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What arrangement is best for a newborn of parents living apart?

I'm expecting in a few months and am not with the father. We are trying to figure out how to both bond with the baby while not living together, and how long the baby needs to stay in one household before we can switch her every other week. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Mar 13, 2016 - 50 answers

Kids' birthday rhythm games

I would like your best suggestions for children's clapping/singing games, with a birthday theme. Think K-1st grade, circle-type games. Thanks!
posted by transient on Mar 3, 2016 - 6 answers

Three-year-old seems really unhappy

I don’t have much experience with other kids this age, but my son seems… really unhappy? And we don’t know what to do about it, if there’s anything. [more inside]
posted by forza on Feb 26, 2016 - 61 answers

Deciding whether to become a parent

So the big question in my life right now is whether I ever want to become a parent. I’d particularly like to hear from you if, like me, you are someone who has many interests, is never bored, always has things they want to do with their time, and who questioned whether you wanted to have children because of this – whether you chose in the end to become a parent or not. (The above can probably function as a TL;DR version. If you want a fuller picture, read on.) [more inside]
posted by say_it_with_love on Feb 24, 2016 - 60 answers

Help me figure this out, please.

I'm trying to locate a children's short story with an ending where this boy that lives in this town, illegally goes over a fence (maybe he was even shot) and the last thing he sees is a sign saying "Human Exhibit". [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth on Feb 23, 2016 - 2 answers

Should I fight for my relationship for our daughter's sake?

How do you decide what is more important, to fight for your family, or to fight for what you believe in, which may never happen? [more inside]
posted by MamaBee223 on Feb 17, 2016 - 41 answers

What's the title of this book about Valentine's Day crafts?

It was aimed at kids, probably published between the mid-1970s and the mid-80s. [more inside]
posted by Clotilde on Feb 15, 2016 - 5 answers

Good morning, sunshine!

A friend of mine often says that he hates being a parent between 6 and 8 am (and I have to laughingly agree). Getting the children up, getting them dressed in seasonally appropriate clothing, delivering them to the educational institution of choice, dealing with whining and general lack of cooperation... aghhhh, I hate that this neverending struggle sets the tone for the day. So, parents of the Metafilter, what are your tricks, hacks and morning traditions that make your mornings with children great, or at least better?
posted by kitchencrush on Feb 10, 2016 - 34 answers

Too Many Books

My five year old is fascinated by Early Humans! Yay! Now which books do I buy? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Feb 1, 2016 - 4 answers

Gentle, non-scary movie for preschooler?

My preschool-age son is scared by anything even mildly action-y or scary, but otherwise loves our newly-instituted monthly movie afternoon. I'm looking for movie suggestions for it (with a few other snowflake issues inside). [more inside]
posted by forza on Jan 29, 2016 - 60 answers

What's the best filter I can use for IPod touch for my child?

I will be getting my child an IPod Touch and my only concern is her access to the internet. We have wireless internet at home and from reading about the IPod Touch I understand she will have access to the internet. So do any of you have experience with a really good filter for that? I want it so that nothing inappropriate will pop up. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Jan 26, 2016 - 13 answers

Extended Family Separation

Advice for surviving my wife's summer internship in another state. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 25, 2016 - 34 answers

What did the old nursery rhyme's sound like?

Does anyone know of youtube videos or audio collections that share early nursery rhymes, some forgotten and out of use, what they sounded like, melody or tone of the rhyme? [more inside]
posted by xarnop on Jan 23, 2016 - 2 answers

Looking for a children's book.

Trying to find a book I read as a child in the late 70s. As I recall, it was about a little alien boy who lived on the moon. [more inside]
posted by Eddie Mars on Jan 18, 2016 - 2 answers

Things to do with a 6-year-old in Auckland

I have a couple of days to hang with my awesome 6-year-old nephew in Auckland, NZ. What should we do and where should we go? [more inside]
posted by embrangled on Jan 15, 2016 - 9 answers

Stop a cycle that technically isn't a cycle yet?

How to foster a household that is devoid of physical violence, including threats of violence? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 15, 2016 - 13 answers

When is medication the answer for kids with anxiety?

My son (8) struggles with anxiety (separation and generalized) and negative thinking/depression. How do you know when it is time to start treating it with medication? [more inside]
posted by a22lamia on Jan 11, 2016 - 25 answers

Pick up the Slack or (Potentially) Let the Children Suffer?

I have been dating a man with three children (10, 6, & 3). His ex-wife relies on him tremendously. Should he continue to pick up her slack, or allow the kids to suffer/force her to pull her weight? [more inside]
posted by TauLepton on Jan 10, 2016 - 18 answers

Unknown unknowns of baby #2?

