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How to comfort my dad after telling him that I don't like to do anything with him?

It's so hard for parents when their children start to pull away. We may be parents, but we are also human beings. It hurts, even when we try not to show it. We question ourselves and if we are doing ...
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How to comfort my dad after telling him that I don't like to do anything with him?

UPDATE: This is apparently affecting my dad so much that he's thinking about quitting work, and he's the only source of income. I need some step-by-step instructions on how to do this before it's too ...
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How can I get permission to take my child to Zambia against the wishes of the father?

In a shared custody situation, it is kidnapping for one parent to move the child across an international border without the other parent's permission. It is a very common type of kidnapping, and as ...
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How to comfort my dad after telling him that I don't like to do anything with him?

You've done a very good thing by asking for help. There may be tough times ahead, but you are trying hard to do something about it, so whatever happens, remember that you did the best you could. ...
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Should I continue to allow my ex extra visits with his daughter when he is so unhelpful to me?

One rule of thumb (and it's a good one) is don't put your child in the middle of a dispute between your ex and yourself. You are contemplating using an innocent child, someone who asked for none of ...
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My 16-year-old daughter has new personal items she hides - how can I make her to be more open?

Your daughter is sixteen, and only a few years away from adulthood and going off on her own (if she chooses). I think the question you need to ask yourself is, have you raised her so that she is able ...
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How can I get permission to take my child to Zambia against the wishes of the father?

You can get legal help if you don't have much money. If you're in Ontario, contact Legal Aid Ontario. Other provinces will have similar programs. If your son was born and raised in Canada, it may be ...
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Advice on dating when I have children

But, I also don't want to sneak around behind their backs like I'm doing something wrong. Assuming you're not bringing home a new guy every night, you're definitely not doing something wrong, but ...
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Is 5 hours too long of a drive for single parent with 2 year-old?

5 hours doesn't seem that long - double that is definitely doable. The important thing is how you plan it- regular stops, whether for fuel, feed, snacks for you, nappy change, or just a walk around ...
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How to comfort my dad after telling him that I don't like to do anything with him?

You're a gamer with relationship problems? Hey, I was a gamer with relationship problems too. I get it. (I even met my wife on an online game. Right after I killed her. What a noob... Sorry, what was ...
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My 11-year-old hates writing as do I. How to provide help to him writing a school essay without forcing him to do what he doesn't want to?

Two things first: There are things one needs to do, even if one hates it. I do not like documentation, but I need to write documentation for my code, so that others can use it/maintain it. This is a ...
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How to comfort my dad after telling him that I don't like to do anything with him?

A suggestion that I keep hearing more and more is that communication and interaction are the key to successful relationships. Me and my Dad often don't see eye-to-eye on a lot of issues, and this has ...
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Dating as a single parent - When do you introduce your kid?

As a non parent with no experience in this, I will give my two cents. As a disclaimer, there is no objective answer, the entire situation is subjective to how you feel. With that said, my answer is ...
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5yr old son becomes much more disobedient in public vs. in private

From your initial question and later comment I'm concerned that you're not showing proper respect to your son. Being a parent is a matter of mutual respect. We expect our children to listen to us and ...
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My daughter asked if I will remarry

Please don't ask your daughter if she wants you to remarry. At that age, she probably can't prioritize her desires wisely or vocalize them well, and you are putting too much responsibility on her ...
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Kid genius help

Just to add to Timur Shtatlands great advice; Try to get gifted children to explore things which they normally would not try, for example, if the child really likes science, it is beneficial to ...
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Son not wanting to talk to his father

Your son has been hurt by your ex. It is completely understandable that he doesn't want to interact with someone who has caused so much pain. Relationships don't come equipped with a magic reset ...
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Advice on dating when I have children

I am a little confused on why not bringing a man home would be sneaking around behind your kid's back. Sneaking would be lying or hiding things they have a right to know. If my spouse goes out & ...
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Advice on dating when I have children

As always you have to think about what sort of example you are setting for your children. If sleeping around is something you do not want for your daughters then maybe it would be better if you do not ...
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How to teach my 7-year-old daughter to not be so melodramatic when dealing with bullying and any stressful situation?

She must reflect on her behavior and how it affects others. This is a journey, not a single trick. You are also a factor! Men are prone to jump to solutions: If you do this or don't do that, ...
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Should I continue to allow my ex extra visits with his daughter when he is so unhelpful to me?

Denying visitations that the other parent sees as his right represents an escalation of the conflict, regardless if the other parent has a right to these visits. In the short and the medium term, ...
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How and when to tell my 5-year-old son that his "daddy" is gone?

When my 5 year old had to face the prospect of death (several family members passed in as many months) we had a long discussion about change. I used the example how cutting down a large tree allows ...
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How to make my 15-year-old sister stop stealing money?

There are many reasons people may steal and the key to resolving the issue would be first to identify for the cause. For example, does she still for; monetary gain attention lack of impluse control ...
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My daughter asked if I will remarry

Shes been through a divorce and you are planning to move to a new city. Obviously she just feels a bit insecure and uncertain about her future. All you have to do is provide a supportive and secure ...
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My 11-year-old hates writing as do I. How to provide help to him writing a school essay without forcing him to do what he doesn't want to?

The first thing I'd do is talk to the teacher, and find out what the teaching strategy is here. Different teachers have different strategies for teaching writing, and different things they are ...
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How can I ensure that my daughter is not excessively attached to me?

First, I have to say how impressed I am 1) that your daughter is able to know how she feels about the attention she gets from boys and is able to say that she doesn't want or appreciate it (even if ...
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