Questions tagged [parents]

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

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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 ...
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Too much computer?

My teenager spends hours and hours on the computer doing "programming" "coding" and other web-design stuff. He spends hours on stackoverflow. How should I be monitoring this behavior and should I be ...
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Mother won't let me buy a new car (cultural clash in parent-child relationships)

I am 37 years old male, married with kids (5,3,1). My parents are from the Indian subcontinent but I have lived in the US for most of my life. I have always been very close with my mom, ever after ...
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Opposing religious views causes serious problems with my mother

I am a 15 year old with differing religious views from my mother, who is Christian. I don't hate religion like my mother has come to believe, I am just not personally religious myself and she has ...
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Make my firstborn adapt to baby [duplicate]

I have a lovely little boy that just passed the 1 year mark. I am blessed with such a child and am enjoying being a dad everyday. Now my second child is underway and while I am happy that they are ...
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Parents salt food too much

When it comes to food, my parents like to salt it a lot more than I do. Besides tasting bad (in my opinion, at least), the salt amount is unhealty and, according to my calculations, about twice the 5 ...
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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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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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How to deal with a narcisstic mother? [closed]

I have a friend in his mid-teens who recently realized that his mother is a narcissist and he thinks she suffers from severe narcissism. This has been troubling him and he tells me that he doesn't ...
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What things do you do to build intimacy in your relationship when going out is not an option? [closed]

We have young special needs kids and not enough budget room for babysitters and lots of date nights out. I think quality time that makes our relationship better and helps us connect is really ...
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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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Father always wants to be right

I am a 22 year old living with my parents. I'm currently in quite a bit of distress as my father has kicked me out. I assume my mom will talk with him when she gets back from her night shift but for ...
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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 advice can I give to a teen who wants to tell his dad uncomfortable truths?

My girlfriend's Teenage Boy (TB), 14, wants to talk to his dad about things he doesn't like about him, like smoking in the living room. He came to me for advice. Knowing his dad, who is a very ...
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Options to have a child but not giving birth

My wife and I want to have a child, but my wife does not want to bear a baby. We know we can adopt one from an orphanage. But what about child transferring from another family? Or bearing from ...
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The many elements to having another child (Mother and Father not on the same page)

Here's a background story to our marriage and our family (it plays a large role)... We got married and had our first child when we were 23. We then had our 2nd child when we were 26. We are ...

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