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12answers
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Impact on kids NOT having TV?

My question is, could it be bad, in some way, for a child to not have cable/satellite television? My husband and I are thinking about children soon. We haven't had cable hooked up in 6 or 7 years and ...
4
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6answers
10k views

Toddler always get close to the TV, might it point on bad eye sight?

My 2 years old daughter love to watch TV so we let her do that sometimes. We always ask her to sit on the couch which is ~2 meters away from the TV and she do that, however after few minutes she will ...
2
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0answers
77 views

My son isn't smiling back at us anymore when we pick him up from infant care

We began to send our 3month (almost 4 month) old son to infant care. The first two days are half-days only. On the second day, after we picked him up from the center, he didn't smile back at us as ...
4
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2answers
62 views

How do I get my child engaged with practicing letters?

My first child made the connection between reading and practicing letters, and loved getting anybody and everybody to help practice letters (girl at 4, now 6). My second child (boy at 4) is keen ...
0
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0answers
12 views

power of attorney [on hold]

I live in the US. My baby daddy live in Haiti. We got married but things didn't work out. Am almost due. I was wondering if I can give the baby to his father overseas and give him power of attorney.he ...
15
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3answers
62k views

Can I give my baby a bottle of breastmilk straight from the fridge?

I'm exclusively breastfeeding my baby, and occasionally give him pumped bottles. I generally try to warm them up before giving them to him, at least to room temperature. (I was once told as a tip to ...
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2answers
163 views

Is my child autistic?

My son speaks 8 languages and is learning 5 more. He is not even yet able to interact socially with strangers and he switches languages whenever he feels uncomfortable, which is often. He also ...
15
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7answers
2k views

How to react to “cruelty” of a toddler?

My son is two and a half years old and is not in general of the violent type. However he regularly enjoys showing "cruelty". By that I mean that regularly when he "by accident" (let's stay positive) ...
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4answers
882 views

potty trained 2 1/2 year old wetting the bed again

My son is 2 1/2 years old, 6 weeks ago we went cold turkey and stopped him wearing nappies and put proper pants on him. He wet the bed the first night and that was the only accident he had! However ...
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1answer
53 views

Why do people have kids? [on hold]

I always thought people had kids so as to make their life more meaningful in the following manner: they know that when they die they will leave something about themselves: their genes, and perhaps ...
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1answer
41 views

granddaughter screaming in the middle of the night like something is wrong but she calms down in about 10-15 min

my granddaughter wakes up around 1:30 every night screaming and tightening her body up like something is going on .This just started about a week ago , could she be having a bad dream ?
2
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0answers
41 views

When is it safe to start using a duvet?

When we brought our son home form hospital, all the advice from the midwives and health visitors was that we should not use a duvet whist he was small, and instead should use either sleep sacks (like ...
74
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20answers
12k 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 ...
1
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2answers
44 views

how do i get a toddler (2 yrs ) to calm down at night to go to bed by 8:30 or 9pm

my granddaughter lives with me , but for the last month she is so tired and is had to get settled down, we tried lots of thing to get her to calm down before bed. She use to go to bed at 8:30 but ...
2
votes
0answers
71 views

How to deal with a narcisstic mother?

I have a friend in his mid-teens who recently realized that his mother is a narcissist and he thinks she suffers severe narcissism. This has been troubling him and he tells me that he doesn't know ...
16
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5answers
30k views

If a pregnant woman's tummy is pressed hard, can the baby in her womb get hurt?

I am 22 weeks in my pregnancy and my baby does kick and stretch at times. Yesterday he poke a limb/head/butt out on my tummy which I could see a firm lump. I showed my friend, and she pressed on the ...
32
votes
7answers
5k views

Is there an alternative to Boy/Girl Scouts in the US?

