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Can wife and I handle pre/post our baby birth problems without our parents' help?

You and your wife can absolutely handle a baby without Grandparents help, many people have in the past and will in the future. The real question is: Do you want to? Having a baby and caring for a ...
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How to make our 3-year-old stop talking over every conversation around her?

At that age it is probably at least partly an impulse control issue-- Even adults, when excited by the conversation, can suddenly tend to interrupt when they think of something they really want to say....
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What are some games that I can play with my toddler son?

Sure, there are many great ideas. Playing at this age is about teaching, bonding -- encouraging your child. Peek-a-boo -- This and all its derivatives are great. They build language and trust. Hide ...
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How much can I and my parents help my wife directly after giving birth when she wants to only rest and breastfeed?

If you set things up the right way, mom only resting, holding baby and feeding for the first few days is feasible, and may even be ideal for establishing a good milk supply if she wants to exclusively ...
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How to make my 1-year-old understand when she is being scolded?

First and foremost, make sure your child's hearing is tested. If there's a problem, deal with that. Your baby/14 month old sounds like a normal, active 14 month old. She wants what she wants. She can'...
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Laws Regarding Newborn Care at a Hospital

Legally, no medical procedures can be done to minors without parental consent (with exceptions in some states for contraceptive care for teenagers). In practice, doctors who claim emergency medical ...
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How can I determine when I'm ready for children?

Everyone is afraid of having children. The difference is in the reason why. Are you afraid having children will ruin your lifestyle by consuming all your time, forcing you to give up your hobbies and ...
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How can I determine when I'm ready for children?

This is not specific to having children, but more general to all choices that will be life-changing and irreversible: If you're not sure if you're ready, you're not ready. Of course, this advice ...
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How can I determine when I'm ready for children?

You're asking a really hard question; I'm not sure anyone can answer it for you. If everyone knew ahead of time how difficult raising a child was (as you have a fairly good inkling of), many people ...
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Can wife and I handle pre/post our baby birth problems without our parents' help?

It doesn't so much matter what we think, it matters what your wife thinks, and it sounds like she'll be happiest and most comfortable giving birth and learning to care for an infant with her mother's ...
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Toddlerhood - when does it end?

In my experience so far, "Toddlerishness" waxes and wanes in the first few years. Right now she is clingy and combative during changes, next month (or week, or... hour, honestly) she may co-operate ...
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2 year old refuses to poop in the toilet without serious coercion

"Naked Weekend" is a pretty common way to approach potty training; often it just takes one weekend. Your modification - letting him put his clothes back on when he's gone - might work well ...
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First Dad - How to make her understand that I am DAD

TL;DR: I highly recommend discussing your question with a pediatrician. Also, please do see the comment above from anongoodnurse. DETAILS: While you are waiting for the appointment with the ...
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What are some games that I can play with my toddler son?

In addition to all the other great ideas I'd add roughhousing. The Art of Manliness explains why it's so important: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2012/02/07/the-importance-of-roughhousing-with-your-...
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What are some games that I can play with my toddler son?

I'll add a few things to Willow's answer. Stuffed animal games. These would include counting, sorting (all the kitties, all the bunnies, etc.), and taking turns picking one at a time as a "team." Use ...
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Laws Regarding Newborn Care at a Hospital

As naomisl said, legally they can't do anything without your consent, and they have a lot of checks and balances to make sure the right baby gets matched with the right parents. However, a lot of ...
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How can I determine when I'm ready for children?

I know this is cheesy, but I believe it sums it up pretty well. From the movie "The Princess Diaries": Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgement that something is more ...
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Can wife and I handle pre/post our baby birth problems without our parents' help?

Can you both handle this without help from you parents? Absolutely. From the point of view of making life easier for your wife or yourself, using the help of the parents is just perfectly fine. ...
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How to make our 3-year-old stop talking over every conversation around her?

My feeling is this is too much to ask of a 3 year old. I think you should not focus on how to discipline / train the child and instead, use the year of age 3 to relearn how to deal with her antics ...
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How to make our 3-year-old stop talking over every conversation around her?

Now I warned our daughter that she will need to go to her room if she breaks other people's conversation again until she's ready to come back and not do it again. @Meg gave a great answer. I'd like ...
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How to make my 1-year-old understand when she is being scolded?

From reading your description, many of your child's behaviors are typical. For instance, I've not met many one-year-olds whose learning style falls under the "sit and listen" category. First and ...
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How much can I and my parents help my wife directly after giving birth when she wants to only rest and breastfeed?

I really have no idea what to expect, so what she is expecting feasible or is it going to be impossible? In the short run, yes, it's feasible. You can take care of the baby's needs (except, obviously,...
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Toddlerhood - when does it end?

If you don't wrangle in your reactions to her behavior it could last a lot longer than 4 years. Everyone is different, so don't panic if someone on the internet spooks you. First, I would definitely ...
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How to change my 2.5-year-old's sleep-wake routine so he doesn't nap in the afternoon and wakes up too early in the morning?

It's possible to gently and gradually adjust your child's sleep timing and habits, but it may take some time and effort. Also make sure this is truly what you want-- if you get him sleeping at an ...
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11 month old doesn't want to be away from mom or dad

This is typical if not normal. You have many options, but I'll pick what are possibly the top 3: 3) Keep trying until your baby is comfortable with it. This may take months, but most daycares can ...
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How can I determine when I'm ready for children?

If you have to ask, you likely aren't ready. This is a very good time to be honest with yourself. You have to willing to completely put another person's needs before your own for YEARS. You can't ...
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