Questions tagged [parents]

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

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My husband, who is my teen daughter's step father feels bad that he can't have a closer relationship with my daughter

Four years ago, I divorced my ex after 26 years of marriage. He was extremely manipulative and abusive. He kept track of every mile I put on our vehicles and had to explain if I was ten minutes ...
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Should I let my kids father back in their lives after 8 years of not being there & being in & out

My older kids are 11 & 9. Their father has never been there for them. All ways in & out never constant. It seems every time he gets a girlfriend he's got something to prove to her so he'll ...
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Trouble with parent who pushes the envelope in every argument

I Live with my father during the summer, and I do my best to make sure that I leave the smallest footprint possible. Doing my own laundry, dishes, food, etc. I think I do a good job. My father and I ...
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Sister does not want me to share details about myself with my nephew, how can I keep him from feeling I lied to him while keeping the secret?

Let's start out by saying I have one slightly unusual aspect of my life, I am a known sperm donor. I've donated to more then one couple trying to have children (through AI, nothing sexual). Our ...
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I have a negative parent. How do I tell her to stop being my counsellor?

First off, I'd like to start by saying I love both my parents very much and I have great respect for them and what they've done for me these last 24 years. One of my parents is very negative. She ...
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How can I improve my visitation schedule with my child?

The situation: I have a seven year old son. His mother and I parted ways shortly after he was born. She is the primary custodial parent. Our current relationship has been pretty good. We are usually ...
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Good book about parenting teens? [closed]

I have an 8 years old who is showing signs of teenage hood and want to prepare myself for the time ahead. There are many titles out there but it's hard to find which are most helpful and updated. Any ...
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How to ask dad to back down re new diagnosis (ADD)

So there's an interesting situation that I have with my dad. I'm going to try to explain it as clearly as I can. This should be on-topic here, as per https://parenting.meta.stackexchange.com/a/227. A ...
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How can I stop my parents from fighting?

I'm am 13 years old and my parents have been fighting a lot they stay up all night fighting. Most nights when they do fight I never get any sleep I just cry. I want to tell them how I feel and I tried ...
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How to fix/better a relationship with a parent?

Sorry if this is off topic, it seemed like the most appropriate place I could find. For reference, I am a 22 y/o male who just graduated university in May. My life revolves around technology (primary ...
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How do I tell my best friend that he is mentally abusing his small child [closed]

I have a friend who is a wonderful father.He has 2 small children; a boy (4) and a girl (16 months). He tries really hard with his children and is the primary caregiver for his children. He also ...
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How to deal with parents that won't accept my alternate views

I am currently 16 years old. Around 4 months ago, following my birthday, my parents repeatedly pressured me into taking driving lessons. I never wanted driving lessons, before my provisional driving ...
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Non-judgmental all round parenting of a child: Any resources?

How do you allow a child the freedom to fail and make mistakes while ensuring that they are learning from it. Just because a child refuses to conform does not make him/her a loser/problem/etc. Just ...
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What is the proper way to praise the hardwork and patience of a child when she deserves it?

The kid is 4 years old. Since I have been on this site before she was born, I applied all the proper ways of talking and behaving with the child which are often advised here. Now, the result is ...
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Why am I so scared to become a parent?

My wife and I are looking forward to try to have a child sometime soon. She's really excited about it, but I can't help but be really scared. My main fear is that I want to give our child the best ...
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Family stress due to unemployment, ways to help my family?

TL;DR Dad's unemployment causing a lot of stress on my mum, who works a few part-time jobs and also manages the household. I want to offer help, but now sure how to. I want to know ways to alleviate ...
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Long-term preparations for becoming a parent?

I don’t have any immediate plans for a child. At the earliest (probably), I’ll become father in 3 years. I can imagine that the time will become stressful as soon as the child is on the way, not to ...
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Parent insists I lied and getting punished for it

My parents insist that I lied to them about a chore. It was an accident and not intentional. They do not believe me yet I don't lie to them. I am getting punished big time and don't know what to do. ...
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How can I help my parents?

Hope this is the right place to ask this question because it's upside down: I'm the child and don't know how to help my parents, so I need an advice. My parents have always had a lots of arguments ...
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How do I tell my parents that my wife and I are expecting a child? [closed]

My wife is pregnant with our first child, and we want to find a unique and fun way to tell our parents.
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My wife wants a homosexual child

We are planning to have our first child in about a year. My wife is very much into raising them genderless (or "post-gender" style) while my take on it is that we should raise them in a non-...
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What to do or how to feel if my parents want a divorce but say that it is my and my brothers fault also? [closed]

What to do or how to feel if my parents want a divorce but say that it is my and my brother's fault also?
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My husband and I have different opinions on parenting

We have a 3 year old cautious and sensitive boy. My husband and I often have different opinions on parenting and sometimes it led to arguments. For some reason, my husband tends to listen to third ...
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How do I handle an absentee parent wanting to build a relationship later in life?

One of my parents (parent 'B') was consistently unreliable in terms of emotional support and educational development when I was growing up; they never wanted to spend time with me and I often felt ...
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Caught mum in my room reading one of my letters

Searched the forum and couldn't find anything similar. I'm 25 and had a letter on my bed that I was reading from the morning. Mum has come in to talk to me, then I go to the toilet. When I come out ...
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How to deal with sibling/child who doesn't contribute and is stressing out their parents whom they live with?

