Questions tagged [parents]

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

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By brother is lonely and has turned to the internet to fill his social craving. How do I tell my parents without betraying his trust?

My nearly 14 y/o brother doesn't have much social interaction (due to being homeschooled) and to fill his social craving I noticed several days when I startled him that he has turned to secretly ...
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My partner's pregnant with her second child (my first) and shows no emotions. How can I help bring that excitement out of her?

I'm a 32-year-old man expecting my first child in September. I imagined having my first would come with all the joys of that experience. My partner already has a son of 2, who I've taken as my own ...
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How to stop my mom and dad from interfering while I drive?

I am 24 and I have had a driver's license since I was 18. My mom and dad bought me a car after I got my license, but I rarely drove it because I went to another town to continue my studies and didn't ...
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How to tell parents of guests that we had a loud fight during a sleepover?

My 9-year-old daughter had a few friends sleep over. My husband and I got into an argument in our room after we sent everyone to bed. He lost control and got really loud. He started slamming doors ...
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My 1-year-old freaks out on her father

So we have a beautiful one-year-old daughter and she has always been a daddy‘s girl up until about a week ago. She started freaking out anytime her dad will go to hold her, change her, or even trying ...
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How can we reduce the likelihood of repeating our parents' mistakes?

It appears to me that I often repeat my parents' mistakes, in raising my children, in interacting with my spouse, and in providing all of them feed-backs (often positive ones, but sometime quite ...
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Inadvertently hurting others' children

This question may seem a little strange, but I guess it does nonetheless have to do with parenting, or with how to relate with other parents and their children. Last evening my girlfriend and me were ...
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Is it okay for a parent to cry in front of their children? [duplicate]

If it's okay for a parent to cry in fron of their children, when and in what circumstances will it not affect their children in a negative way?
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How to help parents cope with me moving out

Let me preface by saying I'm not entirely sure if I'm asking this in the right place and I'm very emotional right now, I apologize if my post is in disarray or if this question is not within scope of ...
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How can I talk with my parents about the amount of chores they expect me to do?

Background My boyfriend of almost 5 years and I are living with my parents until we've found a house. We are both 25. I recently dropped out of university, but found a good job in my field. We both ...
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Is a Special Ed teacher allowed to tell regular teachers to instruct their students (6th graders) not to hug a child anymore? [closed]

My child is a boy in the 6th grade. Upon entering middle school, he acquired an all new administration and a new Special Ed teacher. At the end of the previous year, I was told by the Superintendent ...
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At what age should I tell my daughter that her real mother is dead?

Long story short: my first wife passed away while giving birth to my daughter. Two years later, I've remarried, but I am concerned over when should I tell my daughter the truth about her mother. My ...
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Just found out my daughter might be gay. Now what?

I recently came across a photo on my 14 year old daughter's iPod of a letter from a girl friend of hers that expressed her feelings for my daughter. Words like "I do melt in your eyes" and "I can't ...
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Shall I be worried about my 6-year-old girl still sleeping with us from time to time?

My six-year-old younger daughter still sleeps with us from time to time at the early morning hours. She gets to sleep in her own bed each and every evening (with the exception of some rare cases, ...
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What would you do if you are pretty sure your son is heading towards a disastrous marriage? [closed]

The son is someone that every parent would love to have. He never gave the parents cause for concern in his childhood until today. He is going to marry someone who looks gorgeous but the parents are ...
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Why do I have negative feelings about my mother?

I am a 16 year old boy. My parents are divorced, my father didn't treat my mother well; he beat her and he thought she was cheating on him when she in fact never did. My mother tried to cope with him ...
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Mom Reading My Texts and Emails

I was in a hotel room with my mom, me on my phone and her on my iPad. My iPad is linked to my phone, so it receives and stores all my text messages. I happened to glance over at her and saw she was ...
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Separated parents. As a dad, how do I exercise tough love without being the bad guy?

I am a father to a nine year old boy, I am separated from his mother and have been since before his birth. We don't really get on but we are civil for his sake and communicate maturely as and when it ...
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How will parents fighting affect kids?

This is about a 2-year-old child. His parents scream and shout at each other frequently - like thrice a week. How will this affect the toddler?
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How do I help my husband see that his feelings of being a terrible parent to his son are unfounded?

My 15-year-old stepson, who has recently moved in with his mother 4 hours away, has left my husband with feelings that he is a terrible parent. My stepson was abusive - physically, mentally and ...
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I struggle with paternity testing the potential father of my 2-year-old son. Does a child have a right to know who their father is?

My son is 2 years old. I do not know who his father is, however I know a person it could potentially be. I am in a deep struggle about whether to get a DNA test or not. When I got pregnant with my ...
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Trouble enjoying family time in the moment

I have a 2.5 yo and a newborn. I find that when watching the toddler or doing everyone-together family activities I find myself stressed out managing everything and generally wishing I could be by ...
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Should I stop the visits of my infant's in-and-out father?

My son is nine months old and his father has seen him 10 times and recently has been cancelling his visits. We do not have custody in place but there is child support. I'm not sure if I should just ...
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Should I cut ties with my child's father?

I cut ties with my child's father because he is in and out of her life and I just feel it is unfair to her. I was 16 when I had her and he was 17. I understand that we were young, but that is no ...
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Am I really just taking advantage or is my mom abusive?

