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3answers
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Where can we find ideas for activities for our toddler?

I have twin boys who are 15 months old. My mother-in-law does daycare for us and also lives with us. Recently I have noticed a trend where they are spending more and more time watching TV during the ...
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2answers
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Small amounts of water mixing with breastmilk

I wash the baby bottles by hand and often let them air dry. Do I have to dry them completely before adding breast milk? I would obviously want to get all of the dish liquid out of the bottles. But I ...
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0answers
42 views

How to handle baby waking up while sleep training

I've read that at 3 months you can start to try and train your child to sleep through the night. My child starts squirming and making little sounds (not crying) in the middle of the night still. I've ...
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5answers
6k views

Pre-teen always sneaking junk food

My daughter is nine, and over the last few months has been frequently stealing sweets from the kitchen (fridge, pantry, or deep freezer) to eat them in her room at night. There are a variety of ...
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15answers
9k views

How should a stepfather respond to “You are not my Father!”?

So the situation is that I'm not the real father of my son. I call him my son since I love him very much, but he is my girlfriends son from her previous relationship. I'm afraid though... He does ...
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3answers
451 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, ...
3
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1answer
89 views

What if the father of my children has not seen or talked to his kids in over a year?

My kids father had nothing to do with my son for the first year and a half that he was born then after that he was in his life until he was 9 years old. Then my girls were around him when they were ...
3
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1answer
55 views

Does eating onions while breastfeeding adversely affect the flavor of the breastsmilk?

This is something my wife's aunt, who is a nurse (but not in any maternity or pediatric field) advised us on. She said we should avoid giving onions to my wife (who doesn't like them usually anyway) ...
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6answers
4k views

Is it dangerous to microwave formula if I swirl the bottle and test the temperature afterwards?

The overwhelming consensus online is that microwaving a babies bottle can be "dangerous" because microwaving formula can produce hot spots. However, if you simply swirl the bottle you can even out the ...
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0answers
133 views

Baby Girl Stretching

I am a first time mother and I have a 4 month old baby girl. She stretches so severely and intermittently. Could this be normal? What could be the cause?
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5answers
1k views

What are the causes and remedies of constipation in toddlers?

My 1 1/2 year old baby daughter is having difficult with her bowel. She seems to have a constipation sensation. I have personally never seen small aged children having constipation in my life. I ...
5
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2answers
443 views

Does safe cosleeping in the same bed increase the risk of SIDS?

We were told just prior to checking out of the hospital that sleeping with the infant, along with side-sleeping and front-sleeping, increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). I was ...
2
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3answers
19k views

Why does my 4 month old playful infant suddenly start screaming at the top of her voice?

This is not a normal cry. This cry indicates extreme sudden pain. For example: If you were sitting peacefully somewhere and someone threw burning coals on your body, how would you scream? She ...
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11answers
8k views

How can I make my kids passionate in science while being religious?

Please be considerate in your answers. We are an observant jewish family, although I was educated in secular institutions. I feel that I have a wealth of knowledge that I want to pass to my kids ...
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6answers
10k 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 ...
5
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2answers
157 views

Sleep training while teething

Our son has experienced some sleep training... regression. I don't think that's the right word for it given the circumstances, but here goes. We started sleep training with him when he was 7 or 8 ...
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6answers
6k views

Should I try to protect my son from hearing that his father wants nothing to do with his two boys?

My ex husband, who was near 30 when we had our first child, and 33 when we had our second, hasn't seen his children since 2008.. We broke up when the youngest was 6 months but as his girlfriend was ...
2
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3answers
72 views

What are the reasons for and dangers of dieting?

What are some reasons that a young person might go on a diet? As a parent, which of those reasons should be a concern for me?
2
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1answer
93 views

Do newborn stocking caps help skull shape?

It's common to put stocking caps on newborns. For both of my boys, born in different hospitals with different methodologies, they were given stocking caps immediately after birth. I know that the ...
2
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1answer
54 views

Swaddle for energetic infant? Or am i thinking this wrong?

So our girl (5 months chronological, 3.5 months or so adjusted) has a pretty strong tic when she wants to go to sleep. Her arms and legs flail pretty wildly and seems to keep her up. Why does it seem ...
6
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5answers
1k views

How can I get my primary-schooler to remember to turn off the light?

I have a 8 year old kid with ADHD. He never turns off the lights when he leaves a room. Never. It's a pet peeve of mine when lights are kept on when not in use. His younger sister has learned and ...
3
votes
1answer
98 views

How to encourage children to 'reign-in' their enthusiasm + socialness

Our 8 year old (boy) is a rather socially vocal about things that interest him, or anything that grabs his mind, what I mean by that is that he will (at length) talk to anyone around him about his ...
3
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3answers
102 views

Adjusting to boarding school

We have sent our 12 year old daughter to a boarding school. How can i help her not to miss her mother to an extent that she is upset the whole day, has bouts of crying? She has been away for a week, ...
2
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3answers
299 views

How can I teach my child about Christianity?

I am a Christian myself but my husband is not. I would like to teach my child about my religion and I have been thinking of ordering books from online Christian bookstores. Is this the best option? ...
8
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7answers
299 views

Is it ok to be on diet while pregnant?

