Questions tagged [parents]

About the parents themselves, and not (only) about the children.

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I raised a daughter for 23, almost 24 years and my wife says I'm not the real father. Is it wrong for me to just disappear from her life? [closed]

Her father made her, but was never in her life. I stepped in instead and raised her. After my wife is an idiot and said I wasn't the real father, I divorced her. Should I give up on the daughter I ...
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To have or not to have a second child? [closed]

I am in my early thirties I have a 3-year-old girl. Growing up I always thought I would have two kids but now raising one, I realize how hard it is! I have been recently diagnosed with some hormonal ...
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How do I get my 23, nearly 24 year old daughter to understand that I am having a baby girl. My stepson with the same age is okay with it though [closed]

I want my two adult children to know that they have a new sister. I'll still be their parents. I'm not driving them away. It's just to let them know that they don't have any say.
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Is it ok to let my 3 month old drop her head a few inches during 'tummy time'?

My daughter is 3 months old and has just learned how to roll over a few days ago. She's doing it all day long and is now spending a considerable amount of time on her tummy (a dramatic increase in ...
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What is wrong with me? [closed]

For years I’ve felt worthless and suicidal (no I don’t wanna hurt myself). My Father is a very very angry person and I can’t even remember a time when he didn’t tell me that I was lower than the scum ...
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How can I reduce back pain from lifting or holding my child for too long?

I have a 2-year-old son and he is bit heavy. For some months, whenever I carry or lift him, I feel severe back pain. I've found many sources that claim that this is normal. My doctor also says that ...
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Girlfriends Daughter

I recently started dating an on again off again friend of mine back in May. We've been living together in our new house since October. We're both in our mid thirties and have known each other since ...
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I'm tired of living a double life with my parents. How can I set boundaries with them?

I am very stressed and tired. I feel this weight on my shoulder, and recently because of several factors have built moderate fibromyalgia and am anxious, with weekly crying spells. One of those ...
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Effectively “disciplining” my parents-in-law

I’ll start off saying this is question is probably not the best fit for this SE, if someone has a better suggestion I’m open to it. Background: about a year ago, my parents-in-law moved in with my ...
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My Dad micromanaging my entire family

can anyone give me some guidance over this. My parents are still together but for years now my dad is micro managing this entire family. He has installed security cameras everywhere in and around the ...
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Separation between me and my stepson

I have a six-year-old stepson. Today, his parents sued me in order to take their son back. How do I explain the situation to him? Note that I adopted him at age 3, so he probably does not remember ...
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How to deal with Strict parents in high school? [duplicate]

My parents have always had really high expectations for me, ever since I was young. They speak as if our family is better than other families and that I need to have high expectations for others and ...
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How can I live like a normal teenager with my super strict parents?

I am 16 and a junior in high school. I have an older sister who is 22 and live with both of my parents. My parents are super strict compared to my friends' parents. They are very religious, which I ...
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How to overcome a broken relationship with my son?

My son is 20 years old. He is about to be father soon. He lives with his girlfriend and is doing very well for himself. He is in college, works fulltime and is a great partner. Now here comes the ...
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6 year old does not respond to disciplinary actions…what to do?

I have a six-year old who talks back, hits, etc. and does not respond to disciplinary measures such as time outs, taking away toys, etc. When he is being disciplined he would not listen and would ...
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What's a reasonable phone/FaceTime schedule for a six-year old child and a remote parent?

For the sake of concreteness and specificity, let's say that both parents work full-time Monday thru Friday. What is reasonable for the remote parent to expect from the 'on site' parent?
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Why does authoritarian parenting style result in children with low self esteem and lack of self discipline?

http://psychology.about.com/od/childcare/f/authoritarian-parenting.htm I have been raised by authoritarian parents. I have both low self esteem as well as a lack of self discipline. I want to ...
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What are all the things parents should do to divert their kids attention phones and tabs? [duplicate]

My 2 year son spend lot of time on ipad, as soon as he gets up in morning or sometimes at midnight he ask for ipad. If we deny or even get late to give him unlock he cries a lot. So i want to know ...
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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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Do we NEED to help a baby learn how to self-sooth? And how long can it take?

Before our girls were born, I told my husband that I didn't want to go through "crying it out" because I knew I wouldn't be comfortable with it. At the time he agreed with me. However, after close to ...
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parents might me getting Divorced [duplicate]

I've just found out that one of my parents want a divorce. They don't know that I know. I am a young teen (about15) what should I do?
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What to do about our 2-year-old attaching to another parent?

Our 2-year-old child just started preschool and is attaching to other kids' parents. Stuff like: Wants to hold the other parent's hand, but not ours; gives the other parent a hug at pick-up from ...
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Working mother but unemployed father

I can't stop thinking about this. I hope someone can help me. Just as the title says, my mother is the one who struggles to make money while my father just "eats, sleeps, repeats". He worked across ...
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How to make my 2-year-old sleep through the night without expecting to come to bed with us when my wife always gives in?

I know there are questions similiar to this, but mine is a little different. I have a 2-year-old son. Against my will, as a stay/work at home father, my son always slept with my wife and me until he ...
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What to do when there's a conflict between my husband and my 14-year-old daughter?

