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Tips for parenting with chronic illness

What are your tips for parenting small kids when you have a chronic illness? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2008 - 10 answers

Poppa was a rolling stone, now he's a rock.

A friend of mine is quite possibly a father of a nine year old girl in California. He'd laid up some with a woman who got pregnant and determined to have the child, told him to get the hell away from her, she didn't want him in her or the childs life anyways, so go buzz off, and my friend did buzz off. Nine years pass. He's very interested in that child now, he'd want to establish paternity first off -- Momma was sortof a sleaze, as he was at the time -- he wants to know if he is Daddy and if he is how does he find his daughter? Street word is that Momma had to give her up to CA social system. [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue on Nov 18, 2008 - 16 answers

Baby Video Recommendations?

Can anyone recommend baby videos for nine-month olds (and up)? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Nov 17, 2008 - 26 answers

Britains Lower Class Kids - Would Like the Tour, Please.

Movies about Britain's Lower Class children and the society they live in? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Nov 17, 2008 - 21 answers

How do you make awful news make sense to a toddler?

How do you tell a three year old that they won't be having a baby brother after all? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2008 - 8 answers

Sister in law puts her children in cold shower to stop their crying.. thoughts?

My sister in law (from Latin America) is putting her sons (2.5 y and 6 months) in a cold shower if they cry uncontrollably. She says her family did this to her when she was a child to stop tantrums. What are your thoughts? Anyone??
posted by bleuberry on Nov 12, 2008 - 44 answers

Should I interfere with my bilingual children's speech patterns?

To what degree should I moderate my children's use of language at home? I am raising six children aged 10 and below outside the US with my wife who is an non-native English speaker. [more inside]
posted by BinGregory on Nov 11, 2008 - 19 answers

Family time

What are some great board games (if any) to play with a 3 year old? [more inside]
posted by jak68 on Nov 9, 2008 - 40 answers

Help me come up with activities for a nine-year-old boy

Concrete ideas of things to do with a nine-year-old boy in the Baltimore, MD area. I am going to be the Big Sister of a boy in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, and as much as I love doing things this kid likes and things kids like in general, I'm having a heck of a time trying to come up with specific activities--for example, I can't exactly schedule an activity day for sword-fighting or reading. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Nov 4, 2008 - 11 answers

Ency. for the kid

Multi-volume kids encyclopedia recommendations for a bright but not overly-precocious 6 year old. [more inside]
posted by Chrischris on Nov 3, 2008 - 10 answers

Post apocalyptic kindergarteners

Help me find this video of five year olds living in a world without adults. [more inside]
posted by the latin mouse on Oct 31, 2008 - 4 answers

Family-friendly pool near Boston / Metrowest?

Where’s a good place in the Boston or (preferably) Metrowest area to take my six year old son to shoot some pool? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Oct 31, 2008 - 12 answers

What magazines would a five-year old boy in the UK love to receive?

I want to give the five-year-old son of my good friends a magazine subscription as a gift. I'm giving their eight-year-old bookworm daughter a sub to Puffin Post, which I loved as a kid. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by acalthla on Oct 30, 2008 - 23 answers

What gifts should I give my cousins?

Giftfilter: I need Christmas gift ideas for three cousins. The eldest is an almost fourteen year old boy, the middle one is a ten year old girl and the youngest is a nearly nine year old boy. [more inside]
posted by peacheater on Oct 23, 2008 - 9 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

Child behavioral help in NOVA/DC area?

Need advice on child psychologist or family therapist in Northern Virginia/DC area. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2008 - 1 answer

How to include new significant other

How much to include new girlfriend? [more inside]
posted by MiffyCLB on Oct 13, 2008 - 28 answers

Cat's in the cradle

My dad was an insecure, unlikeable jerk (to me at least) who clearly did not like his children. I have become an insecure, unlikeable jerk (to me at least). Am I doomed to have the same, terrible relationship with my future kids as well? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman on Oct 12, 2008 - 29 answers

Fun activities at a community fair?

