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Should I expect my 20 year old son to get a job while at University?

My son is now 20 years old, still living with us at home and goes to University three days a week. He has never had a job. Since he was a child I have tried to encourage him to do tasks for pocket ...
2
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2answers
2k views

How to deal with my teenager step daughter's rebellious behavior?

My 14 yo step daughter loves troubling us. I initially thought taking her side and spending time with her may improve the situation. But I guess, I was wrong . She loves breaking rules. She talks ...
7
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3answers
1k views

When/how is it safe to go running with baby?

My partner is an avid trail runner and before I was pregnant I didn't mind getting out too. At the very least I hope to do some brisk trail walking with bub. I'd assumed to run with a bub you had to ...
4
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3answers
362 views

My 11 yr old has some irrational fears

I have a son that just recently turned 11. He still periodically calls for me or his father at night because of things like "hearing noises" or just "being scared" He also has a small fear of the ...
11
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6answers
3k views

Why does my 16-year-old hate me?

My 16-year-old son says the most awful things to me. I feel he is deliberately trying to upset/provoke me constantly. For example, last night at the dinner table he said, "I am not going to try to ...
1
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0answers
9 views

Adoption/Foster Care: How should I deal with abandonment issues?

I plan on becoming a foster parent after being adopted myself. However, I went through a lot of abandonment issues that my parents didn't see as I had changed hands a few times before I was adopted. ...
1
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0answers
27 views

At what age is it suggested to enounciate specific expectations around sexual activity?

As many other parents, I have my own ideas of rules/expectations of my kids around their future sexual activity (from obvious - such as no sex with anyone who was not negatively tested for STDs and ...
20
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12answers
7k views

My 9 year old son regards life as meaningless [on hold]

My son, who is currently 9 years of age, tells me that life is absolutely meaningless and that "we're all here to waste time". When he first told me this, I felt both angry and depressed. And no, ...
18
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6answers
797 views

How does one address Christianity with their children in a mixed faith marriage?

I am Christian (though admittedly, liberally so) while my husband is Agnostic. He agrees that it is appropriate for our child to receive some education in my faith, but we have been unable to find a ...
3
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2answers
104 views

How can I encourage my home schooled children to be more confident in the open?

I have 3 nieces. Two are twins aged 4 and one is aged 2. My sister is home schooling them and she has started with so many activities and lessons for them in the house. Problem falls when she takes ...
16
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2answers
4k views

How do you discourage a toddler from hitting people?

From talking to other parents, it seems like most boys (children?) go through an early stage of hitting at around 1. I have a 14-month old (2nd) son who occasionally hits me in the face, and ...
3
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0answers
39 views

Step Parent - To be concerned or not to be

Brief history: Became involved with a young woman, knowing she had a 5 year old daughter. Biological dad was in the picture til daughter was 2-3, and then left the state. Strangled mother while ...
1
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1answer
66 views

Behavior changes after social events

My eight year-old son just spent a week at cub scout day camp (home in the evenings), after which he has been lying extensively. He has had problems with extensive lying before, but had mostly gotten ...
1
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2answers
68 views

Almost 4 year old does not want to go to bed at night

We have our night time routine but it has stopped working. She refuses to go to sleep. We ask her to stay in bed she'll squirm and walk her feet up the wall. She seems full of energy. She also has a 2 ...
6
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4answers
2k views

Stop breastfeeding

My child is 3 years old. I want to know which is the best way to stop breastfeeding? She cries and fights with her mother if her mother refuses to breastfeed her. And we also found that it also helps ...
10
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7answers
15k views

Should I declare my baby when booking a hotel?

Recently, when booking a trip, I discovered that if I included my infant when making a reservation the price was often as much as $100 more per night. When I confronted the hotel about this (we were ...
0
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0answers
25 views

Shrieking crying 6 month old

So, our boy (one half of a set of 6 month old b/g twins) has just recently started his temper tantrums. He used to be pretty mellow - with his sister having some medical issues where she was more ...
4
votes
1answer
1k views

How can I wean my active baby from swaddling?

