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The school has assigned reading I feel is inappropriate for my son to read. How do I approach this problem with the school and with my son?

The school has assigned The Hunger Games as a literature reading assignment for my 11 year old. I read the books and enjoyed the ride, but feel the brutality is too much for this age group, in this ...
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2answers
277 views

My teenager doesn't care about being grounded - what now?

My kid refuses to do his homework and is failing freshman biology, literature, US History and Art in high school. I grounded him and he still won't do the work. I've taken away as many privileges as ...
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3answers
173 views

Should we always ask to have urine tested when we go to urgent care?

Went to the urgent care the other day because of a high temp over a few days, lots of fussiness, lack of eating and when she does eat she would vomit. They did all the normal things like checking ...
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4answers
107 views

What can be done to encourage grandparents to be equitable between siblings?

The short question is this. How can we as parents encourage our parents to be more equitable in their treatment of their grandchildren? As background here is my situation. When my wife and I got ...
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2answers
1k views

My 2 year old wont sleep throught he night.

From the time he was born, my son has never been a good sleeper, but he's never been as bad as he is now and I am really losing my patience with him. I've tried everything and nothing seems to work. ...
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1answer
408 views

How and when to disclose to children a parent's suicide

My children's father committed suicide 10 years age, when they were aged 9, 3 and 1. At the time of his death I did not want them to know how he died, but it became such public knowledge I was forced ...
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1answer
897 views

How damaging is it for children to witness their parent's sexual activity?

How damaging is it for children to witness their parent's sexual activity? I asked this question here Some strategies for maintaining adult relationships separately from children? Which needed to be ...
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1answer
182 views

Effects of multiple new relationships (and the single parent) upon children

Background. My husband died 10 years ago. My children were aged 9, 3 and 1 at the time. I was always (and still am) probably too extreme in my stance on relationships with men, since my husband's ...
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1answer
116 views

Some strategies for maintaining adult relationships separately from children?

Some background. I have always been extremely careful about taking precautions to prevent my children from ever walking in on me when engaging in sexual activity. I've had a relationship with my next ...
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4answers
1k views

At what age do teenagers begin to masturbate?

This is a delicate question. It is not a subject that I can ask my children about. At what age can a parent expect this activity to start?
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2answers
114 views

Looking for a healthy way to help my seven year old in developing a thicker skin

So, I have an amazing daughter who is unbelievably empathetic. Which, allows her to be a good friend, wonderful daughter and just a loving soul all around. However, her emotions can also be very ...
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1answer
255 views

11 year old stubborn boy

My 11 year son is an intelligent and extrovert boy . He does not want to study and take care of his belongings. I have to continuously tell him to do his routine work like bathing , brushing teeth ...
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2answers
124 views

My 4 year old son always takes away any new book or magazine that I read. How to deal with it?

My son does not allow me to read any NEW book or magazine and always becomes cranky till I stop reading and hand over that book to him. Initially I thought it might be temporary thing but now, it ...
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2answers
104 views

My 4 year old son always keeps something besides him when he sleeps. Is that normal?

My son always keeps something besides him while sleeping. It can be anything, not necessarily a toy. Does that mean he fears something?
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1answer
25 views

What does one do to alleviate the discomfort of mastitis?

Mastitis is an infection that can develop in the breasts during the months while a mother lactates. Once one has mastitis, it can interfere with breastfeeding because it becomes painful to feed the ...
3
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2answers
95 views

Once a mom has developed a cracked or chapped nipple, is there anything she can do to lessen the pain?

While nursing, cracked nipples can be excrutiatinly painful. What does a mom do to help alleviate the pain while her nipples heal?
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1answer
32 views

How do I avoid cracked nipples?

