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6answers
425 views

How to effectively balance respect for authority with independence and self-determination

We just had our second parent-teacher conference with our almost-four year old's preschool teacher (he's in a Montessori school, that follows the technique well, mostly), and among other things, ...
29
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14answers
9k views

Bringing babies to bar?

Full disclosure: I'm not a parent. I was at a bar last weekend, and I saw something that was pretty startling to me. There was a woman with a baby in a baby bjorn, standing in the bar drinking and ...
5
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4answers
180 views

Do high stress moments affect a fetus?

Recently my wife was driving and nearly hit a person who pulled out in front of her, and noticed a strong clenching in her stomach. There are quite a few websites indicating that a high-stress ...
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4answers
141 views

9 year old crying?

9 year old cries every time she is dropped off at school because she wants to be with her daddy and has a strange feeling about leaving him. She doesn't want to go to school at all because she will be ...
18
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12answers
7k views

How can I tell if my child is truly gifted or just bright?

I'm the father of a 2 year old and I can't understand if she's gifted or just very bright. First of all we live in Italy, here giftedness is not recognized by law and there are no special programs ...
3
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3answers
118 views

Adjusting to boarding school

We have sent our 12 year old daughter to a boarding school. How can i help her not to miss her mother to an extent that she is upset the whole day, has bouts of crying? She has been away for a week, ...
6
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5answers
222 views

Coaxing a child to perform her best

My five year-old daughter likes to keep her abilities to herself. She pretty much taught herself to read about a year ago, but didn't let us know. If you asked her what something said, she would ...
0
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4answers
368 views

Should a 4 year old be made to quit crying every time she cries?

My granddaughter is forced to stop crying any time she cries by her step dad. Is that healthy? She just turned 4.
5
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1answer
112 views

Marking silicone nipples

Our daughter has severe reflux; so much that we give her cereal in her bottle at feedings to thicken it. The thickened formula needs a slightly larger nipple opening. Nothing new there I'm sure for ...
15
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6answers
3k views

Preventing anti-STEM bias especially with girls

Both of my children love science, and my wife and I have encouraged this in our children. However, at a recent school activity fair the representative for a science oriented group (robotics if I ...
40
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10answers
12k views

My 4 year-old says she doesn't love her mom

My 4 year-old daughter keeps saying to her mom that she doesn't like/love her, and refuses to retract the comment or say sorry. Is this "normal"? A "phase"? It's pretty hard for mom to take. For ...
0
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2answers
172 views

How to handle bad people while being good

How to teach your teenager kid to handle situations where bad people might make fun of you or humiliate while at the same time kid has to be patient and polite. And when should your kid answer ...
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1answer
375 views

I grounded my 16 year old son for 1 month because he got detention every day. Is this a fair punishment? [closed]

I am the father of a 16 year old son. I grounded him for 1 month because he got detention every day. He's not allowed to get out of his room except for food and using the bathroom: no tv, no ...
0
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2answers
221 views

Is it normal for a 9 year old to cry and throw a fit when his daddy leaves?

My 9 year old son cries and throws a fit when his dad leaves without him. It's not just when he leaves for work; it's everywhere. He sometimes questions his dad as to how long he will be gone, and ...
1
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1answer
121 views

what is going on with the 2 mo old morning struggle?

2 mo old baby - sleeps very well at night, 6 -7 hours with 1 feeding, then immediately slumps over again. He does this thing in the morning around 6,7am, where he is all squirming all over, his face ...
0
votes
0answers
54 views

How to get a toddler to let you know when he needs to go to the toilet [duplicate]

my son turned 3 on january 28th. We have started to toilet train for the last 5 days. I dont use the potty and placed him straight onto the toilet. He had a small toilet seat to fit on top but as he ...
3
votes
2answers
84 views

What are the health risks of having twins (or more)?

What are the health risks of being pregnant with twins, and how does it compare to being pregnant with just one child?
0
votes
1answer
89 views

What can be done to extend the fertility of a woman?

