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14 yr old lesbian/bi daughter wanting to have her girlfriend over. What to do?
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I think your approach is correct: dating is dating no matter the gender. You aren't discriminating, you are actually being completely fair. Children use any edge they can to get you to bend the ...

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How to deal with a naughty 5-year-old nephew who is not being disciplined by his mother?
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One, no slapping. Besides being very unpleasant it is counter-productive and will make the problem worse. The reason your nephew is misbehaving this way is because he gets attention. You have a ...

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Should I tell my 11-year-old daughter that Santa isn't real?
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I think it is unlikely that she actually believes in Santa, it's possible that she's using Santa as a way to express her feelings indirectly. By saying Santa is not giving her the presents she wants ...

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Which is better - a Minivan or a SUV - for a 4 kid family
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Although this is somewhat opinion-based as there are both minivans and SUVs which fit the bill, the advantages of the minivan over the SUV are: they are purpose built people carriers so they have ...

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How to encourage a child to self-edit and take criticism positively?
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I think perhaps you should re-assess what your expectations should be for an 8 year old both in writing quality and in capacity for taking criticism. I know few, if any 8 year olds who can take ...

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How to explain to your child why a grandparent isn't around
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I feel for you, I had a bad relationship with my father for a long time. Fortunately we managed to patch it up but that's not always in the cards. I wouldn't sugar coat too much or lie to your child....

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At what age is it no longer appropriate for your child to be naked in public (e.g. on the beach)?
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This is entirely subjective according to where you live. In some places any nudity at all, even in children, is unacceptable. In other places nudity at any age is acceptable. In the UK I think that ...

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Should I encourage my 2½ year old to attempt to "read" his own stories?
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Your little guy will be back for more stories, don't worry, he's just exercising his independence a bit. My son is 3 and adores books, although less so now than a year ago, and he likes to flip ...

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What to do if my kids would not listen to my reasoning?
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I think you are falling into the trap that so many parents (including myself sometimes) get into, which is trying to win. You aren't engaging in a shouting match (which is to be commended), however ...

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How can I motivate my child who doesn't care about rewards?
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@Cara, this is not a problem with him, it's a problem with your parenting style. It sounds like you are trying to control every aspect of his life and smothering him with advice, demands, rewards, and ...

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How to handle an 11 year-old son who acts like a girl?
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Some straight people have feminine tendencies like Cross Dressing and it could be a case of your son exploring an identity, or your son could be gay. Either way is a different lifestyle choice that ...

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How to extract child from busy place without physical restraint
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It's a horrible experience having to drag a child kicking and screaming out of a place, but it's sometimes the right thing to do and unavoidable. When children get tired and overstimulated sometimes ...

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Methods for reducing or coping with sleep deprivation
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Sleep deprivation comes with being a parent of a baby, however you will cope. It isn't fun but you will get through it. Although you cannot avoid it here are some general recommendations: Get your ...

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How to teach a pre-schooler to wear clothes?
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He has learned that if he doesn't get dressed he gets rewarded with candy. One thing I've learned is never to reward children for doing something basic that they should be doing anyway, otherwise they ...

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My toddler wants to watch the same shows over and over
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This is perfectly normal and nothing to worry about. Kids that age often like to watch the same movies, read the same books, or play the same games over and over. Part of it is them controlling their ...

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How can I encourage my three-year-old to have a bath?
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It's about choice. It's not that he doesn't want a bath, it's that he wants to say when he has a bath. That's not possible of course, but one way that seems to work with my 3 year old is to ask "do ...

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Being good or not at playing with kids
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Don't get into the habit of comparing yourself to others, you'll always find someone who is better at some aspect of parenting that you are, and comparing yourself to them will just make you feel bad ...

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My 5 year- old daughter is constantly defiant!
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Perhaps you are approaching this the wrong way. You seem to want to win, so that she will obey, but it's not about that. Think of it this way, how would you feel if someone was telling you what to do ...

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How soon until I can take my newborn to take a walk outside?
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I have never heard that strangers are to be avoided with newborns, and I certainly wouldn't recommend staying inside to avoid them. You need to get out for your own sanity, so get out and go for walks ...

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When is a banana ripe enough to not cause constipation?
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It's not a matter of ripeness, if you feed her a banana you're feeding her a banana. The BRATY diet is fine even when a child is well, you just need to make sure she's drinking enough fluids. Kids ...

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My one year old son doesn't want to eat. What happened to my son?
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If he won't eat he's probably not hungry. Around one their growth slows down and they eat a bit less, and if he's still getting breast fed then he's probably getting enough calories from that he doesn'...

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How do I tell my parents I'm no longer Christian?
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This isn't really a parenting question, but it's close enough and you could use some advice. You are stuck, however the reason is not ideological, but financial. Your main concern seems to be that ...

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Toddler Plays in Bed and Won't go to Sleep
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It sounds like she's simply not tired, if she was tired she'd be out like a light. Or she might be too wound up by some sort of activity just before bed. It's also possible that she just likes talking ...

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7 month old will no longer play on her stomach
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If your daughter doesn't want to stay on her tummy then she's not going to, it's simple as that and there's not a thing you can do about it. Once babies learn to roll around it's up to them. All you ...

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Using experience as a reason for correctness
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"because I'm older", or "because I said so" are a cop-out. When I was a child I thought is was a cop-out when a parent said it, and I still think so. It's an answer when a parent is losing patience ...

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What do you do when your child's Christmas Wishlist is full of things you cannot get her?
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A little sister huh? What are you waiting for? ;) The answer to me depends on whether she's old enough to know that her expectations aren't realistic or not. If she is then I'd simply say that those ...

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Is it ok to be on diet while pregnant?
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Many women think that being pregnant is an excuse to eat everything is sight, however the average pregnant woman only needs 200-300 calories more per day, and that's at the late stage of pregnancy. ...

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How can I move my toddler's interest from toys to playmates?
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There's no way you can make your child not like to play with toys, and no reason to try. You can't force these things, and your child will resent you for trying. If your child is playing with toys ...

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Should we cut our infant's hair?
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It is an old wives tale, there's no reason not to cut an infant's hair. As you say it is inert, cutting it makes no difference to hair being grown. I don't think it is a question that comes up often ...

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Why was this c-section necessary?
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First of all, congratulations to the mother! To answer your questions: As birth operations go up the rate of babies and mothers dying in childbirth goes down. Also, the rate of infant brain damage ...

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