This refers to relationships between a child or group of children and other children, their siblings, or their parents. This could also refer to a relationship between parents in regards to the rearing of a child.

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Can a son share a bed with his girlfriend, at 27?

Your son is 27 and due to financial problems, you've invited him to move home. His 30 year old girlfriend is coming to stay. Should you oppose them sharing his double bed during her visit? This ...
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What would happen if my girlfriend got pregnant?

I am twenty-seven years old, my girlfriend is nineteen years old, and we live in Indiana. I am a PhD student, and I teach classes to pay my tuition and rent. She is an undergraduate student, and she ...
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Mother won't let me buy a new car (cultural clash in parent-child relationships)

I am 37 years old male, married with kids (5,3,1). My parents are from the Indian subcontinent but I have lived in the US for most of my life. I have always been very close with my mom, ever after ...
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Coping with my son's zoophilia [closed]

I've recently found out that my son was watching zoophilia porn and it's starting to worry me. He's 17 years old and has been interested in animals since he was very young. As far as I know he's never ...
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What should we do when our 15 year old wants sex with his 13 year old girlfriend?

So the other day I walked in on our teenager and caught his girlfriend with her pants down. It is quite clear what they were intending to do. Now he claims he had no intention of having sex with her,...
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My daughter is having sex with her cousin

I walked in on my 14 year old daughter is having sex with her 14 year old cousin. It happened in my sister's house in her double bed. I wasn't sure on how I should react but I told my sister and she ...
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Should I report the mother of my children to the social services?

My partner has ADHD, she has stopped taking her medication for almost two years. As a result she developed a very selfish behaviour and our relationship has ended apart from the fact that we still ...
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Help explain emotionally unstable Aunt to 5yr old

After a difficult marriage my elderly parents have divorced, they're in their 70's. My sister and I are in our 40's She seems to have forgotten how difficult our father was, and seems to blame my ...
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Should I make contact with my son's dad after 3 years?

My 6 year old son's dad hasn't been in his life for over 3 years now. He is getting older now and asking questions about daddy. Me and his dad have had a volatile relationship, we were both young and ...
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Sons girlfriends' parents against their relationship

My son is in love with a girl of a different ethnicity and her mom is completely against it. My son said that her mother has tried to kill her once, that CPS has been involved and that the girl has ...
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My 4 year-old says she doesn't love her mom

My 4 year-old daughter keeps saying to her mom that she doesn't like/love her, and refuses to retract the comment or say sorry. Is this "normal"? A "phase"? It's pretty hard for mom to take. For ...
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Should young children be kept away from a depressed relative if the latter ignores them?

I have a brother who suffers from depression. He is in his late twenties, is unemployed, has almost no social life and lives by himself. Every other weekend for a day, I have him over at my house ...
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How can I encourage my 3-year old daughter to respond to her younger brother's affection

My daughter is 3.5 years old and, naturally, sometimes has tantrums, gets upset and frustrated, and wants a hug. Her brother (22 months) adores her and, imitating us, will often try to hug her or give ...
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My 4 year old daughter doesn't love her Dad and sometimes rejects him

My daughter (4) is very close to me. She wants everything from me, and I certainly do her whatever she wants (within limits), however sometimes I tell her ask her Dad to do. When she does ask him, ...
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As a father, how to improve my relationship with our 2-month-old baby?

My son is coming to 2 month+. I have been doing the housework (pooping, bathing, wet cloth cleaning, feeding and etc, laundry). I still fail at putting the baby to sleep after feeding and can't ...
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Physical affection around young children from previous relationship

How do you introduce young children from a previous relationship to the idea that you are becoming seriously involved with a new person? I am dating a woman with two little girls, 2 and 4 years old. ...
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19 yr old niece lives with us and is upsetting family relations

My 19 yr old niece has come from overseas to study, and lives with us. I have two small sons, and my niece one minute loves them the next minute shuts them out. She has come from a not so loving ...
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How to make home a quiet place with quarrelling parents?

I live with my parents and bagged a job in a multinational company that is luckily(as they say!) based in my hometown. My parents quarrel all the time because they have a difference in opinion on ...
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How do I tell my father-in-law that i don't feel comfortable kissing as a greeting?

I grew up in a family that usually hugs to say hello after not seeing eachother for a while. I don't feel comfortable kissing anyone apart from my husband. After we got married, my father-in-law ...
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What am I doing wrong?

My daughters father is a good"part-time" parent that makes his own schedule. If he doesn't want to show up he won't. If being a parent is a hassle at the time he wills step away from that role. And ...
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My parents are interfering with my life in every way and I don't know how to stop it

I really need your help on this because it has become the only problem in my life. I came to my home country after studying in the US and I have changed my beliefs, built my own set of rules to live ...
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1answer
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How to deal with my 6 year old son is who “over attached” with a girl?

Here are some facts: * My son (1st grader) does not have any boys of his age to play with in my colony. Most of the boys are either too small or too big for him. * So, he has found friends with 3 ...
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I fled my emotionally abusive husband, leaving my children. I returned but they don't want to know me

My husband and I married 18 years ago. He suffers from a particularly difficult personality disorder which has become more pronounced with time. We have five children, aged 8 - 17. As he became more ...
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How to deal with controlling parents?

