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Raising a bilingual child when one parent knows both languages while the other doesn't

I am in the USA, originally from India, and my wife is American. My native language is Hindi. My wife knows only a little bit of Hindi. It hasn't been a problem because we usually talk in English ...
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11answers
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What age do you stop reading bedtime stories?

I don't mind reading Cat in the Hat, but my 1st Grader still wants books to be read as part of the night time ritual, even though she reads them fine herself. But Ready Freddy is no fun to read out ...
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13answers
1k views

Are prenatal classes worth it?

My girlfriend an I were wondering if we should attend prenatal classes. We have some really mixed opinions in our friends and family. Some say we just have to listen to the DVD because they say ...
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11answers
5k views

What is a reasonable amount of time to wait before family visits your new baby?

My wife and I are preparing to negotiate with our families about visiting our first baby. We want to take some time to recover and feel like we have a comfortable routine before taking visitors. We ...
13
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8answers
260 views

Long-term preparations for becoming a parent?

I don’t have any immediate plans for a child. At the earliest (probably), I’ll become father in 3 years. I can imagine that the time will become stressful as soon as the child is on the way, not to ...
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7answers
971 views

Can a toddler spend too much time with books?

Back when we were still expecting our son to be born, we were told all about how important it was to read to our son, even before he was born. Being avid readers ourselves, my wife and I felt this ...
13
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2answers
966 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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7answers
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How do we teach our 1 yr. old that “no” isn't a game?

We have a little girl that's almost 13 months old. She's found that when she touches a power cord or near an electrical outlet and we say "no" that it's a bit of a game. She gets a funny smirk on her ...
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3answers
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Can I give my baby a bottle of breastmilk straight from the fridge?

I'm exclusively breastfeeding my baby, and occasionally give him pumped bottles. I generally try to warm them up before giving them to him, at least to room temperature. (I was once told as a tip to ...
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4answers
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At what age can children understand and respond well to discipline?

When my daughter was 6 months old, she liked to crawl over to our floor lamp and play with it (which is dangerous). Instead of trying to correct her behavior, we simply moved the lamp behind a child ...
11
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2answers
423 views

Should imaginary friends be accepted or discouraged?

As a professional working with families, I am often asked about imaginary friends. I never experienced this behavior with my own son so I have little personal information to share. One child ...
10
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4answers
1k views

My toddler wants to watch the same shows over and over

My son (2 and a half) watches about 3-6 hours of television a week at home (usually closer to 3 than 6). However, most of that time is spent watching the same shows or movies time and time again. We ...
10
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4answers
566 views

How do you introduce video games without pushing other activities into the background?

I am a gamer. I enjoy playing video games, and they've been a part of my life since I was a kid. I believe there are a lot of potential benefits from playing video games, and I want to be able to ...
10
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8answers
966 views

How to react when a child is in a dangerous situation which requires immediate reaction?

As with all children my son (16 months old) frequently gets himself in dangerous situations There is no problem with somewhat "static" situations, like trying to climb on a chair or slowly reaching ...
10
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6answers
29k views

How can I keep my infant from sleeping while bottle feeding?

We've been trying to get our infant on a schedule, but he tends to fall asleep before he's done eating, which makes it challenging, because he doesn't finish, and wakes up hungry too early. It also ...
10
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8answers
3k views

When should we allow children to experience spices in food?

Based on this question, I think it would be interesting to hear opinions on use of spices in foods for toddlers. When we prepare meals, we add the seasoning/spices fairly late. This allows us to ...
9
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4answers
425 views

What exactly is the problem with the Television?

I know it is recommended that kids not watch TV till they are at least two years old, and even then that TV viewing be pretty minimal. However, I wonder what are the actual detriments to kids older ...
9
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3answers
657 views

are there any peer reviewed studies showing the benefits of video games for kids (especially girls)?

I've been fairly against video games for my daughters (10,11,11) but I'm starting to rethink that. Currently their total "Screen Time" is limited. I might let (or even facilitate/encourage) them to ...
9
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4answers
474 views

How to teach a toddler how to treat a book?

My son is nearing 2½ years, and he's got a big stack of picture books. He loves to turn the pages but doesn't take any care in doing so. That means the books are often torn and the spine bent so far ...
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4answers
9k views

How do you teach young kids to defend themselves?

How do you teach kids to defend themselves, without becoming bullies? I'm talking about younger kids (1.5 to 3yo) who are not mature enough (or old enough) to take self-defense classes. My son is two ...
8
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2answers
885 views

When will we know if our child is left- or right-handed?

Out of curiosity: At what age does one hand gain "advantage" over the other? When do motor skills start differentiating for arms?
8
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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 ...
8
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5answers
915 views

What are the most important features to look for in a baby monitor?

I want to buy a baby monitor but I am overwhelmed by all the different options. based on your experience, what are the most important features to look for in a baby monitor? Please explain the reasons ...
7
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3answers
373 views

In what way does reading story books to babies help them (besides falling sleep), and at what age should it be started?

There is a cultural difference. Where I come from there is no concept of reading story books as a bed time ritual to babies. Though I do remember my father telling me mythological stories in order ...
7
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3answers
152 views

What are good ways to begin preparing a child for a new baby?

I have a 4 and a half month old, so this won't be applicable for a while, but I would like to raise my son with the idea that he won't be an only child forever. I want my children to have a good ...
7
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8answers
11k views

Why is my newborn crying constantly?

my 4 week old daughter will not stop crying. We've tried everything from sucking, both on pacifiers and fingers to breastfeeding, white noise, movement, diaper is clean she doesn't seem to have a ...
7
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1answer
330 views

When should you start potty training your children?

