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How can we help my pre-schooler get over his initial shyness when we have guests?

My four year old is always extremely unsettled whenever they first interact with a guest. It doesn't matter if it is another child who has played with many times before or an adult. It also doesn't ...
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Are between-meal snacks important?

It seems common at day cares to have an eating scheduling like: 8am breakfast 10am morning snack 12pm lunch 3pm afternoon snack 6pm dinner (at home) I hear that more frequent, smaller meals is better ...
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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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1answer
340 views

Everything my son draws is abstract. Is this a problem?

My son does a reasonable amount of painting, drawing etc. although his main love is sport. However everything he produces is abstract. It's always patches of different colour. His technique has ...
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What are good techniques to reduce separation anxiety?

What are good techniques to reduce/wean separation anxiety? My child cries when her mother or I leave the room, even to go to the adjacent room, or upstairs to get something. Most disruptively, she ...
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120 views

How should I plan for an international urban vacation with a toddler?

Looking for all types of advice from whether to bring a stroller, how to eat out, manage jetlag, travel within the city -- in this case Paris, but I'm sure some of the ideas would apply to other ...
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100 views

How do you choose a pet for a household with children?

My wife and I are thinking about getting a pet, so my daughter (now 3 months old) can learn about animals growing up. What factors should influence the pet we choose? Is there anyway to tell if the ...
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499 views

Can a school prevent a child from walking home?

Asking on behalf of a friend of mine. Here's the situation: They live far enough away from the school to make it inconvenient, but not impractical, for her eight-year-old daughter to walk. Usually ...
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How do I cope with my toddler's jealousy towards her newborn brother and sister?

We had 2 adorable twins in January. Our older daughter is jealous of them and our life has become a nightmare. How can we address her jealousy and improve our situation?
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How can I toilet train my reluctant pre-schooler? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Help! My 5 year old just won't poop on the toilet We have a not quite 4 year old boy who refuses to toilet train. We have tried everything, including you can have ...
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What is the best type of milk for a toddler?

What is the best type of milk for a normal 18-month old? Regular milk, 2%, 1% or fat-free?
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2answers
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Are same-gender classrooms better for girls, or mixed-gender classrooms better for boys?

I've heard that girls learn better in an all-girl classroom setting, but that boys learn better in a mixed boy/girl classroom composition. Is there any statistical evidence that this lends merit to ...
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7answers
262 views

How can we get our toddler to accept bedtime?

Our 2 year old daughter gets really upset whenever sleep/bed is mentioned. She usually wakes up about 7-8am, has an afternoon nap around 1-2pm (duration between 1-2 hours), and goes to sleep at ...
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4answers
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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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3answers
335 views

What methods improve creativity at an early age?

I have a 10 months old daughter and I have no experience regarding parenting at all. She seems to be very curious about the details of objects. For example when given a toy she always finds the small ...
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4answers
842 views

What cartoons teach basic math?

There are some excellent cartoons that teach languages, like Word World, but I'm having a hard time finding ones about math. There's of course Count von Count and other math-related characters on ...
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6answers
472 views

What are some videos or cartoons that teach vocabulary words?

My son is 3.5 and knows his alphabets well. Now I want to tech him words, any suggestions on what videos / cartoons would be apt. Of course I am talking about English. Currently I am checking out ...
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5answers
383 views

How can I teach my toddler to ride a pony she's scared of?

This weekend I took my 3yo daughter for a pony ride. She is very independent and social-able kid and I expected there would be no problem, but she had refused to sit on the pony because were very ...
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5answers
205 views

Is starting a small fire a good way to the explain dangers of flammability?

How can one teach a 5 year old that acetone, white spirit and other household solvents are not to be played with if he somehow manages to get a hold of them? One idea is to go to the yard far enough ...
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5answers
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Can I use a stroller for my infant in Chicago's public transportation?

My family will be visiting Chicago next month and we'll be using the metro and buses. My question is, how do infants (son is a 7 month old baby) usually travel in public transporation? Does one have ...
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3answers
560 views

When flying with an infant, what airport security restrictions for breast milk/formula/baby food apply?

We're planning on taking a short (1-2 hour) air trip in a couple of months. Our son will be 11 months old by then. Given the delays with getting through security, the amount of time in advance we'll ...
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5answers
2k views

Are there any allergic-friendly alternatives for peanut butter & jelly?

My three-year-old son is starting a summer camp, and we need to pack him a lunch. He loves PB&J, so we were all set for that to be a staple of his summer lunch diet, but unfortunately another ...
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1answer
950 views

Why would a primary-schooler want to kill himself?

My nine year old nephew told his (single) mother tonight that he wants to kill himself. What would prompt that? backstory: His father is ... upstate ... for a little while longer, and they do have ...
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3answers
1k views

When are my kids old enough to mow the lawn?

I'm sure this largely has to do with personality (well behaved, cautious) as it does age, but what is an appropriate age for kids to start using a push lawn mower? Or a riding mower?
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3answers
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How do I stop my toddler from biting his fingernails?

My son (2 years 6 months) often bites his finger nails and the skins around them. They sometimes get the the point of bleeding, and his finger nails are starting to get deformed. We have tried stop ...
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2answers
1k views

How do we get rid of our baby's thrush?

Both my partner and our baby have picked up thrush. The doctor has given us some medicine - a gloopy lotion to rub in the babies mouth and my partner was given a single table which she has taken. ...
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2answers
150 views

Are cloth diapers really supposed to fit a newborn?

