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Why does 2 hours in front of the TV make my kids grumpy?

I've got two kids, boy 3YO and a girl 5YO. We find that on a weekend, when they play around the house for two hours (with parental involvement) they end up reasonably good natured (although somewhat ...
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2answers
232 views

I don't feel accepted at home

I'm a 13-year-old guy and I have a 9-year-old sister. We've argued for as long as I can remember, we argue about 5 times per day. My mum and dad can't take it anymore. I try my hardest to be nice to ...
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2answers
123 views

Explaining death and dealing with mourning for a pre-schooler in an atheist family with religious extended family?

My grandmother, my 3.5 year old daughter's great-grandmother, is sadly very ill and could pass away at any time within the next few weeks. My daughter has yet to experience death (e.g. a pet dying) ...
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331 views

Boys have crush on my 6 year old daughter

Ok so my daughter goes to this new school, and a lot of boys have crush on her. When I pick her up from the after school I see all these little boys trying to flirt with her. I'm very open minded ...
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3answers
132 views

Fast feedback loop activities for primary-schoolers?

All, what would be some activities that are appropriate for a primary-schooler and have fast feedback loops to help a kid learn competency development, and ultimately self-confidence? Here is an ...
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2answers
188 views

How to build self-confidence / reduce social anxiety in a 7+ yr old boy?

Summary: I am looking for strategies and parenting best practices on how to boost self-confidence & reduce social anxieties in a 7+ yr old boy. Context: We have a little boy who seems to be ...
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How can I tactfully ask that people refrain from giving religious items at a baby shower?

My wife has a baby shower coming up in a month or so and we are not religious, but both of our extended families are Christian. We've seen other members of her family receive religious items, like ...
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2answers
1k views

How can a parent get help with the expense of a child?

How can a parent get help with the expense of a child? I'm not sure how I, as a single parent, am going to be able to cope when the child is born. I am Irish and from Dublin.
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1answer
48 views

potty training at night [duplicate]

My son is 2, going on three. He's doing really well during the day for potty training. He tells me when he needs to go. How do I do this with him at night? Diapers are too small. He's in a six for ...
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Should I stop taking my prenatal vitamins?

I bought what I thought were the best quality prenatal vitamins. They are $100 a bottle and manufactured by Bayer pharmaceuticals in Germany. However, I was shocked by the list of excipients: "Each ...
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4answers
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Should an adult pay rent to his child? [closed]

I always read about if adults should pay rent to their parents. For example, in this question. I also know that it's not easy to give one specific answer, there are even cultural matters involved. ...
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2answers
74 views

How can I help my kids prepare for a long-distance move?

While similar to this question, I would like to know how to help ease my 6 year old into a move out of state. We are going to be moving in the next couple of months, about 500 miles away. We brought ...
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3answers
109 views

What's an easy way to do macaroni art with a toddler?

So, I joked to my wife the other day that she was getting macaroni art for mother's day. But, now I think it's serious, and it's what she's going to get. I want to do some macaroni art with my son ...
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5answers
562 views

How to get your toddler to ask nicely for things when they're grumpy?

We taught our son really early on to say and sign, "Please" when he wants things. We've never responded to his demands when he wants something, and have him ask nicely first. We also encourage "thank ...
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9answers
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Is visiting museums worthwhile or beneficial for a toddler?

Would visiting an art museum, history museum, etc. which is not specifically geared toward children (i.e. not a "children's museum") be good for a toddler? I'm assuming that the toddler is under ...
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2answers
149 views

What do you do when your child's teacher changes their seating assignment?

The homeroom teacher changed the seating assignment for my child, because one of their other teachers complained to their homeroom teacher that my child was always talking during class time. My ...
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3answers
225 views

While on vacation, how can I balance toddler's needs with parents wants/needs?

