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Attachment Parenting = Securely Attached Child?

Have attachment parenting concepts been scientifically validated? do they really increase the chances of raising a securely attached child? [more inside]
posted by serenity soonish on Apr 30, 2015 - 27 answers

Baby sleeps at night but doesn't nap

My 7-week old baby doesn't nap. She sleeps pretty well at night, but terribly during the day. How do we fix this? [more inside]
posted by asnider on Apr 26, 2015 - 29 answers

Baby anarchists are the cutest anarchists

I just picked up this book on collective/anarchist childcare and got intrigued by the concept....help me find more! [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Apr 25, 2015 - 7 answers

Opposite sex siblings in the same room?

We are currently expecting our second child at the end of September. Our current child is a boy and we have recently learned that our second child will be a girl. Is there any research-based evidence on whether opposite sex siblings should share a room? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 21, 2015 - 28 answers

If you could send your children to school anywhere...

If you had no ties to your community, family, or career and your only purpose in life was to make certain that your children had the best public school education possible, where would you live? [more inside]
posted by myselfasme on Apr 18, 2015 - 37 answers

The Cycle Continues

Are my kids forever damaged? Can I teach them to show love? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2015 - 28 answers

Source for even handed, researched parenting news updates?

Can anyone recommend a source for well researched news and updates on major parenting topics like medical updates, product recalls, new products etc? [more inside]
posted by saradarlin on Apr 15, 2015 - 3 answers

Request for Disguised Veggie Recipes!

My daughter needs to increase her vegetable intake, but refuses to eat most veggies. What recipes will allow us to disguise her vegetables in other foods? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Apr 14, 2015 - 68 answers

What bad parenting habits should I make sure I don't start?

I now have a toddler, and I realize I don't know much about toddlers! I can already feel myself slipping into some bad habits. What do you wish you would've known about this age -- and what habits should I prevent? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Apr 5, 2015 - 44 answers

I WON'T AND YOU CAN'T MAKE ME

My son is 8 yrs 9 mos, non-neurotypical. He refuses to do a lot of things, causing lots of issues and ugly scenes. Other parents of non-neurotypical children, what strategies do you successfully use to fight inflexibility and refusal? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Apr 2, 2015 - 43 answers

How can I best prepare my red-headed daughter?

My daughter (almost 3 years old) has curly red hair. People constantly make a big deal about it. Is this kind of constant attention and fawning over this part of her something we should be concerned about? I am curious if any other people with red and curly hair can comment on the attention they receive, cumulative effects, and what perhaps any things we as parents can do or look out for? [more inside]
posted by Theta States on Mar 30, 2015 - 40 answers

[parent-filter] Non-violent superheroes for my four year-old?

my almost-four-year old has been getting a bit "handsy" at day care lately and it's usually when he is playing superheroes with his friends -- we're looking for a non-violent superhero to nudge him away from the punching/shooting/bashing variety. [more inside]
posted by Catchfire on Mar 20, 2015 - 20 answers

I need a primer on playdates.

How do playdates generally work for 8-year-olds? In particular, do you have any specific activity or game suggestions? What is playdate etiquette? Any tips for very introverted parents? (Location: U.S.) [more inside]
posted by Eolienne on Mar 20, 2015 - 4 answers

Navigating the world of child custody... with a dysfunctional coparent

Seeking recommendations of any things to do/not do in the child custody court process. Specifically for children of alcoholics: in your experience, what do you feel would have been the best custody arrangement/visitations/etc for you as a child? Additionally, I’m convinced there's definite differences into how different states handle child custody… Can anyone else speak to this? Thanks in advance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 16, 2015 - 7 answers

What should I tell my kid about swearing?

I have an 8-year old who knows all the good swear words and understands on some level that it's not appropriate for him to use them most of the time. I'm struggling to give him some principled guidelines for using swear words. [more inside]
posted by chickenmagazine on Mar 15, 2015 - 29 answers

Severe Neglect in a Six-Year-Old - what to consider before adopting?

We have the opportunity to adopt a 6.5-year-old child who previously suffered from neglect and malnutrition, but does not show signs of trauma or lack of attachment. What do we need to consider, know and act upon right away? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 14, 2015 - 21 answers

How did you stop bedsharing with your baby?

I am bedsharing with my 6-month-old. I have a plan to end this in a few months, but I'd love some guidance from those who've done it themselves. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Mar 11, 2015 - 10 answers

Helping an anxious kid

What are good strategies for helping an anxious first or second grader deal with their anxiety.
posted by drezdn on Mar 7, 2015 - 11 answers

Help for my struggling high schooler

How have you helped your high schoolers through the tough times? [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Feb 22, 2015 - 21 answers

How can I best deal with an alcoholic (and make pressing decisions) ?