My husband and I have been married for 8 years. We have 4 kids (2 are from previous relationships.) My daughter is the oldest at 14. Her biological dad isn't around, so my husband is the only father ...
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What is the appropriate age to tell my daughter that her biological father doesn't want to be a part of her life?

I had a beautiful daughter with my very first boyfriend at the age of 16. He was 18 at the time and he was very careless about the whole situation. He was a high school dropout, selling and using ...
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Should I reach out to my 5-year-old's absent father?

My 5-year-old son is starting to ask questions and comment on the fact that he "doesn't have a dad". His biological father and I have not spoken in years, he last saw my son when he was 6/7 months old ...
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I don't know what to do. I want to move out but if I do so, my mother will be unable to pay rent [closed]

To make this as simple as possible, I'm 23 and live in the UK. I have stayed at home with my mother and brother instead of moving out. I did this so i could help my mother (My father isn't in the ...
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How can I make my parents understand that once I finish my studies, everything will be fine?

My parents are not highly educated. They have gone to primary school only. Also, my family's financial condition is poor. But now the condition is improving gradually. Fortunately, I am good at study. ...
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What should be the parents' attitude towards toddlers dancing in public? [closed]

My two toddlers like to do public dance when they hear songs like catchy, lively dance music in shopping malls and other public places. Actually we, parents, are not that kind of open minded. What ...
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How would a caregiver go about advising parents regarding an issue with their child?

I am a retired 57-year-old woman who babysits my neighbor's 3-year-old daughter. I have kept her since she was 2 months old. Both of her parents work 4 days a week, 10 hours a day, with occasional ...
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What can a parent do when his child has an incompetent teacher?

What can you do when your child comes back from school with tears in her eyes or her heart because of an incompetent teacher? Three examples to illustrate: she told her class that humans can hear ...
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What steps should be taken to prepare for and smoothly complete the home study process of adoptions?

As a part of becoming adoptive parents, a home study needs to be done for the family. What can be done to prepare all parties involved in the family (parents, siblings, etc) to smoothly get through ...
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Is it ok for parents to kiss and romance with each other while their 2- to 8-year-old child watches?

I'm not a parent yet and still in my 20s. I was wondering if it's ok for a kid (between the age of 2-8 years) to watch his parents kiss and romance with each other. By romance I mean holding your ...
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What are important legal and financial steps for new parents?

What are the most important legal and financial steps for new parents in the US? For example, establishing a will, purchasing life insurance, setting up a college fund, etc...
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Does a biological parent have the right to attend all parent teacher conferences? [closed]

If the school offers separate conferences to divorced parents, can it exclude one biological parent from one of the conferences? Assume there is no legal reason (e.g. EPO) why the parent cannot be ...
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Bat mitzvah party invitations

My daughter is having her bat mitzvah party in January. A few other girls have had birthday parties and did not include her. They are now asking her if they are being invited which makes her really ...
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What factors to consider when choosing where to live

My children are still very young and I would like for them to have a stable upbringing, preferably in one place that they can call home. I'm fortunate to be able to re-locate, but as a fairly new ...
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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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“Never punish in anger” - How far does this extend?

I've heard the phrase, "You should never punish your child in anger," before, and it makes logical sense. However, how far does this extend? If a child, let's say a four-year-old, does something ...
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List of emotions to teach

Is there a list of emotions with an age range that is appropriate to teach kids? I would like to put the list on the fridge so that we (the parents) are reminded to use these words.
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How does a parent's misophonia impact the child?

Misophonia is hatred of sound. The condition causes the individual to have a reaction of sudden rage and stress and the need to get away from the sound. The sounds vary from individual to individual, ...
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Options when you feel your child is unsafe around another child?

We are in the awkward situation where new neighbors have moved in and it would seem they have a very different parenting style to our own, which in our opinion has begun to affect the safety and well ...
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How much can I and my parents help my wife directly after giving birth when she wants to only rest and breastfeed?

My Korean wife and I are expecting our first child in a couple of months and I am curious how things normally go directly after birth. My assumption was that both my wife and I would need to be ...
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How to handle the situation with a 1-year-old preferring dad over mom with her suffering emotionally?

I am the proud father of a 1-year-old boy. My wife and I love him to pieces! A few months after his birth I suffered through a terrible bout of anxiety attacks. Turns out it was just my way of ...
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What constitutes verbal abuse of one's child?

I frequently see parents engaging in behavior that I perceive to be verbal abuse. However, with so many parents falling in different places with regard to the strictness of their discipline, the ...
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How to react to an indecisive 2.5-year-old?

I have a 2.5-year-old son. It happens mostly when tired but I'll ask him if he wants something and he will say no. Then when I go to put it away or do something else, he freaks out that he wants it. ...
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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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What is Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and is it helpful?

I am wondering what Parent Child Interaction Therapy (pcit.org) exactly is and if someone is here who has some experience with it. I have a 3-year-old son and I am considering to take on a therapy to ...
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What is the minimum amount of structure and rules that a child needs?

My wife and I have very different ways of handling our children (almost 3 and 5 years old). We agree about the rules we want to set, but we are complete opposite when it comes to implementing the ...