My son desperately wants to join the Boy Scouts, but I've had to say no due to the local troop's religious agenda. I've been helping my friend try to come up with ideas for her daughter's new Girl ...
3
votes
3answers
124 views

Watching movies 7yr old and 5yr old

The two are practically inseparable and we have what seems like an unsolvable dilemma: we want to allow the 7yr old to watch, for example, Star Wars but feel it's not adequate for a 5yr old. How ...
2
votes
2answers
321 views

How can I help my one month old poop with out hurting her?

My daughter was born January 1st, 2016. I breastfeed her on a daily basis and She was having really good wet and messy diapers everyday for almost 2 1/2 weeks after coming home from the hospital but ...
1
vote
1answer
106 views

Should I allow my child's in-and-out father to be a part of his life?

My son will be 3 years old in a couple of months and his father lives out of state. He did live here when my son was born but was not there and would not sign the birth certificate. It took a long ...
9
votes
3answers
39k views

Is it safe to blow on a baby's face?

I've seen some parents blowing on their baby's face when crying. The baby suddenly stops crying but he looked very surprised. I wonder if this could harm the baby in some way.
3
votes
2answers
113 views

Laws Regarding Newborn Care at a Hospital

I am a new dad to be, this July! A friend of mine had her first born son in a hospital. As soon as he was born, they forcefully whisked him from her to run lab tests and so on. A few hours later, they ...
0
votes
0answers
28 views

Starting new feeding/sleep schedule for 6 month old

My 6 month old grandson has no feeding/ sleep schedule. he was born 3 weeks early. 5 lbs. My daughter in law , Liz is breastfeeding. The Dr. told her to feed as often as possible to get his weight ...
2
votes
6answers
29k views

Do you use number of weeks or day of the month to determine an infant's birthday?

If a child was born today, which is July 18th and the third Monday of July, would he or she become one month old on August 18th or the third Monday in August (August 22)? Thanks
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5answers
443 views

My girlfriend's children are the worst acting children I have ever met

I have been with someone for almost a year now and her children have steadily been getting worse. She has three boys and their father is hit and miss in their lives. The oldest who is 9 lies ...
0
votes
2answers
154 views

How can I get my 13 month old to eat better and sleep through the night?

My child is 13 months old. She is breast fed, eats solids but doesn't eat a lot during supper time. Apparently she eats well at day care. She wakes 3 to 4 times at night and sometimes every hour. ...
3
votes
1answer
175 views

where can i get help for my13 year old daughter whos tantrums get physical?

I have a 13 year old daughter. She has had a tantrum tonight after her and her sister got in a little argument. My 13year old daughter got to the point where she got physical with my other daughter. ...
8
votes
3answers
526 views

Absent Father vs. Father with alcohol addiction

I was raised with a father who was dependent on alcohol and who was very abusive emotionally but sometimes physically towards my mother. At that time I wished I wouldn't have a father at all. But I ...
6
votes
3answers
955 views

CISV: should I trust?

CISV is a seasoned organization which stages (among other activities) villages: 28 days-long exchanges for children aged 10 coming from all the world. I am considering letting my child take part in ...
0
votes
1answer
30 views

what do you do with the second row van seat when you're not using it? [closed]

We have a Toyota Sienna van, and like to take out the bigger of the two middle seats during the summer. It's very heavy and awkward, and we can't find a good place to put it. Any suggestions?
13
votes
5answers
6k views

Which is better - a Minivan or a SUV - for a 4 kid family

We have 3 kids and are currently managing fitting them in an Accord (Mom) and a Civic (Dad). The civic is tight but most of the time it's one parent with the kids in that one. We recently found out ...
2
votes
1answer
159 views

6.5 year old grandson out of control

About a year and 1/2 ago my grandson started acting out. It has now became so bad and we need to get him under control. First off I will say that my grandson lives with his mother as his mother and ...
4
votes
3answers
1k views

My 3 1/2 year old son often changes his clothes

I have a son who is 3 and half years old. After every two three hours he keep on crying for changing his clothes. He only wears the dress clothes which he likes, and doesn't listen if we tell him to ...
0
votes
1answer
56 views

4.5 years old boy pants heavily after climbing stairs [closed]

My 4.5 years old pants heavily after climibing 4 floors of stairs. Is it normal? One of my friends pointed out that he usually doesn't see kids panting as heavily as him. Though my son never complains ...
2
votes
2answers
212 views

Restless fingers while speaking

It's very hard for me to have a relaxed talk with my son - 12 years old. He does not like talking and if he does he is playing with his fingers. This drives my crazy and it makes me afraid. I tell ...
4
votes
1answer
106 views

Is PediaSure okay for toddlers and if not how to get them off it?

