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1answer
729 views

Retrain toddler to potty?

My toddler was using the potty frequently when he turned about 2.5 years, then after Memorial weekend, he suddenly stopped going. He seems to hold it forever and is very stubborn. I haven't had him ...
8
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2answers
836 views

How can we make the most of Parent-Teacher consultations?

We attend parent-teacher consultations once a term and we sometimes come out feeling as if we've just received the the boilerplate script. Little X is doing fine, reaching all appropriate milestones ...
4
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6answers
5k views

Toddler always get close to the TV, might it point on bad eye sight?

My 2 years old daughter love to watch TV so we let her do that sometimes. We always ask her to sit on the couch which is ~2 meters away from the TV and she do that, however after few minutes she will ...
16
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9answers
58k views

How do you know when it is time to take a child to the Doctor?

Our children have recently been sick and I am wondering when is the right time to take them to the doctor. They both have had runny noses with coughs, diarrhea, and fevers off and on for a week, ...
5
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5answers
3k views

What is the best way to give medicine to baby?

My 3 and half monthChild is having cold and refuse to take medicine. We force her to take medicine with dropper after holding her head and hand. Even if she take her medicine she simply do not swallow ...
17
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5answers
2k views

What to do when parents disagree regarding their parenting

My husband and I often find that we parent differently. We know that up to a point that is why every child (hopefully) as two parents, so they can learn about difference in people, their approaches, ...
9
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6answers
521 views

How do you keep up with a toddler?

My son is 2, and is seemingly a perpetual motion machine. He constantly wants me to "play cars" (we stand at a window sill and smash matchbox cars into each other), play "tag" or "chase me" around ...
7
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4answers
260 views

Does teaching your child sign language improve his emotional health?

We're expecting our first child and trying to make decisions about what parenting trends to follow. I've been reading about teaching sign language to babies. It seems like the jury is out on whether ...
2
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2answers
657 views

Can you detect peanut allergies in babies from kissing on the cheek?

A relative ate peanut butter and gave my son a few kisses on the cheek. A little while later (15-20 ins), we saw a bunch of red bumps on his cheek. We can't rule out every other possibility but I ...
7
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6answers
7k views

How young is too young to take a child overseas?

My wife and I are expecting a child at the end of February. My sister-in-law is planning on getting married in early May in Macedonia (we live in the US). This is our first child and we're more than a ...
5
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2answers
242 views

How do you respond to a toddler who insists on having you do their activities for them?

We have a 3.5 year old and a 2.5 year old and they're both exhibiting this behavior: They prefer to watch mommy and daddy play rather than do it themselves. I think it started with drawing, we'd show ...
9
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3answers
249 views

Techniques for teaching children from the start about how to read advertising?

I took a class in high school that taught media literacy and it has been one of the few learning experiences in high that really stuck with me. I'd like my boy to learn from the beginning, when he's ...
18
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4answers
3k views

How much pressure should I put on my kids to learn?

My wife just started reading "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother", a book written by a Chinese mother who talks about the pros and cons of the high-pressure and rigid parenting style of some Chinese ...
3
votes
3answers
162 views

Using experience as a reason for correctness

Although I haven't used the "because I'm older" or "because I'm your dad" argument before with a child who questions my reasons, I know many adults who do. Is this harmful in any way? I have taught ...
5
votes
2answers
360 views

Signs a child is “over scheduled”?

I read all over that kids like routine but how can you tell if they are "over scheduled"? But I also read it is good to take your kids out and "explore". I have lately been taking my child to story ...
1
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3answers
161 views

How do you get a primary schooler to continue doing chores when their friends don't have to?

I am reading the book P.E.T. about communicating with children and there is a question: an 11 year old asks: “How come I have to take care of the yard and take the garbage out? Rey’s parents do not ...
8
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7answers
3k views

How strict should we be with our 14 month old boy?

Our baby is really sweet :) Generally can be considered as a good / easy going baby. There are times though, when he gets totally out of control. I've had a discussion with a child-psychologist who ...
14
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4answers
1k views

In what ways can you help a child develop self-control and delayed or deferred gratification?