My family is about to welcome child #2. We have a 2 year old who is about to be a sister. We have done some preparing, but not enough (did I mention we have a 2 year old?). What are your hottest tips 'n' tricks for making life easier in the 1st year of having a second child? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jan 8, 2016 - 22 answers

Temporary housing in Canberra

My sister-in-law and her family (hubby and 2 kids < 3 years old) are going to be in Canberra on sabbatical this year. Help us find somewhere to live! [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte on Jan 5, 2016 - 6 answers

Help me ID a book about an old man and his overflowing tub

I'm trying to find a children's book done in very scratchy pen and ink style (with color), about an old man whose bathtub is overflowing with hot water and he keeps getting gloves and scarves and things to wrap around his hands to try to reach in and pull the drain plug. [more inside]
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates on Dec 23, 2015 - 3 answers

Guardianship for sibling's hypothetical child; with complicating factors

My older sister, who is mid-thirties and single, has just asked me if she were to become pregnant via anonymous sperm donor, whether my husband and I would agree to be the child’s legal guardians were something to happen to her. She asked me this by text message; so far I have told her that I don’t think this is a conversation for text message and that we will see her in a few days over Christmas. She said she agrees and says she just wanted to give us a ‘heads-up’. As always, there are complicating factors (see below). Please help me line up some phrases and good things to ask/say for the inevitable conservation we are going to have this week. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 21, 2015 - 37 answers

My skin can't get much thinner...

I used to have a pretty dark sense of humor, watch crime shows all the time with dead people and blood and guts and really was never bothered by any of this. I've always been a news junky, and I'd read about all sorts of crimes and murder etc. etc. and never be bothered in the least. Since having a baby, I can't even read a news headline about a person being harmed - particularly children. It seems obvious that this is baby related, but will it ever get better? And if not, can I acclimatize myself so I can exist in the world? [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Dec 19, 2015 - 27 answers

Separated Parents, Separate Expectations for Children

My ex and I share custody of our three children. She is very lenient and doting; I encourage self-reliance and responsibility within a structured framework. She is a helicopter, I am a safety net. [more inside]
posted by Mister_A on Dec 14, 2015 - 23 answers

Need to decide whether to get separated from my wife

Will it be best for my kids in the long run? Will the inevitable guilt and loneliness be better than staying with a seemingly unchangeable loveless unhappy marriage?  [more inside]
posted by thrasher2399 on Dec 1, 2015 - 79 answers

Cool Harry Potter gear, or sources for same?

Seeking the wisdom of Mefites as far as cool gear/accessories/spinoff items related to the Harry Potter books. [more inside]
posted by Ginesthoi on Dec 1, 2015 - 13 answers

What happens if you purposefully get little kids wound up

I was recently at a gathering with a group of younger (ages 4 to 7) kids, and a lot of time was spent keeping them from getting too wound up. Asking them to quiet down, or not to run around and scream, to take a breath slowly, etc. But what would happen if you purposefully wound them up? [more inside]
posted by Dynex on Dec 1, 2015 - 38 answers

Can I look up my baby's SSN today without having the card?

My kid has a SSN, but I don't know what it is. How can I look it up on short notice? [more inside]
posted by zadermatermorts on Nov 28, 2015 - 11 answers

Are there progressive children's books in Russian?

I have been looking for some time online to try and find children's books in Russian that are "progressive" with no luck. [more inside]
posted by anya32 on Nov 25, 2015 - 2 answers

Awesome Ski Vacation for Family

I'm looking for a awesome ski resort in the U.S. or Canada. My kids are 5 and 7 and have never been skiing. I would love to give them an amazing experience in February. I don't mind paying a premium for awesome lodging / amenities. We would be traveling from Austin Texas. Any recommendations for a kid friendly resort?
posted by jasondigitized on Nov 21, 2015 - 20 answers

Resources for Parents with Teen Kids About To Go Online

My son is 12, and starting to participate in online communities. Right now, the only community he's interacting with is 4 friends of his from school; they play Minecraft. But I suspect this will soon change. [more inside]
posted by eustacescrubb on Nov 20, 2015 - 14 answers

Best age to take kids to Disneyland?

We're considering taking out two girls to Disneyland next spring, when they'll be 7 and 3 1/2. Is this too young? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Nov 15, 2015 - 27 answers

The chores. The stores. Fresh air. Times Square!

What should a couple keep in mind about deciding whether to move to a small town and become a single income family? Bonus complications: Resort town, SAHD. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2015 - 9 answers

My son's admirers at school - teachable moment?

My 5-year-old son has been getting notes and gifts from classmates who seem to be quite fond of him. Now what? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman on Nov 5, 2015 - 17 answers

Myths -cultural books for 5 year old with advanced reading level

Hi My nephew is 5, starting school in 2016 January (southern hemisphere semester.) He reads above the average for his age, and his interests vary greatly week to week. Neither of his parents, or Grandparents or extended family have any interest in Mythology or literature at all. He does have some though. He grasps the narrative structures of cartoons and TV shows he likes. He also really enjoys books of classic Fairy Tales like Grimm and Aesop, told for children. He seems like he is ready for Roald Dahhl... [more inside]
posted by esto-again on Nov 5, 2015 - 19 answers

Camera for a 4 year old?

