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Gender and age differences, along with temperament, can make for unique roles for each child and distinct relationships among siblings.


My 9-month-old is resisting solid foods, and mealtimes are turning into a power struggle. We introduced solids at six months, and she has been breast-fed, with an occasional bottle of breast milk.

Raising an only child brings special challenges and rewards.

When he is frustrated, our 25-month-old boy hits himself or bangs his head. His mother and I don’t know whether this behavior is normal.

My older daughter was conceived through IVF (in vitro fertilization). Shortly after her birth I began wondering when she might ask the inevitable question, “Where did I come from?” What would you say?

How do I help an almost-6-year-old learn to handle disappointment and frustration? This is a child with big emotions, both positive and negative.

A parent seeks advice about a 3-year-old's potty training habits.

My sister has a bright 3-year-old son. She is determined to nurture and develop his mind and brain to the best of her ability. How can she expand his horizons?

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