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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 ...
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2answers
18 views

Is it a parent's responsibility to remember their 6 year-old child's coat as they leave their home to go to school?

Is it the 6 year-old's responsibility to remember their coat before going to school, or is their parent's responsibility?
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0answers
4 views

Toddler is a real glutton with sweets

Our youngest eats normally at meals, but when she gets sweets she wolfs them down. Her big sister enjoys them more, saving some for later. I think it's a good to be able to restrain yourself, so I ...
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3answers
44 views

Suggestions for a father daughter activity

I have a set of twins.. A boy and girl who are 5 years old. I love them both equally and want to have some one one time with each of them.. My sun and I go for a haircut every month (or so), and we ...
11
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7answers
11k views

How do you teach young kids to defend themselves?

How do you teach kids to defend themselves, without becoming bullies? I'm talking about younger kids (1.5 to 3yo) who are not mature enough (or old enough) to take self-defense classes. My son is two ...
2
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9answers
946 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 ...
11
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1answer
10k views

How do I get play-doh out of the carpet?

We've introduced our son to Play-Doh, and he loves it. However, he's still only 2, and is not very good about watching where the stuff goes. He drops a lot of it, and then winds up stepping on it. ...
6
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5answers
190 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 ...
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0answers
25 views

My baby fell from the bed. Is there any problem? plz told me? [on hold]

My 9.5 months old baby fell from the bed yesterday on her back. I couldn't notice how she fell but we heard a sound and we ran to her only to find here lying on her back crying. The height of the bed ...
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3answers
223 views

Caring for three under three: In what ways can the father help?

I have a full-time job, while my wife is a full-time homemaker. Our oldest has just turned three, our second is nearly two, and our third is a newborn. Not exactly three under three, but close. I am ...
2
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3answers
91 views

Actual date of conception

When ob-gyn performs US and says "Your pregnancy is of 6 weeks" what does it mean: (1) six weeks since last menses or from actual conception date? The question is related to some interesting story: ...
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2answers
51 views

to what degree should I encourage contact with dad?

I have a three year old with my ex. When we separated he moved back in with his mom ( he didn't have a job, bad credit, etc... I know, I was an idiot ). These issues were a big part of our separation. ...
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4answers
106 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 ...
5
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13answers
11k views

What should children call a step-grandparent?

My mom remarried to a great guy who has been absolutely wonderful to my kids. Ever since my mom and he were dating my kids have called him Mr. Joe. Lately my mom has been bugging me to get the kids to ...
0
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0answers
20 views

14 mo old cries everyday at night even when being held

My son has always had difficulty falling asleep. He sleeps with us and we usually pat or rock him to sleep. Every night he cries for atleast 5 mins before he stops fighting and drifts off to sleep. We ...
17
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12answers
6k 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 ...
10
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4answers
107 views

How can I better recognize the point where I've talked too much when disciplining and it's becoming counterproductive?

I come from a long line of lecture-happy parents. This used to drive me nuts when I was a kid. I would get into trouble and then get an earful. My eyes would glaze over and I would basically just ...
10
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6answers
84k views

How can I help my baby poop

My newborn (currently 6 weeks) sometimes goes a few days without a bowel movement. It seems like this makes her uncomfortable and she sometime looks like she's trying to get something going (she has ...
3
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2answers
72 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, ...
0
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4answers
209 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.
3
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4answers
250 views

How to care for a new born - where to find a comprehensive guide?

We are preparing for our first one and have no idea on how we should go about the bubs basics like bathing, feeding (how often to feed, how long on breast milk), sun-screening, etc, just basically ...
3
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2answers
64 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
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1answer
56 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? ...
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12answers
20k views

What should I do if my 15 year old son is sexually interested in younger boys?

My 15 year old son has just confessed to me that he is interested in younger children, especially boys ages 8 to 11. He seemed very upset about this. I tried to calm him down a bit, but am left ...
5
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1answer
83 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 ...
0
votes
1answer
97 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 ...
0
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1answer
47 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 ...
3
votes
3answers
102 views

Is there an effective method for cleaning butts?

