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How can I help my ten-year-old not be traumatized by the deaths of characters in books?

My daughter understands these are characters, not real people. She writes stories herself, mostly for school, and understands that "something has to happen." Yet the death of any character with more ...
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1answer
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Is there any solid evidence that being in a sitting position might be bad for babies (before they can sit up on their own)?

Babies around the age of five-seven months might be able to remain in a sitting position when parents put them into that position, but they are still unable to sit up unaided. In Hungary where we ...
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1answer
138 views

Visitation for my son to see his dad, but he rarely sees his dad? [closed]

My son is 7 years old and has been primarily in my custody. I left Wisconsin where his father resides about five years ago. Since I left Wisconsin I have encouraged my sons father to be a part of his ...
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236 views

Constipation problem in two months pregnancy

i am two months pregnant. Feeling constipation every two days. What should i take to get relieved of this problem? Pls somebody advice.
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5answers
8k views

Should toddlers drink milk during the night?

My son is almost 2 years old and he still wakes in the night to drink. I know he is not alone. As i would like to get a full night's sleep, i have been comtemplating watering down his formula to get ...
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2answers
283 views

At what age is it suggested to enunciate specific expectations regarding 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 ...
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2answers
151 views

Authoritative stance of AMA against ADHD?

I recently received word from someone with a psychology background that the American Medical Association (AMA) came out with a stance against ADHD being a valid illness or diagnosis. I have been ...
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6answers
954 views

Teaching perseverance and planning

My eight year-old has an issue with perseverance and planning. We thought playing minecraft would help. If you're not familiar with minecraft, it's a game where you gather resources to build things, ...
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2answers
207 views

How to provide the most support to children as an 'uncle' with only monthly visits

As a side effect of some volunteering I do, I find myself playing something of an 'uncle' like relationship for some of the children of women I've volunteering with. I love children and am more then ...
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2answers
195 views

How do I reconnect with my separated children?

My marriage ended in divorce and I left my children to their mother in order to keep the peace. Over the years I received mail; emails on birthdays and so on. But I have lost their need to contact ...
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1answer
197 views

Does playing classical music for infants and young children make them smarter?

I read pop neuroscience books as well as science sections on news sites (e.g. BBC, NY Times) and one of the claims I remember reading was that supposedly listening to Mozart music made infants ...
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4answers
536 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 ...
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2answers
263 views

Child with diarrhea: what to do when you think the doctors aren't doing enough?

My son, who is 2 years old, has had diarrhea now for 11 days. About a month ago he started to have diarrhea. I thought it was just an illness, but it would stop and then start again. It started to ...
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3answers
4k views

What is the most appropriate way to address contrarianism in a 4-year-old?

My 4-year-old son tends to default to saying no changes in activity (even if he is clearly no longer interested in the current activity). Overall he is helpful, considerate, and will do things we ask ...
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1answer
2k views

My 7 year old son acts out in sexual ways [duplicate]

I'm a single mother of 2. My daughter is 13 and my son is 7. My son's father shot himself 2 years ago. That's when things started to change. When his dad was alive, my son never wanted to go to his ...
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4answers
297 views

Appropriate confrontational behaviour to teach a 2-year-old?

At my two-year-old daughter's nursery, there's one "energetic" boy who is perhaps a little lacking in the empathy or discipline department. What I'm saying is, he occasionally behaves too roughly ...
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11answers
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What age is it appropriate to start martial arts?

I would like to send my son to learn martial arts as soon as possible as I believe this would help him gain confidence in his early stages of life (it worked for me when I was an adult) At what age ...
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2answers
175 views

How can I explain to my 4 year old that his friend has moved away?

My 4 year old son has a good friend who is a foster child. She was being fostered (with two siblings) by a couple who lived not far from us and we were just beginning to get friendly with this family, ...
4
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1answer
54 views

Ways to interact with my kid

I'm living in Spain and my kid is with my wife back in Brazil for now (they will join me later). The hardest feeling I have is that I'm not interacting with my kid as much as I would like to, we try ...
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2answers
226 views

4 week old cries for bottle feed every 30 minutes but only takes 30ml (1oz)

Currently going through a nightmare with 4 week old, for the last 5 days she's been stuck in a strange rhythm. She seems hungry and cries the house down, we make up a large bottle as we have been for ...
4
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1answer
156 views

How can I help my child be grateful for her life

I would like my daughter to be grateful for her life - being healthy and raised in a rich country by a caring and loving family, she should be. How can I make her see her life as good enough, without ...
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1answer
87 views

If I want to ensure my kids are bilingual, how should I decide which language to use when with them?

Suppose I have a kid and I want them to be bilingual. Does it confuse a child when you speak two languages to them? If so, how does one avoid this? But I don't know much about how language develops so ...
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2answers
99 views

Does sleep training make sense for a baby with intermittent sleep difficulty?

We are pretty lucky as far as sleep goes. We have a 6 month old who generally sleeps through the night. ...except that when going down to sleep (unless she's completely wiped out) she cries and we ...
6
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1answer
613 views

My mom has taken over my daughter

I moved near to my parents five years ago. My daughter was 10 years old at the time, and she stayed with them. But she is almost 15 now and I want her back. My mom has been ill and I don't know long ...
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3answers
386 views

Toddler is ignored by other person/child. Should I let her learn the lesson or should I step in and entertain her?