I want to ask the question: "what is the age cut-off for female fertility", but I think that varies a lot between women. Instead, I ask, what can be done to extend the fertility of a woman? ...
1
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0answers
124 views

How to maximize the probability of having twins [closed]

What can I do to maximize the probability of having twins? One of the reasons I ask is for wanting X amount of children and my partner and me being Y years old. It's easier to reach that numerical ...
0
votes
2answers
229 views

Why is my 7 year old son still having accidents in his pants? [duplicate]

I have an otherwise normal and active 7 year old son who is having trouble going to the bathroom (#2). He is soiling his pants but seems OK with it. He knows it smells bad and he knows it is ...
3
votes
3answers
182 views

Explaining Thunder/Lightning to a preschooler

I have a very intelligent three (almost four) year old who has a mixed relationship with thunder and lightning (see an older question from me, for example). He likes seeing it, but is also afraid of ...
26
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17answers
4k views

How do you explain to a five year-old what energy is?

The other day I told my son to not waste hot water, as it is a waste of energy. He then asked what that is. I want to explain it well, also from a physical point of view, since I find it important. ...
12
votes
3answers
2k views

Divorce communications - How to deal with “you're unwilling to pay” tactic?

I am sure this must be a common issue, but for some reason I can't find a way to track it down via web searches. Here are the basics: I'm divorced, male, mid-40s. I am the noncustodial parent of a ...
4
votes
1answer
113 views

Ferber method advice

My son is 9 months old and we started the Ferber method a few nights ago to hopefully eliminate the # of wake times throughout the night. The first night we started with the 3 min as our first wait ...
6
votes
5answers
491 views

7yo step-son runs away when he thinks he's in trouble

The child in this case is 7 years old. Just as an example; maybe he breaks his own toy, clearly by accident, but right after I asked him not to do whatever caused the breaking. I would like to calmly ...
5
votes
2answers
187 views

Sleep training while teething

Our son has experienced some sleep training... regression. I don't think that's the right word for it given the circumstances, but here goes. We started sleep training with him when he was 7 or 8 ...
5
votes
1answer
199 views

8 year-old girl very keen on her uncle and not on her aunt, a matter of age?

My wife is the "godmother" of a nice 8 year old girl (her sister's single child). As her husband, she has become increasingly interested in me lately (I'd say since about a year of two maybe), to the ...
29
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14answers
14k views

I don't want to be a father [closed]

I feel awful about this, but I can't keep my silence about it anymore. I'm a 25 year old man. I am a piano teacher and have a lot of entrepreneurial/artistic dreams and goals. I met a girl about two ...
3
votes
9answers
1k views

Can I insist my daughter to be non beliver in religions?

My daughter is 11 months old. Even though I am from conservative family, I am a non believer in any religions. But my wife believe in god. And she use to go church regularly. Now a days She is taking ...
2
votes
2answers
174 views

How to nurture my child to be cautious of her actions?

Well, I saw this question but I have exact opposite problem with my 2 year old daughter, she doesn't fear from her actions that will hurt her. She is not afraid to do anything that is dangerous or ...
60
votes
17answers
17k views

How should I handle a little boy who likes girls' toys?

I have a 5-year-old boy who likes to play with girl stuff. He doesn't like to dress up or anything like that, he just loves to dress up the Barbies, and he will even help me with my clothes by telling ...
5
votes
2answers
232 views

Teaching a third language to a bilingual toddler

I have a 2,5yo who talks English and Hebrew. He is meeting the milestones for his age in both languages as far as I can tell, but I'd guess he is in the bottom quarter as far as language development ...
14
votes
4answers
4k views

Our babygirl doesn't say mommy

I am from Turkey and in Turkish the word for father is baba and dede for grandpa. Our 17 month old baby girl follows me all day with repeated baba but rarely says anne for mommy. As much as this ...
3
votes
2answers
168 views

My 2 and half year old niece does not trust anyone else besides her mom and dad

My niece is 2 and half years old and she does not mix with anyone else. I am happy that she is like that with strangers but when it comes to family she is still the same. Does not play with other ...
4
votes
6answers
383 views

How to deal with rat and mouse, and fox, wolf, and jackal in story books?