When bathing a child (particularly a baby under or around 1 year old, who can not stand on their own yet) is there an effective way to clean all of their body parts that are usually submerged under ...
39
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10answers
11k 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 ...
17
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3answers
495 views

How to explain to your child why a grandparent isn't around

Apologies for the question but I am stumped on how to approach an issue and this will be hard to discuss so excuse me for being blunt. My parents divorced when I was 10 and that was the last time I ...
10
votes
5answers
31k views

How to help my newborn pass gas

I have a newborn (10 days). She seems to struggle with a lot of gas several times a day (first question, is this too much!?). How do we help her pass the gas more quickly and easily? She does get it ...
0
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0answers
67 views

my sons 4th grade teacher implied that hes gay or likes boys. In the classroom to him about another boy sitting a few desk away

A year has passed and his grades Fs n almost every subject. He says he feels sick everyday and has missed a total of 3mos this year. I don't want my son getting behind in school. I tried to change ...
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0answers
24 views

BiggestbChallenge encountered when taking a cruise with kids ages 5-17 [on hold]

I would love to know the biggest challenge you had to deal with in relation to having the kids onboard with you. Do you think they could have been avoided if you had taken more time to research.?
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4answers
648 views

Are boys naturally drawn to balls more than girls?

Having boy/girl twins, I find it interesting to compare their development over time. Recently my son started standing on his own and has learned to throw things. His favorite toys are balls that he ...
4
votes
3answers
133 views

How should I conduct a proper timeout?

This is not a question about whether or not to use timeouts. I am prepared to have that discussion, but not on this question. I believe they have their place in a parent's arsenal, and I also accept ...
4
votes
1answer
89 views

Keeping toddler within the rules when an adult member of the household doesn't wish to enforce them?

All the adults in the household help to enforce the rules enacted upon the toddler except one; That adult often removes the child from discipline when the others are enacting it. We were told by ...
25
votes
6answers
15k views

Sex play in young children

I have a 3 year old daughter who spends a bit of time playing with her male cousin who is 5 1/2. I recently walked in to my daughter's room where they were playing to find my daughter completely ...
14
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8answers
4k 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
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0answers
68 views

As a stranger how do I deal with teenagers misbehaving or being a nuisance in public [on hold]

This question arose after a few teenagers in a group of ten were being a nuisance. Two were on a single bike swaying all over the place riding on the pavement. They nearly crashed into a car and a ...
7
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2answers
79 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, ...
3
votes
6answers
147 views

What are the pros and cons of using dessert as a motivation for kids to work hard?

We have a kindergartener whom we homeschool. We also send our child for once-a-week violin lessons, which requires us to practice with our child every day. Most of the times, our child is motivated ...
8
votes
2answers
3k views

Does daycare mentally damage children under three?

An article in The Times and plagerized here suggests that it may do children permanent mental harm to be left in nursery (daycare) when under the age of three. Jonas Himmelstrand, a Swedish ...
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votes
15answers
13k views

Is having a sibling better for a child?

We have several friends who have two or more children, while myself and my wife only have one. Often when we visit them, it seems that the conversation always turns to, "When are you having your ...
12
votes
14answers
7k views

How do you explain “Right” and “Left” politics to a child without bias?

I'm curious what the correct way would be to explain the difference between right wing and left wing politics to a child without even a hint of bias and without indoctrinating them. Here's my stab: ...
13
votes
4answers
2k views

Toddler has a strong preference for one parent

Our almost 2 year old toddler has developed a strong preference for me. In mild doses, this was acceptable but it is getting pretty out of hand. She cries when my husband, her father, tries to hug ...
0
votes
2answers
155 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 ...
4
votes
2answers
85 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 ...
61
votes
17answers
16k 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 ...
24
votes
16answers
3k 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. ...
3
votes
3answers
74 views

What level/type of exercise is safe during pregnancy?

Reading Can Pregnancy Weight Loss Be Good?, I stumble across "We know that exercise in pregnancy is safe for everybody," Artal says. "When we talk exercise, we talk about just walking -- a safe ...

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