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I seem to have good talks with my 16 yr old son about his life but then he is texting his friend trashing me?

I caught my son smoking pot a few times and it was a daily deal. He had a real nice big room upstairs in our home that was private so I moved him downstairs closer to my bedroom. I have been ...
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4answers
18k 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 ...
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13answers
17k views

Should I force activities on my child?

I am trying to encourage my 5 1/2 year old son to try different activities but he often simply rejects them out of hand before trying them. Recently I saw a groupon for ten Taekwondo lessons. He did ...
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9answers
23k views

How can I stop my two year old from taking off his diaper in bed?

Recently, my two-year-old son has been taking off his diaper at nap time. It's usually full and dirty and makes a big mess. He has managed to do it while wearing all types of pants (even overalls). ...
5
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4answers
267 views

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 ...
10
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7answers
4k views

How do I get my child to stop picking his nose?

My son picks his nose and, yes, eats it. How can I get this to stop?
2
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2answers
84 views

Reading to a colicky infant?

My 4-week-old daughter suffers from extreme gas pain that leaves her spending very few waking hours in a content, attentive state. Our lives for the past month have literally been about near-constant ...
3
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3answers
191 views

Kids are yelling over the fence

My kids and the neighbor's kid are all in the same kindergarten group. Despite having plenty of interaction there, they seek even more contact. That's not bad in itself, of course, but it's annoying ...
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4answers
2k views

Baby takes so long to wind, is there a solution?

Our baby was born prematurely and had to be bottle fed. The nurses joked that she was a 'windy baby' when she was being nursed. Now she's home and nearly six weeks old, she's devouring ample amounts ...
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0answers
159 views

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 ...
0
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1answer
75 views

Examples of good/poor parenting plans in a high conflict divorce situation? [closed]

As a result of a prolonged and highly nasty divorce (not yet finalized), I anticipate ongoing and enduring (post divorce) disputes even after a court battle results in a parenting plan. To help ...
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3answers
1k views

Best jigsaw puzzle's size for 5+ year old girl

My five and a half year old daughter was very found of playing with jigsaw puzzle when she was three. Then she dropped that idea completely. So I don't have any "growing" references, for best sizes ...
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5answers
362 views

Fake driver's license discovered — how to deal with situation?

My daughter leaves her purse in the car, even at night which is really unsafe, even for the city we live in. I wanted to teach her a lesson about the dangers of leaving valuables in a car and ...
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0answers
96 views

Montessori vs daycare for toddler? [closed]

My mother-in-law currently watches my daughter Isla (16 months) and nephew (26 months). I hear that many parents like to send their children to daycare/school starting around 2.5 yrs of age, and I am ...
6
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4answers
254 views

Purposely walking slowly to/from preschool?

Every morning before going to work, I walk our 4 years old son to the preschool located 15 minutes from home ; and his little brother too (in a stroller). Every evening after work, my wife walks them ...
6
votes
7answers
51k views

When is a banana ripe enough to not cause constipation?

This might seem like a funny question, but it actually is not. My 13 month old daughter started to have constipation and we were trying to figure out what it could have been. While researching, I ...
3
votes
1answer
246 views

My son is discouraged

I have a 10-yr-old son. He's a fifth grader right now and I have been really worried about his attitude toward homework and everything that has to do with studying. He constantly calls himself stupid ...
4
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2answers
307 views

What advice can I give to a teen who wants to tell his dad uncomfortable truths?

My girlfriend's Teenage Boy (TB), 14, wants to talk to his dad about things he doesn't like about him, like smoking in the living room. He came to me for advice. Knowing his dad, who is a very ...
43
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18answers
10k views

How can I teach a teenager to plan better and procrastinate less in his studies?

The teenage boy of my girlfriend is starting his first year of senior high school next September. As a gifted teenager, he does not do a lot but still gets good grades -- very good grades actually. ...
5
votes
3answers
3k views

What age should I encourage my kids to start working and earn his/her money?

At what age should I encourage my kids to go out and find a job (be it part-time or full-time) and start to earn some money and have a taste of what working life is like?
3
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4answers
1k views

What qualities should one look for when choosing picture books for young children?

Many picture books wind up on children's bookshelves that are only looked at a few times and then they sit there collecting dust - never revisited. Buying books for kids (especially when they aren't ...
3
votes
2answers
6k views

Should a 7 day old be prevented from raising her head on her own?

My 7 day old baby raises her head up and holds it there for about 2 seconds when I try to burp her by placing my hand on her chest and neck, bending her on -45 degree angle and then patting her back. ...
2
votes
4answers
346 views

I want to dropout of HS yet my dad is mad at my decision

I'm a 16 year old teenager growing up in Texas. My dad was (up until now) a really good dad. We used to do stuff together, but that has changed in the last couple of years or so. I don't have a good ...
0
votes
3answers
353 views

Finding out who initiated sexual contact. What needs to be done?

I live with my girl friend and her 5 year old son, and my 7 year old daughter. Recently they were found in the closet suspiciously. Her son had his boxers improperly outside his shorts. So his mom ...
5
votes
4answers
159 views

How a child can tell if his bottom is clean enough?

This is the situation. My 5 1/2 year old is concerned because he does not know if his bottom is clean when he wipes himself after a BM. He knows that sometimes his bottom needs a lot of cleaning and ...
2
votes
3answers
157 views

Answering questions about why words are pronounced/spelled as they are

This question is based on English, but many other languages might have equivalent issues (if, perhaps, less frequent). My almost-five year old is learning to read (has learnt, really), and is a very ...
4
votes
4answers
145 views

What level/type of exercise is safe during pregnancy?

