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Teaching the details of etiquette and table manners

There's a range of good behaviors that I classify as "table manners." These range from pretty basic (don't throw food) to general politeness (use your fork and spoon, napkin on lap) to moderately ...
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How to help (and bathe) a toddler who is terrified of the plughole in the bath?

Our 2½-year old has very recently developed a fear of the plughole in the bath. She is not just afraid but properly terrified to the point that I bathed her in her baby brother's bathtub-in-a-bath ...
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751 views

Natural consequence for being rude to a sibling

My 8-year-old son really likes to argue. He's extremely stubborn and always right. When he argues with me, I'll correct him and laugh it off when he continues. Now, I'm a fan of natural consequences, ...
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Finding a Good Photo-Heavy Cookbook for Young Kids? [closed]

I'm trying to involve my 5-year old and 3-year old more in meal planning and eventually cooking. Right now, they're a bit picky (like most) and so we have a pretty limited set of maybe 5-6 dinner ...
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Is it okay to call children naughty?

Inspired by this question: Should our 3 year old boy be made to look at me while I am talking (during discipline)? In this question, the word "naughty" is repeatedly used to describe a child. I ...
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Why would a child choose to sleep on the floor?

My five year-old daughter has been sleeping on the floor lately. We've asked her why, but this is one of those situations where she's not very self-aware, and you have to probe to get to the bottom ...
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1answer
461 views

At what age does co-sleeping become detrimental to a child?

I'm making an assumption that there has to be an age at which co-sleeping no longer provides a benefit to either party and in fact is harmful to at least one of them. Are there any studies that prove ...
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Assertiveness for 6-year-olds

So our 6-year-old daughter is quite a sensitive person and she finds it difficult when the other kids at school argue with her (or even with each other). We're normally quite a quiet family. We ...
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Which is better - a Minivan or a SUV - for a 4 kid family

We have 3 kids and are currently managing fitting them in an Accord (Mom) and a Civic (Dad). The civic is tight but most of the time it's one parent with the kids in that one. We recently found out ...
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Explaining mental illness to children

We have a relative with some sort of undiagnosed mental illness who (among other symptoms) compulsively cleans everything regularly with fairly strong bleach. Her fear of germs and infection is the ...
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Baby takes so long to wind, is there a solution?

Our baby was born prematurely and had to be bottle fed. The nurses joked that she was a 'windy baby' when she was being nursed. Now she's home and nearly six weeks old, she's devouring ample amounts ...
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How does food influence production of urine during the night?

Our son (about 7 years old) has a massive problem with bed wetting. He doesn't wake up at night, if he needs to pee. see also Bed gets wet nearly each night although diaper is worn What we do: ...
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Open gifts at birthday party

Just wanted to find out what the proper etiquette is when hosting a child's birthday party. Should the gifts be opened during the party?
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2answers
657 views

How long can a newborn (2 week old) sit in a carry me

We have a Mutsy Carry Me and although it says it is for newborns we are not sure what is the safe duration/time limit for carrying them around. Is there any specific guidelines as to this?
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Encopresis, I'm at my wits end? Does anybody have suggestions?

My 12 year old daughter has been dealing with retentive encopresis since age 6. She avoids going to the toilet at all. This results in soiling and the production of an amazing huge toilet-clogging log-...
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283 views

Visitation issue

I don't know what to do, my husband and I didn't have a good way of going until about a month ago. Last year in August his ex started harassing us every time we got his daughter. His anxiety got ...
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Babysitting vs Childminder vs Playschool for One year twins

I am not sure as to what to opt for . My twin girls have completed their 12 months of age . This whole year I have not been able to sleep properly or have my " Alone time " which you can imagine as I ...
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On what surface should a baby crawl

What's the best surface for my daughter to learn crawling ? We usually put her on our sofa, but we are afraid it is too small and too soft. Also, the risk of falling is too high, now that she's ...
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517 views

What are some good “dad jokes”? [closed]

Dad jokes are a type of joke that can (typically) only be told by a dad that is often perceived as embarrassingly bad (especially by the children of said dad). Dad jokes often, but not necessarily, ...
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Making the child finish their food even if they are already full [duplicate]

As a child, my parents always made me finish my food even if I was already full. Food definitely isn't wasted this way, but overeating is not good either. What would be the advantages and ...
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Parents' experience of leaving water warts (molluscum contagiosum) untreated?

My 3yo daughter has water warts (Molluscum contagiosum). This causes spots but has no other effects that I know of. We've already been to the doctor. I'm not seeking medical advice here. We have a ...
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4answers
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How can I deal with with other people's children taking items from my one-year-old?

I currently attend quite a few different playgroups throughout the week with my one year old little boy (he is at the crawling, not quite talking stage). And I recently experienced the awkward ...
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1answer
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When can we start giving chocolate, honey and eggs to babies?

I have 12 month old twins. Today I was eating chocolate and one of my twin tried to grab it as she wanted it but I didnt give it. Is it safe for babies to have chocolate and honey ? Also wanted to ...
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How to constructively play with a one year old?

I keep getting astonished on how my 1 year old LO's mental and cognitive abilities have developed recently. Suddenly she remembers things, understands yes/no, knows some words for some things, ...
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2answers
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Toddler wakes up after hour of sleep crying

My 17 month old has been waking up after approximately an hour after he goes to sleep frantically crying. It's been going on for about a month. Sometimes he is sitting up crying and sometimes he is ...
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Where should boys aim their urine?

