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How can I get my 4 year old to clean up toys without a battle?

Multiple times during the day, we have our 4 year old take a break from playing to clean up her toys. It's a huge battle every time. Usually, she ends up on the ground saying that there are too many ...
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10answers
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When should I allow a child to swear?

Disclaimer: I do not have kids of my own yet, so this is more of a curiosity question. I'd met some kids via online gaming who were ages 13 or so, and swearing quite skillfully. I think in ...
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5answers
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When should you worry about a toddler's loss of appetite and weight?

My 2 year-old seems to have lost her appetite in the last 3 to 4 weeks: she eats very little at meal times (couple of mouthfuls) and definitely much less than she used to. She does not seem to be ill, ...
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3answers
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What's the difference between baby clothes that say X months and clothes that say X-Y months?

I have clothes that are 3 months and I have clothes that are 3-6 months. Are they equivalent? is there equivalency between sizes that are given as a single number vs ones that are given as a range?
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11answers
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How to fit 3 children car seats into the back of a car

My 3rd child was just born and I've discovered fitting the seats for all my children into the car is a real problem. My oldest child is using a booster, my middle child a car seat and the new baby is ...
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13answers
1k views

How do you teach morals and values in non-religious households?

There was a similar question to this one on moms4mom.com but I had trouble finding it earlier. My husband and I were raised Catholic, but neither of us believe any more. We have two daughters, and ...
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9answers
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How can I keep a 14 month old busy at some activity for longer than 3 minutes

Our boy loses interest in any activity - playing with toys /playing with us/mock singing/you-name-it very soon The only exception is watching TV (which can go on for 30 minutes uninterrupted) and he ...
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5answers
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How to help my newborn pass gas

I have a newborn (10 days). She seems to struggle with a lot of gas several times a day (first question, is this too much!?). How do we help her pass the gas more quickly and easily? She does get it ...
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0answers
205 views

Do wireless phones and computers harm babies? [closed]

There is some discussion about the harm of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) emitted from mobile phones and other wireless devices. Is there reliable evidence? How does the distance of a baby to a ...
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3answers
2k views

What are the differences between a child who was born vaginally versus via caesarean section?

My son was born by caesarean section, although my wife and I really wanted our son born vaginally. My wife's friend has had two successful vaginal births. She wants the third child to be born by ...
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2answers
241 views

How do you encourage a toddler that you suspect may be gifted?

Related to this question, what do you do if you think your child may be gifted? My son is very advanced in a number of areas (most notably speaking in 5 and 6 word sentences, and having a tremendous ...
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3answers
395 views

Should my wife pump after feeding to “top her off?”

My question is: Can we trust that the baby will not starve itself and will eat as much as it needs, or is it a good idea to pump and feed the pumped milk to her from the bottle after the next feeding? ...
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3answers
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What to do when the pinky is the only way to soothe a newborn?

My question is: Is there any way to soothe a crying baby in the middle of the night other than inserting my pinky? Summery: Pinky method = only successful soothing found Tried the following other ...
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2answers
354 views

Daughter not saying “mom” even though she can

My two-year-old daughter has said "dad" for long time, referring to me. She has already said "mom" couple of times in the past so we know she can say it and knows the meaning of it, however no matter ...
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1answer
318 views

Retrain toddler to potty?

My toddler was using the potty frequently when he turned about 2.5 years, then after Memorial weekend, he suddenly stopped going. He seems to hold it forever and is very stubborn. I haven't had him ...
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3answers
284 views

How to mitigate the impact of other people comparing my children to each other?

My husband and I have tried very hard to show both of our children that they are loved and cared for, and to encourage their own unique interests and to be proud of the individuals they are growing ...
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11answers
2k views

How to deal with a child in an “I can't” phase?

A 3 1/2 year old child has entered an "I can't" phase. He says "he can't" about things he really can do. It becomes hard to detect when to help or not help, because you're supposed to help children ...
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6answers
332 views

Calming Baby after bath

I guess that I am lucky in some ways. My son, three months old. Loves being in the bath. He is not scared of water and loves to splash. However, taking him out of the bath is a different matter, ...
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2answers
132 views

Do I need to space big changes? How much?

We're moving house (within the neighborhood) in early August. In September, our 2-and-a-bit year old moves to a new daycare. But at the same time, she's also at a stage where she's getting big for her ...
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6answers
2k views

How do I prevent my child from becoming frightened by “scary” stories?

I have a ten year old child who gets spooked to tears to sleep in his room alone because another child at school told him a nonsense story about Slender Man. The child added a few bits to the myth, ...
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2answers
478 views

Can I clean the fabric from my stroller in a washer and dryer?

The seat cover on my Maclaran (Quest) stroller is pretty filthy, and it all unsnaps, but the Maclaran site doesn't seem to have any info on whether you can machine wash it (or how to wash it at all). ...
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2answers
192 views

Microwaving supper for the children in a filthy microwave [closed]

This is a hypothetical question, but I could see it happening to me one day. A father uses a public microwave oven to cook supper to feed his children. The microwave is technically clean, but he is ...
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2answers
74 views

Is there a quick-nap device for kids too big for a Bjorn (or other) bouncer?

Our 13-month-old regularly takes a short nap in the early evening. It's usually both too short (under an hour) and too close to bedtime (within 2-3 hours) for us to want to put him in his crib in ...
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2answers
150 views

How can I make my travel schedule easier on my 5-year old?

I travel a great deal for my job. Most weeks I'm gone from Sunday Night until Thursday Night, and sometimes I'm gone through the weekend as well. I have two children, a 5 year old and a 3 year old. I ...
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4answers
7k views

How do I stop my 3yr old from wetting the bed at night?