Reading Can Pregnancy Weight Loss Be Good?, I stumble across "We know that exercise in pregnancy is safe for everybody," Artal says. "When we talk exercise, we talk about just walking -- a safe ...
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8answers
2k views

How should I react when my child is being teased at school?

If I have a child who is consistently made fun of at school, what should I do to help my child learn to cope, ignore, or respond to the situation. What should I do to help prevent the situation from ...
2
votes
2answers
388 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 ...
2
votes
2answers
573 views

Non-alcoholic treatment, medicines, or remedies for infant colic

Our baby is suffering from colic. The doctor prescribed some medicines which contained alcohol along with the active volatile ingrediants like dill oil, cardamon oil, etc. Is there a proven and ...
0
votes
1answer
44 views

my daughter just turned 4 years old she doesn't like going poop in the toilet

My 4 year old daughter knows how to pee in the toilet but when its time for her to poop she goes in her diaper. she has another year of preschool and soon its off to Kindergarten. We do ask her if she ...
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6answers
4k views

How do I deal with my wife's violent outbursts around our child?

I am becoming increasingly concerned by my wife's outbursts of anger. She has a very short fuse and very few coping strategies, so when something goes wrong (anything from a birthday party invite ...
2
votes
2answers
86 views

Getting things done - balancing directives vs. autonomy (elementary school age)

I'm the father of a 9 year old boy, who, while in the top tier regarding intelligence and grades, has a serious problem of 'getting things done'. Simple things. The issue does not occur at school ...
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votes
10answers
10k views

What is the best approach to cut the hair of an infant/toddler?

I often loose patience and am anxious about accidentally cutting skin when I try to cut my 18 month old's hair. Please suggest approaches that you've used that work to get the hair cut safely with the ...
5
votes
2answers
9k views

Should I let my toddler sleep late when he is ill?

My two-year-old is a great sleeper. It can take him a while to get to sleep after we put him to bed (what with all the singing and bear conversations that go on after we've left the room), but he will ...
4
votes
4answers
204 views

How do I give my child's age? [closed]

People ask how old my baby is, and I'm not sure what to tell them. He was born May 16, 2016. Do I give his age in weeks? Days? When should I give it in months?
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vote
2answers
63 views

What are good ways to help a child understand danger better?

My 8-year-old son is very rational and thoughtful, but in my view he doesn't understand danger well. For example, he will run right next to fast moving cars in the sidewalk. It seems he has a model of ...
1
vote
1answer
37 views

Any ideas to help a 1st grade boy be more focused and on task?

Does any one have any suggestions to help a 7 year old boy be more focused and on task?
40
votes
13answers
81k views

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,...
3
votes
1answer
74 views

Should I seek a diagnosis for dyslexia for my daughter?

My daughter just finished second grade and will start third grade in the fall. She was diagnosed with ADHD when she was 3 and a half. We started her in pre-school at age 4 with an IEP, and she has ...
0
votes
1answer
141 views

Should I trust the dogs instincts?

There is a neighbor boy who is 6. I have a 4 and a 2 year old. The boys mom is nice, the boy seems nice (I can tell he's a coddled only child, but whatever). He's been over to play a few times with ...
10
votes
3answers
1k views

5 Year Old Social Difficulty

My 5 year old is in Kindergarten. I work at home and I pick him up from the bus stop every day. Everyday, the first thing out of his mouth after school is, "Can I have a play date with so and so (...
4
votes
5answers
24k views

Is it okay for an infant to sleep 10-12 hours at night?

Our 4-month-old baby regularly sleeps for 10+ hours at night. I know this isn't normal (and we feel pretty blessed for it), but is it okay? Are there any health problems or downsides to this?
3
votes
2answers
4k views

Does eating onions while breastfeeding adversely affect the flavor of the breastsmilk?

This is something my wife's aunt, who is a nurse (but not in any maternity or pediatric field) advised us on. She said we should avoid giving onions to my wife (who doesn't like them usually anyway) ...
3
votes
1answer
198 views

At what age do trilingual toddlers develop consistent speech?

My husband and I speak 3 languages fluently, our native, swahili and English. My biggest concern is we speak both of the languages in the house and as a parent I'm now concerned that we might confuse ...
19
votes
8answers
5k views

How do you manage free time when you have kids?

My problem is I have almost zero free time. I have two young kids 3 and 2 when they where young my wife didn't want to let them fall asleep by themselves so now I take the 2 year old and my wife ...
6
votes
2answers
466 views

Is being left-handed going to be more difficult for my son?

My boy is 16 months and I have noticed he is left-handed. He can scribble well using a pen and some crayon with his left hand. I also noticed whenever I gave him a spoon to feed himself he would move ...
14
votes
5answers
7k views

At what age is autism typically diagnosed?

I suppose it depends on the severity of the condition, but I was wondering how normal it is to go through several years of school before a "problem" is noticed by parents and/or teachers or other ...
0
votes
1answer
43 views

Infant cognitive abilities guide

I have a simple question: Is there any simple guide, site, book where all the progression of the newborn's cognitive evolution is described? Preferably, it should be of the format day 10: most ...
10
votes
2answers
48k views

How long can a newborn girl bleed from her vagina?

The bleeding from a newborn girl's vagina is completely normal, it happens due to hormones being absorbed by the baby while still in the womb. How long can this bleeding last? Does it come and go, ...

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