Questions tagged [parents]

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

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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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A stranger's child throws a piece of garbage onto the ground, out of sight of their parents. Should I say or do anything?

I am a male childless adult living in England. I rarely interact with children. Last weekend, I observed how a boy (perhaps 8 years old) threw a piece of garbage onto the ground, despite being ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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My parents are upset that I don't visit enough. I live four hours away and I do not want to spend time with them. What should I do?

I am 26 and I moved out of my parents' house almost three months ago. I am happy that I am finally out on my own, supporting myself financially and starting my life as an independent adult. My ...
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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 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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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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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 ...
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What can I do when my parents want a divorce? [duplicate]

My mum and dad want a divorce and I don't know what I can do. My dad likes another woman and my mom already asked three lawyers for the divorce. My BFF has heard some things about this. My life is ...
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Bringing work organizational effectiveness practices home to the family?

Has anyone tried to bring practices from work (around organizational effectiveness or culture management) home to the family? For example, developing a value statement or providing performance reviews ...
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My father just gets mad when there's a problem instead of trying to resolve it

I think it's best to tell the story before asking the question. I live on my own now and my dad said I could have a spare bed he has. I didn't ask he offered. I am very grateful for this, beds cost a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How can I forget children toys riffs?

Our 7 month old daughter is starting to play with toys that play music. Some of them play pieces of songs, often sung with children's voices. They are cool, but after a while the repeating riffs get ...
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How to best handle a mother who does not enjoy staying with her kids [closed]

The bonding between mother and child can be compromised early on, for instance by post-partum depression. More rarely, a mother can have difficulty enjoying her time with older kids such as those of ...
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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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How to deal with my parents frequently getting mad at my life choices?

I’m 26 and I find both of my parents get mad at me for very bad reasons. For example, I was visiting my mom. In a mad tone she told me to stop playing a game on my phone. Just realizing it now, I find ...
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Is saying “I told you so”, always, to my kid when she gets into or creates trouble despite my warning a wrong thing?

Kid is of 3.5 years of age. What should be my reaction? I have a habit of immediately saying "I told you this will happen, you didn't listen!" Is saying this wrong? The reason I am asking this is ...
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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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How can I determine when I'm ready for children?

I'm 22. My girlfriend and I live together and get along incredibly well. I have a stable job and a stable home. Life is going relatively well. I'm not sure I want to have children. On one hand, being ...
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Teen: How to tell my parents that I have friends

I am a homeschooled by my own choosing and in 9th grade so attend quite a few camps. At one of my summer camps last year, I met several people who are very similar to me and we have kept in touch ...
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How to convince mom to throw out large amounts of garbage she brought home? [closed]

We live in the 3-room apartment in a big story building. A few years ago, mom started to collect large amount of clothes and different useless items, that other people were throwing out of their home (...
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How to convince my dad to accept his job offer since we have no other income source?

I can't stop thinking about this and I don't know where to get answers, my dad used to be the breadwinner of the family- until his contract ended. He went to find jobs immediately but then he turned ...
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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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Friend believes chemtrails are triggering her son's asthma

A friend of mine is convinced that chemtrails are a primary cause of her son's asthma. This is a conspiracy theory that asserts governments are intentionally spraying chemicals out of airplanes for ...
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Am I interrupting my husband's parenting?

My husband and I constantly have communication problem against parenting. Since I posted here last time about the discrepancies of parenting between us, he was so happy that someone said I should not ...
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How should staff deal with loud children in oral surgeon office lobby?

I am the office manager at an oral surgeon's office and the staff is telling me that there is a problem with the patients being annoyed by loud children in the lobby. This is when the patient is in ...
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How can I explain to my parents I do not want to find a job yet?

I'm a 23 years old girl with aspergers living with my parents. I used to live on my own, studied and had a job. Stuff went terribly wrong. My grades were bad, I was poor (my parents couldn't support ...
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Child's dad is asking to visit, but is using drugs and uncooperative

The father of my child and I were together 8 years and broke up 15 weeks ago. We broke up due to fighting about money and we hurt on money because he spent a great deal of it on pills, which I found ...
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How can I be more meaningful in my thanks to my parents?

I see a lot of posts about people requiring help with their children/parents/grandparents, and I'm blessed to say that I have none of these problems. My issue is that I was a terror as a child. I ...
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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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My mum is very intrusive

I have a relatively problematic situation with my mum that I can't really talk about to somebody. As long as I remember my mum and me had (at least most of the time) a good relation to each other. I'...
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What do I do about my mom setting her expectations too high?

I recently turned 13, I'm in 8th grade, and my life is going pretty well. I'm getting straight A's in school, along with possibly getting a paper published in a legitimate mathematics journal. I also ...
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I think my husband and I are the reason for our 18 month old delayed development issues

I am a first time parent to a beautiful bouncing baby boy 18 months old that is having a few delayed developmental problems (which I have seen many other parents having the same issues and are using ...
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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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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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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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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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Can wife and I handle pre/post our baby birth problems without our parents' help?

I currently work in an IT firm and my wife stays at home. She is thinking of going back to her hometown in 8th month to stay and give birth to our first baby. She thinks it requires her parents' (...
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What is a good approach for asking friends in a sensitive situation to be legal guardians?

We have a 1-year-old child. We've decided to ask two friends of ours to be the legal guardian of our child (i.e. godparents). By "legal guardian/godparent", I'm meaning that, in the case of our death, ...
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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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How can I find out if audio books contain sex or violence before I listen to them near my child?

We listen to audio books in the car when we are on a long (>1 hour) road trip. My daughter, who is 2, watches children's TV on an iPad in the back seat during these trips and is perfectly happy to do ...