeping in their beds. What do you suggest to get them to sleep in their own beds? The reasoning against having children sleep in your bed is that it becomes very difficult to get them to sleep in their own beds …

Are baby walkers safe?

I have heard that baby walkers can be dangerous, and that if a baby uses a walker too early, it might prevent his legs from straightening up from the curvature that he gets in utero. Is this true? If so, when is a safe time for babies to use walkers? Baby walkers are dangerous and should be avoided, but not because of their effects on …

Worried About Aggressive Behavior

My daughter is 19 months old and is becoming very aggressive. She’s hitting, pinching and pushing other kids at day care. I’m six months pregnant and worried about her behavior with the new baby as well. What can I do to help her temperament? Many children become more physical between ages 1 and 2. Because their physical abilities exceed their verbal skills, they become more …

Getting through divorce

I have two children, ages 7 and 5, who have to watch me go through a divorce. Can upset nerves affect their health? Divorce is a profound source of stress for both parents and children. Stomach aches and headaches in school-age children are common stress-related complaints, and may indeed become frequent concerns for children in this situation. Also, children who live in post-divorce households may …

Toddler speech development

Toddler speech development Both my neighbor and I have 18-month-old babies, but her baby speaks more words and enunciates them better than my baby does. My doctor told me not to worry, that my baby doesn’t have a hearing problem and he’s developing normally. Could my neighbor’s baby really be so advanced? In a word: yes. All children develop quite differently. If your baby can …

Children’s growth: what’s normal, what’s not

Growth rates: what’s normal? My five-year-old son is extremely puny, unlike his nine-year-old brother, who seems normal-sized. He is otherwise active and intelligent but he doesn’t seem to respond to any kind of dietary changes as far as growing is concerned. Are there any medicines that can help my son to be in the same growth range as other kids his age? Children come in …

Your child’s language development

Your child’s language development My 2-year-old grandson speaks only a handful of words clearly. His nursery teacher claims he is way behind compared to other 2-year-olds. He had many ear infections until he had tubes inserted. Could this be the reason for his delay, or are we just worrying needlessly? He is otherwise bright and cheerful, and tries very hard to articulate. Children develop language …

Therapy for ADHD and mood disorder

Knowing when your child needs behavior management counseling I have 4-year-old twin sons with ADHD, and one has been diagnosed with something called anger and episodic dysfunction. They are both on medication, which helps. However, the one with the mood disorder is still out of control. He bangs his head and bites himself (along with destroying things) when he’s angered. Do you think he could …

How to handle a stuttering child

When toddlers stutter I am a 30-year-old mother of three girls (5 years, 2 years and 8 months old). Two weeks ago, my 2-year-old began stuttering with little words like “me,” “I,” etc. I think she is aware of this because she is now avoiding certain words. As a teen, I used to stutter, and I still do a little bit in certain situations. Is …

Diagnosing a head injury

Diagnosing a head injury It seems like my rambunctious son is always banging his head on something. Although I protect him to the best of my ability, I can’t always supervise him. How will I know if he’s hurt his head seriously, and what do I do? Kids love to climb, and with summer here, you can expect a few falls. Thankfully, though, not all …