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Hereditary plate of beans: coping strats for overthinking family.

My overthinking things was making me unhappy... so I cut way back on it, and now I'm enjoying life more. Yay! But now I'm way less tolerant of the same behavior in family and loved ones; trying to ignore it leads to awkward, anxiety-producing silences. Boo. Insert your advice here. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 9, 2014 - 6 answers

Examples of adults complaining about the younger generation?

I am trying to find examples (essays, articles, etc.) of previous generations complaining about the work ethic of the younger generation. It doesn't matter how far back it i
posted by cherrybounce on Aug 16, 2014 - 11 answers

Keeping a kid entertained during grown-up dinners?

In the next few weeks, I will need to attend a series of late-running formal dinners... with a five-year-old in tow. Please recommend your most magical, engrossing, dinner-table-friendly activity books, games, small toys, etc. for the early school-aged set, so we can keep her quietly in her seat and out of everyone's hair. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Aug 4, 2014 - 28 answers

I'm doing the "right" thing but I feel trapped and resentful.

I am watching my stepson's daughter every other weekend and I don't want to anymore. [more inside]
posted by cherrybounce on Feb 12, 2014 - 37 answers

Help clueless future parents buy the right home to raise kids in!

As future parents and first time homebuyers, what aren't we thinking about, or under-emphasizing/over-emphasizing, in trying to pick a home to raise (two) kids in?  What should we consider in deciding on house versus condo, location, neighborhood, size, layout, features, etc? [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Jan 10, 2014 - 36 answers

Should I worry about my 2-year-old playing with unvaccinated kids?

I have read articles about herd immunity and I understand the concept. But, boots on the ground, should I worry about my vaccinated son occasionally playing with a partially vaccinated 4-year-old and a completely unvaccinated 2-year-old? We're all pretty mindful of staying away when the children show signs of illness. I am interested in both medical information and how other parents have navigated this potential risk.
posted by gentian on Jan 7, 2014 - 38 answers

Raising kids with "grit"

What can I do as a parent to help my child build persistence, self-discipline, high standards, and work ethic? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Nov 13, 2013 - 44 answers

Looking for books about narcissistic parents

I’m looking for books (fiction and non-fiction) about children dealing with narcissistic parents. The kind of parents I want to read about will present a perfect front to the outside world, but in private will emotionally abuse their children to serve their own needs. These parents are attention seekers, self-pitying, deny that hurtful incidents occurred (gaslighting), play family members off against each other, are infantile and manipulative, are obsessed by others having a positive view of them, undermine their children’s autonomy, disregarding their privacy and personal space (give their possessions away, denigrate them in public, eat food off their plates) – but ALWAYS claim that the abuse is for the child’s own good and are usually seen by other adults as very good parents. The abused offspring I want to read about – both children and adults – become compulsive caretakers, are frequently confused by their parent’s behaviour, learn not to trust their own feelings and experience overwhelming feelings of inadequacy. For a long time they may be duped into believing the myth that their parent is loving and that they (the child) are the cause of their own unhappiness. If possible I would like books that focus entirely on emotional abuse rather than it being part of a broader spectrum of abuse. Thank you!
posted by matthew.alexander on Jul 17, 2013 - 37 answers

Second-time parenting, how does that work?

Tell me about your daily schedules, parenting logistics, etc., with a newborn plus a toddler or older child. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Mar 7, 2013 - 15 answers

what to buy for 2yr old girl, premature baby boy + due-soon nephew???

Being without children myself and not that well versed on what they need/want or the big trends right now, i need suggestions for the following gifts i need to buy in the next month or so: gift for a premature baby boy (or his mum); gift for a 2yr old girl; gift for my soon to be arriving nephew [more inside]
posted by moreteaplease on Feb 8, 2013 - 10 answers

They don't cover parental emergencies in Infant CPR class.

What would happen to my son if 911 were called for me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2013 - 18 answers

never there

Did you grow up with parent(s) who loved you but were not around a lot? How did that impact you and the person you are today? How did it impact your relationship with you parents? What do you wish your parent(s) did differently? Do you think it is every possible to have a healthy family situation with parents who are gone a lot? [more inside]
posted by seesom on Nov 29, 2012 - 30 answers

Would parents hire me?

I'm a mother (of a toddler) who works part time and is looking to make some extra money. I've considered babysitting jobs, but aside from raising my own son, I don't have much experience with kids aside from babysitting jobs I had when I was a teenager. No recent references. Could I get hired? [more inside]
posted by trillian on May 2, 2012 - 12 answers

What if little Tommy wants to be a girl?

Seeking resources for a friend who is mom to a (possibly transgender) questioning 5-year-old boy. [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Apr 27, 2012 - 26 answers

Children's-Book-Filter: Dead missionary parents, New England island, driving on ice

Children's novel: Protagonist is the son of deceased missionaries, retaining only a comforter and a photograph. He lives with an aunt and uncle, and the plot concerns his reintegration into non-missionary society. Setting is an island in New England, and there are scenes of driving on the ice in the winter to get to the mainland. [more inside]
posted by longtime_lurker on Mar 20, 2012 - 0 answers

How to talk to your kids about online porn?

Have you discovered your child has seen online pornography? What did you do about it? [more inside]
posted by amoeba on Mar 5, 2012 - 25 answers

Books, forums, ??, for adult children of abusive parents who have (undiagnosed) cognitive and emotional issues?