Children, especially young children, are creatures of opportunity. They see a lesser prize within their grasp and a much greater prize that they may have to work for, and they will take the lesser ...
7
votes
4answers
295 views

How to encourage toddler to not throw food?

My wife and I are blessed with fifteen month old twins. They are generally well-behaved, but have recently started to throw food from their highchair trays. We have two dogs who are very pleased with ...
1
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2answers
3k views

My baby is having cough and making wheezing sound

My baby is 3 and half months old and she is having cough and making wheezing sound while breathing. She had attack of Pneumonia 20 days back and had to be admitted to hospital, her Ped says that she ...
6
votes
7answers
255 views

How and when might I start teaching the language of music?

When it's time to teach my child (she's 4 months old right now) her ABCs and 123s, I'm interested in also teaching her the building blocks of music. Intervals, scales, triads, etc. My thinking is, in ...
8
votes
4answers
402 views

Is it bad if I push my daughter into playing sports?

I played sports growing up and learned many valuable lessons while on the field. I want my daughter to learn some of those same lessons. Is it wrong of me if at a young age I start to push sports on ...
5
votes
4answers
132 views

Is it wrong to ask a foster child about his history?

Recently, someone I know asked his foster child why he was in foster care. The carer didn't know why the child was in care and it was just in regular conversation. This person I know's wife was all ...
6
votes
6answers
190 views

Moving with our bilingual child

We are two German parents and we are living in an English speaking country. With our child - who just turned three - we speak German, whereas all other people (our friends, his friends, the kids in ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

How much upright time is acceptable for a newborn?

I have read many recommendations about not keeping newborns upright due to skeletal development to support the head. However, I also have (and use) a papoose style carrier in the ErgoBaby (with ...
29
votes
7answers
3k views

Is there an alternative to Boy/Girl Scouts in the US?

My son desperately wants to join the Boy Scouts, but I've had to say no due to the local troop's religious agenda. I've been helping my friend try to come up with ideas for her daughter's new Girl ...
6
votes
3answers
507 views

How can I avoid ugly arguments with my wife?

I was recently playing a board game with my 12 year-old son and wife of 18 years. We reached a point in the game where it was my turn to play while my wife could win the game with her next move. ...
8
votes
2answers
2k views

What are the (dis)advantages of putting a child in a nursery or pre-school even when one parent is at home?

It is something I have always thought about, but never asked. We have put our kids into kindergarten/nursery even though my wife doesn't work. We decided that the benefits for our children ...
6
votes
5answers
395 views

How do I teach my child the virtue of not quitting?

He is 14 years old. I have observed in his study of mathematics, he tries for some time, but then gives up sooner than one should (if the problem seems difficult). I guess just telling him to try ...
6
votes
4answers
3k views

What does it mean to “say a few words”?

I have a 17-month-old who isn't talking yet. Our pediatrician says that if he isn't talking by 18 months then they'll do a hearing test. But that can't possibly be the problem since we know he ...
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votes
1answer
115 views

Carbon Monoxide [closed]

Is it a law that every house/apartment has to have a carbon monoxide detector as well as a smoke detector? I live in an older apartment complex and am worried that I need to go get my own detector.
3
votes
6answers
12k views

Is a fetus's level of activity a good way to predict their personality?

Right now, my wife is having a 7 month pregnancy. :D Everytime we see our baby through USG when we visit our doctor, our baby looks very calm. He only made a simple movement such as chewing. Will my ...
11
votes
6answers
384 views

When should kids get a cellphone?

It seems everybody and his cat has a smartphone today. (I'm guilty too.) My son will probably demand his own phone somewhere between the age of 7 and 12. I know I can't compare to when I was a kid ...
5
votes
1answer
206 views

Are most half-day pre-school programs for stay-at-home parents, or are there options?