Most toddlers are creatures of habit and routine, and our toddler is the same. She is happiest when she has consistent mealtimes, naptime, and bedtime. When we go on vacation, however, we undoubtedly ...
3
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5answers
225 views

Infant has trouble falling asleep

My son is 6 months old and falls asleep to the movement of his swing. When we put him down to sleep, he gets super cranky and throws a fit (I think). When my husband tells him no, our son cries hard ...
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1answer
70 views

Tackling visitation

My son is 8 and my daughter 16. My son's father was physically abusive to me, and emotionally abusive and neglectful towards both children. He is a severe alcoholic with a personality disorder. I ...
3
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1answer
78 views

How to drop the night feeding for a 3-month-old?

I am looking for some wisdom. My little one is 3 months and feeds 6 bottles a day at 150 ml. We feed her at 10 pm, 2 am and 6 am rigidly every day and the remainder during daytime when she requires. ...
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4answers
203 views

When should I teach my toddler the ABCs?

My child (3 yr old) will soon begin his reading journey, and I'm wondering if now (or at least within a few months) is a good time to get him to start learning the ABCs? I recently found a ...
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5answers
3k views

At what age we should tell our toddler to not kiss everyone who asks her to?

Our 18 month old kisses us when we ask her to. My question is, at what age we should tell her not to kiss everyone who asks her to?
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2answers
126 views

Why does my toddler cry when I go out of the room for a short time?

My nearly 16 month old gets very upset when I leave the room, even if it's just for a 2 minute trip to the bathroom. I'm not leaving him on his own but with another adult that he knows well (eg his ...
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5answers
392 views

16yo works TOO MUCH?

We have a lovely child who is very motivated in their schoolwork. They are getting straight A's, and are loved by all their teachers. They are autistic, and it seems that schoolwork is their new ...
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2answers
825 views

Is excessive crying in front of your child bad for them?

I have a partner who is suffering from severe depression. When we have the slightest disagreement she breaks down into tears and goes upstairs with our 1-year-old son. She will cry for hours while he ...
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1answer
44 views

What is effective, non-toxic method to clean vomit from a carpet?

Currently, we use a brand name carpet cleaner/stain remover after cleaning up the general mess with a wet cloth. I'm wondering if there's a natural, low-cost alternative to cleaning up such messes ...
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3answers
146 views

Are there other foods to avoid giving infants/toddlers besides honey?

I've often heard to avoid giving honey to babies, due the rare risk of botulism. That's backed up in the answer to this question: When can we start giving chocolate, honey and eggs to babies? But, ...
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3answers
250 views

adult child refuses to discuss his future. parents are moving, and he has no plan

22 yr old refuses any topic related to what it takes for him to be on his own. He will ignore, be sarcastic, and do nothing. Has a job but not enough money to be on his own. He has a car, a phone, ...
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3answers
98 views

Does using antibiotics increase the risk of a child getting recurrent ear infections?

My son, thankfully, went about 18-20 months without getting an ear infection. His first one cleared up naturally. The second one didn't seem so bad, but he was given antibiotics for it. I wasn't keen ...
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3answers
178 views

Explain Pre-Teens and Teens the problems of a surveillance state and internet privacy [closed]

I want to present an audience, consisting of mostly teens and pre-teens, the problems of a surveillance state, e.g. if everything is recorded what you are doing. That leads to an internal scissor in ...
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3answers
221 views

Ignoring kid : good or bad?

My wife's a stay at home mom since our kid was born. She also looks after needs of 3 old people who we live with (there are 2 paid help), quite busy. When I ask my kid to do something small like not ...
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3answers
238 views

How to help a child overcome their fear of mascots?

My son loves Sesame Street characters, and "costume" characters... When they're on TV. However, he's very afraid of them in person. He gets clingy, must be picked up, and holds us in a Death grip. ...
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2answers
112 views

How to use Band-Aids for childhood injuries?