Seeking words of wisdom & experience, advice, reality checks, really anything that can help me gain some clarity or peace of mind. Lots of text, apologies in advance. [more inside]
posted by aggielc on Feb 13, 2015 - 33 answers

Tell me about unconventional parenting practises that worked for you

What's something you did (or are doing) as a parent that's different from "the way everybody does it" that worked really well for you? [more inside]
posted by clawsoon on Feb 5, 2015 - 68 answers

Did you do your homework? Oooh, shiny!

I have a kind, sweet, beautiful, smart ADHD-PI (primarily inattentive) daughter. She's almost 11 and in 5th grade. However, homework is the land of pain... [more inside]
posted by heathrowga on Feb 3, 2015 - 14 answers

How to encourage a 9-year-old's charitable nature?

I was incredibly touched to learn that my goddaughter has decided that in lieu of a birthday party she's inviting all of her guests to a local book repository to sort, sticker, and bag books destined for low-income families. I love this and want to do something for her birthday to help encourage more of this kind of thing in the future. Help me choose from some options or suggest something else: [more inside]
posted by eamondaly on Jan 30, 2015 - 30 answers

Parenting an Anxious Kid

My 4 year old seems to be considerably more anxious, perfectionistic, and emotional than his peers. Do you have a kid like this? WERE you a kid like this? Give me your secrets to helping him develop coping skills. [more inside]
posted by tchemgrrl on Jan 21, 2015 - 24 answers

Apps/suggestions for setting time limits on apps for iPad/iPad?

The kids are getting too much screen time, and I am tired of chasing them down to surrender the iPad, setting passcodes, etc. Is there an app or setting that will permit iPad use *only* during specific recurring periods? Or is there an app that will let me specify which apps can be used during specific recurring periods? [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Jan 21, 2015 - 11 answers

Fiction (books) about single moms being awesome!

Post-divorce, I could use some reading about single moms doing interesting things/ dealing brilliantly with their situation/ generally kicking butt. Fiction preferred, school-aged kids in the picture would be ideal. Thanks in advance!
posted by metasarah on Jan 19, 2015 - 13 answers

Is there an expectation you'll fly to visit a family member's newborn?

My brother and his wife had their first child recently. In principle, I'd love to meet their newborn. Problem is, we live on opposite coasts of the US and I don't make much money. I could swing it if I had to, but a trip out there just to stand around the little bundle of biology and watch it eat, sleep, and poop doesn't feel like a good value to me. Am I obligated to go? [more inside]
posted by twobit on Jan 18, 2015 - 57 answers

dearest apple, I pray you fall far from the tree

How did you prevent passing nasty family patterns to your kids? Especially if you grew up in a personality disordered household. What did you consciously do (or not do), or think, in order to be a decent parent, and raise mentally healthy kids. General anecdotes also welcome. [more inside]
posted by serenity soonish on Jan 14, 2015 - 14 answers

Kids and Minecraft Chat

Should I let my 8-year-old onto any public Minecraft servers? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Jan 14, 2015 - 10 answers

Sleep in heavenly peace (please, for the love of God)

We have a five-month-old daughter. How do we deal with chronic sleep deprivation and get through our days? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Jan 5, 2015 - 24 answers

Too late for cloth diapers?

I have a nine month old. I finally have a washing machine. Worth getting some cloth diapers? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Dec 28, 2014 - 27 answers

The Value of Growing Up Poor

My (hypothetical) offspring will know a level of privilege and wealth early on in their lives that... frankly, blows my mind. How do I make sure that my kids grow up to understand the nuances of poverty, affluence, and everything in between? [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Dec 24, 2014 - 36 answers

What should the future with my ex look like?

My husband cheated on me and left me after nearly two decades of a wonderful, loving, respectful marriage. The betrayal came out of nowhere, and involved emotional and on occasion physical abuse. I can't just go no contact, because we've got a daughter, we're financially entangled, and we will be for years. I am having trouble forging a new, post-marriage relationship with him because I'm deeply hurt, raw, angry, sad, and disoriented. I also can't picture what that relationship even looks like. And he has asked to spend all day on Christmas here at the house ... I don't know if I can handle it. [more inside]
posted by Capri on Dec 21, 2014 - 66 answers

books about cerebral palsy

I'm looking for recommendations of books and resources on cerebral palsy. [more inside]
posted by gerstle on Dec 16, 2014 - 11 answers

Losing Weight - Difficulty Level:Parent

I'm reaching the upper-limit of my weight range where I can even comfortably call myself "chubby." If it was just up to me, I'd be able to change my diet pretty drastically, but I live in a household that doesn't lend itself to any food changes or restrictions. I need some advice before I give up and buy several pairs of mom jeans. [more inside]
posted by bibliowench on Dec 15, 2014 - 38 answers

Hair help for a new step-dad.

