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14 yr old lesbian/bi daughter

My 14 year old daughter recently broke up with a boy she was dating for 7 months because she fell in love with a girl. I totally support her as I had a similar experience when I was in my 30's. My ...
6
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4answers
425 views

How do I handle an absentee parent wanting to build a relationship later in life?

One of my parents (parent 'B') was consistently unreliable in terms of emotional support and educational development when I was growing up; they never wanted to spend time with me and I often felt ...
2
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1answer
129 views

22 m.o. boy pees too often on the potty

I give my 22 m.o diaper free time for a couple of hours a day for the last week. He poops on a potty (good boy). But he is willing to urinate on the potty every 5-10 minutes. It looks like he enjoys ...
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2answers
185 views

Potty Training my 20 month old boy

My son is 20 months old and I have started potty training him. He has been interested in the toilet for a month or two. He will pee and poop whenever I sit him on there, but still won't let me know ...
7
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7answers
812 views

How can I explain to my child that I'm not superman?

If you asked Grace (2 1/2) right now "What can't daddy do?" she would probably not understand the question. Daddy can move anything, fix anything, run as fast as lightning; simply put, there's nothing ...
4
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1answer
103 views

Kid having trouble with some seemingly easy questions (language and visual cognition) for his age

My son will be 6 end of next month. He is generally doing good with regards to his development. He has started reading and loves math. There are a couple of things I've noticed he has difficulty with-...
2
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2answers
219 views

Almost 6 year old girl bad behavior

My boyfriend has a little 6 year old girl and she won't listen to us. I really don't understand what to do... I am not the type of person to spank, but she has forced me to the past couple days. ...
14
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4answers
372 views

What factors should you consider when deciding how much to pay a babysitter?

What factors do you consider when deciding how much to pay a babysitter per hour? The time of day, meals, duration, travel, etc?
8
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4answers
806 views

What can we do to monitor and evaluate how a babysitter is doing?

Is it appropriate to install recording or other monitoring devices? Should the babysitter know about them?
2
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3answers
228 views

Behavior changes after social events

My eight year-old son just spent a week at cub scout day camp (home in the evenings), after which he has been lying extensively. He has had problems with extensive lying before, but had mostly gotten ...
4
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2answers
1k views

What's a good age for a “penny skateboard”?

My two kids, ages 4 and 6, are reasonably active and coordinated. In general, what is a good age to get children started playing on a skateboard (such as a "penny board", a cheap and small skateboard)?...
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3answers
3k views

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the Rapley method?

Lately I've been hearing some of my friends talking about the Rapley method of introducing solid food to your child, skipping the "mashed food" phase almost completely. They claim mashed food is ...
9
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4answers
1k views

What to do if my kids would not listen to my reasoning?

I have a boy, 10 years old. I think he is quite smart and can understand all the reasoning as good as any intelligent adults. Unfortunately, he can be quite difficult to deal with. He has some bad ...
5
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2answers
129 views

How can I mediate intense sibling rivalry?

My daughters, aged 6 & 3-and-a-half, go through phases of intense rivalry. I generally hold an attitude of not getting involved, but sometimes the fight either requires intervention as tempers ...
3
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6answers
6k views

Recommend an odor absorber for a diaper pail

The area by my toddler's diaper pail smells like, well, poopy diapers. I have been aggressive about changing the diaper pail liner whenever it fills up to the point of jamming the lid open. I am ...
2
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1answer
154 views

Maybe pregnant? [duplicate]

Can my 4 year old son tell if I am pregnant, and if so how far along do I have to be in order for him to tell? I should be about two weeks along. A couple of my co workers says I am, that they can ...
3
votes
2answers
225 views

How to take passport pictures of a baby?