I don't know the difference between rat and mouse, and fox, wolf, and jackal in real life. Means that I know they are different but I can't make out who's who on seeing them. The story books have ...
14
votes
8answers
5k views

How to nurture my child to be fearless

I feel that my two-year-old kid is fearful since birth, or it is my own fear. This question arose when I compared him with other numerous children. As a father, I don't want him to fear anything. I ...
4
votes
5answers
185 views

Intensive father son bonding suggestions needed

My son is very attached to me (his mother) and my husband has a hard time comforting him when he needs it, especially when it comes to sleep. My son is 15 months old. He wakes up at least twice a ...
6
votes
3answers
197 views

Negotiating a shorter school year in a US public elementary school

My child is starting kindergarten soon, at a public school in California. We've always done family adventures, lasting weeks and months. Backpacking trips, sailing trips, etc. In a few years, I'd ...
1
vote
1answer
107 views

how can i convince my 28 mth old it ok to poop? [duplicate]

My little girl absolutely refuses to poop. We started potty train a week ago and she's does perfect with pee. But she went poop and freaked out. Crying and gagging is all I got.. That was one a ...
8
votes
2answers
249 views

Dealing with overprotective parents - is there anything I can do?

I have been tutoring a child, and over the past months I have come to the conclusion that the parents allow the child to stop when things are getting hard. The child has from my view only little ...
0
votes
3answers
340 views

My son bites inside of cheeks purposely and asks for Teething Ring, how do I stop this?

I am really frustrated the past few weeks about my son's cheek biting habit. He is turning 3 this June. He started daycare last July, changed to another daycare in Sep last year. Baby brother was born ...
1
vote
2answers
91 views

At what age will babies start resisting sleep?

One of the books I'm reading, "Your Baby Week by Week" by Simone Cave and Dr Caroline Fertleman, states in week 6: "As your baby becomes more sociable, he'll start to resist falling asleep because ...
3
votes
2answers
118 views

How long do you need to use a hot water bottle to warm an infant's bed?

I know that a hot water bottle is used in the beginning to pre-warm the bed as infants cannot control their own body temperature - but at what point of time can you stop using them? Our bedroom (our ...
3
votes
2answers
183 views

Pacifism vs. Standing up for yourself

My girlfriend has a 7-year-old who, when angered, sometimes expresses his anger in a physical manner such as hitting. We are explaining its not okay to hit; that he needs to use his words to express ...
1
vote
1answer
210 views

What is the best way to combat narcissistic parenting as a parent and authority in the household? [closed]

goop, one of the leading lifestyle publications online today, released an extremely popular newsletter this past week focusing on "The Legacy of a Narcissistic Parent." There are two specific sections ...
48
votes
11answers
8k views

How can I make my kids passionate in science while being religious?

Please be considerate in your answers. We are an observant jewish family, although I was educated in secular institutions. I feel that I have a wealth of knowledge that I want to pass to my kids ...
0
votes
2answers
71 views

Working at home and breastfeeding?

When I get older I will have a job that I can do at home to earn my income(Since I can't really leave my mom or dad or grandparents completely even if I do get more independent than before). Some ...
-1
votes
5answers
405 views

Is this bullying? Are we overreacting/under-reacting?

My happy, positive, loving, open-minded, outgoing teenage daughter gets along with other people very easily. She's kind by nature and cares deeply about the feelings of others. She's mature for her ...
10
votes
6answers
3k views

How do I convince my daughter to agree that I want to quit my job and not strain our mother-daughter relationship?

I want to leave and start something on my own. But my husband is not working as well and I fear my daughter will feel bad to say that both her parents are not working. What should I do? I have enough ...
9
votes
3answers
163 views

How to prepare a toddler's sleep habits for the disruption of a newborn?

In the near future, there will be a new baby in the home. From previous experience, sleep is highly disrupted. I'm wondering what effect this will have on my son and his sleep quality, and how it may ...

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