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What is considered to be a safe age to be a babysitter?

One option for a babysitter is finding an older child (teenager) in your neighbourhood. The benefits are obvious (you get to know the family, so there's more trust). But is it truly safe to leave ...
2
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1answer
209 views

My child stands in one spot in his room and moves his head side to side for long periods, is there a name for this behavior?

I'm not sure if this is appropriate to ask, but my question is about behavior of a child who goes in his room and stands for long periods of time just moving his head from side to side. He holds one ...
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2answers
175 views

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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3answers
838 views

What should one do when their teen thinks smoking e-cigarettes is cool and safe?

This question was inspired by a question about pregnancy and exposure to the second hand products of the smoking device known as e cigarettes. My child has a "friend" we work with at the theater ...
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1answer
241 views

Till what age are frog feet a normal issue?

My twin boys are 10 weeks old. One of them has his legs as the frog legs position. Till what age must I consider this a normal issue? or is it abnormal already? I thought it was normal that I hadn't ...
2
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2answers
232 views

Just found out pregnant and smoked marijuana

I just found out I am pregnant and I am 11 weeks. I am embarassed to admit I smoked marijunna (casually, not everyday) until I found out a few days ago. Aside from the health risks for my child, I am ...
4
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4answers
243 views

My 5yo is struggling to concentrate

My 5-year-old is struggling to concentrate for more than a brief period of time and is falling behind the other kids in her kindergarten class. When she does concentrate for a few minutes she's able ...
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3answers
185 views

Improving verbal learning

We recently withdrew my six year-old son from public school and began educating him at home. There are several reasons, both for him and his sister, but a big one is that he has a lot of difficulty ...
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11answers
5k views

Should I really be insisting that my daughter finish eating her meal?

Like many young children, my 4.5 year old daughter will often stop eating her supper (6 PMish - she has breakfast and lunch at daycare) and say she's not hungry. My instinctive initial response is to ...
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3answers
2k views

What is the best milk fat content for a toddler?

What is the best type of milk fat content for a normal 18-month old? Regular whole milk, 2%, 1% or fat-free (skim)?
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2answers
86 views

Short naps and frequent night wakings

I have a 4.5 month little boy. He has never been a great sleeper. He has never slept longer than an 4.5 hour stretch his whole life. He is able to fall asleep on his own most of the time, especially ...
4
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1answer
255 views

Dealing with the psychological consequences of punishment in parenting [closed]

I'm 18 yo boy living pretty much an amazing life. Yet, I've been dealing with feeling of annoyance(sometimes anger but not as rough as the word sounds) every time(almost) I hear people talking very ...
3
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2answers
226 views

Is organic whole cow's milk better than “toddler milk” powder for a 1 year old?

We live in a country where it's very popular to give toddlers a follow-up powdered formula called "lait de croissance" roughly translated as "grow milk" or "toddler milk" like the one pictured here: ...
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4answers
2k views

How can I teach my infant to start sucking bottle teats instead of chewing them?

Our 6 month old infant does not seem to understand that the breast milk feeding bottle is for sucking and not chewing or soothing. She does not suck it but chews it instead, despite having no teeth. ...
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8answers
57k views

How soon until I can take my newborn to take a walk outside?

I understand that newborn's immune system is still weak and crowds/strangers are to be avoided. Knowing this, how soon can I take my newborn outside, for example to take ~1 hours walk in a non-crowded ...
2
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1answer
80 views

5 year old - Enrolling in Pre-school - Concern?

I have a five year old. He had been to preschool when he was 3.5 years old for 1.5 years. Now at 5 years 4 months, he is able to read the sentences, write words, do almost 2nd grade math. He loves ...
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3answers
4k views

Does it hurt my baby (developmentally) if she watches while I'm on the computer?

I have a 6 month old who likes to stare at my glowing computer while I code or browse the internet. Most of what I view is text or static web pages, so it's not content I'm worried about her viewing, ...
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4answers
1k views

How can I deal with no-socks situation at night?

Our house is reasonably cold (and try to keep it that way) and so I insist that aside from summer, the kids wear socks; including for sleep. The problem is that they take the socks off - it seems ...
5
votes
2answers
195 views

How do you handle the boomerang effect with Teens?

15 year old teen boy in question. Generally good kid but minor annoyances here and there coming & going without saying hello (sometimes). missing please/thank you (sometimes). speaking ...
14
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7answers
524 views

What to do when a 6-year-old expresses suicidal thoughts?

A mom at my daughter's school told me that her son told her that my 6-year-old daughter told him that she doesn't like herself and wants to kill herself. I'm really not sure how to approach this with ...
2
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1answer
101 views

Could you recommend some suitable martial arts to teach to a child for self-defense?

I've been practicing martial arts since I was a child. First I did Judo and when I was 20 I started Aiki-jutsu. Judo gave me self-confidence because I saw I was able to pull bigger children than me to ...
12
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4answers
5k views

Is walking barefoot bad for my child's health?

I've heard all my life that walking barefoot on a cold floor would make me (when I was a child) more susceptible to catching a cold and things like that. My wife keeps saying that to our child. Is ...
12
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2answers
5k views

At what age can you leave the child in the bathtub?

Today when my daughter took a bath I wanted to go check on a thing, but of course couldn't since I was watching her. Of course it depends on the child, but in general at what age do you think you can ...
10
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14answers
8k views

How to deal with a teenage daughter who refuses to dress modestly

My husband and I and are the parents of three wonderful children, but we've been having some issues lately with our 15 year old, our middle child. She continues to wear skirts that are much too short ...
6
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3answers
378 views

What should I do when my parents drain all my energy?