We decided to go with a diaper service before our son was born but when we brought him home the diapers seems way to large for him. He was small, but not insanely small (6 lbs 10 oz). Only the Newborn ...
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3answers
548 views

How do we make our toddler less afraid of robots?

I'm sure the headline made you curious? :-) But I'm serious, and I am not referring to toys but actual household machines. We have a Roomba floor vacuum cleaner and a lawn mower. My 20-month son is ...
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2answers
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Why does my baby have bubbles around the mouth?

My infant sometimes bubbles from the mouth. When he does this he doesn't seem to be distressed but I end up constantly having to wipe his mouth. Could this be because I am not burping him enough? Does ...
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5answers
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Is my infant boy's scrotum too large?

Our infant is now 8 weeks old. When his legs are joined together the scrotum hangs through them and below the legs (can be seen below his bum). The doctor says it's fine but others who've seen him ...
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3answers
946 views

How do you ween a toddler off of breastfeeding?

All sources I can find agree that breastfeeding should stop slowly and gradually, and most of them say that it often happens naturally once the baby gets used to solid foods. Well, with our baby it ...
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3answers
464 views

Are netbooks appropriate for school age children?

So, my school gives kids who do well and turn in all of their homework in 5th grade a laptop. I'm not sure what I think of this, me being raised that computers should be kept in public areas so as to ...
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4answers
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How do you reduce feelings of guilt for leaving children for a date night ?

We have two children, 3.5 and 1 years old. My wife and I rarely go out on our own, I can count on one hand since the oldest was born. We have never left them alone all night, they have always woken ...
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5answers
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How do we introduce a newborn to the family dogs?

When our newborn arrives home, how do we introduce our two dogs to the child? We have two Shetland Sheepdogs and they are of course very friendly and loving. Despite this, it feels that in the ...
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2answers
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Why has my infant stopped eating?

My 10 month old has been a very good eater since we started feeding her solids at 6 months. She has been eating all sorts of things - she has 8 teeth, so has no trouble eating most table foods. She'd ...
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3answers
337 views

What is the optimal way to store and use pumped breast milk?

What's an optimal strategy for storing pumped breast milk for using feeding "emergencies" (mom needs to leave the house for a few hours)? Ideally it would be FIFO but it seems like a waste to dump ...
8
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3answers
293 views

How can I encourage my baby's first words while keeping up a bilingual distinction?

My wife and I speak to our daughter (13 months old) in Hebrew and in English, respectively; we're careful that each of us speak to her consistently in our own language all the time. She's on the ...
12
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3answers
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How do I stop my daughter from hitting another child?

Recently my daughter started to hit another girl with whom she is currently sharing her nanny. My daughter is 2 years and 2 months now, the other child is 1 year 3 months. The nanny was our daughters ...
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4answers
434 views

Should we use a smiley chart to reward/punish our toddler?

Possible Duplicate: How to operate a successful “Star Chart”? Our nanny came up with an idea today to create a sort of table for our daughter, where they would draw a sun or ...
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2answers
1k views

How can the god-parent obtain legal custody of children when single parent is comatose?

I have a friend that just described her situation and I'm lost. Hopefully someone here can help me out. I'm a programmer so I'm using variables instead of names :) A = my friend B = her friend ...
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2answers
2k views

How can I bathe my baby in the shower?

Our house has no bathtubs, only showers. We have very active 17-month-old twins that love the tubs at the grandparents' and we'd love to be able to have one at home. Unfortunately all the inflatable ...
8
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1answer
287 views

How do we handle one parent frequently being out-of-town for weeks at a time?

My DH works in Alaska 6 months out of the year. His schedule is 3 weeks in Alaska 3 weeks at home. When he is home he is not on call or working at all and spends a good part of his time off at home ...
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3answers
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Is one big burp enough after feeding my infant?

I've read in many places that I should burp my baby for 5-10 minutes after feeding What I'm wondering is if it's ok to stop once the baby gives a nice loud burp, even if that was only a few seconds? ...
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3answers
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Does feeding breast milk from a bottle convey the same health benefits as nursing?

Is there's any specific benefit to nursing instead of just pumping and feeding from the bottle? Is there anything intrinsic in the act of nursing that improves baby's health or increases the ...
4
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3answers
308 views

Is it dangerous for a child to sleep with the head hanging?

I have never been worried about our 2yo sleeping half sitting with the head hanging. However today I met a person with really strong beliefs that it may cause neck injuries later in life. Is there ...
5
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5answers
403 views

Are there any trustworthy, less profit-driven baby product review sites?

As a future parent of twins I was glad to run across this site. While looking through answered questions I ran across the, Is an expensive stroller worth it?, question. Looking through some of the ...
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1answer
141 views

How should a child respond to peers who ask about their adoption?

Our child has always known they are free to ask about the circumstances of their adoption and we have always given open, honest, age-appropriate answers. However, this "free to talk" attitude may not ...
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6answers
4k views

Is baby talk helpful or detrimental?

I have heard both that 'baby talking' in response to a child's babble is productive, and that 'baby talking' is counter-productive and can impede language development. Any thoughts?
5
votes
1answer
130 views

How should I handle my foster son saying he's not my 'real' kid?

I have a foster son, who today loudly and quite seriously proclaimed that he's not my real kid. He's lived with us for over a year, and we are most likely going to adopt him, having started the ...
12
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2answers
838 views

How can we end nighttime 'comfort' nursing?

My wife and I are just finishing up a 4 week trip home to visit the grandparents (we live in Australia, they in North America). We have introduced the unfortunate habit in our 10 month old daughter ...

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