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10answers
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How do I help a child overcome fear of ghosts?

About a month ago we got two foster children, ages 9 and 7. The younger one often has nightmares, and in the daytime has many fears. She won't take a bath by herself and she is afraid of mirrors. We ...
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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 ...
4
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4answers
8k views

Discipline hyperactive 3 year old

I have a three year old son who is just awesome. He is advanced intellectually, loving, and he seems very empathetic. He does extremely well in daycare (it is at least an above average daycare), ...
5
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3answers
120 views

One parent and two children at bedtime

Our personal situation is two boys, ages four and a half and two and a half, although I imagine answers to this question could be generalized. Bedtime in our home is usually between 6:30 - 8:00, and ...
18
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11answers
7k views

What is the impact on kids of having two working parents?

Having grown up with a stay-at-home mom, I wonder what negative impact not having a SAH parent has on young children and elementary school children (who are in alternative care after school). Let's ...
4
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2answers
126 views

How to deal with 5 year-old “homesickeness”?

Sorry in advance for my english, I'm not a native speaker. Some background: I got pregnant at 20 years old, while I was at the University. My partner was living back then 400 km away from us, so my ...
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6answers
3k views

Things to do while breastfeeding, other than watch TV

What are some activities that one can do whilst breastfeeding? A quick Google turned up lists that boiled down to "watch TV" or "enjoy doing nothing". I'm interested in some more creative solutions ...
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1answer
58 views

My daughter was potty trained at 18 months and has now regressed. what can i do?

My now 19 month old daughter was potty trained at 18 months and was going on the potty on her own with no accidents for 3 weeks straight. She would run to the potty when she needed to go without even ...
5
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3answers
177 views

My newborn hates everyday bath time

My Japanese wife was told to bath my 1 week old son every day due to the hot humid summer in Japan even though we run air conditioning most of the time. But he cries right through bath time with warm ...
2
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2answers
137 views

My 3 year old is not sleeping through the night

He will go to bed around 9:30-10:00, and usually he will sleep through the night. But suddenly he only sleeps for couple of hours, and is up by 2:30-3:00. I've tried melatonin, it's all natural, but ...
2
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0answers
72 views

Why my 14 month old twins cry whenever they drink milk or water?

Whenever we try to feed any liquid to (both of) our 14-month old twin girls, they cry. This includes the milk, water or any kind of liquid. They are no more using bottle, so, we are using spoon to ...
7
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4answers
221 views

How to make baby stop biting nipple when breastfeeding?

My seven-month-old son has started to bite his mother's breast nipple when she's breastfeeding him. Any ideas on how to make it stop?
3
votes
1answer
101 views

potty training 3 days method - 22 months old - daycare problems

We started potty training (22 month-old boy) about a week ago using a variation of the 3 day potty training method. He was ok at home: 5 days diaper free, about 1-2 accidents a day. Usually I ask him ...
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2answers
249 views

What is an effective dating policy for a 12-year-old boy? [closed]

This is similar but not identical to When is it safe to start letting our children go into relationships? My 12-year-old son is precocious in terms of height and puberty, but emotionally he is out of ...
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11answers
28k views

5 year old cries every time she is told “no”

My 5 year old daughter is crying every time she is told no. It doesn't matter if it is a little thing or a big thing she is asking for--she cries. We don't give in to her crying. We have tried ...
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1answer
498 views

At what age can children learn a non native language through television/podcasts? [closed]

Child is currently 2 years 2 months old. I speak only in English with the child and the child understands it. I read the story books in English and the child understands them. English is not the ...
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9answers
9k views

What is considered to be a safe age to be a babysitter?

One option for a babysitter is finding an older child (teenager) in your neighbourhood. The benefits are obvious (you get to know the family, so there's more trust). But is it truly safe to leave ...
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votes
6answers
6k views

Help! My 7 year old won't go to bed early, or get up early

This is a struggle every night, and every morning. We start around 7:30-8:00 PM..."shower time" and the struggle starts. She's got school the next morning and I'm trying to get her showered, and ...
10
votes
3answers
128 views

Adoption/Foster Care: How should I deal with abandonment issues?

I plan on becoming a foster parent after being adopted myself. However, I went through a lot of abandonment issues that my parents didn't see as I had changed hands a few times before I was adopted. ...
3
votes
2answers
99 views

How to get my 14 month old toddler who has a lot of food allergies to gain weight?

My 14 month old son is allergic to milk, eggs, fish, sunflower oil, and sunflower seeds. He also suffers from acid reflux, and our pediatrician advised us that he needs to gain weight. He only weights ...
3
votes
3answers
76 views

A three week baby refuse to sleep in his crib

We have a 3 week sweet baby (a boy). We got used that for the first few month's there is a very little order in his feeding/sleep time,but during night time, he wakes up to eat (my wife breast feeding ...
2
votes
2answers
276 views

How can I keep our son out of our life

Our son has now taken the peace of our life and it has started affecting my professional life as well. He is 18 and is scheduled to start the university this fall. In the last year and half his ...
5
votes
2answers
135 views

How best to take advantage of a child's extended vacation

This is a little more complicated than it might seem, so I'll give some back-story. We have 2 kids: The oldest, 11, was born to us during my first year of college, and I was only intermittently ...
4
votes
2answers
170 views

My son talks way too fast and I need help

My son talks way too fast and often ends sentences with a mumble, especially when he is enthusiastic. It is really difficult to follow his conversation and I end up getting very stressed, after ...
8
votes
16answers
51k views

How do we get our toddler to gain weight?

Our toddler isn't gaining weight, and our doctor told us to fix it. We stopped breastfeeding and she gained a kilo in just two weeks, but since then (soon two months) she hasn't gained anything again, ...
5
votes
4answers
98 views

my 3yr hits his 4yr old cousin, but my 3yr is getting picked on by his older cousin whom is 8-9, how should i respond to that?

