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What is an effective dating policy for a 12yo boy? [on hold]

THIS QUESTION HAS BEEN REFORMULATED AT What dating policy works well for a 12yo boy? (improved version) I intend this question to be similar to How should I conduct a proper timeout? Except that I ...
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0answers
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What dating policy works well for a 12yo boy? (improved version) [on hold]

My 12yo son is precocious in terms of height and puberty, but emotionally he is out of kilter with his physical development, i.e. he is in many ways quite emotionally immature for his age. He has a ...
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10answers
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What is considered to be a safe age to be a babysitter?

One option for a babysitter is finding an older child (teenager) in your neighbourhood. The benefits are obvious (you get to know the family, so there's more trust). But is it truly safe to leave ...
2
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2answers
103 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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7answers
6k views

Help! My 7 year old won't go to bed early, or get up early

This is a struggle every night, and every morning. We start around 7:30-8:00 PM..."shower time" and the struggle starts. She's got school the next morning and I'm trying to get her showered, and ...
10
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3answers
108 views

Adoption/Foster Care: How should I deal with abandonment issues?

I plan on becoming a foster parent after being adopted myself. However, I went through a lot of abandonment issues that my parents didn't see as I had changed hands a few times before I was adopted. ...
2
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0answers
49 views

potty training 3 days method - 22 months old - daycare problems

We started potty training (22 month-old boy) about a week ago using a variation of the 3 day potty training method. He was ok at home: 5 days diaper free, about 1-2 accidents a day. Usually I ask him ...
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11answers
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5 year old cries every time she is told “no”

My 5 year old daughter is crying every time she is told no. It doesn't matter if it is a little thing or a big thing she is asking for--she cries. We don't give in to her crying. We have tried ...
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2answers
76 views

How to get my 14 month old toddler who has a lot of food allergies to gain weight?

My 14 month old son is allergic to milk, eggs, fish, sunflower oil, and sunflower seeds. He also suffers from acid reflux, and our pediatrician advised us that he needs to gain weight. He only weights ...
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3answers
49 views

A three week baby refuse to sleep in his crib

We have a 3 week sweet baby (a boy). We got used that for the first few month's there is a very little order in his feeding/sleep time,but during night time, he wakes up to eat (my wife breast feeding ...
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2answers
157 views

How can I keep our son out of our life

Our son has now taken the peace of our life and it has started affecting my professional life as well. He is 18 and is scheduled to start the university this fall. In the last year and half his ...
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2answers
110 views

How best to take advantage of a child's extended vacation

This is a little more complicated than it might seem, so I'll give some back-story. We have 2 kids: The oldest, 11, was born to us during my first year of college, and I was only intermittently ...
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2answers
85 views

My son talks way too fast and I need help

My son talks way too fast and often ends sentences with a mumble, especially when he is enthusiastic. It is really difficult to follow his conversation and I end up getting very stressed, after ...
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16answers
49k views

How do we get our toddler to gain weight?

Our toddler isn't gaining weight, and our doctor told us to fix it. We stopped breastfeeding and she gained a kilo in just two weeks, but since then (soon two months) she hasn't gained anything again, ...
5
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4answers
88 views

my 3yr hits his 4yr old cousin, but my 3yr is getting picked on by his older cousin whom is 8-9, how should i respond to that?

My 3 year old son is hitting his 4 year old cousin, who is a girl. He is bigger than her. I am constantly on him, I have tried time out, I always make him apologize and give her a hug, which he loves ...
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12answers
29k views

What should we do when our 15 year old wants sex with his 13 year old girlfriend?

So the other day I walked in on our teenager and caught his girlfriend with her pants down. It is quite clear what they were intending to do. Now he claims he had no intention of having sex with ...
3
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4answers
2k views

Writing from the bottom up

When I was learning to write, the teacher insisted all the strokes begin at the top-left. My son did a little over a year at public school and came home starting his strokes from the bottom. I don't ...
5
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1answer
125 views

I fled my emotionally abusive husband, leaving my children. I returned but they don't want to know me

My husband and I married 18 years ago. He suffers from a particularly difficult personality disorder which has become more pronounced with time. We have five children, aged 8 - 17. As he became more ...
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4answers
1k views

Encopresis, I'm at my wits end? Does anybody have suggestions?

My 12 year old daughter has been dealing with retentive encopresis since age 6. She avoids going to the toilet at all. This results in soiling and the production of an amazing huge toilet-clogging ...
5
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14answers
4k views

Arguments for/against same birthday for siblings?

My son is born on October 1st three years ago. My wife is pregnant again and the calculated delivery date is October 22nd. We might end in a situation where the delivery is earlier, for reasons ...
5
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1answer
141 views

Help me understand the attraction of Instagram, please

(Context in case it's helpful: My son is 12. He created an Instagram account for himself at school this past year. Since he doesn't meet the Instagram age requirement (13 and up), I tried to follow ...
2
votes
2answers
138 views

Dealing with an arrogant child

My sister is about 11 years old. She listens to everyone around her except her family. She believes that we don't care about her. Since my family was extremely busy with jobs, we did not focus on her ...
2
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2answers
125 views

How much time, energy, and money should an adult child give to struggling parents?

I've got a friend who is asking me for some advice. He does very well. He is 26, owns a house, and has a really good technology career. However, his dad spent four years trying to find work and ...
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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 ...
2
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2answers
3k views

How can I prep my child for an IQ test?

