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What should parents know about “flat feet”?

Our son was flat footed with very little arch. His pediatrician was not concerned. In preschool, he complained of discomfort when wearing shoes with an arch support. By age 9-10, his condition ...
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How can we address lapses in potty training during afternoon naps?

Our two and a half year old daughter was potty trained fairly early just before she became two. This went quite smoothly, and after a few weeks she had almost no accidents. During her afternoon naps ...
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Is a Do-It-Yourself baby monitor a bad idea?

I am looking at video baby monitors and they are not cheap! As a technologist I am having a hard time accepting that a couple of a webcams and an LCD screen cost 200+ dollars. I can get a pretty ...
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4answers
129 views

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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2answers
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How long can a newborn girl bleed from her vagina?

The bleeding from a newborn girls vagina is completely normal, it happens due to hormones being absorbed by the while still in the womb. How long can this bleeding occur? Does it come and go, or ...
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When is a banana ripe enough to not cause constipation?

This might seem like a funny question, but it actually is not. My 13 month old daughter started to have constipation and we were trying to figure out what it could have been. While researching, I ...
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71 views

My wife is pregnant and I don't want to be part of it, what I should do? [duplicate]

My wife is pregnant with her 8th child. She has 3 from her first marriage, 2 more with another relation, and I married her and we have 2 more. She got pregnant while she has both an IUD and is on ...
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1answer
96 views

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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6answers
381 views

What type of tracking technology is practical for young children?

Many people have had the fear of losing their child in a busy place or perhaps having their child kidnapped. What type of technology can I use to locate my child if they get lost or kidnapped? I'm not ...
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1answer
190 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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5answers
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When my 4 yo has to do something he doesn't want to, he completely blocks communication with moans/cries/wails. How can I get him to respond?

It's quite a recent thing. Sometimes we have done something that we know he will like and because he's in this mode of moaning/crying/wailing we can't communicate to him at all and explain what's ...
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7answers
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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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7answers
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How to deal with a teenager who wants his parents to buy him everything his friends have?

How do I teach my son the value of money and to differentiate between a need and a want? The problem I am facing is that he is 19 years old, not 5 years old. He is my youngest son and to be honest I ...
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6answers
2k views

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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3answers
1k views

Preventing motion sickness in a baby on a plane

A few weeks ago, we took our 6-month-old on the plane for the first time. Five hours into a ten-hour flight, with no warning at all, he vomited (and spectacularly, not a little milk burp). A week ...
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1answer
153 views

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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1answer
161 views

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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4answers
5k views

How can we help my 7 year old quit sucking her thumb?

My daughter who is now 7 is still sucking her thumb. It is a great embarrassment to her and she always talks about how it is her big secret from her friends. We have tried the finger nail polish, ...
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5answers
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When should an infant stop sucking on her hands?

My little girl about 3 months old and she already mouths quite frequently on her hands. Should we try to discourage this behavior now (by pulling her hand away when we find her doing it), or wait ...
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4answers
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How to get 2 year old to vocalize words?

I have a two year old (just turned two) boy that doesn't speak much. He vocalizes only a few words (like "mom", "up", and "grandpa") clearly but other than those, he's largely silent. He seems ...
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1answer
1k views

What to do when toddler keeps using the potty to stay awake at bedtime?

We are working on potty training our two year old girl and it is interfering with our bedtime routine. She will often keep requesting to use the potty, knowing that we will take her out of bed to go ...
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8answers
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Should our 3 year old boy be made to look at me while I am talking (during discipline)?

Our little boy tends to get 3 minutes on the naughty spot when he's done something wrong. After this time one of us tries to explain why he's been naughty spotted and what he should do differently ...
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3answers
104 views

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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7answers
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2 year old still does not (and has never) slept through the night

In his now 26 months of life, he has probably slept all the way through the night 15, maybe 20 times. They seemed to be an irregularity, never happened two nights in a row. He is a easy as pie to ...
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1answer
110 views

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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5answers
2k views

The great debate: Minivan or SUV

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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4answers
779 views

Can putting a one year old baby in a playschool for around 7 hours, daily, cause any psychological issues to the baby?

I and my partner both work in software companies. There are only two of us living together. So, if we put the baby in a playschool for around 7 hours, daily, after he is one year old, can it cause ...
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4answers
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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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6answers
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Our 4 year old won't fall asleep until 11pm

Our 4 year old doesn't like to sleep. I know that sounds like what every kid says, but let me clarify. She doesn't cry at bedtime, she just won't sleep. We start to get her ready for bed around 8pm. ...
6
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2answers
144 views

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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12answers
105k views

Do I really need to wake my newborn to feed him?

We have a two week old child. He's eating well during the day, eating at least 8 times a day, and is breast feeding. His weight gain has been 'normal' so far, and he regained his original birth weight ...
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2answers
155 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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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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6answers
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Extrovert child forcing his company on others

My seven year-old son is extremely extroverted. My wife and I are both introverts, so we have a hard time relating to his behavior. We have a quiet time every day for a couple hours, when my wife ...
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Is my 14 year step daughter a bad influence on my children?

My husband's daughter has come to stay with us for a month. I have tried playing and talking with her, but she isn't interested. She also back answers me. She doesn't even look at my twin babies which ...
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3answers
2k views

How and when to disclose to children a parent's suicide

My children's father committed suicide 10 years age, when they were aged 9, 3 and 1. At the time of his death I did not want them to know how he died, but it became such public knowledge I was forced ...
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4answers
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How do I wean my 2 year old from requiring holding my hand to sleep?

Sometimes my wife would hold my 2 year old daughter's hand during her bedtime to put her to sleep. Recently when she wakes up in the middle of the night she would cry and ask for our hand so she can ...
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8answers
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When should I stop swaddling my baby?

I swaddled my baby in a swaddling blanket for a short time after he was born, and then moved on to a Halo combination sleep sack and swaddle blanket. He is now nearly 3 months old, and I'm still using ...
9
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1answer
229 views

Explaining to young children that a parent needs some “me time”

How can parents explain to young children that this is not rejection, nor lack of love? It is just that parents sometimes need time off, alone, without being contacted through any means.
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1answer
307 views

How do you handle present overload?

After a large (say 8+ people) birthday party, a child usually has TONS of presents (from party-attending kids; plus from parents and other relatives). What is a good approach in terms of unpacking ...
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2answers
213 views

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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16answers
6k 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 ...
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5answers
2k 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 ...
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5answers
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My 1yr 3month old daughter crying every night

Don't know what could it be but my daughter keeps on crying every night. She's sleeping and suddenly she starts crying. Hungry ? (She drinks her last bottle of milk around 8pm.) Maybe teething? (every ...
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5answers
480 views

Abusive behavior of 12 years old son

My 12 years old son hits, pushes, and teases his 7 years old sister. When my daughter was born he would constantly disturb me while feeding her and helping her. I tried to involve him in taking care ...
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2answers
6k views

How damaging is it for children to witness their parent's sexual activity?

How damaging is it for children to witness their parent's sexual activity? I asked this question here Some strategies for maintaining adult relationships separately from children? Which needed to be ...
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votes
2answers
142 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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3answers
122 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 ...
6
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3answers
91 views

Custodial arrangements in co-parenting: frequency of transfers from one parent to the other

I'm in a co-parenting situation and I have the feeling our 3.5-year-old son is suffering emotionally from transferring homes too often. He spends one night with mom, then the following night with ...
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10answers
2k views

At what age should I explain to my kids that we don't believe in God?

I've been wondering about this. Me and my partner (I'm gay) are thinking of adopting soon.

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