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How important is a diverse diet for a pre-schooler?

My son, if left to his own devices, would eat the same meal every single time. We ensure that his meals are reasonably balanced, with fruit and vegetables at every meal, but it's a challenge to keep ...
3
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2answers
77 views

What are the factors for deciding at what age to give a child cell phone? [duplicate]

What would be the factors that one should consider when deciding at what age to give a child their fist cell phone? Assume that the phone can (if needed) be somewhat secured, with a curated list of ...
3
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3answers
166 views

Should we wake our baby if she seems distressed?

We swaddle our 3 month old, and she struggles to wake herself if she has been asleep for several hours. She rocks from side to side in her cot as if she is searching for food (she sometimes does the ...
4
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3answers
190 views

What should I consider when choosing a bicycle for a 5-6 year old child?

What should I consider when choosing a bicycle for a 5-6 year old child? I'm interested in both safety facets as well as functionality/features. The child has experience with trikes and a LITTLE ...
2
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2answers
270 views

My daugher has Nightmares but can't remember them

My five year old daughter is having nightmares, but she cannot remember them. When we ask what they were about (both at the time she wakes us up or the next day) she says she can't remember then tells ...
1
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1answer
116 views

Dealing with a devoted mom about moving out [closed]

A little back story to understand my relationship with my mom. I'm 25 and I live with her alone for almost 20 years (my brother is 12 years older than me, and he moved together with his wife 8 years ...
4
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2answers
296 views

How can I help my son develop a social life? How can I prevent him becoming socially isolated?

I have a 17 year old son who is spends a lot of time programming his computer. He does not have a girlfriend, and seems to have no interest in getting one. He rarely goes outside. I am worried that ...
7
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1answer
256 views

How do you deal with a spoiled niece?

My 8 year old niece (actually my cousin's daughter) is really quite spoiled. Her parents constantly bribe her to get her to do what they want. We sometimes take vacations together. On these ...
2
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1answer
113 views

What are the signs that a baby is too hot?

During summer, the room in which our 3 month old daughter sleeps frequently stays at around 22C (~72F) which is higher than we'd ideally like it to be. We are also swaddling her using a Summer Infant ...
3
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1answer
91 views

Teaching a toddler swimming fundamentals

Our almost-three year old has taken an interest in the pool, and I'm interested in techniques to teach him swimming fundamentals. I saw this question, which had some good tips, but I'm specifically ...
2
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1answer
83 views

Non-judgmental all round parenting of a child: Any resources?

How do you allow a child the freedom to fail and make mistakes while ensuring that they are learning from it. Just because a child refuses to conform does not make him/her a loser/problem/etc. Just ...
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1answer
100 views

Gaming for Kids

My daughter is getting excited to be playing games with my wife and I. My issue lies in the fact that growing up (some time ago) I wasn't allowed to play games very often. Things change and I get ...
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2answers
84 views

What would be a reason for a child with good reading skills to “pretend-read” stuff?

My child (6), before she learned reading for real, had a habit of "reading" things like toy instructions, or promotional fliers, etc... - we joked that she learned to read from my T-shirts :) What ...
6
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5answers
294 views

Is it preferable to have “sex talks” vs “all the time education”?

The stereotypical way to teach the kids about sex is to have the stereotypically dreaded "the birds and the bees" "THE talk". Would it instead be more preferable (and why) to NOT have a single ...
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5answers
3k views

Video game addiction

I am a mother of a brilliant 18.5 year old young man who is obsessed with video gaming. This is a habit that has existed since he was 13 years old and was exacerbated when his severe chronic cystic ...
2
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3answers
89 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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2answers
130 views

How to deal with one twin's success and another jealousy?

{Asked on behalf of a friend}. Situation: 2 twin boys, 10-13 age range. Previously very closely academically matched and successul. Good relationship with each other all their life. This year, one ...
10
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8answers
847 views

My 7 year old daughter is the team cry baby…how do I help her stop?

