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How much freedom to roam?

So what's the norm for kids running around the neighborhood and playing these days? As a parent, what would you like to happen when the kid down the street knocks on your door and asks if your child can play? [more inside]
posted by Ostara on Jun 10, 2012 - 21 answers

Looking for cool stuff online for my four year olds.

I'm looking for websites that have cool, educational, entertaining and kid-safe stuff I can share with my two 4 year olds, perhaps similar to the kids should see this, and/or sites that suggest neat projects and how-to's my wife and I can work on with them to open their eyes to the wonders of the world around them. All suggestions welcome!
posted by zarq on Jun 10, 2012 - 4 answers

My friend is in crisis. What can I do?

My friend is in extreme crisis after his wife of seven years left him completely out of the blue. I'm not sure what to do to help him. Relevant details inside. [more inside]
posted by ronofthedead on Jun 8, 2012 - 19 answers

Let's not get back problems this young

What non-computer based activities can I use to teach video game development to 10-12 year olds? [more inside]
posted by atlantica on Jun 6, 2012 - 21 answers

A meddler with a heart of gold

About four months ago my best friend and my husbands best friend hooked up and started a relationship. She has a kid and everything seemed fine until the weekend when we saw them all together. Questionable actions on the new boyfriends part. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 4, 2012 - 37 answers

The youngest video game designer.

My eleven year old daughter is showing interest in designing video games. What tools are out there for her to get her feet wet in placing elements on screen and creating interactions? Paid is fine as long as it's not exorbitant. [more inside]
posted by erebora on Jun 2, 2012 - 17 answers

On Becoming An Epic Uncle

My brother and his wife are having a baby! How do I become a good best epic uncle? What are some nice or useful things your siblings have done for your children? What are you own favorite memories involving your uncle? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on May 29, 2012 - 23 answers

Children's albums with a theme.

Help me find children's music albums that tells a story or has a theme. [more inside]
posted by surfgator on May 25, 2012 - 15 answers

to Russia with love

Do you know any good videos for young children to learn a little Russian? [more inside]
posted by spbmp on May 17, 2012 - 11 answers

Ghost stories to tell children aloud?

Ghost stories to tell a five-year-old? [more inside]
posted by palliser on May 16, 2012 - 10 answers

Dad School

What are some good references or software tools to help me teach my young kids some basic computer skills (including typing, spreadsheets, and more)? [more inside]
posted by bove on May 15, 2012 - 4 answers

Better than a red phone box cookie tin

Gift ideas for home-bound expats? [more inside]
posted by nickrussell on May 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Car seat for a Mini convertible?

My husband loves his 2007 Mini Cooper S convertible, but also loves his 3 year old, 38" tall, 30 lb daughter. We're hoping to bring the two things together with the perfect car seat. It needs to be easy to get into for the kid, harness (as opposed to seat belt) preferred. Have any actual real-life Mini owners made this work?
posted by nkknkk on May 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Can supportive adults help?

I am looking for article/s pertaining to childhood and outside adult support from a dysfunctional family. [more inside]
posted by annsunny on May 9, 2012 - 2 answers

He loves to break my glasses. Now he needs his own.

Our 18 month old needs glasses. Before we head over to the eyeglasses store, is there anything we should know? [more inside]
posted by ambrosia on May 9, 2012 - 19 answers

Wanna be on Mommy's new album?

Music Trivia: What musicians have included their children's voices in their recordings? [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj on May 9, 2012 - 52 answers

Five year old green thumb

I'm trying to get my five year old step son interested in gardening. We made a special flower bed for him and I to grow plants in together and he is really excited to grow "rainbow blossoms" in it. Help me make this as rewarding for him as possible! [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on May 9, 2012 - 38 answers

gorgeous high-res photos of baby vomit

Non-photographer new parents looking for a decent camera to capture their wee one! [more inside]
posted by Theta States on May 8, 2012 - 12 answers

Fewer kids, better outcomes?

Are there any studies that show that couples who have fewer children are able to raise the children they do have better? [more inside]
posted by adamdschneider on May 5, 2012 - 12 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

Empathic Vancouver, BC family lawyer?

Please help me find an empathic Vancouver, BC area family lawyer. [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Apr 30, 2012 - 4 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

Not enthused about wife's 3rd pregnancy

Wife is pregnant with 3rd while we're considering adoption. I'm freaking out. What's wrong with me? [more inside]
posted by melancholy_okie on Apr 27, 2012 - 22 answers

You say Da Vinci, and I say Da Vinci

Can you recommend good science sets or paint (non-watercolor) sets for an 11 year old girl? She likes to experiment and dabble in her room, and has asked about them as gifts. Thanks!
posted by Clyde Mnestra on Apr 14, 2012 - 11 answers

Advice for a seasonal allergy newbie

My 3 year old seems to have seasonal allergies now. (As of about 5 days ago, NYC-area.) I don't have them and his father's were adult-onset, so I don't really know how to minimize them at such a young age. Should we be keeping windows closed at all times? Get an indoor air filter? Avoid going outside at all on high pollen days? I'm not sure how much it should change our/his life going forward. [more inside]
posted by misoramen on Apr 11, 2012 - 9 answers

Edutainment about computers

What educational children's shows have an episode about the internet and or computers in general? Episode name or number a bonus! [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Apr 10, 2012 - 13 answers

My best guess is that the Very Hungry Caterpillar is really terrifying.