Last year, my child's school selected my child for Gifted testing. He was not selected. He will be retested this year. Is there anything I can do to prep him for this test?
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1answer
65 views

How to get baby back to sleep throughout the night without needing his bottle

I have a 6.5 month old son. For a while I wasn't having him sleep in his crib just because he refused to do it. The past few weeks he will sleep in his crib half of the night and then normally his ...
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7answers
12k views

How to prevent children from sucking their thumb?

My 4-years-old daughter still sucks her thumb while sleeping. How can help her stopping this habit? I have tried to give her a pacifier, but she refuses it. She does not have this habit during the ...
9
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7answers
9k views

How do you get a teenager to take shorter showers?

It's great that they think hygiene is important. It's a hassle that the bathroom is tied up. How do you get a teenager to be faster in the shower?
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6answers
538 views

What are some good natural teethers?

It seems our 6 month baby wants to take everything in her mouth, it would be nice if we were able to give her some natural food-based teethers, but which edible substances can be used as teethers? Do ...
4
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2answers
190 views

My 2.5 years old daughter says no to everything, all the time, again and again

I think somebody has already asked this kind of question, but my situation is a little different. My 2.5-year-old daughter has been in an increasingly-more-difficult period of "no" for 6 long months ...
2
votes
1answer
104 views

How do you train an infant or young toddler to swim?

I recently saw a video on Facebook (see it here on YouTube) that involved a young boy, approximately 18 months old, that literally dived into a pool, was fully submerged for at least 7 seconds, and ...
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6answers
61 views

Tools to log and analyse a toddlers diet

I am looking for a tool I can use to work out what is causing my son to vomit. It's happening during or after eating so I assume a connection to what was eaten. I need to: Quickly log what was in ...
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2answers
59 views

Four month old baby messy feeding schedule

No matter how much I try. I just can't have a SCHEDULE for feeding my four month old baby. She can be not willing to take a feed for 4hrs to asking for feed every hour. I tried to do eat play sleep ...
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10answers
7k views

What is the impact on kids of having two working parents?

Having grown up with a stay-at-home mom, I wonder what negative impact not having a SAH parent has on young children and elementary school children (who are in alternative care after school). Let's ...
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0answers
53 views

What is better for my son: allowing visitation to a father who never comes around, or obtaining sole custody? [closed]

My husband and I are going through a divorce, and we have a 1.5 year old son. Near the beginning of the separation, he called occasionally and would take him for one or two days out of the week when ...
5
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0answers
67 views

Moving my speech delayed 5.5 yo son to a foreign environment

I have a speech-delayed 5.5 years old son. Our first language is Arabic and he goes to an Arabic school that teaches English as a second language. We have been doing speech therapy since he was 3.5 ...
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4answers
308 views

When do babies start understanding a kiss?

Sometimes my two weeks old daughter starts crying and crying. Apart from checking her basic needs (food, poo, pee...), I sometimes hold her and kiss on the cheek together with a soft hug. However, I ...
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5answers
1k 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 ...
6
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2answers
158 views

My 5 year old step son has started crying about everything and wanting to go to moms

Alright, a brief background. My step son is 5 years old, starting kindergarten in the fall. His parents divorced about two years ago, they share 50/50 custody. His mother gets him Thursday evening ...
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10answers
17k views

How to calm a toddler before bedtime?

I don't know about older children, but toddlers often get more agitated as they get more tired and by the time they are in bed it can take a while before they actually sleep. I often read that taking ...
3
votes
2answers
46 views

Keep carseat from rotating when installed with lap and shoulder belt?

When I install my car seat using the lap and shoulder belt, the seat easily rolls over onto its side. I have a sliding latch plate with a switchable retractor. I think the issue is the sliding latch ...
13
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9answers
67k views

Is it really that bad to get water in an infant's ear?

My baby girl loves taking baths but, of course, we get conflicting information about how often and how careful we should be of water in her ears. The pediatrician said every other day and didn't say ...
5
votes
2answers
40k views

How long does breast milk last after taken from the fridge?

There's lots of information available about how long pumped breast milk can be kept for, generally citing different temperature ranges. From the CDC (though the samereference is also cited by the ...
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12answers
12k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
119 views

My one year old daughter is allergic to my beard, how to deal with such issue?

Every time I kiss my daughter her skin turns red like she has eczema, short or long beard it changed nothing. Shaving my bread completely is not an option because I also has sensitive skin and without ...
0
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3answers
381 views

My son wants to learn to ride a motorbike. How can I discourage him?

I'd prefer my son doesn't get his motorbike licence because I think it is dangerous. How can I convince him otherwise?
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1answer
53 views

How to potty train a two year old?

I'm not a mother, but my aunt is having trouble potty training my cousin. She's not talking very much yet and I don't believe the last methods (I potty trained her older sister with: But you don't ...
9
votes
6answers
26k views

My 8 year old son won't fall asleep

We put him to bed at 9pm and he stays up til 1am or later. When I go to check on him he is always playing with his hands and sometimes talking. I ask him why he is awake and not trying to sleep and he ...
9
votes
3answers
161 views

Returning to work quickly - how does feeding work?

My partner is looking to return to work soon after giving birth. We both work, so we'll need to find someplace that looks after baby whilst we are out all day. The question we have is how does the ...
2
votes
1answer
159 views

My 1 yr old gets excited and grabs and scratches peoples face HARD

My 1 yr old gets excited and grabs and scratches peoples face HARD. He also grunts all the time, enough to make his face red and then he laughs like its a joke. He does not say any words yet, is this ...

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