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Will I become a lighter sleeper after my child is born?

My wife and I are expecting our first baby very soon. However, I am a heavy sleeper and I am worried that I will not wake up to cries from the baby. Do people generally become lighter sleepers with ...
4
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2answers
116 views

How should I deal with a third-grader who gets distracted from his work by reading?

My son is in third grade. He is quite intelligent, and he loves to spend his time reading. However, this is sometimes a bit of a problem, both at home and at school. Rather than paying close ...
0
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1answer
255 views

Having older kids wear an apron at meal

I'm wondering whether it is acceptable to have older kids (I mean girls between 11 and 18 yr old) wear an apron at meals. I used to think that by 10 yr old, they would be able to eat perfectly cleanly ...
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2answers
123 views

3 year old, huge problems sleeping (nap or bedtime); wont calm down to relax

My daughter is 3 years old. She has always had a bit of trouble sleeping; she will nap during the daytime because it is sunny out still. But for bed time, as it's dark, she puts the two together and ...
0
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1answer
83 views

problem eating solid food

My daughter is now 2 years and 3 months. She eats most soft foods, like rice and soup, yogurt or soup that contains small pieces of vegetables. She is swallowing. But if I make the pieces a little bit ...
2
votes
1answer
89 views

How to deal with older sibling taking after the younger - toddler?

We have a lovely 4,5 year old boy who's learned to be independent in many daily actives (e.g. eating, getting dressed up, taking a shower (supervised)...). Until recently he's generally been acting as ...
0
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2answers
68 views

Communication between Parents and teachers

I have a question for all parents and teachers, i am a divorced dad and my sons are living with their mother. My problem is that I am not kept up to date on my sons behavior at school. I do receive a ...
4
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1answer
418 views

Discussing early literacy tools with parents

I have three couple-friends, all with toddlers (12-14 months), who rarely ever involve literacy in their child's lives. As an educator and researcher I know how strong a correlation early reading has ...
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3answers
511 views

Motivation for my 25 year old daughter

How can I get my 25 year old daughter to be motivated to finish her degree, get a job and start looking after her appearance? She still behaves as if she is 15 years old. All she wants to do is ...
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10answers
15k views

My 2.5 years old daughter asks to learn to read

My daughter is a big fan of books. She can spend one hour in a row looking at her books, and often asks my wife and me to read her a story. We are a french family. For 2 weeks, she's been looking at ...
1
vote
1answer
125 views

Problems with discipline for my step-children

I have a step son and step daughter who are 11 and 13 I have been married to their mum for 9 years and there is a big problem within the family. If I tell the kids to either do something or stop ...
2
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2answers
66 views

How to teach kids the value of accepting loss and moving on using Aesop's fables or otherwise

I work part time with a kids after-school group and sometimes use Aesop's fables (which I also love) to teach them various moral values and ideas. Recently I've been trying to find a story (I'm ...
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3answers
161 views

Should I show more anger when unhappy with a child's actions?

I am naturally a very conserved and patient person. I think this is sometimes confusing to a 4 year-old, who can easily tell when his mother is unhappy with him due to her tone of voice. For me, I may ...
3
votes
2answers
144 views

Toddler waking up too early

Our son just turned 3, and the last few weeks has taken to waking up at 4:30-5-15am. He has a long nap from 12:30-3pm then we put him to sleep at 7:30-8. He: sleeps with white noise from a fan, the ...
29
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6answers
7k views

How to explain Paris terrorist attack to primary school age children?

How can I explain terrorism and the recent radical Muslim shootings in Paris to my primary school age children? They have obviously noticed the media reports and they saw our local TV tower lit up ...
2
votes
3answers
87 views

Which language should we speak to our child if we have different mother languages?

