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Is there any scientific evidence in favor of co-sleeping with children?

Many people choose to co-sleep with their children because of supposed psychological and sleep quality reasons. Are there any scientific studies or other concrete evidence to back them up?
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17answers
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How do you teach a child religious views?

Since a few weeks my 2yo son refuses to pray for his food. His refusal probably has nothing to do with religion; being a 2yo he simply refuses to do anything we don't force him to. Nevertheless, this ...
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3answers
2k views

How do you handle poor behavior by other people's children?

I believe that interacting with a variety of other children at social functions is an important part of childhood development. However, there seem to be a lot of children who are... how shall I ...
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2answers
368 views

How can I encourage my 4.5 year old daughter to eat without needing tons of time along with play?

It seems that our daughter is not so fond of most foods. She is fond of milk though - any kind of milk, cow, goat, even soy. While eating I get the feeling she is bored. She eats very slowly and not ...
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3answers
3k views

Toddler: How to remove “over” attachment for Mom?

We have a 3 year old son. During the last few months we have observed him being strongly atached to his mom. Where ever he goes, he needs his mom. He cries like crazy at any time he notices she is ...
6
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3answers
1k views

Why not let a toddler share a bedroom with a baby?

We have a 2 year old daughter and now we expect a baby in November. After the initial few months, when the newborn will be sleeping in our bedroom, we could put both children in one room together. ...
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5answers
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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 ...
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3answers
482 views

How do you discuss a controversial history topic with a child?

There are many controversial history episodes that are still relevant and actively discussed today. I don't mean cruel or bloody stories, rather episodes that different people have opposite viewpoints ...
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7answers
1k views

What should we pack when going camping with an infant?

My family and I are going camping in a couple of weeks and were wondering if anyone had any tips or just precautions we should take. I have been camping only a couple of times in my life; however, my ...
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4answers
1k views

At what age should a child stop accompanying a parent into the “wrong” public toilet?

When you're a Dad on your own you take your small girls into the Gents with you. Mums take their sons with them to the Ladies. At what age should we stop doing this? I guess the answer changes ...
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4answers
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How does having a second child change your life?

Most parents would probably agree that having a child will deeply change your life. But how does having a second child change your life? Second-time parents won't be much surprised about the smell ...
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5answers
298 views

Should I forbid my 10 month old boy to touch/play with anything that is harmful/dirty?

We are pleased with a powerful sense of his curiosity in our 10 month old son, but his curiosity makes ​​him want to touch/play everything, including items that are dangerous or dirty. When he ...
3
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2answers
4k views

new tooth has a black color (baby 8mo old)

My 8mo baby has his upper front teeth on the way. Today, I noticed that one of them was black and blue in color. This is scary to me. It looks like one of the teeth is black, but it might be that the ...
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5answers
722 views

Do baby massages improve motor skills and emotional development?

I find a lot of parents take their baby to get baby massages. I have heard that babies who receive periodic baby massages (such as once a week) are showing rapid development in their motor skills and ...
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8answers
4k views

When should you start brushing your child's teeth?

My seven-month-old son just cut his first two teeth. When do we start to brush them? Is two teeth enough to brush? Or should I wait until he has more? If so, how many more?
3
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3answers
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What size schoolbag is good for a first-grader?

My son's back is ~35cm. As I understand, the backpack should have the same height, but we have found one that is 32cm wide x 37cm tall x 17cm deep, 900 grams. Those extra 2cm height are okay, but ...
10
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3answers
223 views

Are employers required to accomodate pumping mothers?

It seems like I will be recalled to work after being laid off in the spring. I am a media specialist at an elementary school. The schedule I would be assigned has classes back to back all day other ...
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2answers
1k views

How and when can you teach a child to use an “indoor voice”?

We don't generally tell my son to be quiet, as its rarely necessary (despite his being extremely vocal). We want to encourage communication and his ability to express himself. However, there are ...
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2answers
58 views

Good resource for what is safe to eat and when

There is a lot of guidance on what you can feed your baby and when. I know: Some food at 4 months but you should wait for six No milk before 1 year but cheese before then No Salt (ever?) No peanuts ...
3
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1answer
39 views

Feeding & sleeping

Our baby boy is 11days old and the last 2 days has been feeding 5-6 hrs apart and sleeping between. He feeds for about 10-15mins on each breast and sometimes takes up to an hour to get back to sleep. ...
2
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1answer
102 views

How to set appropriate height for a baby saucer?

I want to make sure that I do not set it too high or too low. If it sets too high a baby can have a bad walking habit because he walks on his toe. But if it's too low, it can cause his legs support ...
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7answers
734 views

How to react to “cruelty” of a toddler?

My son is two and a half years old and is not in general of the violent type. However he regularly enjoys showing "cruelty". By that I mean that regularly when he "by accident" (let's stay positive) ...
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5answers
2k views

Any suggestions on how to control yelling and negativity on our part, and also teach my 8 yr old son to not feel so helpless and cry so easily?

This is about my 8-year old son, who cries easily and helplessly, mostly in response to our enforcing discipline and routine or refusing things he wants. I understand that he should not expect to be ...
2
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1answer
55 views

How to quell toddler's fear in time of emergency?