Toddler nightmares: what helped you calm the shrieking beast? [more inside]
posted by sonika on Apr 9, 2012 - 35 answers

Should a godparent play favourites?

Should a godparent play favourites? My goddaughter is the oldest of my friends' kids. She's 5 now, and we have a great relationship - I love her to bits and she loves spending time with her "fairy godmother". There is now a second child in the family (with his own set of godparents). So - godparents - how does this work? What level of favouritism should I be showing (if any)? [more inside]
posted by finding.perdita on Apr 5, 2012 - 14 answers

What fun things can I do with my nephews for a day this weekend?

What fun things can I do with my nephews for a day this weekend? [more inside]
posted by Petrot on Apr 5, 2012 - 14 answers

Keep the Lights On - Or Else!

My four-year-old woke crying in the middle of the night from a bad dream last week. This has never happened before. All he will say is that it was "very scary." Since then, he insists on all the lights being on in his room all night. [more inside]
posted by 41swans on Apr 5, 2012 - 59 answers

Where can 8- to 10- year-olds go to do research on the Internet?

If you were giving a presentation to a group of 3rd and 4th graders (ages 8-10) on how to do research for school projects on the internet, what would you tell them? Where would you point them? [more inside]
posted by slappy_pinchbottom on Apr 3, 2012 - 10 answers

Explaining death to baby atheists

Atheist families: how have you talked about death with your small children? [more inside]
posted by xo on Apr 3, 2012 - 29 answers

How do I manage my kid's Kindle?

Just bought a Kindle for my 11 year old daughter (haven't given it to her yet). As far as I can tell, there are no parental controls. How should I set it up so I can manage the content she's reading and limit her ability go on a digital spending spree? [more inside]
posted by punocchio on Mar 31, 2012 - 26 answers

How can we afford to have children?

Please help me understand how to make our home economics work: we want to have children, but I don't see how we can afford to. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2012 - 35 answers

What would you do if you were invisible for a day?

I video our kids on their birthday while I ask them random questions. I am looking for more questions to ask them and record (on paper or video). Questions like "will you get married?", "What do you want to be when you grow up?", "what was the best day of your life so far?". [more inside]
posted by beccaj on Mar 23, 2012 - 21 answers

Fight the future?

How do you deal with fears about global warming? [more inside]
posted by gentian on Mar 22, 2012 - 33 answers

What exactly is the purpose of teens again?

Please help me talk to my boyfriend about his relationship with his ex-wife and rude, overly indulged child and evaluate my relationship overall. Yeah, I know. Long. [more inside]
posted by nubianinthedesert on Mar 21, 2012 - 41 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

Philosophy books for children?

Does anyone know of any books for children around the age of 9 (a rather intelligent 9 year old mind you) that explores philosophical concepts, specifically metaphysics and epistemology. I gave him some old philosophy textbooks of mine, but they were a little too much for him I think.
posted by fightoplankton on Mar 19, 2012 - 24 answers

Babyfriendly eating in Rome?

We're going to Rome in a month's time, and are looking for great places to eat that won't mind us bringing our baby along. Any other tips for enjoying Rome with a push chair/stroller are also welcome!
posted by Harald74 on Mar 18, 2012 - 6 answers

I need to mine your knowledge about minecraft

My kid wants to play Minecraft. I am not a gamer. Please help me answer questions regarding system requirements, appropriateness and how to get him started when I really don't want to get involved at all! [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Mar 15, 2012 - 30 answers

Dating after Divorce - Children Intros?

DivorceFilter Colorado: I have been told that there are guidelines for introducing children of a previous marriage to your a new romantic interest. [more inside]
posted by TauLepton on Mar 11, 2012 - 11 answers

Hi, I'm from The Internet, and I'm your aunt.

What fun things can I do over Skype to maintain a relationship with my nephew between visits? He's 2 years old right now, but I'm also interested in things he might enjoy as he gets older. [more inside]
posted by embrangled on Mar 11, 2012 - 12 answers

Tell me about this BABYSITTING thing.

I have some questions about babysitting. [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet on Mar 7, 2012 - 10 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

No, I am quite certain you can do this on your own now.

How can you tell if a child really needs help with something, or if they're just seeking attention? [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain on Mar 4, 2012 - 16 answers

How do I stop acting like an ACOA?

I'm an adult child of alcoholics, and I've just recently come to realize I actually do exhibit many of the classic behaviors of one. Now that I have that figured out, how do I retrain myself to NOT do those things? [more inside]
posted by thrasher on Mar 2, 2012 - 43 answers

Help Us Entertain Our Kids in Vegas!

What awesome fun things can we do with our small children in Vegas? [more inside]
posted by I_love_the_rain on Feb 28, 2012 - 13 answers

My ex-wife is not rational.

Is it illegal to post photos of children on the Internet without both their parent's permission? [more inside]
posted by doomtop on Feb 27, 2012 - 30 answers

Kids Movies with Great Ensemble Dancing

My almost six-year-old son has fallen in love with the Step In Time (youtube) ensemble dance scene from Mary Poppins. What other movies should we get for him? Remember, he's not quite six years old. [more inside]
posted by alms on Feb 25, 2012 - 25 answers

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