I am a 34-year-old single mother of 4. My children are 14 years old, 13 years old, 5 years old, and 9 months old. Just to give a little background, in March of 2016 my brother died suddenly on my ...
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My mother doesn't like me locking my phone

I just got a my phone back after a long period of confiscation, about 5 days ago. It has a pattern lock on it, and my mother doesn't know the pattern. She says that the only reason I'd put a pattern ...
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Can anyone give me advice on my son's father?

I'm having a hard time right now dealing with my son's father. We are both 27 and I met him 2 years ago. I also have an 8-year-old-daughter whose father is not in her life. I raised her on my own and ...
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How can parents help an adult child with OCD?

My brother was diagnosed with OCD about two years ago and is following treatment. He lives with our parents (we're both 20-ish years old, but I moved out years ago). He has some conspicuous ...
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How to explain to your child why a grandparent isn't around

My parents divorced when I was 10 and that was the last time I had a relationship with my father. My father still lives close to me locally but he doesn't contact me, and if I see him in public I ...
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Do I force my son to speak to his semi-absent parent?

My son's father and I were together until my son was 6.5. We broke up because I found out he had been abusing heroin and stealing thousands of dollars in cash and items from my mother, his friends, ...
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Some strategies for maintaining adult relationships separately from children?

Some background. I have always been extremely careful about taking precautions to prevent my children from ever walking in on me when engaging in sexual activity. I've had a relationship with my next ...
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My parents don't follow simple rules of house keeping when they come over

I'm an adult in my late 20s (with mild symptoms of OCD, I think). I'm obsessed with keeping the house in order (to a tee) and keeping everyone around me amicable. I can't seem to be able to do both ...
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Are my parents to break my relationship apart?

I am 19 years old, and am currently in a relationship. My parents can't seem to understand the fact that I am now old enough to make my own decisions and to know right from wrong, that I have the ...
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How to deal with my teen daughter who is stealing and lying?

My daughter has been lying and stealing from us as well as someone she called her BFF. We give her consequences and she continues with her stealing and lying. Recently I found out that she was cutting ...
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Mom as kindergarten teacher of her own child

Due to some conflict situation with previous kindergarten owner, we were forced to pull our 2 y.o. from this. In the middle of the year, it's a bit difficult to find new place for a child, but for our ...
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When should parents stop changing clothes in front of children?

Baby is 2 years 2 months old. What will happen if we don't stop and at what age should we stop? Why? From: What to Expect The Toddler Years (Arlene Eisenberg, ‎Heidi Murkoff, ‎Sandee Hathaway - 2009)...
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My wife constantly loses her temper with our 5 year old son

My wife and I have been married for about 7 years, we have two sons, one is five years old and the other is eighteen months old. I disagree with the way my wife disciplines and reacts to our five year ...
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What if my parents get a divorce? [duplicate]

I’m a 14 year old girl, and I was wondering what I should do if my parents want a divorce? My parents (50 and 55) have been married for over 20 years. But I’ve noticed some things in the past year or ...
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Is this alcohol consumption by my father normal? [closed]

I have recently become aware of a disturbing pattern of alcohol consumption by my father. I am 16 and in the past few years I have noticed that my father has started (or at least I have started ...
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Parents + Motorcycles = Short Electrical Circuit

I'm an 18-year-old guy from EU, and I'm completely passionate about motorcycles - sport bikes to be more exact. I don't have a job currently, am living with my parents, and in my first year of ...
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Balance between sharing and being taken advantage of [closed]

tl;dr? see bold items... We take my kid to a library reading every week and afterwards all the kids play with toys. He doesn't get a lot of social interaction with kids his age and can be a little ...
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How do I tell my parents I'm no longer Christian?

I have been going to church my whole life and faithfully following the Christian religion for 18 or so years. I'm 20 years old, and I have been having doubts about my faith for about 2 years now. My ...
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Why do my parents start ridiculing me in front of my friends?

I am 27 years old and I live with my fiance. Every time I happen to meet my friends and my parents are around, or whenever my fiance meets my parents, my parents start ridiculing me. They start ...
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Should I have second child [closed]

me and my husband always wanted to have 2 children as a perfect family, I have one 5-year-old daughter, I always have to be active to keep her busy and play with her like a kid, when she was 3 years ...
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How can stop my parents from treating me as a kid

Good morning everyone. Thanks in advance if you read all the following. I have turned 21 this year and yet, my parents still consider me as a little child. For example, they call me everyday at 7 P....
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Stomach damage/sickness long after pregnancy? [closed]

My wife had quite a tough time during pregnancy. She had morning sickness all the way through, vomiting regularly, although not enough to put her in hospital or require treatment. She also had severe ...
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Don't know what I feel toward my parents

I am a little bit confused about the feelings I have toward my parents. Since my parents started to have some problems with money, the peace in my family was gone. They started to blame their children ...
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What to do when neighbor calls the cops claiming abuse? [closed]

My child recently started school at the age of 3 and has had a rough transition. She has started acting out and throwing a lot of tantrums. The other day as we were getting out of our car at home she ...
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What kind of impact have parental quarrels on children?

What kind of impact (permanent or temporary) can parental quarrels have over a child on the short-term and on the long-term? I wish to know if some studies have been done on the matter. Answers with ...
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Son (22) has to keep initiating contact between son and parents after moving out

Me being 22, I moved out a year ago (about half an hour drive away) to live with my girlfriend after I proposed too her. I always (and believe I still do) had/have a good connection with my parents ...

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