I have a very active 4 1/2 month old baby, who has been swaddled since birth. For the last month, he has been breaking out of his swaddle (we use the SwaddleMe brand) and waking up several times per ...
4
votes
2answers
129 views

Why does my 16 year old sister still bite?

When I was laying on my bed minding my own business, my sister who was still angry over something came over and bit my hand. Like really bit my hand, which left teeth marks. I am at my wits end! I'm ...
5
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2answers
90 views

Names or Phrases to Use for Step-Mom?

We were taking a great family vacation and on the way back, a stranger asked my 6-year old daughter if my girlfriend was her mom. She said "no, this is Ema, who lives with us." Both of them ended up ...
10
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4answers
3k views

How strict should I be with my 9 month old?

I want him to be well behaved but I also want him to be happy and to feel loved by us. I find it difficult to balance telling him off so the he understands not to drop food on the floor, grab my ...
2
votes
3answers
311 views

1-month baby crying when on floor

I am a first time father with 1-month old DS. My wife has been exclusively breastfeeding, 20 mins on each breast every two hours. Currently both my wife and the baby are on a medication because they ...
0
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0answers
48 views

Encourage your child to do X or prevent them from doing Y?

If your child is going astray, is it more productive to instill proper values and hope for the best or should you also take extra steps to prevent the thing you're afraid of? My concern is that if ...
4
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5answers
6k views

Is there a puddle jumper equivalent for 20lb babies?

Our 3-year-old 30 lb child is doing very well in a puddle jumper which is designed for children from 30 to 50 lbs. We have a 20lb 1-year-old and we are trying to look for something equivalent but for ...
0
votes
1answer
84 views

Is falling onto a mattress safe? [on hold]

What happens to the body of a 3 year old when dropping her constantly from 6 foot tall father to 3 inch foam mattress topper on a bed for fun?
4
votes
2answers
252 views

What is a polite way to ask others not to comment on baby girl only for her looks?

Now I might be mistaken but it seems from the very beginning people call baby girls pretty (superficial) and "little princess" (expectation of having minimal utility) and baby boys strong (innate) and ...
1
vote
1answer
106 views

What language should I speak to my daughter?

I am a Greek, born, living and working in France, married to an Albanian woman, working all day in English. I have a 2,5 year old daughter, who lived from: September 2014 to April 2015 and ...
6
votes
5answers
743 views

Why do humans require assistance in childbirth so frequently?

I have always found this fascinating. We are the most intelligent beings on the earth. Still, a rat can give birth to its offspring all by itself, but why is that not happening with humans? Is it just ...
8
votes
2answers
258 views

How do I help my son deal with a sexually abusive bully in preschool?

My son (4 1/2) attends a pre-school that we all like very much. He's in a class of kids ranging from 3 to 5. He generally prefers to socialize with the older children. In this particular class, ...
8
votes
5answers
2k views

Why do my children cry in my wife's arms but are quiet with me?

It's strange that my child often wakes up at night and starts crying uncontrollably and just won't calm down and go to sleep unless I take him in my arms (1.5 years of age). My second son who is just ...
5
votes
4answers
4k views

What can be done when a child cuts his or her hair?

A 5-year-old girl has just cut her own and her younger sister's long beautiful hair. This is not the first time. Her parents are mortified and concerned that the girls will be ridiculed at school. ...
3
votes
2answers
238 views

Baby Girl Stretching

I am a first time mother and I have a 4 month old baby girl. She stretches so severely and intermittently. Could this be normal? What could be the cause?
2
votes
1answer
64 views

What do I do when my eleven year old son is down on himself?

My son is eleven years old, and I struggle with how to teach / empower him to apply himself. For example, when he first started playing the trumpet, he didn't want to practice, but I explained that ...
12
votes
8answers
2k views

Is there any way to limit distress when diaper changing for newborns?

