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Cursive Handwriting for Lefties

My oldest is in kindergarten this year, and in our public schools here in the US stick-and-ball (ie. traditional manuscript) is the primary form of handwriting that is initially taught. More and ...
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4answers
420 views

The rules at a friend's house are a lot more lax than at mine - how do I enforce basic safety?

A couple of kids recently moved into the neighborhood and they are great kids that my daughter is having a really good time with. Rules at their house are pretty lax - they can go all over the ...
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2answers
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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 ...
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4answers
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Socialization strategies for a new stay-at-home Mom

My wife is going to be leaving her job shortly to stay at home with our two children (2.5 and 10 months), which of course is a really big step. She's a Ph.d. in immunology, and is a very gifted ...
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13answers
7k views

How do I address a teacher humiliating my son by calling him a “tattletale”?

My friend recently shared this experience, and I thought it would be a good question for our site: So, [my son] got in trouble in school today. It seems that the kids were lined up in the ...
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6answers
1k views

As a grandma what can I say if my daughter sits and watches her 4 year old hack at her hair

I find it very distressing to witness the disfiguring of my grandaughter while my daughter says it is ok for her to cut her own her hair, from beautiful long curly hair to a hacked haircut. What can I ...
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1answer
158 views

Alternatives and/or weaning for late-night milk formula

My toddler is 1 year and two months old; he's no longer breastfeeding, and the only time he drinks formula is when he wakes up in the middle of the night (usually, he wakes up once a night, takes a ...
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6answers
429 views

How do I make sure kids don't run on the stairs?

I have short stairs in the house, between ground floor (where the kitchen and kid's game room are) and 2d floor (where their bedrooms/bathroom is). For safety reasons, they aren't allowed to run ...
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1answer
401 views

When is it safe for a child to start boxing against a bag?

Is there a medically recommended age when it's safe for a child to start hitting a punching bag (in terms of avoiding damage to his hands)? I'm looking for something backed up by medical research, ...
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1answer
54 views

Nursery & Preschool and Schools (UK)

I think this is a question about 'how does this work'. We live in Norfolk, UK, and my toddler is coming up to 2. We understand that she should start attending some kind of nursery / preschool thing. ...
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4answers
208 views

Toddler and Reading

Ok, I'm struggling to read to the little'un. She loves books, in that throughout the day she will go and fetch books, and sit with them and turn the pages. The book might be upside down, but hey. Big ...
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5answers
175 views

How to decide which stroller to buy?

There are so many kinds out there. What is the most important thing to consider? That it would be easy to close it or that the child will be facing toward you?
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3answers
221 views

Strategies for difficult bedtime routine for young toddler

I have a 2.5 year old who is not much of a sleeper - as in, he sleeps on normal days from 10pm to 6am, plus a 2 hour nap on weekdays and sometimes on weekends. We have a fairly good bedtime ritual, ...
4
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1answer
596 views

Don't know what I feel toward my parents

I am a little bit confused about the feelings I have toward my parents. Since my parents started to have some problems with money the peace in my family was gone. They started to blame their children ...
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8answers
523 views

Are there any effects from lying to your children?

As working parents, sometimes my wife and I resort to lying to our children when we are going to work, going out or leaving them behind in the house. If I have time I normally try to talk to my ...
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30answers
13k views

My pre-schooler is out of control, and I feel like my parents are undermining my relationship and authority with her

Alright, I guess a little back story would help. I am a single mother and an only child, I will be 21 in a few months. I've graduated high school with honors and have been raising my daughter on my ...
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3answers
213 views

A two year old waking at night

My two year old daughter wakes up at night crying and fighting. Sometimes I rock her back to sleep and she falls back into a calm sleep. Other times she pushes herself to get away from me or starts ...
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3answers
343 views

9 week old started fussing during evening nursing

Two days ago our 9 - almost 10 - week old breastfeeding daughter started fussing during evening nursing. Yesterday it was better, there was little screaming (though there was some), but today we're ...
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3answers
190 views

How much water should be given to an infant producing hard stools?