My daughter is potty trained during the day and is currently sleeps with pull-up. For the past few nights she has been peeing so much that she wets her bed. We have tried to restrict her liquid intake ...
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1answer
663 views

What should I consider when deciding whether to homeschool my child?

This is an often-controversial topic, one where it's easy to find conflicting or misleading information. What are the important points to consider when making the decision to enroll in a mortar and ...
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4answers
275 views

What are the Different Homeschooling Styles?

From Unschooling to Unit Studies and even Charlotte Mason there seem to be TONS of homeschooling styles and options for guiding your curricular design within a homeschool. Currently we are using a ...
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1answer
142 views

Benefits of different education options [closed]

It is probably a good idea for a couple to consider the pros and cons of different education options for their children before they start having them. Ideas are the public school system, a private ...
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4answers
8k views

How can one tell if an infant is developmentally advanced?

How can I tell if an infant is developmentally advanced? For example, in a 10 month old baby boy: he likes to play the piano and drum; he is always making sounds or noises with his mouth or toys all ...
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6answers
6k views

How to teach bike riding with a balance bike

We got our son a balance bike (small wooden pedal-less bike) for his third birthday. These seem to be the modern way of teaching bike riding. At the moment he sometimes will 'walk' the bike for few ...
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3answers
269 views

What do you do to help an ADHD kid get along in the classroom or with school work better?

Rather than always trying to change the child, what are some techniques for ways to help a "wiggly kid" function in the classroom better without it just being about "sitting still"? The methods I ...
4
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1answer
169 views

Toddler assigns ownership to everything

My 22-month-old has recently taken to assigning ownership to everything. She'll grab whatever she sees laying around - books, clothing, whatever - declare whose it is ("it's daddy's", "it's mommy's"), ...
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2answers
701 views

Alternatives to using food coloring for kids activities

We do a lot of activities that seem to use food coloring in our house - making play doh, playing with colored vinegar and baking soda, etc. Food coloring seems to be pretty pricey in our local grocery ...
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2answers
208 views

Buying a kids table/chairs for 4-6yo, what to look at?

Our 4yo has grown out from her table and we are thinking about buying that a bigger one. Other than "table should be sturdy, no sharp edges" - what should we check before buying? How to make sure ...
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7answers
2k views

Help child overcome fear of water on head

My 22-month-old daughter absolutely hates getting her hair wet. At bathtime, she complains (crying, but without tears) when I pour water on her head in preparation for washing her hair (even if I'm ...
2
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1answer
81 views

Where to find information on homeschooling requirements by state?

Is there a place to find homeschooling requirements on a state-by-state basis in the United States (or a listing for other countries as well)? I am most interested in the requirement for entering a ...
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9answers
2k views

How can I motivate my 16 yo daughter to do something valuable with her life?

I have a 16 year old daughter who, whenever she has free time wastes it on things that I think are futile like Facebook, Tumblr, etc. She's also performing poorly at school. I've talked to her about ...
2
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1answer
701 views

Taking a 5 month old on swimming vacation

We are taking our little 5 month old girl on vacation on the coast in the North of Spain, near Barcelona. Our little girl loves her baths and we want to introduce her to joys of swimming. Thus our ...
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5answers
19k views

How can I help my baby poop

My newborn (currently 6 weeks) sometimes goes a few days without a bowel movement. It seems like this makes her uncomfortable and she sometime looks like she's trying to get something going (she has ...
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3answers
4k views

Breast milk looks curdled . . . what happened?

My wife pumps and puts the milk in the fridge if it's not time for a feeding. We have to supplement with formula because the baby drinks about 4 more ounces a day than she makes. Feeding from the ...
4
votes
3answers
93 views

Getting young children to take meds

My sons is on this horrible tasting medicine. He hates taking it. We have tried mixing it with ice cream, apple sauce, and milk. He then refuses to eat/drink that. It ends up I have to wrestle with ...
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5answers
12k views

Our 4 year old won't fall asleep until 11pm

Our 4 year old doesn't like to sleep. I know that sounds like what every kid says, but let me clarify. She doesn't cry at bedtime, she just won't sleep. We start to get her ready for bed around 8pm. ...
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3answers
124 views

Do baby walkers help with reflux?

I have a very happy 4.5 month old with reflux. He is trying his best to cope with it and does a very good job. He smiles all the time. I noticed that he likes it when he sees your face and I know ...
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3answers
3k views

Toddler has trouble saying the letter “L”

I am not sure if it is just my kid or the letter "L", but my toddler can't seem to say the letter "L". I try to help him out and show with my mouth how to pronounce it, but he will say stuff like ...
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4answers
217 views

Alternative to the 1-2-3 rule needed

I have a 1,6 year old son. Today I first put him in "the corner" after counting to three, explaining that this would happen when he doesn´t behave. Then I told him that he should stay there until he ...
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13answers
8k views

How to get toddler to eat eggs?

A long while ago my 2 yr 9 mo old son decided he did not like eggs. He was good enough to taste them (and re-tasted them on a couple later occasions), but he made up his mind he just does not like ...
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2answers
398 views

Encouraging friendship with same-age children

We have a few family friends. Some happen to have all children about 5-6 years older than the oldest one here (so closest is 5 year old and 10 year old). I'm thinking we should not spend as much ...
5
votes
6answers
2k views

For toothbrushing a one year old (who eats the toothpaste) should we be using fluoride paste or not?

We recently read about how important it is to start toothbrushing once teeth break, both to establish the habit/routine and to prevent early decay. But the kid's paste we bought (which is ...
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5answers
306 views

How do I talk to my child about homelessness and mental illness?

We live in Vancouver, Canada, which for various reasons (weather, policy effects, etc.) has a large homeless population. Many of them suffer mental illness of some degree. Panhandlers are a common ...
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vote
1answer
502 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 ...

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