My new 12 year old step daughter is really into new hairstyles, the funkier the better. I have seen an amazing 'do on a girl her age and would like to re-create it for her. I have already straw-polled her friends, but none of them had heard if such a style. Description over the page. [more inside]
posted by Gabriel ricci on Dec 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Toddler Won't Even Pick Up a Fork Anymore

My toddler (2 years old) has been regressing big time. She regressed on potty training a while back, but that's not what concerns me. Now she refuses to feed herself, she has stopped making verbal requests, she whispers instead of speaking aloud. I'm not asking why the regression, so much as how do I deal with it? [more inside]
posted by 90s_username04 on Dec 4, 2014 - 36 answers

How to pick a therapist to help my anxiety (before pregnancy/parenting)

How do I pick the right therapist to help with my anxiety, stress, indecisiveness, and perfectionist tendencies? What kinds of therapy/techniques/approaches might be most helpful? How do I quickly assess whether to stick with someone or look elsewhere? What are reasonable expectations of how much I can improve in therapy and how quickly? I'm terrible at making decisions-- I need help! (Especially since we want to start trying for kids in a few months so I feel real urgency to make progress quickly to feel comfortable going ahead, for both my and the kid's sake.) DC-area, FYI. [more inside]
posted by SockHop on Nov 24, 2014 - 4 answers

Help us find this for new parents, by new parents!

Mrs. Pairofshades and I are expecting a baby and would like to read up on parenthood. I came across one book in paticular, in about 2005, that I would love to find and read again. It was from a series based on personal anecdotes from parents who had just gone through the stage the book focused on: in this case it was the first year of parenthood. Some details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by pairofshades on Nov 22, 2014 - 2 answers

Two parts woo, one part science.

Crunchy parents and their untraditional opinions make me worry for the safety of my kid and theirs. Could my kid's health be in danger? How do I let go of my judgement and make friends? [more inside]
posted by peasandcarrots on Nov 22, 2014 - 35 answers

Normal or cause for worry?

4-year-old suddenly having accidents at school, fearful, should I worry? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Nov 19, 2014 - 19 answers

Please help me stop spanking my kid.

I'm having problems controlling my temper, every so often, with my child, who is increasingly pressing my buttons. I would like advice on how to not forget myself and spank this child when my temper is piqued (usually by hitting, kicking, or spitting). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2014 - 35 answers

New step-parent woes!

How do I stop/discourage my pre-teen step-daughter from leaving her bedroom light/TV on all night? [more inside]
posted by Gabriel ricci on Nov 17, 2014 - 52 answers

How do siblings work?

As an only-child parent of two wonderful girls who are entering the Age of Sibling Interaction with a roar, quite often I find myself wondering...what the hell is going on? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Nov 3, 2014 - 16 answers

Help me cook for Chinese children!

After a great deal of deliberation, a thorough reading of Fosterhood, and an inconceivable amount of bureaucratic obstacle weaving, we are currently parenting two foster children. They're Chinese. We aren't. They need to eat more soups, more vegetables. I need help figuring out how to make things they'll like. [more inside]
posted by amandabee on Nov 2, 2014 - 27 answers

Help me Interact with my Friends and their troubled son

I think my friends are in denial that their son may be showing signs of autism. How can I be a caring friend during this time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 1, 2014 - 25 answers

I think I want a child, but don't want to ruin their life

I think I'm ready to begin trying but I'm extremely scared of ruining the child's life or even regretting having one. How do I move forward? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 31, 2014 - 21 answers

Mom: Destroying Friendships Since 2014

My son has social delays that make making friends hard. He was finally on his way to making a real friend, and I (his mother) ruined it by inadvertently alienating the other child's mother. I can't fix it. How do I live with it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 25, 2014 - 17 answers

Deadbeat suddenly wants to parent

My ex has suddenly decided he wants to parent again. He got a bit screwed when it came to holidays and summer because based on his behavior during our marriage and the divorce he wouldn't be bothered. Anyways he says he has a lawyer and is going to send me papers to sign to lower his monthly child support payment and adjust holiday visits because he is making less money than when we got divorced. This is likely true he had the best job he has ever had aside from the military when we were getting divorced. [more inside]
posted by Noyra on Oct 22, 2014 - 20 answers

Vicarious Math Pressure

My eldest child is starting high school. She is in the most advanced math class (a version of geometry) offered by her fairly demanding high school. But my eldest is struggling during the review of algebra -- rate problems, word problems, etc. Concerned because math is cumulative, and I don't want her falling behind. What can I do to help, both with math and with preventing her from becoming discouraged? [more inside]
posted by Slap Factory on Oct 10, 2014 - 9 answers

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