We have started giving Nestle Cerelac Rice (12 spoons per day) + 360ml infant formula per day to our 6 month old baby (at the gap of 3 hours). The baby has started producing hard stools for past few ...
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4answers
1k views

How to stop parents from interfering with my love life?

Well - I am not entirely sure if this is the right forum, but if you know any, I would really appreciate if you could recommend me some. This is about parenting... from the son's perspective. I am ...
9
votes
1answer
495 views

is my 10 year old just playing up or is it a warning that self harm is starting?

My 10 year old daughter is going through a difficult time at the moment thinking that she is overweight and that nobody loves her, she has cut her own fringe off twice and has now got hold of my razor ...
8
votes
4answers
342 views

Simple, wooden, not painted or colourful toys, bricks?

What toys are better for 1.5 years old toddler - natural, simple, wooden, unpainted bricks or very colourful ones? Natural were recommended by Rudolf Steiner (and are used in schools teaching with his ...
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2answers
762 views

I am not sure how I can help my girlfriend. Looking for some guidance [closed]

SO, long story short my girlfriend has a child, age 2, from a past ex. The ex rarely visit her daughter, but majority of the time he is there to sort of flirt a bit with my girlfriend, he does not ...
2
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1answer
134 views

What do you do when a kid finds every excuse imaginable to avoid doing homework and chores? [duplicate]

Our kid spends so much time avoiding homework and chores, that it is time for bed before either thing is finished. My wife and I find ourselves standing over her and spending all our time refocusing ...
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5answers
909 views

How do I do my daughter's hair?

My wife leaves pretty early in the morning and she showed me how to do my daughter's hair so it stays out of her face, but my fingers are longer and thicker than my wifes so I'm having a harder time ...
5
votes
2answers
116 views

Should we put siblings in the same kindergarten group?

I've got one child in kindergarten and another one that will begin there next year. The way it works is that the youngest ones have a group for themselves, with ages from 2½ to around 3½. From 3½ ...
5
votes
2answers
7k views

How old must a baby be to be lifted under its arms?

How old must a baby be to be lifted under its arms? Is there any required age? Is this kind of baby lifting safe for a newborn or toddler?
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1answer
67 views

Good routine for a 5 year old

My step-daughter is heading to school this year. Her pre-school hours last year were 9.30 until 2.30 and her school hours this year will be 9.00 until 3.30. It will be quite a sudden change in ...
4
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1answer
1k views

How to resolve blocked milk ducts after weaning

Our 1 year old has been weaned off breast milk for a little over a week now, which was completely her doing. My wife has been dealing with the engorgement since then, which she says has subsided. ...
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4answers
564 views

How to teach civil rights to children who don't know about racism?

Martin Luther King Day is coming up, and I want to teach my children about him, especially since the civil rights movement is such a huge part of our local history here in Alabama. My dilemma is that ...
9
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1answer
303 views

How to break the cycle of lies?

My six year-old son has recently started lying almost constantly. This is somewhat puzzling to us, because: He almost never gets away with it. Fortunately for us, he isn't very good at it yet, but ...
5
votes
3answers
721 views

Discipline for a 3 and 5 year old

I am a step-mother to two children. They obviously come from a split family. This past year that the Father and I have been together, and court proceedings for custody continue, we have noticed huge ...
3
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1answer
153 views

Counting out of context words?

We have been trying to count our 20 month old's vocabulary and are trying to decide if words which she has learned incorrectly (words which are said correctly but may require further context for a ...
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0answers
52 views

Trying to find a comprehensive list of names [duplicate]

Does anyone know somewhere I can download a comprehensive list of English-language names? I'm trying to write some software that: takes a list of names generates a set of first, middle and last ...
9
votes
2answers
754 views

Ego-centric kid or control-freaked mum?