I have a 16 month old and she has been taking her diaper off when its messy. She also seems to know when she has to go. What's the typical age that kids get potty trained?
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5answers
1k views

Disney, Dreamworks and Pixar: What is the appropriate age to start showing their films to a child?

My godson is soon having his first birthday. I think that's too young to start putting him in front of the TV to watch films (although he does appear to enjoy toddler TV like Bumba with healthy ...
6
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5answers
337 views

At which age does it make sense to see a professional when suspecting Asperger?

We noticed that our 3.5 year old child begins showing signs of Asperger. Each of these signs, by itself, could be explained with age, but in sum it appears noticeable. I'm not going to list the ...
6
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5answers
198 views

How to ensure that necessary things get done when time is short?

My question is based on the following assumptions: I think that children learn by their success, if a certain behavior "works" to get what they want or not. In consequence: A child should never ...
6
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3answers
5k views

Why will my baby sleep easily at night, but not nap during the day?

I put my 6-month-old down for the night a little while ago. She was awake when I put her down, and less than ten minutes later with no crying, she was dead asleep. I try this during the day, and she ...
6
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2answers
592 views

How important is the pronunciation of a toddler's first words?

My 11 month old son has started to talk. He currently has a two-word vocabulary: "uh-oh", and "balloon". He clearly understands the meaning of the word balloon, and uses it appropriately (his use of ...
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3answers
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How do dealing with infant flipping over during sleep training?

We are sleep training our 4 month old. Its working great except that now he is flipping over to him belly and then he starts crying. Should we go in and flip him back? Should we leave him to figure ...
3
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5answers
115 views

What should I look for in a crib?

Our 5-month old is getting bigger, and she's starting to roll over, so it's time for us to switch from a bassinet to a full-sized crib. Can anyone here recommend things to look for in a crib? Space ...
3
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3answers
2k views

How do you identify/relieve/prevent constipation in toddlers?

My son has had a couple of bouts of constipation, and they're pretty unpleasant for the whole family. The first time he was up all night, every hour, crying inconsolably. We had no idea what the ...
3
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4answers
14k views

How can one tell if an infant is developmentally advanced?

How can I tell if an infant is developmentally advanced? For example, in a 10 month old baby boy: he likes to play the piano and drum; he is always making sounds or noises with his mouth or toys all ...
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4answers
6k views

How do I make sure I don't mix up identical twin newborns?

I think all babies look alike, even when they are not identical. I need to come up with a strategy over the next few months.
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9answers
11k views

How can I stop my two year old from taking off his diaper in bed?

Recently, my two-year-old son has been taking off his diaper at nap time. It's usually full and dirty and makes a big mess. He has managed to do it while wearing all types of pants (even overalls). ...
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14answers
8k views

Do parents of teens need a locked liquor cabinet?

I had this debate with some friends who have older children. We keep our liquor in the cupboard above the fridge. When they get a bit older (still just 8 and 10) and could potentially be tempted ...
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votes
6answers
501 views

How do you find great reading material for a child whose reading ability is far outstripped by his/her comprehension?

I have an 8yo child with CAS (Childhood Apraxia of Speech). Because the first two schools he attended didn't deal well with his CAS, he only really began to read about a year ago. He reads at a ...
19
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10answers
7k views

How and when should I teach my children how to swim?

I personally want to teach my children (all under 6yo) how to swim. What readiness guidelines should I use to determine if they're ready to start? What things should I teach them first? Are there good ...
18
votes
9answers
6k views

Should adults pay rent if they live in their parents' home?

If your grownup children still live at home, should they share cost of living in the common household?
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4answers
1k views

Is there any research on the effects of PG cartoon violence on small children?

Our son is now at the age where we let him watch a moderate amount of children's videos to entertain himself -- all firmly G rated stuff. I have also been allowing him to watch some recent animated ...
14
votes
11answers
2k views

Can you guide a toddler to learn specific words?

My 14 month old has a pretty good vocabulary for his age. However, it is a source of frustration for my wife that "mommy" (or some variation thereof) is not part of his vocabulary. He says "daddy" ...
14
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6answers
5k 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?
13
votes
4answers
816 views

3 year old tantrums in public

Yesterday we (wife, 3 year old son, 6 year old daughter, me) were at a mall. After we stepped off the moving pavement my son decided that he wants to go another direction, and pulled his hand out of ...
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6answers
2k views

Do we NEED to help a baby learn how to self-sooth? And how long can it take?

Before our girls were born, I told my husband that I didn't want to go through "crying it out" because I knew I wouldn't be comfortable with it. At the time he agreed with me. However, after close to ...
12
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6answers
5k views

What should you do after you've raised your voice at your child?

We've all lost our cool at one point or another. We all know its terrible to raise your voice at your kids, but every once in a while we slip. I've occasionally raised my voice to my teenager and to ...
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votes
5answers
4k views

Can a Stepfather and Stepson relationship work well?

I am in relationship with a woman with a 6 year old son. I entered his life when he was 4 and so far we have had a very close relationship. He seems to listen to me, enjoys activities with me, and ...
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5answers
3k views

How do you explain World War II to young children?

My 7-year old son asks many questions about World War II. I have the habit not to hide anything, but concepts such as Nazism or the Holocaust are so inherently dreadful that he sometimes seems to ...

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