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4answers
192 views

How can I encourage my child to eat “spicier” healthy food?

According to studies, things like raw onion, scallion, or garlic are extremely beneficial for one's health (there's clear evidence of anticarcinogenic properties and inconclusive but decent evidence ...
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1answer
119 views

What's the etiquette for birthday invites for younger siblings?

Situation: a child has a friend (their age); and both of them have slightly younger siblings (who are also same age). The siblings aren't really close friends; but we know each other as families and ...
2
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3answers
93 views

Infant and a lazy eye: Should I be concerned?

Our son is about 3 months old. As he's starting to become a little more alert, I notice that his right eye isn't always tracking with his left. Obviously he will have to see an optometrist eventually ...
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1answer
118 views

Paternity Leave, How much does the Father need to be home?

I'm trying to collect some opinions on this, because I'm a first time parent and most of my friends don't have kids. Basically, I'm trying to work out how much I will be needed at home during the ...
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3answers
196 views

How can I deal with no-socks situation at night?

Our house is reasonably cold (and try to keep it that way) and so I insist that aside from summer, the kids wear socks; including for sleep. The problem is that they take the socks off - it seems ...
3
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2answers
142 views

Are there any benefits to taking a bath over taking a shower for a child?

Leaving aside emotional benefits (kids like to splash around in a bath and have fun) are there any health benefits or negatives to taking a bath vs. taking a shower? I'm looking for an answer based ...
6
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2answers
774 views

When can I introduce different music?

Right now, whenever I take my daughter somewhere in the car, we listen to CD's with children's songs (The ABC Song, Twinkle Twinkle, Open Shut Them, etc). While these songs are good, the CDs have been ...
6
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2answers
315 views

My parents are interfering with my life in every way and I don't know how to stop it

I really need your help on this because it has become the only problem in my life. I came to my home country after studying in the US and I have changed my beliefs, built my own set of rules to live ...
5
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1answer
229 views

Why is the due date different in France than in the US?

There are several "due date calculators" out there, and they all pretty much seem to give the same due date ... except in France! See a striking example: ...
3
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1answer
58 views

Fear/interest in thunder and lightning

My almost-three year old has the strangest love/hate relationship with thunder and lightning. He will often react with fear when he sees lightning or hears thunder, and will talk about "I am scared ...
2
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2answers
91 views

Three year old able to poo in the toilet but still pees in his nappy

Our 3-year-old son has shown signs of improvement lately in using the toilet to poo. He is still wearing nappy, but he is able to take his nappy and shorts/trousers off and then climbed onto the ...
2
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1answer
47 views

Should I rinse cloth wipes once baby starts solids?

Once a baby starts solids, do I now need to rinse the cloth wipes? Before solids, it was only breastfed poop and the cloth wipe could just be tossed in the diaper pail. Can I still just toss it in and ...
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2answers
146 views

What are the downsides of “I don't listen to things said in language X today” response used as a tactic for forcing a second language?

It's a reasonably common phenomenon that kids in bilingual families who are correctly raised tend to prefer the language of their country of residence (English, in case of USA). Even if the parents ...
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1answer
112 views

Regularity of teen reproductive cycle?

Young girls start their periods at various ages. Approximately how long does it take to be regular (i.e. roughly monthly)? If regularity does not occur, then at what point would seeking a doctor's ...
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3answers
98 views

How do you correct slang or other improper grammar in a pre-schooler?

In our particular cast, our three year old son has developed a habit of responding "uh-huh" instead of "yes", and "uh-uh" instead of "no". This makes it really hard to understand which he's saying at ...
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2answers
82 views

Is it normal for kids to constantly hum melodies?

Everyone at one time or another hums to some tune with the song in their head. Is it normal when a 8 year old does it constantly? As in, nearly every day, sometimes for hours on end (not necessarily ...
3
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6answers
75 views

Recommend an odor absorber for a diaper pail

The area by my toddler's diaper pail smells like, well, poopy diapers. I have been aggressive about changing the diaper pail liner whenever it fills up to the point of jamming the lid open. I am ...
4
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2answers
226 views

Should I be concerned that my three year old son tries to manipulate us?