The toddler is 2 years old, and is happy going and social. Our maid's 10 year old son came with her and sat in the drawing room. Toddler was playing nearby. I told her to say hello to the boy and ...
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3answers
544 views

How do I address lack of tact in a 4 year old?

This morning, I dropped my son off at pre-school, and he introduced me to one of his new friends. He then, loudly, and right in front of this friend, proceeded to explain how this child "gets upset ...
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5answers
7k views

Is (supervised) play time alone beneficial for an infant/toddler?

My son (currently 8 months old) is quite content to sit by himself and play with toys (blocks, toy cars, etc.). We make sure that he spends time interacting with other children, and we also make sure ...
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5answers
2k views

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 ...
4
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3answers
549 views

Are children harmed by the awareness of their parent's sexuality and sexual activity?

My wife and I are having our first child this July and a conversation that we have now and then is the prospect of having sex with our baby in the room. I've read other questions related to this ...
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2answers
190 views

When does an adoption “sink in” for a child?

We adopted our six year-old son at age one. When he asks questions or makes comments about the first year of his life, or when he was "in momma's tummy," we have never lied to him. We tell him we ...
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1answer
658 views

Am getting emotionally distant from my mother day by day. What can I do to mend the bond?

I'm a child and not a parent. I don't understand what to do in the situation I'm describing below. I have both my parents and a brother. It all started a 2 years back. 2 years back we were all ...
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3answers
793 views

14 yo daughter broke her friendship due to Homosexuality?

How to help my daughter understand that being a lesbian or Gay is as normal and acceptable as having a straight orientation? I have a 14 year old step daughter who has come here 20 days back to visit ...
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1answer
93 views

Home learning curriculum / ideas for 2 year old

I have a 2 year old son who is a fast developer. He has been attending play school some mornings and will only join a school towards the end of the year. I am looking for a home-based learning ...
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2answers
331 views

Do newborns have dreams when they sleep?

Have noticed the 1.5 month old smiling when asleep. Do newborns have dreams when they sleep? If yes, then what kind? If no, then what could be the reason of their sleep smiles?
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12answers
1k views

Email and social media for pre-teens

My daughter is 11 and I discovered that she had a Facebook account and a personal email account. These were two things my wife and I had told her she wasn't allowed to have. I felt she was still too ...
11
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3answers
1k views

What schedule works for working parents and their kids to have dinner together as a family?

Each day during the week, I pick up my 1.5-year-old daughter at daycare on my way home from work, and we are home between around 5:30 or 5:45. By then, she is quite hungry, since they eat at 2 pm at ...
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8answers
2k views

Is Television appropriate for meal times?

I grew up eating in front of the TV, watching kids programs, while my parents and, much elder, brother watched news or quiz programs in the neighboring room. On Weekends we all ate around the same ...
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11answers
8k views

What age do you stop reading bedtime stories?

I don't mind reading Cat in the Hat, but my 1st Grader still wants books to be read as part of the night time ritual, even though she reads them fine herself. But Ready Freddy is no fun to read out ...
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9answers
64k views

Should I stop my infant from sucking his thumb?

My 2-month-old has recently discovered his thumb. He used to often suck his hands, normal baby behavior, and occasionally would "find" his thumb and happily suck for a while - usually when he was ...
4
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1answer
347 views

Clean children vs dirty children

Which is better for toddler/pre-schooler's health? To let them get dirty (play as they will in sand, mud, dust, seawater) and wash them appropriately or try to keep them clean? What impacts do these ...
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1answer
128 views

Should we protect our childred from getting ill?

Nowadays there are very few sicknesses that a toddler or a pre-schooler can catch and that will kill or irreversibly harm him. Most bacteria infections can be treated and there is little real danger. ...
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4answers
4k 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 ...
3
votes
2answers
190 views

One year old still not eating solids

My breastfed 14 month old is barely eating any solids. We started solids at about 6 months and skipped pureeing the food and went straight to finger foods but he never really showed much interest in ...
18
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5answers
3k views

My son witnessed a friend receiving corporal punishment; how do I prevent this from sending the wrong message?

As I was picking my son up from daycare the other day, another boy's "Nanny" (grandmother, I presume) was picking him up at the same time. The boy was playing, and grabbing on to other children's ...
9
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9answers
4k views

Will getting child care from a non-native English speaker impact my child's language development?

My wife and I really like a neighborhood day care we recently checked out. The place seems very nice and the care providers seem to do a very good job. They are organized, appear to give a lot of ...
4
votes
2answers
326 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 ...
3
votes
1answer
668 views

How often should a 6 week old, bottle fed baby have a bowel movement?

My baby is 6 weeks and she only poos every 3 day. Is this normal? The doctor says he is not concerned. I went to the pharmacy and she told me to try a bit of water between feedings, but it still ...
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votes
12answers
11k views

My 9 year old son regards life as meaningless [closed]

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, ...
5
votes
3answers
890 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 ...
18
votes
6answers
902 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 ...

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