I'm 18, almost 19 and I've been dealing with my parents' negativity as far as I remember myself. I'm currently a game programmer, something that isn't from the easiest. Still I manage perfectly to ...
0
votes
1answer
94 views

How can I help my one year old transition to sleeping in crib?

My son has slept with me most his life, due to a C-section on my part and a bad belly on his, which made him wheeze from acid reflux. I felt better touching his belly to know he was OK. Now I can't ...
4
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2answers
160 views

Can Prozac stunt a teenager's growth?

I have a close friend whose son turned 14 last October. He started on 10mg of Prozac in September 2013, gradually increased to 60mg in July 2014, where he has remained. My friend keeps regular ...
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4answers
4k views

Are there any benefits to taking a bath over taking a shower for a child?

Leaving aside emotional benefits (kids like to splash around in a bath and have fun) are there any health benefits or negatives to taking a bath vs. taking a shower? I'm looking for an answer based ...
5
votes
1answer
102 views

How can I encourage my teenage sister to have political efficacy?

My teenage sister recently began telling her friends that she would like to study law in college. I would like to help her become more assertive, confident, and have increased participation in ...
2
votes
2answers
122 views

How do I stop a twitching newborn waking itself?

When we eventually get our three day old baby to sleep after what seems like hours of pinkie time and rocking, within five minutes of putting him down his violent arm and leg twitches cause him to ...
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1answer
196 views

my 11 year old boy started craving white milk. Is there a health reason for that?

He never liked milk much I just wonder if there is a health reason for this.
3
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1answer
121 views

Where are the majority of children on the Autism Spectrum?

Our doctor suspects our 2 year old daughter has Autism so we have booked her in for an official diagnosis and we are madly reading everything we can on the net. I can see under the DSM-IV Model that ...
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10answers
6k views

What is the impact on kids of having two working parents?

Having grown up with a stay-at-home mom, I wonder what negative impact not having a SAH parent has on young children and elementary school children (who are in alternative care after school). Let's ...
11
votes
10answers
5k views

2-year-old does not speak

My son will be two years old next month, and he doesn't speak. Actually, he speaks, but some other language which nobody can understand. If I point him out to something, he says it not perfectly, but ...
10
votes
8answers
2k views

How can I decide whether to continue studying or become a stay-at-home mother?

I'm in my early 20s, I haven't developed my career yet. I'm currently in my final year of pre-med. I was going to apply to medschool next year, but I'm four months pregnant now. I've decided to delay ...
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16answers
6k views

Should I allow or forbid my son to visit the education of a religion that I do not share?

I'm an Agnostic. When the topic comes to religion, I try to explain to my seven year old son what religious persons believe and why I don't share that belief. Until recently, he shared my scepticism. ...
9
votes
5answers
1k views

What can help a seven year old boy cope with night terrors and being constantly afraid?

My son used to be very independent little boy without any fears. In the last two years his night terrors and fears have gotten out of control. He dreams about robots, house fires, tornadoes. The ...
7
votes
3answers
337 views

Ways to shield a child against religious indoctrination/pressure?

What effective methods (preferably backed by some sort of data) are there for avoiding religious indoctrination or pressure on a child? Some of the possible factors I'm thinking of are: Teachers and ...
3
votes
3answers
2k 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 ...
3
votes
1answer
300 views

14 year old daughter has a boyfriend and I have heard reports of inappropriate behavior from her friends

My daughter has been spending a lot of time with her new boyfriend, to the point it is making her other friends uncomfortable. While I had told my daughter as long as she could be responsible and ...
2
votes
1answer
62 views

Flight travel during pregnancy

Can flying cause any problems during any stage of pregnancy ? Is there any harmful effect on the baby or mother ?
5
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2answers
191 views

I am 20, too scared of my father, and I no longer feel safe. What can I do?

I've had many episodes of full withdrawal from the family because I cannot face my father. Last night was another one of those episodes. We were eating dinner with the family when I made small talk ...
2
votes
2answers
54 views

What can cause colic on dairy formula and not on mother milk

My 9 day old daughter is experiencing severe colic. The crying and leg stretching usually starts 20 minutes after the bottle with diary formula is finished. It takes around 2 hours after symptoms ...
3
votes
2answers
89 views

2 year old rarely eats food, needs bottle and milk and drinks a lot of water

My son completely refuses to eat food. If I forcefully insert it in his mouth, he tries to vomit and throws the food out of his mouth. He loves milk in his bottle, which we give him only when he is ...
9
votes
3answers
316 views

How and when should I tell my son his AMAZING father isn't his biological father?

My son is going on 5 and starting to learn a lot about how we're created. I've been with my husband for 10 years, but nearly 6 years ago I had no other choice but to move 1000 miles away and after ...
5
votes
2answers
107 views

How to get 4 year old to stick up for himself but not turn into a bully?

My 4 year old son is big(tall) for his age but he is very sensitive and can be a bit timid sometimes. Recently I took him to a soft play area and he was just playing and minding his own business when ...
2
votes
1answer
125 views

nearly 2 years old son fears characters, dolls and someone knocking on door (bully niece)

Whenever I take my kid to the mall, he fears going to the soft toys section and fears all the dolls, characters, stuffed animals. Another thing I observed is that if we are in our room and somebody ...
2
votes
2answers
413 views

How do you make an infant sleep on her stomach with her hands on her chin?

Have a look at the photo below. I have seen these kind of infant photographs. Is it a photoshop trick or is it actually possible to make an infant sleep like this? If it is possible, how to go about ...
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votes
5answers
6k views

How much sun is too much for a child?

My three months old son really likes to sit or lie in the spots where the sun shines through our windows unto the floor. I guess he likes the additional warmth. Currently it's winter in Germany (from ...
4
votes
1answer
174 views

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 ...

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