He has started to engage in behavior that is clearly manipulative. He'll do things like ask for glasses of water at bed to prolong the bedtime ritual, tell us how much he loves us when he wants ...
3
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1answer
102 views

Are there any health risks in earbuds for pre-teen children?

Are there any health risks in earbuds? Assuming moderate use (say, no more than 1-2 hours a day) of music that is not overly loud - e.g. no heavy metal but some classic rock on their MP3 players - is ...
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2answers
103 views

Is it a good idea to move babies arms to teach them how to reach?

When our 11 week old is on her play-mat she stares at the various toys hanging down over her. It's so tempting to help her reach out to them, but is it a good idea to help, or is it something she ...
3
votes
3answers
83 views

At what age can a child learn to use scissors?

When should we as parents teach our child to use scissors for cutting a piece of paper? At what age typically can a child use scissors properly, i.e. with one hand?
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3answers
83 views

Strategies for getting toddler to eat more iron

My 14 month old just had his blood test results back, and while his hemoglobin levels are in the normal range, they're right on the bottom of the range. This surprised us some, because he's a ...
5
votes
2answers
61 views

What are lightweight/mobile options for safely transporting a toddler in a car?

We have an 11 month old, who's reaching the upper limit of a baby car seat. We rely on taxis for transportation. This means that when we go somewhere, we have to take the car seat with us - we can't ...
4
votes
2answers
206 views

How do I deal with a child waking up at night and starting to read?

My 6YO daughter has a major problem. She likes to read. The issue is, that she is so addicted to reading, she will do it when she really shouldn't. Like at night. More specifically, she will wake ...
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1answer
73 views

Why does childern cries all time [closed]

I have a niece that cries on everything, when waking up, if someone doesnt give her something, if she doesn't get what she wants, if she wants something that isn't suppose to be of her, if someone is ...
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6answers
3k views

Is it a good approach to have a policy of apologizing for yelling at a kid?

A couple of times I encountered situation where people had a following policy If a parent yells at a kid out of frustration with no meaningful reason (e.g. the kid just got on their nerves but ...
3
votes
1answer
59 views

What are good approaches to lessen fear of insects in a child?

One of my kids is extremely frightened of bugs. As in, if there's a fly/mosquito/bee in the room - far away from her - she will freeze up and refuse to move. If she's in small proximity, she gets ...
6
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2answers
169 views

How do you handle poor sportsmanship from other parents during your child's sports events?

Crazy sports parents. How do you deal with them? I've heard of everything from parents screaming obscenities at players on the opposing team, their own team, or even their own kids, to actual fights ...
4
votes
1answer
96 views

How should I handle “he/she told me to do it” excuses from siblings?

Sometimes (too frequent for my liking) when questioned "Why did you do this 100% prohibited or simply boneheaded thing", my kids' response is "he/she - pointing at the sibling - told me to do it". At ...
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1answer
58 views

Lazy Eye in Infants, Preparations for Seeing a Specialist

My youngest (14 months) has started showing signs of either strabismus or ambylopia (both commonly referred to as "lazy eye", where one eye seems to track differently than the other when the child is ...
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7answers
3k 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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3answers
285 views

At what age is it OK in USA to hold a birthday party at home instead of a party venue?

At the preschool/early elementary school age, it seems that in USA most birthday parties are held at some sort of party venue (e.g. bowling, minigolf, bounce castles, build-a-bears). Obviously, at ...
1
vote
1answer
51 views

Already in growth phase?

My 3-day-old newborn constantly needs to be fed. It is affecting my girlfriend's sleep. We started pumping and bottle feeding but the baby still demands a lot. I've heard that this is common at the ...
2
votes
1answer
87 views

Is there any research on whether punishing more for lies is effective?

In order to dissuade my kids from lying to cover up when they did something bad, I have long adhered to the policy (made clear to the kids) that whatever the bad thing they did, and whatever the ...
2
votes
1answer
94 views

How do I deal with acute cases of “stay at home envy”?