I'm a simple freshman in high school. My parents (especially my mom) have pushed me immensely. Including, but not limited to: Putting me in advanced mathematics from a very early age. (Algebra 1: ...
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I don't know if I love my parents

I'm 17 now, I was always close with my mother, there was an immediate bond and we got along great, similar personalities, sense of humour, etc. My dad on the other hand was an alcoholic, he will ...
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My son is texting to other boys acting as a girl

I'm really not sure what to think about my son meaning, about 5 different times in the past 2 years or so I found him texting to other boys acting as a girl and this goes on for a long time.. With ...
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Single parent having behaviour issues with son (11) not wanting my partner around

My son is 11 and I have been single with him since he was 1 aside a few short-term relationships. His nature is that he wants to please, however he is also a strong character that can ben quite ...
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My parents are taking over my life, I think I'm going insane

I'm 16, and I don't know what to do. My parents are controlling everything I do and watching everything I do. I think I'm going insane. I thought a counselor or psychiatrist could help me but it ...
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Help - taken legal guardianship of 16 yr old sister who is moving in but already staying over with boys etc

She's getting in very deep very quickly with a boy who has been in social care a fair bit over his life and has anger management issues, she's not even fully part of our household yet. Please help (...
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What dating policy works well for a 12yo boy? (improved version) [duplicate]

My 12yo son is precocious in terms of height and puberty, but emotionally he is out of kilter with his physical development, i.e. he is in many ways quite emotionally immature for his age. He has a ...
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When is it safe to start letting our children go into relationships?

I'm afraid to let my children get into relationships(i.e. girl-boyfriendships) too early just in case it did them no good. At what age would it be safe to allow our children this liberty?
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My pre-schooler is out of control, and I feel like my parents are undermining my relationship and authority with her

Alright, I guess a little back story would help. I am a single mother and an only child, I will be 21 in a few months. I've graduated high school with honors and have been raising my daughter on my ...
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How best to take advantage of a child's extended vacation

This is a little more complicated than it might seem, so I'll give some back-story. We have 2 kids: The oldest, 11, was born to us during my first year of college, and I was only intermittently ...
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How do I stop hiding things from my overprotective parents?

My parents are...protective. For context, I was 18 before I was allowed to go to someone else's house without their parents being home, and 12 when I was allowed in the back yard alone. ...
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How can I mediate intense sibling rivalry?

My daughters, aged 6 & 3-and-a-half, go through phases of intense rivalry. I generally hold an attitude of not getting involved, but sometimes the fight either requires intervention as tempers ...
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How to become closer to a religious parent as a non-religious child

My mom is a devout Christian, and she holds tightly to her beliefs since that is what kept her hopes up when she suffered a kidney disease. Since I was a child she has always tried to get me more ...
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How can we help our son deal with his girlfriend's emotional issues?

So our son is only 15, but he has fallen pretty heavily for a girl who apparently comes with a lot of "baggage". She comes from a broken home and is constantly having issues. Our son spend a lot of ...
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My 15-year-old daughter is having sex with her boyfriend

My daughter is 15 and her boyfriend is 17. They are having sex and I'm not sure if I want her to. On top of that, her boyfriend is a drug dealer, but she thinks that he is cool because he makes a ...
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How to please my girlfriend's stepfather? [closed]

I think I have a problem and I want some advice from parents; I think there is no one better to talk to. I have already talked to my dad and mom, but that was not very helpful. My problem is, I'm 20 ...
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How can I show my appreciation for my wife?

I have 3.5 month healthy baby girl and my wife and I seem to manage very well. I do not rely on other people and I am quite aware what others are able to do and how much effort goes into something. My ...
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Confused 5 year old

My daughter who is 5 and usually very happy and loving recently told my husband and me she wanted to shoot us and run to Noni. After talking with her, we later realized this anger is directed at me. ...
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Suggestions for a father daughter activity that explains me omitting my son [duplicate]

I have a set of twins.. A boy and girl who are 5 years old. I love them both equally and want to have some one one time with each of them.. My son and I go for a haircut every month (or so), and we ...
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I don't want to be a father [closed]

I feel awful about this, but I can't keep my silence about it anymore. I'm a 25 year old man. I am a piano teacher and have a lot of entrepreneurial/artistic dreams and goals. I met a girl about two ...
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Son 22 asks me how to deal with a friend with benefits, so that she does not get hurt [closed]

So my son is seeing a girl as of a couple weeks ago. They go out salsa dancing a lot, which both like, and take salsa classes together. He told me he made it clear to her that a relationship is not ...
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Is this bullying? Are we overreacting/under-reacting?

My happy, positive, loving, open-minded, outgoing teenage daughter gets along with other people very easily. She's kind by nature and cares deeply about the feelings of others. She's mature for her ...
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How do I handle a 10 year old girl “in love”?

I just found out that my daughter wrote in her diary that she loves a boy - and she is only 10 years old. How do I deal with the situation? How do I discipline her?
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How damaging is it for children to witness their parent's sexual activity?

How damaging is it for children to witness their parent's sexual activity? I asked this question here Some strategies for maintaining adult relationships separately from children? Which needed to be ...
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My partner let my children be around a pedophile

My partner and I have been together for years and we have 2 sons! His mother and father owned a house with their friend and lived there with him for 20 years and in those years this man had been ...
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How to communicate effectively with my 17-year-old daughter? And how to make her appropriately wary of strangers?

My daughter (17 years old) doesn't listen to me, but when a stranger says a few kind words to her she is like "Look Dad, he/she is such a good man/woman". I have learned that she has a boyfriend. ...
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My parents never believe what I have to say or believe in me (trust issues around amount of effort being put into schoolwork)

I admit I did not do well at my first year of exams at A level... but I have changed it around and I am working so much harder than I have ever done! I also have a girlfriend who I see once a weekend ...