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1answer
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When to adopt a stepchild?

I have heard of a few cases where a stepparent will adopt their spouse's child from a previous relationship. When is this appropriate, and what are the consequences? I know this can be a broad ...
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4answers
216 views

How to inculcate concentration for 5 yr old kid?

Kids at 5 tend to be more playful and active. I want to find out if there are proven ways to inculcate the habit of concentration from such a young age, which will help the kid not only at school but ...
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6answers
274 views

Choosing a surname for child of unmarried couple

My partner and I are unmarried and so have different surnames. Neither of us feel particularly strongly that our (first) child should have one surname or the other. We've considered giving it a ...
3
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2answers
168 views

How to protect my children from cyber-bullying

Cyber bullying has been a talking point in the news for the last few years, where stories of children being 'attacked' online in social media causing them to go into depression, sometimes forcing the ...
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3answers
258 views

Four year-old likes ripping things

Our four year-old enjoys ripping things. Mostly toilet paper or other scrap paper, but this morning we found a book in the trash with the cover and a few pages torn off. It was an old book with a ...
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23answers
7k views

Should we force our son to have hobbies?

I have a 10-year-old son who is slightly autistic - he has an assistant with him at his school, but is intelligent enough. We are struggling to find a hobby that our son will enjoy and stick with. ...
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0answers
52 views

How can I stop Cyber Bullying and prevent this in future for my child? [closed]

Actually I am afraid of using Facebook and other social networking sites as it fears me of Cyber bullying. Many tried to make my friends reputation down and by this I am also getting afraid of using ...
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3answers
259 views

Should I get sunglasses for our baby?

We are going on holiday with our 3 month old, where it will hopefully be sunny. Given that we won't ever be leaving her in direct sunlight, is there any reason or recommendation for very young ...
5
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4answers
392 views

How do I get my pre-teen to stop asking to watch a TV show/movie?

Our 11-year-old daughter has become obsessed with a TV series that we won't let her watch. We have explained the reasoning as calmly as we could (without giving her all the details of course), and are ...
3
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3answers
369 views

Is it okay to listen to rap music with violence and swear words when you're with your 7 month old?

My husband and I have been together for 15 years and have always considered our relationship to be a healthy one. But parenthood has taken its toll and we cannot seem to agree on a number of parenting ...
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16answers
12k views

Should I stop my mother in law visiting when she doesn't respect me as the father figure?

Sadly these are her words, not mine. Why is this posted in this QA site? Because I can't see how it is good for the children that she (when my wife is not around) shouts at me in front of them; cuts ...
2
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3answers
95 views

Our daughter won't take a pacifier

Our daughter is 3 weeks old. She is good at both breastfeeding and formula. However, most of the time she won't do a pacifier. She will sometimes take a pacifier (it's a matter of seconds until she ...
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2answers
64 views

If I bought a present for a child and gave it to the parents and later they have a birthday party, do I get another gift?

If I bought a present for a child and gave it to the parents before the child's birthday because my family and I were going to be out of town, then later the parents have a birthday party, do I get ...
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6answers
719 views

Do we have a recourse against an anonymous parent making our child's life harder?

I apologize for vague subject, feel free to edit a better one. Our child has very severe pollen allergy leading to heavy asthma (a year ago he had to be taken to ER with major asthma attack, after ...
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1answer
155 views

Is there a proper age for a chin up bar?

My boy will be 8 in a month or so. We've been watching "American Ninja Warrior" and he's really impressed at watching people work out and train in gyms. When I was a pre-teen (10-11) my parents got ...
2
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2answers
342 views

What are the steps parents of an introverted teenager can take to help him to socialize with girls?

It is a common scenario where an introverted teenage boy (14-18) would shun socializing with girls, for varying reasons. Obviously, this is a self-reinforcing cycle (you can't get more skilled and ...
2
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1answer
155 views

How to comfort our infant with fever?

Our child has 5 months now. He got vaccinated and got fever this evening. His temperature increased to 101.5 °F (38.6 °C). We have given him the medicine that his pediatrician suggested. But we wonder ...
3
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2answers
219 views

Are there negative consequences to breastfeeding a baby that is older than our newborn?

We have a newborn baby. Yesterday, my wife breastfed an older baby of our friends. She is 3 months old. Her mother was at the hospital, so my wife breastfed the baby. Now my wife has less milk and my ...
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2answers
155 views

Is there a formal term for a “I'm not your friend anymore” trait?

One time, when my wife was doing homework with my 6-year-old son, he did not want to do something so she couldn't take it and she slightly yelled at him. I sat down with him and he told me that "He's ...
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11answers
4k views

Should I really be insisting that my daughter finish eating her meal?

Like many young children, my 4.5 year old daughter will often stop eating her supper (6 PMish - she has breakfast and lunch at daycare) and say she's not hungry. My instinctive initial response is to ...
1
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1answer
57 views

Is there any research on pros/cons of allowing young kids to participate on social online networks?

Is there any research on pros/cons of allowing young kids (8-11) to participate on social online networks (age appropriate ones, not Facebook)? Just to be clear, I mean participation with the ...
47
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14answers
6k views

How should I handle an 8 year old lawyering and quibbling?

How should I handle an 8 year old lawyering and quibbling? E.g., anytime he has a rule, or a task, or is told what to do, his FIRST impulse is nearly 100% to find some fault with the technicality or ...
5
votes
2answers
329 views

How to deal with my 12 year old son's behaviour?

My son believes I don't do anything for him - I do everything I possibly can & yes there are things I forget to do (as I'm only human). He is sly & causes arguements between his father & ...
3
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1answer
107 views

Understanding the idea of “fears” as a young child

While watching the Lion King with my older toddler (almost 3), he asked me an interesting question I couldn't answer. During the scene with Scar and the hyenas, I asked him if it was scary (as I was ...
7
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2answers
173 views

What can I do to prevent two well-behaving siblings from turning into a maelstrom of destruction when combined?

“Yeah!” said James enthusiastically. “I don’t mind sharing a room with Al—Teddy could have my room!” “No,” said Harry firmly, “you and Al will share a room only when I want the house demolished.” ...
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3answers
94 views

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
80 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
167 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
323 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
339 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
130 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
votes
2answers
319 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
votes
1answer
286 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
votes
1answer
119 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
votes
1answer
96 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
votes
1answer
87 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 ...
5
votes
1answer
105 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 ...
1
vote
2answers
86 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
votes
6answers
323 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 ...
10
votes
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
votes
3answers
92 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
votes
2answers
157 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
votes
8answers
1k 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
votes
3answers
221 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 ...
1
vote
1answer
838 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
votes
2answers
65 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 ...
1
vote
2answers
260 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..) ...
15
votes
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
vote
1answer
72 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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votes
2answers
145 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 ...

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