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At what age is it appropriate to bring my children to an (Italian) opera?

I'd like to take my kids to opera. However most opera shows are in original language (mostly Italian). Do you have experience with it? Are kids following the story without understanding the language? ...
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How do you transition a Suzuki-method violin student to the fiddle?

My son (7) plays the violin, and has been doing so since he was 4. He does enjoy it but lately his interest has started to wain. He has an interest in bluegrass, and Celtic music; most of which has a ...
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How can I increase the numeracy of a toddler?

My two year old is just starting to learn counting. A few weeks ago, if he saw two of an item, eg a clock, he would say "clock clock". In the last week, he started saying "two clock". Although he can ...
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How do you warm the milk in a-drop in liner style bottle?

We're using Playtex drop-in bottles, and they say not to microwave. I don't know much about bottle warmers because our daughter would drink room-temperature milk until just recently (she's 1 y.o. now ...
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How can I explain why it is important to make new friends?

I'm trying to explain why it is important to make new friends in life. Can someone assist me by giving me some reasons I can use to convince someone? I'm attempting to convince someone who doesn't ...
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How do you get a toddler to brush her teeth?

My 2-year-old daughter used to brush her teeth without problem. Now all of the sudden she fights not to. My wife gave up after a few days. I decided to take the simple approach and ask her if she ...
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Is a cold with a very congested nose dangerous for an infant?

Noob parent here. I have a 9-mo who's currently pretty stuffed up: snoring, a little wheezing, constantly runny nose etc. I'm not worried about long-term, since it seems to be "only" a cold. But when ...
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Is it healthy for toddlers to play outside when it is cold?

Assuming the child is dressed properly and it isn't extremely cold (I'm thinking high 50ºF or 10ºC with wind). Their hands and face will be exposed and they may be sweaty from running around, but ...
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How do you keep playtime stimulating for an older sibling?

This is actually the opposite of a previously asked question I'm doing fairly well with the 4 1/2 year old and the 20 month old sharing. But there are times that the older child wants to do things ...
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How do you you encourage siblings to share their toys?

I have 1yo and 4yo boys and it's very usual that the elder child takes away toys or doesn't allow the youngest to play with the toys, arguing that all the toys belong to him. We tried to explain to ...
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At what age is it appropriate to have a party for a child and invite other kids and parents?

At what age is it appropriate to make a party for a child and invite other kids with their parents to celebrate his birthday?
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How do you stop a toddler from trying to get into bed with her parents in the middle of the night?

For a few weeks now my 2 year old daughter has woken up in the middle of the night crying for mom or dad. This started out when we took off her diaper and she would cry to go to the potty. She picked ...
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Is Doctor Who too scary for children? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you decide if a movie is suitable for young children? I was watching the latest series of Doctor Who with my children and I found I was constantly having to ...
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What age-appropriate sports allow the whole family to participate?

For a few years now I've been going to the gym three or four times a week, but since I've become a father if had to cut back my visits to the gym. Since this cutback already shows on the scale, I ...
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How can I mount a gate at the top post of my stairs?

I am having a very difficult time finding a proper gate that will fit securely at the top of my stairs. I may have a unique situation with the wooden banister where the base of the post has trim work ...
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What are some hacks and gadgets for a soon-to-be dad?

My wife's pregnant, and December I am going to be a father for the first time. Apart of being happy and exited, I am asking myself: 1) Are there any hacks I could apply to this new life situation? ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...

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