Context/Story I have a sibling who's stressed/saddened their parents whom they live with, with their lifestyle. Communication is poor to nigh non-existant between parties involved. (1 parent felt ...
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6 year old is suddenly (shockingly) rude

I am not a parent yet, however, this is about "How I should behave with a 6-year-old who is suddenly very rude to me" The story: I am from India and I am Dark, (you can check out my profile) and ...
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How to resolve disagreement about having kids? [closed]

My girlfriend and I have been together for 5 1/2 years and love one another very much. My girlfriend wants to get married, and decide whether to have kids until right when we're ready for them (expect ...
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Can a son share a bed with his girlfriend, at 27?

Your son is 27 and due to financial problems, you've invited him to move home. His 30 year old girlfriend is coming to stay. Should you oppose them sharing his double bed during her visit? This ...
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Parents pressuring me to choose a major

Just as some background: both of my parents are engineers, they pushed math on me throughout high school (I participated in math competitions, I liked it; I've also been really active on Math SE ...
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10 year old avoiding school as parent criticises and changes school texts

My 10 year old grandson has been avoiding school because his father (my son) doesn't support some material in schoolbooks which he believes is political, not information. My grandson is embarrassed ...
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How can I convince my parents to accept my approach on school?

I'm a 16 year-old junior in high school. I often spar with my parents over the fact that I'm failing many classes. The issue, however, is not that I do not understand the material; it's that "failing" ...
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Difficulties in Raising Religious Children With Non Religious Fiance [closed]

Background: I was raised in an intellectual Catholic household where religion quietly infused everything we did. At the time it seemed totally normal but as I have grown up, I realized that my ...
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Thinking about a divorce [duplicate]

I'm a girl, younger than 16 years of age, and live in a country where getting divorced is considered VERY BAD in the society for both the parents and the children. My father can't cope up with my ...
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The noise of his children playing makes a parent tired and glad to leave for work

I spoke on the phone to an old acquaintance, and he confessed the following: His second child was born half a year ago, the first child is now three. He goes to work, while his wife stays home with ...
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How do I tell my nine year old that his dad isn't his dad and that his biological father died before he was born?

My son's biological father passed away when I was three months pregnant. My now husband stepped into the picture when my son was eight months old. My son has always known my husband as his dad but I ...
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How can I help reunite my mother and little brother?

So the title says it all, but let me give you a short rundown of what has been going on. My parents are divorced and have been for 15 years now. They live relatively close to each other to make life ...
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Why do parents talk to young kids the way they do?

This question has been on my mind for a long time now since I saw my aunt talking to my little cousin (let's call him Luke) a while ago, in a way treating him as "stupid" (I've tried to ...
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Should bad feelings of a child not be mirrored? [duplicate]

Considering: Why is trying to talk children out of how they feel a bad idea? and My son started kindergarten and doesn't like writing his name. How should I think about this? I do not agree with the ...
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Is it considered harmful in the longer run to frighten the child so that he behaves the way we want?

Not sure if there is a cultural difference. In our family it is considered normal to frighten the child so that he behaves the way we want. Example- Parent: Eat that quickly or the God will punish ...
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Visiting my mother causes problems for me. How can I handle her behavior and attitude better?

My mom has a puppy dog, who is a lot of fun and I enjoy taking on walks. However, he’s not very well trained and tends to chew things up. On a number of occasions he has taken my shoes and hid them or ...
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Why are parents so concerned about profanity around their children?

I've spent some time around parents of children in the 2months to 6 years range. And both were quite diligent about having me watch what I said, in particular around profanity. Why the concern? For ...
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After divorce: alternating parents in the kids' home or alternating kids in parents' houses?

I have three small kids and am going to divorce. Luckily, I am in friendly terms with my ex spouse, and we are making arrangements for our life practicalities. Planning for our family life ahead, we ...
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How to tell my parents I want to marry my girlfriend

Background info I'm a 20 y/o guy living with my parents in the Netherlands. When I was 16, I unintentionally met an American girl online whom I fell in love with and we have had a great relationship ...
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Why is trying to talk children out of how they feel a bad idea?

The article 7 Parenting Essentials says, Accept your children’s feelings. ... Instead, comfort your children and let them know you love them, rather than try to talk them out of how they ...
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I really need help to not let my parents get a divorce [duplicate]

I'm 13 and yes, I know I'm young and don't understand marriage and stuff, but I can't let my parents get a divorce, my mom is the only one who has mentioned wanting a divorce ever, my dad at least ...
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Sharing parenting/custody duties with an ex-partner

My son is 1.5 years old. I am no longer with his dad but he is an active part of my son's life and I would like his dad to help parent him half of the time and he has agreed to do so (keep him Mon-Sun ...
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Reasons for parents to pierce their son's left ear

There is a family that I have known for over 5 years. We have very different views on parenting, discipline, child rearing, etc. But one practice of this family (that I thought to be interesting) is ...
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How to stop my 12 year old brother's addiction to video games?

My brother is 12 years old and has a serious addiction to playing video games and watching anime. Whenever my friends are over he never lets us watch a movie together and forces us to watch it on ...
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My parents are taking over my life, I think I'm going insane

I'm 16, and I don't know what to do. My parents are controlling everything I do and watching everything I do. I think I'm going insane. I thought a counselor or psychiatrist could help me but it ...

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