At least in my state (Washington), the child care licensing is such that most preschools are only able to care for a child for 4 hours per day. I found a couple of places that do preschool and then ...
5
votes
4answers
423 views

How do you respond to a teenager who declares that he isn't interested in college?

I am reading the book P.E.T. about communicating with children and there is a question. How would you address the situation when your 15 year old child comes home and tells you he isn’t interested in ...
9
votes
1answer
271 views

Is long-term punishment effective for children under 5?

A child throws a ball inside the house hard enough to knock over some furniture. He knows he's not supposed to throw the ball inside, so there's a punishment. Is "taking the ball away for a week" an ...
2
votes
2answers
5k views

What works to get a distracted nurser to eat during the day?

I have a 7 month old baby who has been a distracted nurser since about 3 months. She continues to gain weight appropriately, so she does get enough to eat, but getting her to eat what she needs is a ...
3
votes
4answers
272 views

Should I expose them to cartoons of the past?

I grew up with Tom & Jerry classics (e.g http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCpdjaT46DY) which I find really healthy and full of simple and pure emotions. I personally feel that cartoons of today are ...
27
votes
7answers
1k views

Should the nanny quit when the parents don't care about their dangerous children?

I have four weeks left of the worst nannying position of my life. I originally thought the job would be great, three kids that seemed a little naughty but manageable. The interview went great and ...
1
vote
1answer
129 views

How long a time limit should we set on meals for 6yr old very slow eater? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does my child eat so slowly? Very slow distracted procrastinating eater. Going to start time limits this weekend, but how long for say a sandwich or bowl of cereal ...
4
votes
2answers
7k views

Is it safe to use a microwave sterilizer to sterilize BPA-free baby bottles?

There is lots of debate regarding microwaving plastics, even if they are BPA-free. Curious if there is a definitive risk of using a microwave sterilizer (steriliser) (such as the Avent) vs. using an ...
6
votes
2answers
195 views

Co-sleeping with a crawler

We co-sleep with our little one and it has generally been very successful. Now she is on the brink of learning how to crawl, and we are worried that she might crawl off the bottom of the bed while we ...
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votes
3answers
220 views

Check pregnancy [closed]

Is it true that instead of using a home pregnancy test you can you lay on your tummy and check for a pulse on your belly button? If you feel your own heartbeat, then you are not pregnant. Otherwise, ...
2
votes
3answers
2k views

how do i stop my two year old from staying awake for 3-4 hours in the night?

Since my daughter has been 10 months old she has not slept through the night. She is now two years old. She used to sleep very well, where she would go to sleep at 8pm and then wake up at 8am. ...
18
votes
3answers
3k views

How should a parent react when their child comes out of the closet to them?

Several of my good friends, including my best friend, are gay/lesbian/queer. All of them have told me that coming out was one of the most emotional and difficult things they've ever had to do. Their ...
5
votes
2answers
175 views

What are the significant risks of taking children on a Caribbean cruise?

What would be the significant risks of taking children between the ages of one and seven on a 4 night cruise to Cozumel (an island off the coast of Mexico) if the children have never left the U.S.?
3
votes
1answer
286 views

What do I do when the timeout method isn't working? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do we do when timeouts are not effective? My littler girl just turned 2 but is as smart as a whip! I am having trouble with the timeout method. I am being ...
5
votes
4answers
619 views

Kindergarten Teacher teaching in Spanish, should I be concerned?

My 5 year old stepson recently moved to El Paso, TX with me and my wife. He's only been in the U.S. for a little over a month. His primary language is Thai. I would love for him to start picking up ...
6
votes
6answers
8k views

Installing car seat base…how tight is good enough?

We have a car seat system which comprises a base and a car seat. My wife, my mother-in-law and me share two car seat bases. So sometimes we might have to move the base between cars. One car has ...
8
votes
4answers
1k views

Is it normal that a 2½ year old omits any “s” in the start of words?

My son is not quite 3 years old yet. He's doing great in terms of speaking except for one detail: whenever a word begins with an s he will just skip that sound. For instance he consistently says top ...

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