We have been potty training our son. We got him comfortable going sitting down first, and now he is learning to urinate while standing. What should I teach him to aim for when peeing while standing ...
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3answers
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Where can I find my car seat instruction manual?

The original manual was destroyed, and now I can't find it online. The car seat is an Safety 1st Alpha Omega 65, Model # 22483C-AXN manufactured in 2011. Safety 1st claims to have manuals online, ...
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1answer
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6 year old is acting out with family

My 6 year old son acts out: yells, throws, hits, makes faces, talks disrepectfully to my husband and I and his 4 year old sister (who he hits often). We have talked so many times, disciplined, taken ...
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2answers
605 views

Challenges of being a step-father

Background: Almost 6 months ago I met a great woman and she has a son, who just recently turned 7. His biological father is out of the picture, and essentially has been for his whole life. I am 24 ...
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2answers
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Co-Parenting with a Toxic Ex: How to Handle Poisoned Comments from Toddler?

I left my verbally abusive ex-wife about 18 months, in part because I could see how much of an effect all the yelling had on my now 5-year old daughter and I wanted both my daughter and my now 3.5 ...
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4answers
175 views

ADHD-friendly occupations

I recently read A Natural Fix for A.D.H.D., which discussed the idea that certain occupations are much better suited to a person with ADHD than others. This idea is interesting to me, because my son ...
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10answers
993 views

TV shows for toddlers that don't teach bad gender and race dynamics

My daughter is almost 1 and for various reasons outside the scope of this question, I like putting on TV shows that she'll watch on and off while she's playing. My current options are things available ...
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2answers
1k views

Sleep in booster seats

We frequently travel in the car at night, and booster seats aren't comfortable for kids to sleep in. We've tried pillows on either side of their heads but this doesn't help when they fall asleep and ...
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1answer
625 views

Dealing with an irresponsible 30 year old brother-in-law [closed]

My 30 year old brother in law has made some poor decisions in his past which have lead to him be incredibly reliant on his girlfriend, friends, and close family every day. He can't drive (doesn't have ...
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5answers
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Some games and playful ideas for a father to do with his 4 year old daughter?

My daughter has an older brother (8yrs old) so when we all play together we tend to do older boy things. Does anybody (especially women) have any memorable games/activities they played with Dad? A ...
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3answers
264 views

When should domestic violence be reported as child abuse or neglect? [closed]

I was reading a book, which aroused this question in my mind; when is domestic violence considered abuse? In some countries (and some households), some, mild violence is culturally acceptable. In ...
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2answers
198 views

4 years and 9 month old is shy when away from parents or grandparents

My son is quite sociable and plays with other kids, when either of us (father or mother) or either his grand-dad or grand-mom is near him or in the vicinity of the play area. But when we are not ...
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2answers
231 views

What are reasonable expectations and reasonable ways to be supportive for an young adult with a sleep disorder?

My 22 year old child has recently been diagnosed with a sleep disorder, namely, idiopathic hypersomnia. What this means is that he sleeps for long periods of time (in my child's case, sometimes in ...
5
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2answers
139 views

Encouraging independence

My seven year-old son is highly dependent on us to tell him what to do. We had thought it was an age thing, but his little sister already grew out of it. How can we help him be more independent? An ...
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2answers
78 views

Teaching and enforcing moderation when a kid is given too much junk food

This is a consideration for any event or holiday at which kids are given an excessive amount of candy, sweets, or junk food. However, it's on my mind since Halloween is coming up, and the amount of ...
11
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3answers
798 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 ...
3
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2answers
621 views

How to decide halloween costume for babies?

I have twin girls. Both the babies are 12 months old, and my husband has bought halloween costume for them as I just didnt have any idea what they may want to become. So my basic question is, if the ...
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7answers
3k views

How do you explain to a 3-year-old what Halloween is?

Title says it all. Our 3-year-old son is old enough to realize that something weird is happening around Oct 31st, but not really old enough to understand complex explanations. Like most kids this ...
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4answers
2k views

Best age for watching “Once Upon a Time…”-like series

I have 3-4 full series of "Once Upon a Time...", for example "Once Upon a Time... Life". I played it to my 5 years old daughter and she didn't find it interesting. That isn't much surprising for me, ...
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3answers
2k views

One Year Old Son, Cries with Mum but not me (Dad). Is it Separation Anxiety?

For a while my 1 Year old son has been a bit of a "Daddys Boy" and we have had a similar experience to this question: However its gotten worse lately: He cries with his mum (for long periods) while ...
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21answers
23k views

Should I expect my 20 year old son to get a job while at University?

My son is now 20 years old, still living with us at home and goes to University three days a week. He has never had a job. Since he was a child I have tried to encourage him to do tasks for pocket ...
0
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1answer
64 views

baby reflux problem [duplicate]

My baby is 5 month old and he is suffering from reflux. The problem is he is not crying for food no does he take any interest in people. Also he doesn't smile ... and he doesn't cry even if we take ...
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6answers
6k views

Should a 5 year old excuse themselves after farting?

My five years old daughter sometime farts silently, and she doesn't excuse herself. Every time I detect such a situation, I remind her that she should try to avoid it and leave the room, going to a ...
2
votes
4answers
309 views

What factors should I consider when deciding to let children fly unaccompanied?

Some family members have invited my two older kids to visit for a week next summer. The plan is that the children would fly there, and then we (and the youngest sibling) would drive up a week later to ...
2
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1answer
622 views

Why my 12 months baby bites herself?

One of my twin babies has started biting herself when I try to soothe her ( when she starts crying). She will try to bite her lower arms or wrist and leave bite marks. After that she will start ...

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