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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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6answers
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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 ...
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3answers
127 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. ...
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2answers
97 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 ...
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3answers
75 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 ...
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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
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2answers
134 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 ...
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2answers
165 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 ...
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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, ...
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4answers
97 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 ...
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4answers
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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 ...
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1answer
173 views

I fled my emotionally abusive husband, leaving my children. I returned but they don't want to know me

My husband and I married 18 years ago. He suffers from a particularly difficult personality disorder which has become more pronounced with time. We have five children, aged 8 - 17. As he became more ...
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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 ...
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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
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1answer
235 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 ...
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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 ...
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2answers
154 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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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 ...
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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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1answer
82 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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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6answers
585 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
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2answers
217 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 ...
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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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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 ...
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4answers
352 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 ...
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2answers
200 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 ...
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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
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2answers
53 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 ...
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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 ...
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2answers
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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 ...
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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
157 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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3answers
431 views

My son wants to learn to ride a motorbike. How can I discourage him?

I'd prefer my son doesn't get his motorbike licence because I think it is dangerous. How can I convince him otherwise?
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6answers
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My 8 year old son won't fall asleep

We put him to bed at 9pm and he stays up til 1am or later. When I go to check on him he is always playing with his hands and sometimes talking. I ask him why he is awake and not trying to sleep and he ...
9
votes
3answers
166 views

Returning to work quickly - how does feeding work?

My partner is looking to return to work soon after giving birth. We both work, so we'll need to find someplace that looks after baby whilst we are out all day. The question we have is how does the ...
2
votes
1answer
178 views

My 1 yr old gets excited and grabs and scratches peoples face HARD

My 1 yr old gets excited and grabs and scratches peoples face HARD. He also grunts all the time, enough to make his face red and then he laughs like its a joke. He does not say any words yet, is this ...
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9answers
1k views

Pros and cons of C section (Cesarean) delivery?

Are prenatal classes worth it? +1 for mentioning the unexpected information about the c-section. No one wants to have a c-section with their first baby, but I know so many women who wound up ...
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votes
6answers
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Can temper tantrums indicate a behavior problem?

I understand that temper tantrums are relatively normal for many children. However, some children seem to have far more temper tantrums than other children their age, and others far fewer. Can ...
0
votes
0answers
72 views

6 year old and stress

My grandson (6) hum's and sings most of the time. This started about 5 months ago. Acts and seems very happy. But , his step brother (12) has now moved in . They get along , not as loving as I would ...
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votes
4answers
18k views

How can I get my three year old to stop sucking his fingers?

My three and a half year old son recently started sucking his fingers and sometimes his clothing. When I point it out to him he takes his fingers out of his mouth, but they are soon back in. I can't ...
2
votes
3answers
57 views

How long can breast milk be refrigerated before freezing?

If I have too much breast milk already in the refrigerator and I do not want it to go to waste, can I then place it in the freezer even if its been in the refrigerator for five days?
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votes
2answers
16k views

My daughter is having sex with her cousin

I walked in on my 14 year old daughter is having sex with her 14 year old cousin. It happened in my sister's house in her double bed. I wasn't sure on how I should react but I told my sister and she ...
5
votes
3answers
181 views

how to deal with noise from neighbor construction for infant

I live in a high rise apartment, there are construction for renovation above and below me that I can do nothing about. My wife is 8 months pregnant we are about to have a baby. I'm afraid of all of ...
2
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0answers
149 views

4 yo son pursues sex with mom [duplicate]

A 4 yo boy says things to his mother like "lets do love, mommy" He lays on her in the missionary position, rubs where her nipples are under her bra and says "I love love mommy, do love with me" (to ...
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votes
1answer
265 views

How do I tell my 14 year old niece that her mom is kicking her out?

I'm a 30 year old guy, and I'm single, never had a real girlfriend to speak of. My sister's first born is in some trouble and she has decided that her daughter cannot live with her anymore (there's ...
9
votes
5answers
335 views

How do I stop hiding things from my overprotective parents?

My parents are...protective. For context, I was 18 before I was allowed to go to someone else's house without their parents being home, and 12 when I was allowed in the back yard alone. ...
3
votes
2answers
144 views

Kid having difficulty with “what comes before” and “what comes after” questions (in sequences)

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. But there is a problem I have consistently noticed. Although he ...

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