I'll use the term Band-Aids, despite it being a brand name for adhesive bandages. I know they're not used solely by parents, but this question came to me because of parenting. My son is reaching an ...
2
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1answer
97 views

Baby boy, preterm birth weight 1.5 kg, needs development help at 18 months

My baby boy was preterm (8.5 months) and low birth weight (1.5 kg). Currently, at 18 months, he is able to stand alone but still not started walking. He is not able to speak more than 3-4 words like ...
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1answer
65 views

Should I encourage siblings to compromise and collaborate?

Often when there's a chance to do something special as a family -- say, watch a movie together, or bake some cookies -- we let the three kids decide exactly what we are going to do. For example, they ...
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7answers
2k views

How do I convince my eleven-year-old to practice her dancing?

My eleven-year-old daughter who has been in dance classes since she was four. She loves ballet, and she loves to perform. However, she does not care for the stretching and practicing that are part ...
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2answers
397 views

At what age can children start being influenced by gender stereotypes?

There have a been a lot of questions lately asking about gender-equality scenarios. See: I want to expose my 5-year-old daughter to boys and girls toys equally, but she just turned her nose up at ...
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1answer
314 views

At what age is gender identity developed?

Recently, I've been seeing videos and news that say that gender identity is formed much earlier than commonly believed, with respect to gender identity disorders or being transgender. Such information ...
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2answers
190 views

can I give my 2 month old baby alternative milk from market [closed]

My 2 months old baby does not get enough breast milk. He loses weight consecutively. Can I give her alternative milk from market?
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2answers
851 views

Our 6 month old baby moans continuously

Apologies if this is a duplicate, it searched for the question terms but found nothing similar. Our baby is nearly 7 months old, and after being left to do anything for over 5 minutes, just starts to ...
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votes
4answers
704 views

Can a wish when thrusted upon a person from childhood become her own wish?

The child is 22 months old. The father wants the child to become a doctor. He is planning to create such an environment around the child such that the child starts thinking that she must become a ...
2
votes
2answers
136 views

My 3 year old is not sleeping through the night

He will go to bed around 9:30-10:00, and usually he will sleep through the night. But suddenly he only sleeps for couple of hours, and is up by 2:30-3:00. I've tried melatonin, it's all natural, but ...
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20answers
11k views

Why would you lie to your children about Santa?

Christmas is an awesome event for children with lots of presents, but I've been thinking: Aren't the negative things it brings (telling them the truth eventually) worse than the good things? You can ...
5
votes
2answers
344 views

How to bond with misbehaving, mean-spirited children?

I live in the USA, my son lives in the Netherlands. He has 2 little girls aged 5 years and 6 years respectively. My adult daughter is visiting them at this time. My daughter shared a few details of ...
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votes
6answers
1k views

11 year old son searching for porn

I've recently had a quick look at my son's iPod touch and found a large google searches for various pornographic phrases. He's a little bit advanced in terms of hormones, etc. (e.g. voice broken, ...
5
votes
3answers
147 views

Attachment: father's role

I've read some materials about mothers' role in forming good attachment style in children under the age of one year. My question is - do you know about the role of fathers in forming of attachment? ...
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4answers
149 views

What food kids love to eat the most? [duplicate]

Lately, my kids 4 and 7 have become very PICKY eaters and don't eat much. If they do eat, they eat prepacked food or anything deep fried like chicken in small amount or few bites. As result, my wife ...
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votes
4answers
198 views

What are the (dis)advantages of dormitory life versus living at home through college?

What are the advantages and disadvantages to a college student living in student housing rather than at home? This assumes that their chosen institute of higher education is close enough to home for ...
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7answers
3k views

Teaching young kids to use search engines

I want to teach my kids how to use search engines as soon as they start asking questions. I think it's a good way for them to learn everything they want and to know that they are capable of knowing ...
3
votes
3answers
239 views

My son cries for 30-45 minutes when told “No”

My son can cry all day when told no. It's very tiring and I don't know what more to do. Its an everyday thing with him. I try putting him in time out which is his bed and it gets worse . He ...

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