Getting chapped and cracked nipples can be a problem for lactating moms. Sometimes it may be somewhat inevitable, but what are some of the things one can do to avoid the problem in the first place?
3
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1answer
68 views

Sharing parenting/custody duties with an ex-partner

My son is 1.5 years old. I am no longer with his dad but he is an active part of my son's life and I would like his dad to help parent him half of the time and he has agreed to do so (keep him Mon-Sun ...
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4answers
710 views

What can I do to get my wife to be more involved?

I'm writing this in the middle of the night, right after a bottle feed and a nappy change coupled with incessant wailing piercing through my ears. I've often tried to seek solace on the internet ...
4
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1answer
146 views

Is blood from an injured nipple harmful to the child?

Nipples sometimes bleed, and some of that blood can be sucked by a child. Is it harmful to the child? What effects can it have?
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1answer
2k views

How long can a newborn girl bleed from her vagina?

The bleeding from a newborn girls vagina is completely normal, it happens due to hormones being absorbed by the while still in the womb. How long can this bleeding occur? Does it come and go, or ...
5
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2answers
143 views

Is carrying or cuddling a newborn a good way to soothe it in the long run?

Our newborn (11 days) daughter sometimes - about once every three times - has trouble sleeping unless she is being hugged, cuddled or carried by me or my wife. We have tried leaving her crying for 10 ...
4
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3answers
66 views

Diapering a 7 month old that is almost ready to crawl

This little boy just won't stay put and rolls over onto his tummy within seconds of being laid down. I'm sure you understand the consequences of this when I've just opened up a nice juicy poopy ...
8
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1answer
1k views

How thoroughly should a newborn girls private areas be cleaned?

After pooping there are rarely any poop globules located between labia, but it does happen. Moreover, the "liquid" poop also has a chance of getting there, I guess. How firmly should I clean those ...
9
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4answers
260 views

How can we counter cultural gender stereotypes?

My three year old son has picked up some very concrete ideas of the differences between boys and girls. Unfortunately, they're almost all based upon gender stereotypes. When asked what presents we ...
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8answers
2k views

How can a dad be both a mother and father

I'm a dad and I've unexpectedly found myself raising my son effectively alone. I'm in an atypical single-parent situation, but more general single-dad advice would probably be better for other ...
5
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1answer
99 views

Does my newborn sleep too little?

My 8 day old daughter has slept about 13 hours during last 24 hours. She eats a lot, poops often and properly (at least 7 times in 24h), is breast fed and there is enough milk for her. Is that ...
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1answer
83 views

How long should we wait to go for the first stroll [duplicate]

Our daughter is 8 days old right now. Depending on to whom we speak (doctors and nurses and friends) there are various opinions as to when to go for a first walk. How long should we wait before we ...
5
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3answers
245 views

How can I deal with my son's refusal to go to school?

When my 13 year old son decides he doesn't want to go to school, it's difficult issue to negotiate, as I cannot force him to go to school. By this I mean, he is not a toddler and cannot be picked up ...
7
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4answers
550 views

How can I keep my newborn baby warm during nappy change?

I'm 3 days in to parenthood and every time I change my son he makes heart-wrenching screams that go through my skull. I have deduced that it is due to being cold; it's Winter here and really starting ...
4
votes
2answers
114 views

Teaching a child to “see the forest”

My six year-old son has been having trouble with not be able to "see the forest because of the trees." He gets caught up in insignificant details and fails to learn the main point. For example, last ...
10
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5answers
326 views

Relatives' son is awful. What is another option?

Background: While my wife and I provide an independent, creative and supporting environment for our kids, we also work very to hard to demonstrate "predictable consequences" for any behavior be it ...
6
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2answers
98 views

Washing and disinfecting a Pack 'N Play

We lately received a (lightly) used Pack 'N Play from friends of ours, in preparation for our first baby, due 6 months from now. Pack-'N-Play-type playpen units consist mostly of fabric stretched ...
3
votes
2answers
165 views

What language should we teach our child if our native tongue is different from the local language?

My wife and I are from Indonesia and we live in an English speaking country. I'm not sure what language we should speak to or teach our baby boy (now 8 months). Should we use English, so that when ...
3
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1answer
42 views

How does one pace the weaning process?