What are some informative self-help books and other resources (preferably online or UK-based) for adults dealing with abusive parents who have undiagnosed cognitive deficits and are emotionally stunted? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 1, 2012 - 2 answers

How to keep daily family friction from escalating into end of the world drama daily?

How to keep daily family friction from escalating into end of the world drama daily? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Dec 31, 2011 - 16 answers

Why do parents refer to themselves in 3rd person when talking to their young children?

Why do parents refer to themselves in 3rd person when talking to their young children? [more inside]
posted by peppermintfreddo on Sep 21, 2011 - 57 answers

Only children parents of multiple kids

My husband and I are only children, and we're now expecting our second child. We're very excited, but we are also a little nervous. We'd love advice from only child parents of multiple kids, suggestions about books and websites, etc.
posted by mrstrotsky on Jan 20, 2011 - 12 answers

Religion in the home: how much is too much?

If you come from a religious family but are no longer religious yourself: what sort of spiritual upbringing did you have? Did any factors in your home religious life contribute to your decision to leave? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2010 - 70 answers

Want to start school and get our life on track, but how?

Want to start school and get our life on track, but how? I've made some mistakes in college by not showing up an entire semester so my GPA is 1.05, even the lower university's here in TN like austin peay won't take me because my grades suck. I live a hour away from the two community colleges in my area. I also have to figure out how I'm going to give my family a place to live, I lost my job in missouri and moved down to TN with my mom. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 26, 2010 - 37 answers

Blogs by business-owning parents?

Can you recommend well-written blogs/sites of parents who run their own businesses? There are a TON of results on Google and I just can't sift through them all, so I thought I'd ask here. Blogs by parents who have very young children are great and ones that have very young children AND a full-time day job while trying to start their own business up would be excellent. [more inside]
posted by stefnet on Jul 19, 2010 - 5 answers

I worry I'm unfit to be a mother.

I always thought I wanted kids. Then I spent ten days alone with my niece, and now I am pretty sure I would rather have a hole in my head. Am I rightly discouraged? Or am I just getting cold feet? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 13, 2010 - 79 answers

I don't want to have blood on my hands

My parents are always manipulating me, and I need to break away. Long story inside. [more inside]
posted by stedman15 on Jun 12, 2010 - 30 answers

Hostages to fortune

How can I maintain some optimism about my child's future, given the crappy crappy world we live in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2010 - 45 answers

"Fathers be good to your daughters / Daughters will love like you do"

Found long lost dad - now what? [more inside]
posted by rmm on Nov 27, 2009 - 7 answers

Rules for a Parent in a New Relationship?

It's been almost three years since my mother died, and my father has slowly been working himself back into seeing new people, but it's starting to cause major family drama. I'm 23 and live on my own in a different city, so this doesn't bother me much. But my 17 year old sister still lives with him, and she's really upset that this is going on. To make matters worse, the latest person he's seeing is my sister's favorite teacher from school. What can my dad do to ease this transition for my sister? What do both people deserve here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2009 - 34 answers

Ideas for alcohol-free mingle for single parents and their kdis?

What kinds of fun things can we do at a social event for single parents and their kids with no booze? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Jul 28, 2009 - 15 answers

Talking to children about a parent's depression as a non-family caregiver.

How do you talk to young children about a parent's depression? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke on May 27, 2009 - 6 answers

They left us alone. Now what?

I want to read fictional and/or true stories about people being put into positions of responsibility unexpectedly for extended periods of time and how they deal with it. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jan 27, 2009 - 37 answers

People that actually wanted to have a baseball team's worth of kids?

Parents of many children: Help me find parents that chose to have many children for purely secular reasons. [more inside]
posted by starbaby on Oct 16, 2008 - 21 answers

What prize should my friend keep his eye on?

If your parents divorced when you were a kid, how do you now wish they'd handled it? [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Aug 12, 2008 - 25 answers

Visiting our daughter, how to go about it?

Parentsfilter - I have split up with the father of my child and are now trying to sort out visiting rights and times. Advice please.... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2007 - 15 answers

How do I best get acquainted with my boyfriend's kids?

How do I best get acquainted, and develop a good relationship, with my boyfriends' kids? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2007 - 13 answers

Books for parents. Which one is your bible?

Books for parents. Which one is your bible? [more inside]
posted by mitocan on Dec 14, 2006 - 16 answers

Options for Unwanted Kids

Adoption? Foster parents? What are the options for two neglected children of a crack addict mother? [more inside]
posted by dropkick on Sep 30, 2006 - 16 answers

Help me tell my nearly 3-yr old about his new sibling.

Help me tell my nearly 3-yr old about his new sibling. The baby is due in early August. Since we'll tell the grandparents over Christmas, should we tell our son first so he can take part in the excitement too? Or keep it secret because it's too far away for him to understand? I remember being quite jealous at age 5 when my own brother was born so I'm nervous about this whole transition. Parents of mefi, share your stories! What worked, what didn't?
posted by selfmedicating on Dec 14, 2005 - 14 answers

Suggested activities for a 17 month old?

ParentFilter: I've a 17 mo old child, and I'd like suggestions as to activities to educate and entertain him. [more inside]
posted by Zinger on Nov 21, 2005 - 14 answers

Do You Regret Not Having Children?

Do you regret not having children? [more inside]
posted by icetaco on Sep 21, 2004 - 60 answers

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