For several reasons my daughter had to be weaned off breast milk when she was around 14 months. At that point she was not eating well and lost a lot of weight. One Pediatrician recommended we give her ...
6
votes
2answers
139 views

Threat of internet predators — how significant is it?

There is a lot of talk about securing your children's access to electronic devices, the web, etc. There are lots of scary stories about terrible things happening, no doubt many terrible things have ...
9
votes
8answers
937 views

Is it considered harmful in the longer run to frighten the child so that he behaves the way we want?

Not sure if there is a cultural difference. In our family it is considered normal to frighten the child so that he behaves the way we want. Example- Parent: Eat that quickly or the God will punish ...
12
votes
11answers
17k views

teenage child with severe daily temper tantrums and whining

My 13 year old daughter has severe and daily outbursts - sometimes as many as 10 a day - from time she gets up till time she goes to bed. This has been going on since she was of walking and talking ...
1
vote
0answers
175 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 ...
10
votes
8answers
2k views

How to cope with a crying infant in the car during short trips?

An issue has come up recently with our new son, in that he is at his most vocally unhappy when in the car. It's not 100% of the time, but it happens daily. It's only rarely because of dirty diapers ...
1
vote
3answers
113 views

raising polyglot children - reliable method?

Doing some research on strategies for raising polyglot children, I stepped in this paper (not peer-reviewed) on academia.edu. Also available here. It suggests that through television it is possible ...
9
votes
6answers
37k views

What age can I expect to not need a stroller?

Our daughter is currently 1, and we're contemplating a second child. We're not super happy with our current stroller and are thinking of getting a new one. We're debating the utility/need of a tandem ...
0
votes
1answer
229 views

My son is 11 months old. He has also stopped eating

My son is 11 months old. He has also stopped eating. We are giving him all the food in puried form. But now a days after eating 2 3 spoons he is not ready to open his mouth. Many times he is doing ...
1
vote
1answer
95 views

Shrieking crying 6 month old

So, our boy (one half of a set of 6 month old b/g twins) has just recently started his temper tantrums. He used to be pretty mellow - with his sister having some medical issues where she was more ...
3
votes
1answer
98 views

My 6 year old is terrified of monsters is this normal?

Sammy has always been scared of monsters ever since he was around 2, but now his imagination of creating this monster is getting out of control. He rarely sleeps in his own bed, he has to sleep with ...
1
vote
2answers
144 views

Should I worry About My 10yo Nephew's Interest in Violence?

I have a 10yo nephew who is obsessed with violence. It's all he talks about. He asks me and my father things like; If I had a gun and you had a knife, could you kill me? If I start doing ...
5
votes
3answers
280 views

20 month old wont sit in the bath

Our daughter recently decided she didn't want to sit down in the bath any more. We have no idea what triggered it, and she still loves baths and gets excited by the prospect of them. She'll happily ...
9
votes
2answers
33k views

My 2 month old daughter is trying to stand; can this be harmful?

This is about my second daughter, who is now 2 months old and happily smiling at me ^_^ An awful lot has happened with my 1st daughter since she was born...I've forgotten quite a bit about the ages ...
7
votes
2answers
141 views

Kids in multicultural, multi-generational household

My wife is Chinese and I am an American guy. We live in the US and have a 4.5 y/o and 18 m/o. My wife's parents, in very traditional Chinese fashion (I guess it's common among many Asian cultures), ...

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