After you've determined it is time to begin the weaning process, how long should it take to finish weaning and how many steps or stages are involved?
4
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1answer
50 views

How do you know when to wean?

What signs can a baby show to indicate he/she is ready for weaning? What does a parent look for to determine the right timing for this for baby, mom and family?
2
votes
1answer
247 views

Should a teether be given to an infant? If, yes, then at what age?

The kid is 5 months old. She keeps on chewing her fingers. Should she be given a teether or should she be allowed to chew her fingers? What are the possible disadvantages of giving an infant a ...
2
votes
3answers
389 views

What kind of spoon should be used to feed the infant who is used to be fed by the bottle?

The tea spoon holds quite a less amount of milk. The kid of 5 months old is used to bottle feeding for past 4 months. I was thinking of using a soup spoon instead (which is round and has depth). Will ...
2
votes
2answers
285 views

What diseases are caused by bottle feeding and how can they be prevented?

My kid who's 5 months old is being bottle fed since past 4 months. Yesterday, a doctor warned us against various diseases caused by bottle feeding. I know about the tooth decay caused by prolonged ...
3
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2answers
165 views

Does a child's resemblance to a parent affect attitudes of people?

When a child strongly resembles one of his/her parents it can create a reaction in people who meet the child. Can a strong physical resemblance to a parent affect relationships with both close and ...
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2answers
197 views

Different discipline approaches by working mommy and stay-home daddy

I work at home (although me being independent is almost a euphemism for being unemployed). My wife is the primary breadwinner in our household. My wife is also currently under a lot of stress, as ...
10
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2answers
158 views

To Socks or not to socks?

My own daughter mostly refused to wear socks - unless she had shoes on - until she was about five years old. Even now, she only wears them in the coldest months and rips them off her feet at the drop ...
3
votes
1answer
92 views

A child accustomed to sleeping with the tv on

The tv is outside my 12 year old daughter's bedroom. She likes me to sit up until she falls asleep (which is not difficult). I pull the door to and we agree on a maximum volume that makes her feel ...
2
votes
4answers
3k views

2 year old has very runny stuffy nose for 4 months

My 2 year old has runny nose for 4 months. Doctor says 1 time its cold, another time its allergy, but nothing clear. Tylenol doesn't help and i really can't believe that cold can be 4 months. She ...
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2answers
107 views

Getting 7 month baby to focus (a little) while eating?

The baby I care for is hitting that stage where he is almost ready to begin crawling and he is really busy looking all over the place. Which is great and developmentally appropriate, but BOY it makes ...
5
votes
2answers
468 views

Why did my pre-schooler suddenly develop an odd accent?

Over the past week, my three-year-old son started talking with what I can only describe as a Southern (U.S.) accent. He has started elongating his pronunciation of "ah" sounds, so that "yeah" sounds ...
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6answers
1k views

My 6 year old son misbehaves at school and home. Please help

My son constantly needs attention. He sometimes pulls his younger sister's hair to get her complain and get our attention. He talks back frequently. He repeatedly says that other kids in school bother ...
4
votes
3answers
155 views

Evidence based guidelines for front or rearward facing pushchairs/strollers?

Most pushchairs are forward facing. Recently the opinion seems to be that rearward facing ones are better as they allow the child to see your face. I am wondering if this is yet another childcare ...
7
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4answers
631 views

How do I wean my 2 year old from requiring holding my hand to sleep?

Sometimes my wife would hold my 2 year old daughter's hand during her bedtime to put her to sleep. Recently when she wakes up in the middle of the night she would cry and ask for our hand so she can ...
5
votes
6answers
763 views

If a 4 year old is afraid to swim is it better to keep trying or wait?

My son is afraid of swimming, and has been for a very long time. We first took him to baby swim classes and he never took to it like the other children in the class. I took him to swimming classes ...

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