Suppose the alarm is starting and we must reach shelter as soon as possible for fear of falling missiles. Our 2 y/o daughter understands most words and conditions, but I can't think of a good way to ...
4
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8answers
34k views

What games are good to play with teens in the car?

I will be travelling with two kids aged 15 and 18 in a car this upcoming month, and I would like to play some games in the car with them. I know the game where you look for different license ...
4
votes
6answers
542 views

Is the Rosetta software a good tool for teaching a toddler foreign languages?

I have the full version of the Rosetta cd with many languages. I understand that young children absorb information like a sponge - so if I wanted to teach my daughter languages which I do not know, ...
7
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3answers
3k views

Encouraging my 2-year-old to play independently

My little boy is 2½, and has never been very good at playing by himself. When we take him to play-groups he won't ever go more than a few feet away from us at any time; At a party last week, he ...
9
votes
4answers
202 views

How to promote individual play for a toddler?

Does anyone have any tips on how to promote independent play, so our son will learn to (or get used to) play by himself? Our son is quite a demanding child who is constantly asking us to play with ...
8
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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 ...
4
votes
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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2answers
164 views

How can I help my pre-schooler be more confident and assertive in competitive play situations?

In a certain type of games, where children are expected to run to a goal point (1) and then to perform something (2), e.g. to run to a bag full of toys and then quickly grab the best toy ahead of ...
5
votes
2answers
245 views

What are guidelines for parents to use in giving advice/guidance to older teens?

My friend asked me for guidance regarding her son, so I am passing the question on. Her very talented son is a senior in high school. Since it is his last year at home, he feels that he no longer ...
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11answers
1k views

Programming with a baby

I'm wondering what parents programmers (or really any working-at-a-computer job) have to say about staying at home with an infant while trying to get some work done; is it at all feasible? How much ...
3
votes
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 ...
8
votes
5answers
544 views

How do you respond to minor injuries?

I have a 21-month-old daughter. Sometimes (not always), if she bumps her head, or stubs her toe, or whatever, this results in crying and asking to be held (and not wanting to be put down once the ...
9
votes
4answers
312 views

Is it ever okay to tell a kid you disagree with their parents?

When I have a close connection to a child through family friend, mentoring, neighbor, etc., I usually back up parents (even if I don't agree with a particular parenting style sometimes) so as not to ...
11
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4answers
4k views

How not to lose patience with toddler

I am wondering how not to be harsh with a toddler. With all the love I have for my boy, I do lose patience and get angry with him once in a while! Any ideas on how to deal with such a situation.
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6answers
2k views

What can be done to help bright children stuck in a boring school?

My kids (grades 2&4) are very bright and very active. The traditional school setting does not seem to be working for them. This is evident by their perpetual visits to the principal's office for ...
3
votes
2answers
359 views

How do you effectively disinfect a large amount of toys?

I work at a nursery and I have a hard time managing the toys that the kids play with. I watch them put things in their mouths, cough and sneeze on the toys, and throw everything on the ground. Even ...
20
votes
6answers
452 views

How do you find great reading material for a child whose reading ability is far outstripped by his/her comprehension?

I have an 8yo child with CAS (Childhood Apraxia of Speech). Because the first two schools he attended didn't deal well with his CAS, he only really began to read about a year ago. He reads at a ...
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1answer
148 views

Tandem nursing make my wife condition becoming worse [closed]

Since two months ago, my wife is pregnant and decide to keep breastfeeding our first son. This tandem nursing make my wife condition is becoming worse. My wife is having a flu for this two months. ...
4
votes
2answers
316 views

Should schools instruct parents how to behave on the school run?

A recent news item dealt with heads in Middlesbrough instructing parents not to wear pyjamas on the school run. In my own case school recently wrote to parents reminding them to wear seatbelts and to ...
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votes
2answers
308 views

How can you teach a toddler about pain without actually inflicting any in return?

My daughter is entering those 'terrible twos', and as a father I want to find the method of teaching her discipline and self control that really gets the point across. For most behaviors, my wife and ...
3
votes
4answers
512 views

Can putting a one year old baby in a playschool for around 7 hours, daily, cause any psychological issues to the baby?

I and my partner both work in software companies. There are only two of us living together. So, if we put the baby in a playschool for around 7 hours, daily, after he is one year old, can it cause ...
3
votes
5answers
263 views

What elements make a parenting book good?

It seems there are more books on parenting than fish in the sea. But which ones are good, and more importantly, what makes them good? Since any specific book recommendations would be too localized ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

Should we worry about my toddler accidentally banging his head against the sides of the crib?

Our son is 18 months old and sleeps in a crib. He sleeps well, but he moves around a lot and really "explores" the crib's space during the night! This isn't a problem per se, but it often causes him ...
3
votes
5answers
182 views

Resources for helping children understand that TV/Films aren't necessarily “real”

Last week we went as a family to see a film. Quite apart from the fact that it was awful (in my opinion), both daughters (4 1/2 & 7 1/2) were troubled at various times by the silly slapstick ...
16
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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 ...
4
votes
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 ...
2
votes
3answers
72 views

What are good things to look for in formulas for newborns who need to supplement?

What sort of formula should I look for for a very new newborn that doesn't promote constipation?

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