What kind of a kid-friendly activity can I set up at a community charity event? [more inside]
posted by kamikazegopher on Oct 7, 2008 - 9 answers

Inspirational Stories for 8th graders

Can anyone suggest inspirational readings for 8th graders? [more inside]
posted by kaozity on Oct 6, 2008 - 15 answers

Hey Junior, why are you so rashy on your wrists and neck?

Is there anywhere that sells all-cotton winter coats for toddlers? My fragile son has skin allergies and while the usual mountain climbing gear may be great for all of those two-year-olds who are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, what about the kids who need their skin to breathe free, man? [more inside]
posted by Overzealous on Oct 4, 2008 - 11 answers

Abuse - Does it send out silent signals?

If children are sponges and caretakers have issues what are the kids absorbing? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Oct 3, 2008 - 7 answers

Queen Not Available; What to see/do in London in November with Child?

Looking for kid-oriented/friendly things to do in London and environs in November. Child has requested an audience with Her Majesty, but not sure we can pull that off on such short notice. Scenario: Mom is going on a business trip for a week and we (Daddy and 6 Year Old Daughter) are going to tag along. Daddy's looking for fun things to do during the day while Mommy's hard at work! [more inside]
posted by webhund on Sep 22, 2008 - 17 answers

Activities for a four-year-old who has to be up in the middle of the night

Midnight activities for a 4-year-old that he wouldn't get a chance to do during the day? My son is having an EEG tomorrow during the day. They want him sleep-deprived so he'll sleep without sedation. I'm supposed to get him up for the day at 3:30 am. He's not a morning person at all, so to keep him awake I'm looking for exciting things to do/observe/etc. that wouldn't be possible during his normal waking hours. We're in the east end of Toronto near the Don Valley, so both big-city and nature/wildlife type activities may be possibilities.
posted by winston on Sep 21, 2008 - 20 answers

Piano on a Budget

Our children are taking piano lessons. They need a piano. We don't know what we're doing. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Sep 19, 2008 - 25 answers

Will work for money

How much should I charge for pet-, house-, and baby-sitting? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Sep 10, 2008 - 11 answers

"Guess what?" "What?" "THAT'S what!"

When I was a kid (in the early 70s), this baffling "riddle" was all the rage in the schoolyard: A: "Guess what?" B: "What?" A: "THAT'S what!" I thought this was a quirky but of Southern Indiana nonsense, but my wife -- who hails from Alabama -- also remembers it from her youth. What does it mean? What's its origin? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Sep 9, 2008 - 53 answers

This one goes to eleven.

My three-year-old daughter talks loud. Loud. LOUD. Any parenting tips/tricks on encouraging quieter communication? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Sep 7, 2008 - 28 answers

Help me find my long lost book about a girl that enters a fantasy primative world via a tree!

I'm looking for a book I read as a pre-teen around 1977. It was a coming of age story about a girl who was having problems so she went to this big tree and I think she pressed against it and then went into some fantasy world where she became some kind of indian girl or primative girl and she went on adventures. I always wanted to know the name....can anyone remember this book? What I remember most was that the tree was the secret gate to moving back and forth into these two worlds. And also that as the indian, she had to live a very rustic life. Thanks. Lynn
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Sep 4, 2008 - 10 answers

How do I teach GRATITUDE to my 9-year-old daughter?

How do I teach GRATITUDE to my 9-year-old daughter? [more inside]
posted by VeniceGlass on Sep 2, 2008 - 37 answers

News Parents Can Use?

What are your favorite media resources for parenting? [more inside]
posted by tk on Sep 2, 2008 - 6 answers

What are the child-centric areas around Washington DC?

Can you point out some child-friendly/child-centric neighborhoods or areas in the DC suburbs? We would like to raise a free-range boy, and want a place where kids can, to a large extent, run free. [more inside]
posted by procrastination on Sep 2, 2008 - 12 answers

Favorite Family games?

What are your favorite family games? [more inside]
posted by keith0718 on Aug 30, 2008 - 24 answers

Running shadow children on the TV

1980s kids' television with silhouettes of running/skipping/jumping children? [more inside]
posted by slightlybewildered on Aug 29, 2008 - 5 answers

How can we help abused kids?

