Questions tagged [parents]

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

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How to figure out why parents are so strict about Internet access?

My parents are extremely strict about my use of the Internet. I'm only allowed to use it on a specific PC in wide view of everyone in the house. However, this PC does not have it's logging facilities ...
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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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What can I as a teenager do about my insanely strict parents?

Before I start this, I just want to let everyone know that even though my parents can be completely clueless about parenting at times, I still love them very much, so don't go commenting that I'm "...
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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 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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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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Why am I hurt by my toddler saying she wanted to throw all her toys in the garbage?

My 2-year-old was throwing a fit tonight. I got home from work and my father said my daughter would not put her toys away. My daughter told me she wanted to throw all her toys in the garbage. I don't ...
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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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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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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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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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What should I do if my mother belittles me?

I see an unpleasant situation between my younger sisters, V - 8 and K - 2 years, where V is guilty. I try to teach V and say that she is not right but then my mother starts speaking from another ...
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What do I do about my abusive father?

I'm 16 years old and live in the UK. My father has been physically and verbally abusing me for as long as I could remember, e. g. he punches, hits or slaps me. It's only been reported once to the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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How should we support 16 year old step sister who ran away from home

We're in Canada, if that's relevant. My partner and I live by ourselves (late 20's), and my partner's 16 year old step-sister has recently fled an emotionally abusive home life (no physical abuse so ...
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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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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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How to handle value mis-alignment between parents and kids?

I'm (kinda) asking this question for my parents and family. My parents and I share very different values. For example, I think we should replace our old washing machine with a new, energy-efficient ...
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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 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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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My 3 year old daughter has stopped speaking to me when her mother is around. How can I improve my relationship with her?

I have two kids - a nearly 7 year old boy and a just turned 3 year old girl. For the past 12 months, my 3 year old daughter essentially refuses to speak to me unless it suits her: When she comes ...
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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 can I be more sympathetic towards my children when they are injured?

I have a 3-year-old son who throws tantrums a lot. I told him not to stand in front of the door as someone may open from the other side and injure him. Someone really opened the door and the door ...
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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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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 ...