Summary: an older child (in school) is 99% of time OK with the fact that sometimes he gets to go to school on days the younger child stays at home. This includes 100% rational agreement from him ...
3
votes
3answers
95 views

What is cranial osteopathy?

Some of our peers have recommended we take our 10 week old daughter to see a Cranial Osteopath, due to some sleeping issues and general crankiness. I've tried searching the web for an unbiased ...
3
votes
1answer
198 views

Encopresis: how can we encourage our child to clean himself or ask for help immediately instead of ignoring the dirty underwear?

Our son (now nearly 6.5 years old) has problems with potty training for years now. (The long history is described here: How can we potty-train our pre-schooler outside the home? ). Remarks: We are ...
5
votes
2answers
92 views

Encouraging older brother to play with younger brother

I have two children, 33 months and 14 months old. They're both tall for their age, very physical types; climbing, running, etc. They both like to play with vehicles of all sorts, balls, ride on ...
6
votes
3answers
169 views

Too many car trips with toddler

My wife and I live several hours away from the rest of our family and they complain that we do not visit often enough and never get to see our 20-month-old son. He does great on long (3-5 hour) car ...
7
votes
5answers
1k views

How to deal with visiting a household with very different parenting techniques

My wife and I have a 5 month old son, after a rocky start he's settled into an ok routine, especially for bed time (Baby massage, bath and bottle by 7/7:30). We have a problem when visiting my sister ...
3
votes
1answer
205 views

Child suddenly saying things like I'm not his friend

In the last few days my 3yr has suddenly started saying things like "Your not my friend Daddy" and "Your naughty" and "I'm telling on you Daddy". At the moment it's not necessarily nasty and he soon ...
2
votes
2answers
112 views

How can I get a toddler I care for during the day to take a nap?

I care for a 11 month old baby who has two weeks where they arrive at 5:30am and then 2 weeks they arrive at 1pm. For the 5:30 shift, the baby should be going to sleep. The mom had said it was ...
7
votes
4answers
526 views

How to change an active child's diaper?

My 1 year old son is very active, and changing his diaper is increasingly difficult. I've seen temper-tantrums from some other children we know, but they usually stay put. My son arches, flips and ...
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vote
3answers
97 views

Is assisted crawling with an infant safe?

I play with my daughter on a bed - we roll, tickle, "fly", laugh. I also started crawling with her, similar to this video at the 0:36 mark (it's not me, I just remembered this video when asking the ...
3
votes
4answers
111 views

How to encourage the baby to learn to crawl?

My 6,5 month daughter despises her tummy time. She has to be kept occupied all the time with toys while on her belly, otherwise she starts fussing and, very soon after that, crying. While playing with ...
5
votes
3answers
106 views

my daughter learned how to open doors-now refuses to nap/stay in her room-ideas?

My daughter used to go to sleep nicely. Sometimes, such as when she is overtired, she cries herself to sleep. But this week she learned how to open doors. It is wonderful in terms of development - but ...
2
votes
2answers
93 views

How to increase the durations of sleep between awakenings at night?

Our 10 week old breastfed daughter doesn’t nap well, or sleep particularly well. She tends to sleep from 11.30pm – 2-3am, then in very short spurts if she is held, with a slightly longer 30 minute ...
19
votes
5answers
4k views

Does good cop/bad cop work with children?

My wife and I have descended into the toddler years with our first. Along with that, she is getting that classic toddler attitude. We understand it's a growing phase and tantrums and outbursts are ...
3
votes
2answers
86 views

How can we teach my preschooler to not interrupt?

My three-and-a-half year old son talks constantly. Its pretty much a non-stop monolog from the time he wakes up until the time he falls asleep. We're okay with this, and try not to discourage his ...
5
votes
5answers
155 views

How can I help a preschooler who refuses to sleep?

I've got a preschooler that plainly refuses to sleep most evenings. He gets up around 07:15, in time for kindergarten, does not nap during the day, and is visibly tired by the evening. His usual ...

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