How can I help stop child abuse, other than writing a check? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Aug 28, 2008 - 19 answers

Simple paper people kids book

What is this children's papercraft book? Simple cut-out paper people (like gingerbread men) go on adventures (at sea, in the forest?) [more inside]
posted by slightlybewildered on Aug 19, 2008 - 0 answers

Expectant first time father looking for advice on preparing for my child

Is there anything you wish you did for your child before they were born? Or anything you DID do that you could recommend? [more inside]
posted by csimpkins on Aug 17, 2008 - 17 answers

What made your happy childhood memories happy?

What happy memories do you have of being a young child that make you think either "those were good times" or "that was good parenting"? [more inside]
posted by onlyconnect on Aug 12, 2008 - 64 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

What's a gifter to do with unwanted gifts?

My wife's battled depression for a while, and though she rallied and had a decent few months, she plunged back into the depths of it for the few weeks around her recent birthday (which seems to happen every year, but this year was the worst yet). She had us cancel any birthday plans, cake, etc -- didn't even want anybody to say "happy birthday". After asking a few times and receiving this same answer, I went along with it; it was her birthday, after all. Her mood has lifted since then, but she still doesn't want her presents -- says to return everything, and shuts down when I bring up the subject. Fine, I can return them, except for one, a custom order meant as a present from our four-year-old (call her "Olivia"): a set of coasters printed with Olivia's scanned artwork. What do I do with them? [more inside]
posted by UtterlyDrained on Aug 11, 2008 - 65 answers

Can a small child have cataplexy without narcolepsy?

Is it possible for a small child to have cataplexy without narcolepsy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2008 - 6 answers

Recommend some non-white kids' books

Can you recommend some children's picture books that don't just feature white faces? [more inside]
posted by featherboa on Aug 7, 2008 - 39 answers

Do I intervene with the bullies?

My son may be gay. I don't think he even knows yet. He is 15 this month-entering high school. He is ADHD, funny, cute, great with kids, thoughtful, and very loud and effeminate. He's jumped into the theater/choir crowd at school (Big group- I LOVE these kids and their families!). My question is- Can or should a mom get involved with the bullying that goes on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2008 - 41 answers

Maybe Hannah Montana?

How do you keep kids interested in a music class? [more inside]
posted by Weebot on Jul 31, 2008 - 16 answers

How can I help my (nearly) seven year old son "get" maths?

How can I help my 6 1/2 year old son to *get* maths? It hasn't clicked with him at all and I find myself getting frustrated with having to repeat really basic stuff when helping him with his homework. I'm not a maths genius myself and I really don't want to put him off by getting cranky because he's just not getting it. How do I help him get it? [more inside]
posted by h00py on Jul 30, 2008 - 35 answers

Children's Blood-Letting Game?

A friend of mine is completely convinced that there used to be a children's game which actually pricked a child's finger and drew blood. [more inside]
posted by thegreatfleecircus on Jul 28, 2008 - 19 answers

Where do you put money for baby?

So, we just had a baby and grandmothers keep coming up to us and handing us checks for $50 and saying "This is so you can buy a savings bond for the baby." However, I would like to hear about alternative saving/investing ideas for my daughter. [more inside]
posted by ND¢ on Jul 28, 2008 - 18 answers

Just like dooce.com, but with autism?

Which irreverent, funny parenting blogs have extra added autism? [more inside]
posted by pootler on Jul 23, 2008 - 13 answers

How did having a baby change your life?

How did having a baby change your life? I'm intentionally leaving the question as broad as it is and would love to hear your answers, mothers and fathers; but especially in regard to how it may have changed you, as a person. My wife is expecting in 5 weeks, I feel both tremendous excitement, but also a slight anxiety as I know my life will never be the same.
posted by razzman on Jul 22, 2008 - 33 answers

Mummy doesn't love Daddy

It's over. Is it possible to be dumped, have your child taken away and avoid descending into acrimony and bitterness? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2008 - 23 answers

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