My two weeks old daughter needs a passport and, for this, we need a picture of her. Since we struggle to get a good angle of her for our own, private pictures, it seems to be even more complicated to ...
7
votes
1answer
435 views

How to handle disobediant children as non-parental authority figure

I volunteer with children regularly, usually very young preschool or toddler age. One of the common issues I have noticed is that handling disobeying children can become complicated when your the ...
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2answers
776 views

My 13 year old is off the rails and dad has given up

I have a 13 year old boy who is disrespecting both parents and out of control. He is totally self-absorbed (as I know most kids are) and he can't handle any situation. He hasn't has a clue on how ...
1
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1answer
128 views

is a long car ride safe for my newborn? [duplicate]

Im planning a trip from vermont to New York, its about a 4 and a half hour trip and my babygirl is 1 month old. Im just worried she will get overwhelmed at being in the carseat so long, of course I ...
8
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6answers
8k views

What is a good age to start taking your kids to the cinema?

What age can you expect a child to happily sit through a movie at the theatre and do you have tips to make this a good experience for both children and parents (e.g. which movie to pick, what to do if ...
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votes
0answers
45 views

What is the way to give bitter medicine to a 2 year old child? [duplicate]

Child is 2 years and 1 month old. No, I will not close her nose to make her open her mouth. What are the other non torturous ways to give bitter medicine to the child?
6
votes
3answers
249 views

Guilt as a natural consequence of bad/wrong behaviour

We all know that natural consequences is the best tool when dealing with inappropriate behaviour. However, one of natural consequences of doing something bad to another person is feeling guilty for ...
6
votes
2answers
927 views

My toddler seems unable to pay attention for longer than 15 minutes; should I worry?

My son is 16 months old now. He is a very energetic boy. When he hears music, he automatically will shake both of his hands as if he is dancing. There is no TV in our house, but sometimes, we watch ...
4
votes
4answers
710 views

Transition 2 year old to big bed

So my wife and I got our 2 year old daughter her own bed because we moved the crib to new/future baby boys room. We've found that trying to get her to go to sleep is MUCH more difficult than we ...
2
votes
2answers
128 views

How do discipline my kid at preschool?

Today I dropped my little 4yr old girl at school and she just didn't want to eat because from what she says, she "stuffed her face with popcorn" when I wasn't looking. The problem: All of her friends ...
33
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8answers
9k views

How to teach a 3yo to endure during hikes?

I have a 3 year old daughter and occasionally take her on a few hours walk in the woods / bush / up a mountain. We both enjoy it. I don't expect her to be able to walk very far or climb up a mountain,...
6
votes
8answers
13k views

If a 4 year old is afraid to swim is it better to keep trying or wait?

My son is afraid of swimming, and has been for a very long time. We first took him to baby swim classes and he never took to it like the other children in the class. I took him to swimming classes ...
9
votes
7answers
5k views

Not sure what to do about my teen daughters stealing and lying

My daughter has been lying and stealing from us as well as someone she called her BFF. We give her consequences and she continues with her stealing and lying. Recently I found out that she was cutting ...
13
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7answers
57k views

When to pull loose teeth

My 5 year old is starting to have some teeth become loose. Specifically her lower two front teeth. I just noticed today that one of them is really loose. However, I don't know how loose it should be ...
4
votes
3answers
194 views

Private school vs bad public school for a young child

I live in an inexpensive area (in the US) with a public school that is pretty bad by most measures (it gets low/failing rankings by most measures I can find online). I have a child who will soon be ...
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0answers
22 views

Loose tooth. Suck it up and pull? [duplicate]

I am a kid. I have a loose tooth where the part is off but the other part isn't. I can see my new tooth underneath. Should i just suck it up and push with my tongue? It's a bottom left molar
2
votes
2answers
171 views

Tricks / acitivities to make a toddler stay in one place for a while

My 18MO toddler is very active. When she's not running, she's walking, and when she's not walking, she's picking things up, and otherwise she's climbing, sitting on stuff and standing up. What tricks ...
6
votes
3answers
697 views

8 year old punishes himself for bad behaviour

My 8 year old step-son is still rather sensitive for his age, and sometimes takes being disciplined very hard. When he genuinely feels bad about something he's done wrong and we tell him off, he will ...
7
votes
2answers
618 views

My 6-year-old has angry outbursts, possibly related to a newborn sibling. How can we help her?