Apparently, I'm doing something wrong or I don't know how to connect with my child properly... I have a lovely 5,5 years old daughter, who is an absolutely cute and non-problematic girl at a ...
0
votes
0answers
53 views

How to make a 6 month old infant speak [duplicate]

Are there any techniques that would help or condition the infant to speak , say like tickling (simulate)their lips\tounge or reading out aloud to them? or speaking with them? She is already saying ...
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vote
1answer
91 views

Nursing an infant while being pregnant

If a mother gets pregnant within 2 months of a newborn, and wants to continue breastfeeding then what precautions she should take during the later trimesters? Will the newborn or the foetus be ...
6
votes
4answers
4k views

How can I teach my infant to start sucking bottle teats instead of chewing them?

Our 6 month old infant does not seem to understand that the breast milk feeding bottle is for sucking and not chewing or soothing. She does not suck it but chews it instead, despite having no teeth. ...
6
votes
3answers
294 views

Is 4 years old too young to expect them to try to handle their own social situations during play at home?

My 4 year old niece is very sensitive to the tone of your voice and hates confrontation. She cries all out if she is scolded or if your tone is even remotely unhappy. I think she figured out that if ...
6
votes
3answers
189 views

How to wean a parent from co-sleeping?

We have been co-sleeping since my daughter was a newborn until last month when we finally converted a small room to be her room. She is 32 months old. She has her own Twin bed now. The problem is: I ...
3
votes
6answers
824 views

My kid lost interest in eating

My kid is 2yrs and 8 months. From last 2 weeks he has totally lost his interest in eating. In a day he hardly eats anything, for e.g 3-4 straw berries,few nuts and just a bite from some other snack. ...
5
votes
1answer
191 views

How can i make my son stop hitting and bitting and throwing things at my daughter?

My daugther is nearly 6yr old, and my son just turned 2. How can i make my son stop hitting and bitting and throwing things at my daughter? Should I let her deal with him on her own or step in?
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5answers
911 views

Automatic dripping Milk feeder

Do any device exist to automatically feed the baby milk like how a IV (glucose line) continously drips glucose water , I have infact seen a similar apparatus (not like how I want) in breast pump ...
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votes
2answers
13k views

When do baby's gas pains usually go away?

My daughter is suffering from gas pains. We have taken steps to reduce them, which were moderately successfull. Still, I'd like to know when will baby's gas pains go away? When will the baby stop ...
3
votes
1answer
83 views

How long is it okay for a baby to remain on just breastfeed? [duplicate]

My daughter is now one and half year old and still refuses to eat anything. She seem to be satisfied by mother's milk itself. Is it okay to remain on breastfeed alone this long, or should we try ...
3
votes
2answers
205 views

What can i do if my 4 month old baby didnt get enough milk while breasfeeding?

I'm a new mummy, and my four month old son doesn't get enough breastmilk... I weigh him before and after breastfeeding, and found out that he gets only 1-2 oz every 4 hours. He didnt gain that much ...
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2answers
368 views

When is a child ready to start playing with bricks?

Just out of curiosity: at what age is a child ready to play with its first bricks? The light, large, colored wooden ones, like these below? By playing I mean actually creating something of of them: ...
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5answers
3k views

What do you say when your child says “You're mean!”

A couple of recent posts (this one in particular) reminded me of this question, which I haven't seen asked. (I searched, too.) I've dealt with it a few different ways myself, which I'm not happy ...
10
votes
2answers
534 views

What to do when an eight-year old says “sorry” in a not sorry voice

My daughter sometimes hurts me. When it's physical, it's pretty much almost always accidental. But sometimes when she's mad, she says mean things that are meant to hurt. If I say "Ow!" or "That hurt ...
2
votes
4answers
6k views

How do I babyproof an electrical baseboard heater?

My son is 9 month old, and our rental apartment has an electric baseboard heater, similar to this http://cadetheat.com/show_product.php?prodid=1004 I'm sure it's very dangerous to touch it when ...

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