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How do you cope in the first few months?

How do you cope with the sleeplessness, the stress, the fear in the first few months? Our baby just came home yesterday. He was five weeks premature, so he was in the NICU for two weeks. The stress ...
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How do my husband and I get over our fear of having another difficult baby?

We are first time parents. Our daughter is 16 months old and we've had a really rough time since she was born. We had no idea what we were in for. It really has just been a combination of difficult ...
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How do I explain to a 4 year old that our family pet is sick and needs to be put down?

My son loves our 9 year old cat very much. The cat was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer a couple of months ago, and has reached the point where we will soon need to make arrangements to put the ...
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How to help children cope with a parent's suicide?

I've asked another question here: How to handle disclosing a parent's suicide to friends and their parents I've noticed that this question here: What are some strategies for helping children ...
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Balancing children's needs with a parent's own needs

For me, as a new parent I found it difficult to find a balance between meeting the needs of my son and my own needs. I was inclined to view my own needs as being selfish and an inadequacy within me ...
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How to deal with my son calling me on the telephone when he is in a fight with his mother?

I am divorced and have an 8-year-old son. Our son lives half of the time with me, half of the time with his mother. Communication between us parents is good, there is no conflict of any kind, and we ...
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How to help a 9-year-old boy learn to handle losing at games/sports?

Our 9-year-old son can really go ballistic upon losing at games — tears of rage, calling family members liars and/or cheats, etc. very intense. As far as we know, he doesn't really do this with his ...
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What strategies can I teach my (autistic) child to deal with another child who winds him up?

We have a group of friends that came about through having children the same age; so the children are friends and the parents are friends, and we hang out quite a bit. A couple of years ago, another ...
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How to cope with my guilt about the way I punished my child?

My 9-year-old child is afraid of swimming, although he is good at parts of it. In just 6-7 days, he is now able to float and can swim a half of the length of the pool. But he doesn't go into the pool ...
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An absent father not being absent anymore

Four years ago my daughter's biological dad walked out on us for another family when my daughter was 6 months old. At the time we were only teenagers. He never asked about her or bothered to pay a ...
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How can I help the Bitten?

In her creche, my 2-year-old daughtergot severely bitten by three different children now with a couple of months between each incident-cluster. The first biter moved to a different creche soon after, ...
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How do you help a primary schooler who is struggling after a death in the family?

My mother-in-law recently passed away. It was rather sudden; the funeral was less than 2 weeks after she first went to the hospital, and it was several days in the hospital before we realized the ...
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How to help a 5-year-old deal with negative emotions?

My 5-year-old gets angry and frustrated in situations like: losing at a board game being told he is wrong about something being told not to yell 'You are so fat!' at a teacher with the explanation it ...
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How can I help my 14-year-old daughter be less angry?

My daughter is 14. She is usually very good and not hard to cope with, but sometimes she gets very angry. For example, when I take away her phone, or her sisters use her belongings, or she can't do ...
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What to do with an adult child with a mental illness and drug taking

Family history We have a strong family history of suicide, mental illness and drug addiction. My brother had died (the coroner stated suicide) two years after my husband died. He was a crystal meth ...
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How can a parent remain sane? How do you keep your energy and temper? [closed]

I'm sure every parent has days like this: Your child has been a troublemaker all day. You are exhausted, and at your wits' end. It would be nice to just take a break, to have someone else take ...
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How to toughen my too sensitive 7-year-old boy a bit?

I have a 7-year-old boy. I don't know if of any relevance, but he has mild dyspraxia. He seems to cry at the least little things, e.g. His younger sister teasing. Slightest little scratch when ...
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How to remain unaffected by my 10-year-old son's angry outbursts?

My son is ten years old now and I feel that over the past year or so he has become increasingly irritable and prone to angry outbursts. He is easily frustrated by the smallest things and tears up and ...
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How to cope with going back to work as a stay at home dad with two working parents

I was mostly a stay at home dad for the first year and a half of my son's life. By mostly I mean I was a full time student and we had some daycare for a couple hours a day starting very young so I ...
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Coping with gestational diabetes

I had never been diabetic, but failed the glucose tolerance test during my pregnancy and have been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. I am under the care of a specialist and am on insulin and ...
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My 8-year-old son is still soiling and wetting himself. Please help!

My 8-year-old son has been wetting and soiling himself for a long time now. We have been referred to hospital specialist nurses who are helping retrain his bladder. This was over 18 months ago and we ...
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Parenting with a formerly abused partner?

I'm not quite sure if this is the right venue for my question but I hope ya'll tolerate it. My wife grew up in a single family home most of her life with an abusive stepfather the rest of the time.. ...
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How to help a child with a long-term weather phobia?

I had an awful fear of tornadoes as a child. It started when I was around 6, and continued for about a decade. I believe this may have been an actual phobia. Thunder storms gave me anxiety Hail ...
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How do I teach my son to manage his anger when he is unwilling?

My 8-year-old son has difficulty managing his anger in a healthy way. When he gets angry at his sister, sometimes he hits her or pulls her hair. Sometimes he hits himself. Sometimes he screams and ...
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How much is too much worry/anxiety in a child?

I have an 8-year-old daughter- She is in a play and is very well prepared. However, she is having trouble sleeping because other children are not. I have talked with her about how she can only be ...
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How to help my 8-year-old daughter cope with being unable to execute something new other than crying?

My daughter will be turning 8 in a few days, and I have been unsuccessful in trying to get her to stop crying when she becomes frustrated. Examples are: She is currently in dance and takes 8 classes ...
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How to help 2nd grade daughter who is afraid of many things?

She is scared to sleep alone, even when I am sitting near the bedroom door. She is scared to go to the bathroom (keeps door open). She needs my company in public bathrooms. I must stand near the door. ...
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How to help an early teen stop catastrophizing?

Yesterday, while I was still at work, I got a phone call from my 13 year old who had come home from school very stressed out because a teacher had told the entire class to improve presentations they ...
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How to deal with a separated family as an adult child when my parents want me to spend more time with them?

I am a 23-year-old male, my father is working in Town B (for about 2 years now) and he tries to come home every weekend (Friday night - Sunday night), so it's just me and my mother at Town A during ...
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How to teach my 7-year-old daughter to not be so melodramatic when dealing with bullying and any stressful situation?

I am a single dad with a 7-year-old daughter. Her mum disappeared when she was 2. She had borderline personality disorder. My daughter has some behaviour in common with BPD such as 'black and white' ...
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toddler - organized vs unorganized activity strategies

My kid is 3 years old. I noticed that kids feel happier if you do something (play, help, talk, feed etc) when they need you and not when you want them. However, while great for the kid, that being-...
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How can I help my 5-year-old introvert boy relax?

I have a 5-year-old boy, with two younger brothers (1 year and 3 years old). He is intelligent, sensitive (easily stressed) and shy. I would definitely label him an introvert, but he does not like to ...
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How to make my oversensitive 4-year-old stop crying so he won't be targeted by bullies later?

My 4-year-old son is very sensitive and cries for anything. For example, when visiting one of his cousins, he would say it's time for my son to go home and my son would start crying. There are a lot ...