My seven year old daughter plays on a soccer team. She loves soccer. She is not the best player and not the worst. She is however, the team crybaby. She finds some reason to cry every single game and ...
3
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3answers
191 views

In case of swallowed medicine, call poison control or 911?

I haven't had to experience this situation, but a story made me wonder what I should do in the event that someone swallows a lot of chemicals- enough to potentially be lethal, maybe. A specific ...
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1answer
780 views

My daughter is having sex with guys 10 years older than her; what do I do?

Hey everyone I have a huge issue I need to talk about.. My 12 year old daughter has been going around having sex with MULTIPLE guys 8 to 10 years older than her and has gotten a STD. I'm worried she ...
2
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2answers
62 views

My 4 year old boy will not sleep!

My son is 4 years old and will not sleep at night. He stopped taking naps during the day at 1 and a half. He has never slept good. He gets up at 6:30am everyday. When we get home I get him to play in ...
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2answers
247 views

Why would a child love and always attempt to wear a dress shirt an a tie?

My son always (from age 4 to elementary school) had this weird love for being dressed in a dress shirt and a clip-on tie. He wants to wear it very often, both to more dressy occasions (parties etc..) ...
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5answers
6k views

How do I approach my 13-year-old daughter's confusion regarding her sexuality?

My 13-year-old daughter is fascinated and obsessed with another girl. She is not able to do her normal routine things. She has not even talked to the girl yet the girl occupies her full mental space. ...
1
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1answer
68 views

6 year old has adult tooth very visible, baby tooth still in place [closed]

My 6 yr old has had a loose tooth for months now. it refuses to fall out. And shes tried her hardest to pull it out. her adult tooth is visible now. will she have crooked teeth if I,dont get the loose ...
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2answers
140 views

How do I convince an elementary schooler to always tuck his shirts/tshirts into his pants?

What are good approaches to convince an elementary school age child to tuck his shirts/tshirts into his pants? Every single time he gets dressed, the shirt/tshirt is over the pants. He'll tuck it ...
2
votes
1answer
67 views

Wi-Fi baby monitor with local and remote viewing [closed]

I am thinking about buying a wifi camera like DropCam - for remote monitoring. However, I am quite worried about having to do a complete round trip to the Clound and back just to watch the live feed ...
4
votes
5answers
349 views

How should I teach my son to play video games?

My son will be 4 soon, and he already enjoys playing a few educational games on my tablet or his mother's phone (he plays maybe as much as an hour a week). I'm a gamer, and we've tried playing a few ...
0
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1answer
77 views

3.5 month old wakes up from nap after 30 mins and will only go back to sleep by feeding

My little guy has never been a great sleeper but we hand him on a pretty rough schedule up until last week. He had to go to the hospital for 3 days. He is well now but his naps are completely off. He ...
0
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2answers
74 views

Are there any concrete citations for the range of expected costs of raising a child? [closed]

Past Parenting.SE questions have asked about the affordability of having a child but didn't provide a specific estimate of what it actually costs. I found this USDA report, which estimates the cost ...
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3answers
233 views

How to help a child overcome fear of heights

What are the best approaches to help an older preschooler (~5-6YO age) overcome fear of heights, like going on very high slides/monkey bars/other playground equipment?
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1answer
71 views

Responsibility, Real Choices, and Consequences

How do you best approach (if, at all) teaching children in the late toddler to preschool age groups about responsibility - not responsibility as in doing chores (which we have a good handle on), but ...
3
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2answers
278 views

4 months Infant is swallowing hair

We have 4 months baby. We have recently observed some hair strands. We have noticed that he plucks hair from his hair or mother’s hair and he puts the same hand into mouth for sucking. In this ...
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1answer
62 views

Do some baby's eyes produce water more than others?

Our 12 week old daughter has watery eyes occasionally, even when she isn't crying. She produced tears from a few days old, which has been remarked on by others as unusual. It doesn't seem to cause ...
2
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2answers
294 views

What are the effective durations of punishment at various ages?