My four year old son is showing a lot of interest in our cameras, and I'd like to get him one of his own. I'm looking for recommendations from parents whose kid(s) have had and used one for a while and had a good experience with it. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Nov 4, 2015 - 18 answers

Is this usual library practice?

I'm mentoring an 18 year old. When he was 11 he checked some books out of the library and lost them. [more inside]
posted by SyraCarol on Oct 28, 2015 - 28 answers

How to handle my anxiety on "active shooter" drills at school?

So, my daughter's daycare/pre-school is doing a "safety awareness" week. Yesterday was fire safety, there was a firetruck there, the kids practiced what to do in an emergency. Today it's earthquake safety. Tomorrow, it's "Silent Evacuation / Active Shooter." This is causing me some intense anxiety. I haven't done a whole lot to prepare my four-year-old for the fact that if someone in her community has access to firearms and they feel upset that they might try to murder all the teachers and students. [more inside]
posted by amanda on Oct 27, 2015 - 22 answers

Change the Air!

I am curious to hear from mefites if you could recommend science based articles about diseases associated with indoor air and household products particularly in relation to make occupational hazard based advocacy against routine use of known toxins around children and forced on workers. [more inside]
posted by xarnop on Oct 19, 2015 - 3 answers

Resources on children's rights

I am interested in reading as widely as possible about the concept of children's rights. What resources would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by thetortoise on Oct 17, 2015 - 10 answers

Keep calm and carry on ... with fine motor skills

Our kiddo is in Pre-K, where he gets frustrated that he can't do fine motor skills (writing, drawing), then he doesn't listen to the teacher. Otherwise, he's a bright, good kid. How can we help him overcome his annoyance at his own limited capabilities? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 15, 2015 - 17 answers

It was like "The Something, Something, Something & Something Else Book"

I've been trying off and on for years to remember (at least) the title of a miscellany intended for young children. [more inside]
posted by Rat Spatula on Oct 14, 2015 - 9 answers

Good, positive exercise DVDs for teens and children?

I work at a psychiatric hospital, on the child and adolescent service. Our kids don't have a lot of opportunity for exercise, which is really not good, given how effective exercise can be for mood regulation, self-confidence, etc. I'd like to find some good exercise DVDs that they can use when they have unstructured time on the unit. I'd like them to be as positive as possible-- not a lot of "burn that flab away" or "let's sculpt sexy butts." [more inside]
posted by bookish on Oct 12, 2015 - 13 answers

Current Kid's Magazines, physical copy edition?

When I was a kid, I got Ranger Rick and Dynamite and Highlights and Cricket and a bunch of other magazines in my name, and it was thrilling for me. Well, Christmas time is rolling around and I have a couple of new kids in my life, a girl age 5 and a boy age 8, and I'd like to get them actual physical magazine subscriptions because that's fun and exciting. What kids magazines actually still exist today as physical get-in-the-mail products? Im looking for a wide range of interests so I can work from a broad pool of possibilities.
posted by hippybear on Oct 11, 2015 - 16 answers

Managing social anxiety as a parent

How do parents with anxiety protect their children from their own worries and fears? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 11, 2015 - 9 answers

I'm at the end of my rope with my picky eater.

Tonight was a rough night in our house. My picky, small three year-old once again ate two bites of dinner and turned his nose up at what I'd made for him. I got upset and berated him. I feel bad about this and want to figure out what to do. [more inside]
posted by TryTheTilapia on Oct 6, 2015 - 83 answers

Effective strategies for helping kids deal with runaway emotions/tantrum

What successful strategies have you had for helping a kindergartener/young school age child deal with runaway emotions or prevent tantrums?
posted by drezdn on Oct 6, 2015 - 15 answers

Design and audience

Hi, parents of young children. I've been commissioned to design and format a series of small books aimed at you and your kind. How do you want it to look? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Oct 4, 2015 - 12 answers

How to encourage effort, self-discipline, excellence in children?

My daughter is 5 and starting kindergarten and music lessons. I cannot lie: in these and her future...I dunno, endeavors I guess you would call them, I want her to do well. I want her to put effort in and take pleasure in her efforts. But I don't know how to foster this in her and it's time I started figuring it out. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Sep 30, 2015 - 32 answers

V complicated, but hopefully interesting question

I'm in love with a guy with cancer. I'm 31 and starting to feel like I want my life to move on soon. Cancer means it can't with him, and he doesn't want to plan a future right now. What to do? [more inside]
posted by starstarstar on Sep 27, 2015 - 22 answers

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