Me and my husband have different mother languages. We are having a baby. Which language should we speak to baby, mine or my husband? We are living in my husband country not my country.
2
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0answers
199 views

How to convince an adult son to seek medical help? [closed]

Our son who is 26 is seeking a restraining order against us, his parents. We did not have any problem whatsoever for the first 25 years. After that, he had a career failure. We suspect he developed a ...
4
votes
2answers
194 views

tips for staying fun

I have a 7 yo and 10 yo who basically are great kids, but I find myself in a lot of battles that I don't think I can walk away from. (Everyday stuff like - 'no watching tv /playing video games all ...
0
votes
2answers
139 views

How can a 3 years old understand and use the words “because” and “why”?

I recently tried to explain to my daughter (3 years old) that she was crying a lot because she was exhausted. The reason she was so tired was because she did not sleep after lunch. When asking her why ...
3
votes
5answers
387 views

Our 6 months old son wants to walk. Can this be problematic?

Our 6 months old son wants to walk and gets upset if either of us won't support him while he's doing so. He can't crawl yet, can't sit up without tipping over eventually, and he can't stand on his ...
4
votes
5answers
484 views

How do I tell my father-in-law that i don't feel comfortable kissing as a greeting?

I grew up in a family that usually hugs to say hello after not seeing eachother for a while. I don't feel comfortable kissing anyone apart from my husband. After we got married, my father-in-law ...
25
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4answers
5k views

Mom too worried with germs and disease

I've a six month old baby. He's very healthy. My girlfriend (his mom) is literally terrified by the "dirt, germs, bacteria, and viruses" and any illness they could cause. So..just to name a few, she ...
31
votes
7answers
9k views

How can I convince my parents to accept my approach on school?

I'm a 16 year-old junior in high school. I often spar with my parents over the fact that I'm failing many classes. The issue, however, is not that I do not understand the material; it's that "failing" ...
2
votes
6answers
312 views

Should I cancel child support?

I'm the father of an 11 year old boy. I've had custody since he was ~1 1/2, his mom does not have her life together and probably never will. I was a single father at the time but have since remarried. ...
1
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0answers
80 views

pictures of my little daughter [duplicate]

This is my second try with this question. So please if it is a bad question be patient. I am a single mother and I don't have much money. I met a man that I want to date. He wants to pay me to take ...
1
vote
1answer
157 views

Not going to anyone

My 18 month old kid is always with me and my wife. She never goes along with the neighbors or our relatives. My sister's kid is one month younger than my kid, and she plays with everybody while my kid ...
6
votes
4answers
587 views

A man I met online wants to take pictures of my daughter

I am a single mother working 2 jobs to provide for my 3yo daughter. I'm looking online for boyfriends and I met a man I would like to date. This man has offered me money to take pictures of my ...
7
votes
5answers
208 views

How do I get my child to eat healthier, better and more varied?

I have a ten-year old child and it's about that time in their lives when she is constantly getting invited to stay over at other friends' houses either for the weekend or a night. To be honest, as a ...
1
vote
0answers
140 views

How do I stop my parents' divorce? [duplicate]

I'm a new teen, and my parents have been fighting for like a month like five times a week. One of them leaves at night for like six hours, my mom says she doesn't think it's working out. They have ...
1
vote
2answers
335 views

How to deal with an 8 year boy googling the word “sex”?

My friend is in a dilemma, his has caught his 8 year boy googling the the words "beauty sex" , the child has grown in a very good environment and his parents are conservative, he even misspelt the ...
9
votes
7answers
354 views

How to get 10-year-old to diversify his reading?

My 10 year old loves comics and graphic novels. LOVES them. I have absolutely nothing against comics - I think they're great and have seen some great works in that medium. But it's all he'll read. He ...
17
votes
4answers
8k views

How can I reach out to my 16-year-old son who has voiced he's depressed every day and doesn't love himself?

Last night my husband and I addressed a few things we discovered in my son's room being a concern. We are pretty strict parents and believe in corporal punishment especially since my son doesn't have ...
5
votes
1answer
410 views

Why do babies suck their fist?

My daughter is almost four months old. Few weeks ago she discovered and started having a lot of fun with her little hands: she keeps putting them in her mouth, she loves playing with the toys, etc. ...
0
votes
2answers
125 views

Can admonishing hinder a child's mental growth?