To say that our four day old does not like having his diaper changed is the understatement of the century. It seems that by the time the clothes are opened, he is becoming increasingly agitated, and ...
18
votes
2answers
677 views

What are these? Received from children's centre in free pack

A friend received this baby pack from our local Surestart center (they're a UK children's initiative for those who don't know). It contained various obviously useful items for people with a ...
10
votes
7answers
11k views

How to prevent children from sucking their thumb?

My 4-years-old daughter still sucks her thumb while sleeping. How can help her stopping this habit? I have tried to give her a pacifier, but she refuses it. She does not have this habit during the ...
4
votes
4answers
421 views

Boy 7 too sensitive.

My boy seems to cry at the least little things. e.g. His younger sister teasing. Slightest little scratch when playing Dies in computer game. Bedtime How can I toughen him a bit? I don't know ...
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vote
2answers
53 views

Infant sunscreen recommendations for child with sensitive skin

Our daughter has pretty sensitive skin and has broken out with eczema once. We've tried Banana Boat and Blue Lizard and she's broken out from both. What are sunscreen ingredients to avoid (or to look ...
15
votes
5answers
5k views

What language should I use to talk to my baby?

I know two languages: My 'mother tongue' and English. I used to speak my mother tongue until I moved to an English-speaking country at the age of 8. Consequently, my mother tongue is at the level of ...
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votes
0answers
87 views

Do Parents Hire Male Childcare Workers?

I have been considering taking up a job as a male nanny, but in doing some research have found startlingly few male nannies registered in my area. Nannies, upper east bay: 287 Nannies Found Male ...
0
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0answers
44 views

permissive parents and the development of sibling rivalry [on hold]

Does anyone have any information about or studies done on the development of sibling rivalry where permissive parenting style may be a moderator or contributing factor?
0
votes
0answers
93 views

when baby did not respond, I saw grandmother blowing up air through the ears while mouth/nose closed? Is it something really bad? [closed]

when baby did not respond (seemed unresponsive god knows why), I have seen grandmother blowing up air through the ears while mouth/nose closed? Is it something really bad? It's something i have heard ...
2
votes
1answer
112 views

Infant cries and stiffens a like board when sat down

Hello parents of the stack, My lovely 11-month old daughter, since learning to crawl, detests being sat down in her high chair to eat, or on the toilet to eliminate. She does this stiffening move to ...
1
vote
0answers
51 views

Suggestions on keeping a soon to be 7 year old engaged during summer vacation

I have a soon to be 7 year old and a soon to be 2 year old. Now that school year is over I'm wondering how to keep her engaged. With the 2 year old, its hard for my wife to balance time with summer ...
14
votes
7answers
27k views

How do you stop a child from using bad language and profanity?

My child has started to use swear words. This is shocking because he is using words that we don't use. I'm not sure how to react! How do I get this to stop?
1
vote
2answers
115 views

I want more time with my wife in our blended family, but she says no. [closed]

My wife and I have been married for about 8 months. We both have two children, each. I moved into her house with her kids. I have my kids twice a week and every other weekend. I told my wife I ...
1
vote
1answer
65 views

How do I get my 20 month old son to eat solids?

My son is 20 months and only eats Gerber purée's. He gags with any thing slightly lumpy or chunky. He will literally push the spoon away after spitting the SMALL, crumb-piece out. He does not ...
8
votes
2answers
258 views

Dealing with parental alienation syndrome (PAS) when the child is younger

Similar to this question, except it just started yesterday, and the child is 3. My son is 3, turning 4 next month. My ex was inching to take away my weekend visits, and I compromised (since it's ...
9
votes
3answers
2k views

Is citrus fruit safe for babies?

Giving citrus fruit to a baby that is just starting on solids is discouraged on several places online, however i cannot find any solid reasoning behind this advice. Has there been any scientific ...
2
votes
2answers
84 views

When should I take my pregnant wife to the hospital for nausea?

My wife is 12 weeks along with our first child and we are very excited to be parents next year. However, since about week 6, she has had quite a few bouts with nausea. We were quite aware that this ...

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