Our six-year-old daughter is the eldest of 3 girls: her sisters are 3 years, and 3 months respectively. At varying points during the day she will flare up with rage; the triggers can be play-related (...
10
votes
4answers
51k views

How can I deal with my 12-year old son's rebellious behaviour?

My son is a very loving child and fun to be with usually....ever since he turned 12 he is suddenly the resident expert in the house on anything from how to drive a car to how become president. You ...
2
votes
2answers
5k views

Combing head lice from very curly frizzy hair

This question is not about head lice treatments, it's specifically about using a nit comb on a child with very curly hair, mixed ringlets and frizzy hair. The problem I am faced with is, getting the ...
2
votes
1answer
62 views

How long can a child sleep in minicrib?

My wife and I live in a 2 BR apartment. We think that a minicrib is a more is a more space efficient option than a full size crib but we are concerned that our child will outgrow it too fast. Does ...
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votes
3answers
377 views

How to handle spoiled 20 year old step grandaughter and her enabeling mother?

My 20 year-old step-granddaughter had a tantrum on her birthday because she wanted to family singing when others were going to watch her grandfather's father's day gift, a comedy DVD. She grabbed ...
4
votes
2answers
214 views

How to help a child with a long-term weather phobia?

I had an awful fear of tornadoes as a child. It started when I was around 6, and continued for about a decade. I believe this may have been an actual phobia. Thunder storms gave me anxiety Hail ...
2
votes
5answers
341 views

How can I teach my 9 month old son to attempt to say his first words?

Sometimes when I try to teach my 9 month old son words like "daddy" or "mummy", he stares blankly or gets distracted (which I guess is quite normal for that age). He coos (is this even a word?) and ...
3
votes
3answers
904 views

How to teach your toddler to pronounce old words correctly?

My 2-year-old is now capable of making certain phonetic sounds that he wasn't able to when he first started speaking. For many words, he's adjusted his pronunciation slightly as he's used them more ...
2
votes
3answers
235 views

How can i teach my son, that is ok to hit back?

My 3,5 years old son has learned in the kindergarten, you do not bite, hit or kick another child. But some children bite, kick or hit my son. I told him, he must tell the kindergarten teacher or kick/...
5
votes
6answers
5k views

How to communicate with tiger parents? [closed]

I know some tiger parents who put extremely high pressure on their children, for example, they applied many extra curricular activities, tutorials for their kids and made them very busy. Their ...
2
votes
3answers
2k views

10 year old refuses to go to bed

Our 10 year old stepdaughter has trouble going to bed at night. She refuses to go to bed, and fights us very hard, to the point where our only hope of her going to bed is to physically pick her up and ...
0
votes
2answers
598 views

My 11 year old son is weird [closed]

My son is going going to be turning 12 in a couple of weeks and I have noticed he is into unusual things and I find it disturbing. He enjoys movies like The Godfather, and A Clockwork Orange. He ...
36
votes
9answers
12k views

If my 4-year-old asks me “why”, what kind of “why” does he mean?

My 4-year-old asks me questions like "Why is water transparent?" What kind of "why" does he mean?: What sense does it make for water to be transparent? How is it achieved that water is transparent? ...
0
votes
0answers
39 views

My parents divorcing [duplicate]

My mom just brought out the suitcases, that makes me worried that she's going to kick my dad out. What can I do to save this from happening?
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votes
1answer
865 views

Is a 17 year old considered an adult to go out whenever they want? what does the law says? [closed]

My 17 year old daughter took a uber with the credit card I got for her yesterday, I did not give her permission to go to Houston to visit her bf, and she still went without respecting my decision as ...
4
votes
2answers
180 views

How to mediate between my spouse and stepchild and help our family develop a healthier relationship?

I have been with my wife for about six years. She has a daughter, currently age 11, from her first marriage who has lived with us during almost all of that time (sometimes stays with her father, but ...

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