It's well known that small children don't understand the concept of the future or passage of time, so there is no point in applying the punishment for too long of a period. Obviously, that mental ...
3
votes
2answers
87 views

Toy diversity and learning

My oldest son (almost 3) is one of those transportation kids, who loves anything to do with a vehicle (car/train/airplane). When he's inside, he does basically nothing but play with one of those ...
3
votes
4answers
205 views

How long did it take your baby to like daycare?

My baby started daycare at 9 mos. It's been two weeks and she still cries when we drop off and pick up. How long did it take for your baby / toddler to like day care and at what age did they start?
2
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4answers
255 views

How to handle unending questions that the child can answer themselves based on rules?

We are trying to get the kids to be as self-sufficient as they can, including mentally. So for some things, we have simlpe rules, so they don't need to get our approval/permission for every detail. ...
31
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18answers
13k views

My son wants to bring a present to a birthday party where “no presents” was specified on the invitation

My son (3) likes to give presents. Sometimes he asks to go shopping for presents for his friends (holidays, upcoming birthdays, etc.) using money from his allowance (we designate a small portion of ...
16
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5answers
4k views

What walking distance is acceptable for a 6-year-old?

We had a discussion in the family about how long of a walk can be taken with our 6-year-old daughter. We walked for 18.5 km (about 11.5 miles) and she was tired at the end, but after a 40 minute rest ...
2
votes
0answers
58 views

How can I help another parent realise their parenting approach is 'wrong'? [duplicate]

Okay, I don't mean wrong - I really mean 'sub-optimal' or 'high-effort' We have managed to raise 3 well adjusted, polite, confident children (so far...one is now a teenager, so we'll see how that ...
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4answers
97 views

How do I determine if my child is ready for a specific book?

Related: Finding Great Books at the Right Level Of course various books have generic maturity levels. But all children are different, and so are all books; so general guidelines aren't always useful ...
5
votes
2answers
215 views

Taking a 12 week old baby to the swimming pool for the first time

We are taking our 12 week old daughter to the indoor pool tomorrow. We have: 1 disposable swim nappy A splash about happy nappy A neoprene baby warmer Towels, change of clothes etc. We were just ...
16
votes
4answers
2k views

For the benefit of the child: whats better - no father or bad father?

Whats best/better for the child in the long/short run - to have no father in his life or to have a "no-good" father in his life? And by "no-good" I mean - mentally and financially unstable, ...
2
votes
2answers
193 views

Are boys fussier than girls?

Ever since we announced we were going to have a second and it came out it was going to be a boy, I was relentlessly told that "boys are fussier than girls" when they are a baby. I wasn't inclined to ...
5
votes
3answers
686 views

How do you do tummy time?

Whenever we put our 12 week old on her tummy, she yelps and generally sounds uncomfortable. She looks a bit like an upturned tortoise. How can we make this more enjoyable for her?
5
votes
2answers
124 views

What is an age when bedwetting should be referred to the doctor?

According to this answer on Parenting.SE, Mayo Clinic says that: Generally, bed-wetting before age 6 or 7 isn't cause for concern What is the age when it should become a concern enough that it ...
15
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9answers
4k views

How to deal with parent's (grandparent's) extreme political views?

Problem Space: My mother holds an extremely polarized political view that I do not agree with. My Specific Issue: My mother has recently gotten to the point where she literally personally blames ...
0
votes
1answer
106 views

My 5-year daughter likes to play baby

My daughter is 5 year old and she likes to play baby. I don't mean she wet their pants or actually act like a baby. I mean she likes to immitate some baby talk and things like that. Completely ...
4
votes
1answer
179 views

Best way to handle bad or inappropriate present?

What is the best way to handle a situation where one of the presents a child gets is either bad (broken toy); or a dangerous toy for their age (fully functional real Ninja sword); or inappropriate ...
3
votes
1answer
263 views

How do you handle present overload?

After a large (say 8+ people) birthday party, a child usually has TONS of presents (from party-attending kids; plus from parents and other relatives). What is a good approach in terms of unpacking ...

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