My 3 year old son is hitting his 4 year old cousin, who is a girl. He is bigger than her. I am constantly on him, I have tried time out, I always make him apologize and give her a hug, which he loves ...
3
votes
4answers
2k views

Writing from the bottom up

When I was learning to write, the teacher insisted all the strokes begin at the top-left. My son did a little over a year at public school and came home starting his strokes from the bottom. I don't ...
6
votes
4answers
2k views

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 ...
5
votes
14answers
4k views

Arguments for/against same birthday for siblings?

My son is born on October 1st three years ago. My wife is pregnant again and the calculated delivery date is October 22nd. We might end in a situation where the delivery is earlier, for reasons ...
5
votes
1answer
239 views

Help me understand the attraction of Instagram, please

(Context in case it's helpful: My son is 12. He created an Instagram account for himself at school this past year. Since he doesn't meet the Instagram age requirement (13 and up), I tried to follow ...
2
votes
2answers
184 views

Dealing with an arrogant child

My sister is about 11 years old. She listens to everyone around her except her family. She believes that we don't care about her. Since my family was extremely busy with jobs, we did not focus on her ...
2
votes
2answers
155 views

How much time, energy, and money should an adult child give to struggling parents?

I've got a friend who is asking me for some advice. He does very well. He is 26, owns a house, and has a really good technology career. However, his dad spent four years trying to find work and ...
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votes
12answers
7k views

How can I tell if my child is truly gifted or just bright?

I'm the father of a 2 year old and I can't understand if she's gifted or just very bright. First of all we live in Italy, here giftedness is not recognized by law and there are no special programs ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

How can I prep my child for an IQ test?

Last year, my child's school selected my child for Gifted testing. He was not selected. He will be retested this year. Is there anything I can do to prep him for this test?
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vote
1answer
83 views

How to get baby back to sleep throughout the night without needing his bottle

I have a 6.5 month old son. For a while I wasn't having him sleep in his crib just because he refused to do it. The past few weeks he will sleep in his crib half of the night and then normally his ...
11
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7answers
13k views

How to prevent children from sucking their thumb?

My 4-years-old daughter still sucks her thumb while sleeping. How can help her stopping this habit? I have tried to give her a pacifier, but she refuses it. She does not have this habit during the ...
9
votes
7answers
9k views

How do you get a teenager to take shorter showers?

It's great that they think hygiene is important. It's a hassle that the bathroom is tied up. How do you get a teenager to be faster in the shower?
7
votes
6answers
590 views

What are some good natural teethers?

It seems our 6 month baby wants to take everything in her mouth, it would be nice if we were able to give her some natural food-based teethers, but which edible substances can be used as teethers? Do ...
4
votes
2answers
220 views

My 2.5 years old daughter says no to everything, all the time, again and again

I think somebody has already asked this kind of question, but my situation is a little different. My 2.5-year-old daughter has been in an increasingly-more-difficult period of "no" for 6 long months ...
2
votes
1answer
121 views

How do you train an infant or young toddler to swim?

I recently saw a video on Facebook (see it here on YouTube) that involved a young boy, approximately 18 months old, that literally dived into a pool, was fully submerged for at least 7 seconds, and ...
0
votes
5answers
64 views

Tools to log and analyse a toddlers diet

I am looking for a tool I can use to work out what is causing my son to vomit. It's happening during or after eating so I assume a connection to what was eaten. I need to: Quickly log what was in ...
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vote
2answers
68 views

Four month old baby messy feeding schedule

No matter how much I try. I just can't have a SCHEDULE for feeding my four month old baby. She can be not willing to take a feed for 4hrs to asking for feed every hour. I tried to do eat play sleep ...
6
votes
4answers
353 views

When do babies start understanding a kiss?

Sometimes my two weeks old daughter starts crying and crying. Apart from checking her basic needs (food, poo, pee...), I sometimes hold her and kiss on the cheek together with a soft hug. However, I ...
7
votes
2answers
203 views

My 5 year old step son has started crying about everything and wanting to go to moms

Alright, a brief background. My step son is 5 years old, starting kindergarten in the fall. His parents divorced about two years ago, they share 50/50 custody. His mother gets him Thursday evening ...
18
votes
10answers
17k views

How to calm a toddler before bedtime?

I don't know about older children, but toddlers often get more agitated as they get more tired and by the time they are in bed it can take a while before they actually sleep. I often read that taking ...
4
votes
2answers
54 views

Keep carseat from rotating when installed with lap and shoulder belt?

When I install my car seat using the lap and shoulder belt, the seat easily rolls over onto its side. I have a sliding latch plate with a switchable retractor. I think the issue is the sliding latch ...
13
votes
9answers
70k views

Is it really that bad to get water in an infant's ear?

My baby girl loves taking baths but, of course, we get conflicting information about how often and how careful we should be of water in her ears. The pediatrician said every other day and didn't say ...
5
votes
2answers
53k views

How long does breast milk last after taken from the fridge?

There's lots of information available about how long pumped breast milk can be kept for, generally citing different temperature ranges. From the CDC (though the samereference is also cited by the ...
64
votes
12answers
12k views

Impact on kids NOT having TV?

My question is, could it be bad, in some way, for a child to not have cable/satellite television? My husband and I are thinking about children soon. We haven't had cable hooked up in 6 or 7 years and ...
2
votes
2answers
160 views

My one year old daughter is allergic to my beard, how to deal with such issue?

Every time I kiss my daughter her skin turns red like she has eczema, short or long beard it changed nothing. Shaving my bread completely is not an option because I also has sensitive skin and without ...

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