While pregnant (4 months), is it ok to "be careful"? Is it ok to avoid eating too much and bear hungry feelings some days?
4
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7answers
345 views

12 year old girl out of control

I have a almost 12 year old daughter. I also have 2 older daughters, 20 and 21. My 12 year old is out of control. She tells us to shut up, calls us stupid, is just mouthy. She throws her stuff ...
4
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1answer
133 views

Mom is a kindergarten teacher

Due to some conflict situation with previous kindergarten owner, we were forced to pull our 2 y.o. from this. In the middle of the year, it's a bit difficult to find new place for a child, but for our ...
6
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3answers
2k views

Explaining the concept of underwear to our toddler

Our 21 month old toddler will use the potty when we leave her bottom bare - she has been successfully doing this for a month. Tired of cleaning stinky diapers, we leave her bottom bare when she is ...
4
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1answer
1k views

How can I wean my active baby from swaddling?

I have a very active 4 1/2 month old baby, who has been swaddled since birth. For the last month, he has been breaking out of his swaddle (we use the SwaddleMe brand) and waking up several times per ...
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1answer
140 views

how should you deal with siblings or cousins that are sexually active with each other? [closed]

Note: I don't have children myself, nor do I intend to have any, but I think it could be an interesting question. Suppose you have 2 children (gender is irrelevant for this question) within 3 years ...
8
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6answers
2k views

How to teach my daughter to get the shampoo rinsed out of her hair throughly?

My seven year old daughter has been bathing by herself for some time now, but I find I have to send her back in for another "rinse" quite frequently as I can still see suds and bubbles in her hair ...
8
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7answers
29k views

What are signs my daughter is teething?

My daughter is three months old, and I'm starting to wonder if she's teething. What would be signs that she's started to cut teeth, and is the age in the normal range for that development?
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8answers
7k views

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 ...
3
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2answers
337 views

How can I show my appreciation for my wife?

I have 3.5 month healthy baby girl and my wife and I seem to manage very well. I do not rely on other people and I am quite aware what others are able to do and how much effort goes into something. My ...
3
votes
2answers
61 views

How can I help my kids prepare for a long-distance move?

While similar to this question, I would like to know how to help ease my 6 year old into a move out of state. We are going to be moving in the next couple of months, about 500 miles away. We brought ...
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9answers
2k views

Is visiting museums worthwhile or beneficial for a toddler?

Would visiting an art museum, history museum, etc. which is not specifically geared toward children (i.e. not a "children's museum") be good for a toddler? I'm assuming that the toddler is under ...
4
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2answers
94 views

Explaining death and dealing with mourning for a pre-schooler in an atheist family with religious extended family?

My grandmother, my 3.5 year old daughter's great-grandmother, is sadly very ill and could pass away at any time within the next few weeks. My daughter has yet to experience death (e.g. a pet dying) ...
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2answers
242 views

Boys have crush on my 6 year old daughter

Ok so my daughter goes to this new school, and a lot of boys have crush on her. When I pick her up from the after school I see all these little boys trying to flirt with her. I'm very open minded ...
5
votes
2answers
115 views

How to build self-confidence / reduce social anxiety in a 7+ yr old boy?

Summary: I am looking for strategies and parenting best practices on how to boost self-confidence & reduce social anxieties in a 7+ yr old boy. Context: We have a little boy who seems to be ...
7
votes
6answers
4k views

Anything wrong with eggs and bacon everyday for my kids' breakfast?

I have two kids - a boy aged 6 and a girl aged 8. They currently eat the usual sugary breakfast cereal every morning. I typically cook an omelette for myself every morning. It made me wonder if I ...
7
votes
2answers
1k views

How can a parent get help with the expense of a child?

How can a parent get help with the expense of a child? I'm not sure how I, as a single parent, am going to be able to cope when the child is born. I am Irish and from Dublin.
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vote
3answers
58 views

What's an easy way to do macaroni art with a toddler?

So, I joked to my wife the other day that she was getting macaroni art for mother's day. But, now I think it's serious, and it's what she's going to get. I want to do some macaroni art with my son ...
6
votes
3answers
193 views

While on vacation, how can I balance toddler's needs with parents wants/needs?

Most toddlers are creatures of habit and routine, and our toddler is the same. She is happiest when she has consistent mealtimes, naptime, and bedtime. When we go on vacation, however, we undoubtedly ...
5
votes
3answers
127 views

Attachment: father's role

I've read some materials about mothers' role in forming good attachment style in children under the age of one year. My question is - do you know about the role of fathers in forming of attachment? ...
6
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4answers
1k views

Should an adult pay rent to his child? [closed]

I always read about if adults should pay rent to their parents. For example, in this question. I also know that it's not easy to give one specific answer, there are even cultural matters involved. ...
0
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1answer
34 views

potty training at night [duplicate]

My son is 2, going on three. He's doing really well during the day for potty training. He tells me when he needs to go. How do I do this with him at night? Diapers are too small. He's in a six for ...
0
votes
2answers
183 views

Is it normal for a 9 year old to cry and throw a fit when his daddy leaves?

My 9 year old son cries and throws a fit when his dad leaves without him. It's not just when he leaves for work; it's everywhere. He sometimes questions his dad as to how long he will be gone, and ...
1
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2answers
92 views

Should I stop taking my prenatal vitamins?

I bought what I thought were the best quality prenatal vitamins. They are $100 a bottle and manufactured by Bayer pharmaceuticals in Germany. However, I was shocked by the list of excipients: "Each ...
9
votes
5answers
293 views

16yo works TOO MUCH?

We have a lovely child who is very motivated in their schoolwork. They are getting straight A's, and are loved by all their teachers. They are autistic, and it seems that schoolwork is their new ...
7
votes
6answers
29k views

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 ...

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