I recently got into a heated argument with my sister over her not admonishing her 5 year old son. Sometimes he does things that really need a firm warning. For example, doing things that might cause ...
4
votes
1answer
215 views

My 3 month old daughter looks away from me

Whenever I look my daughter and try to speak to her, she always looks away from me but she doesn't do that with her mother. My wife is the one who usually take care of her since I have a full time ...
1
vote
1answer
164 views

Extremely difficult 11 month old baby

I have an extremely fussy baby boy. He just turned 11 months old, while he's never been an "easy" baby, the past month he has been awful. He sleeps well and eats well, but when up all he does is cry ...
6
votes
2answers
260 views

Why is the 'floor is lava' game so ubiquitious?

It seems that the 'floor is lava' game (game is to not touch the floor, the children must get around by climbing on furniture instead) is developed by most children. My question is how it is so many ...
11
votes
1answer
246 views

What are the impacts of public shaming?

What are the short-term and long-term consequences of public shaming as a discipline technique in terms of behavior, psychology, and/or the parent-child relationship? (One example.) Per some ...
10
votes
2answers
643 views

Cannot cope with my 12 year old bully

I am really struggling with my 12 year old. TBH we have always had problems but he is getting worse. He is nasty, calling me an idiot, retard. Just gone off to school and wrecked the kitchen by ...
4
votes
4answers
186 views

3yr old refuses to sleep without me

I love my daughter so much but she is destroying my marriage. I cannot get her to stay in any bedroom when it is time to sleep. When she was younger she would at least allow one of her brothers to lay ...
4
votes
1answer
128 views

3 year old acts out for parents, but not for nanny

My wife and I are having trouble with our 2.5/3 year old daughter. We have a newborn (1 month old) that we believe is the reason. We are guessing she is jeolous of the attention that her new baby ...
3
votes
2answers
117 views

How to help my 9 year old daughter with eating disorder (comfort eating)

I am divorced and have custody of my children. I noticed that my daughter is eating much more food than she usually does and she has gained so much weight. I feel she is eating to comfort herself. ...
3
votes
1answer
140 views

Should I be concerned that my 2 year-old cannot pronounce sounds like “vee” and “fee”?

Our first child had no problems speaking quite clearly. However, our second child who is 2 years old has trouble pronouncing sounds like "vee" and "fee". For example, "vessel" becomes "bessel" and ...
3
votes
3answers
149 views

Split-religion parents, should we baptize our children

Christianity, aside from it's appearance in bad light the past couple of years, has a lot of meaningful values. It teaches children to control their emotions through telling stories. The knowledge of ...
3
votes
1answer
175 views

What names can a father-in-law use w former daughter-in-law after a divorce

I am planning for the future time (hopefully this year) when a nasty divorce that involves a child (my grandchild) is finalized. Over the past 5 years, my relationship with my daughter-in-law has ...
3
votes
6answers
1k views

My wife had her first doctor's appointment and it took exactly 15 minutes is that ok?

My wife is 11 weeks pregnant and made appointment to one of the doctors around our area. When we went they did few tests on her but the doctor did not even talk to her nor ask her how her pregnancy ...
4
votes
2answers
121 views

How to start Montessori at home

I have two kids 5 and 2 years old I picked the best school I can afford in my area for my 5 years old kid But I'm not okay with the overall result So, I'm considering to start homeschooling both ...
2
votes
1answer
152 views

From what age should I expect the child to pick up her toys which she scattered while playing?

At what age should this be started? How to go about it such that the child doesn't feel bored?
-1
votes
2answers
63 views

Calculating gestational age of a baby

Does "gestational age" of an unborn child count from the first day of the last menstrual period of the mother?
0
votes
0answers
9 views

Delivery and gestaging age [duplicate]

My girlfriend's estimated delivery date is 23 Feb 2016. Our last intercource was on 7 may 2015 .last menstrual periods began on 01 april 2015. As per altrasound, Gestational age of the child today is ...

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