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Modifying the Parenting Plan with an irrational ex-

My ex- and I have struggled to coparent cooperatively. We share joint physical/legal custody, and it's been very high conflict. When we divorced a year ago, we wrote our custody agreement hastily and agreed to a schedule that we both feel is not ideal for our 6 year old son - too many transitions and it's confusing/unpredictable for such a young child. We've known for some time that our custody agreement needs to be redone for that reason alone. Since the custody agreement was signed, even more circumstances arose that signaled the need for a farther-reaching parenting plan to replace the custody agreement; we need one that states a mutual commitment to shielding our son from conflict and reduces ambiguity around resolving disagreements, holidays, schoolwork, significant others and parenting a child with ADHD/SPD. [more inside]
posted by phreckles on Nov 28, 2015 - 1 answer

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

How to tell retiring MIL that she will never provide daily childcare?

I'm not asking whether I should let become our kid's caregiver. It will NEVER happen, due to what I've seen from her since having the baby. But obviously I can't let her retire on false pretenses. How in the world do I put these worms back in the can while trying to salvage what's left of our relationship? [more inside]
posted by powerbumpkin on Nov 16, 2015 - 29 answers

Talking with my daughter about sex

My daughter is eleven. When she was a toddler, the advice about talking about sex that I read emphasised answering their questions. Kids are naturally curious! They will have all sorts of questions! Just answer them truthfully and you’ll be fine! Of course that did not happen. My child is apparently not very naturally curious about these things, and suddenly she’s a teenager and I have not talked to her about sex yet. I now know I should have handled this differently, but I can’t do anything about that anymore and could use some help with how to talk about this now. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2015 - 31 answers

Nanny share v. Nursery?

I'm considering moving my 18 month old from a nursery to a nanny share. Thoughts on what I may not be thinking of? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Nov 9, 2015 - 15 answers

Suggest a good Tarot deck for me and my kids to play around with.

My two children (ages 6 and 9) and I would like to buy a Tarot deck so that we can learn to tell each others' fortunes. The children like standard kid/fantasy stuff (Cthulhu, LOtR, Star Wars, puppies, LEGO, Minecraft, Terraria, cartoons, etc) and my only requirement is that it doesn't have nudity as that would freak out their long-suffering mother. Bonus points if it's under $15 and available on Amazon.
posted by math on Nov 5, 2015 - 8 answers

Co-parenting woes

I've read The Co-Parenting Handbook and Raising the Kid You Love With the Ex You Hate and I'm in therapy, but God help me, co-parenting sucks. Please help me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2015 - 14 answers

What to do about someone with a cavalier attitude towards child safety?

We are friends with a family that has a daughter the same age as mine. On a recent visit, my daughter told me that the father offered to leave her and her friend (both 10 y.o.) at home alone while he went to pick up his wife. My daughter didn't want to be left alone, so he had them hide between two of the van seats as he drove to pick up his wife to play a "joke" on her. I am not ok with either of these things. [more inside]
posted by stinker on Oct 25, 2015 - 35 answers

Is My Sister Ever Coming Back from Stepford?

Since having a child, my sister seems to have become one-dimensional and our relationship is starting to feel like hard work. Should I just expect this to be reality until my niece leaves for college? How do we maintain connection if so? [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri on Oct 22, 2015 - 42 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

Physician heal thyself? My 12 year old is bullied on the bus.

Ok, so I have a psychology degree, 20yrs early care and education experience, and am currently in grad school studying school psychology. I should have this, right? I do not have this. Little kids - I totally know what to do. Use your words, tell an adult, yada yada..... My smart, introverted 12 year old vs. douchebag 14 year old? Stymied. I came home from work today and he was in a terrible mood - after a few stabs at trying to get him to talk - I chalked it up to homework fussing and let it lay..... 20 minutes before bedtime - he admits to an 8th grader sticking gum in his hair and throwing a deodorant can at his head on the bus ride home. He just started middle school this year and for the most part - 6th graders are isolated from 7th and 8th graders. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 8, 2015 - 17 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

Please help me sleep train my toddler

Experienced parents of Mefi! I know there are so many of you! So, I've posted this question on a forum specific to sleep challenges but received no feedback so turning to the green. My 14 month old has refused for the past two months to sleep in her crib...it started around the time that she started pulling up an walking... She is now walking steadily so this milestone has been reached. Please help us transition her back to the crib soon because baby #2 will arrive in a few months and I'm getting too big for us all to be in our bed. [more inside]
posted by SanSebastien on Oct 5, 2015 - 14 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

My Boyfriend is a Divorcing Dad: What is Appropriate?

I've never dated a dad before -- and now have a boyfriend with two children whose divorce isn't final. They are a very "low boundaries" family and I'm having a hard time dealing with what is said, discussed in front of his children... [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse on Sep 26, 2015 - 31 answers

How can I support parents supporting a depressed and anxious son?

My teenage brother has been struggling with pretty severe anxiety and depression for the last ~9 months; while my parents are being (in my view) amazing caregivers for him, I think they're both suffering from a lack of self-care, optimism, and support. What resources can I point them to, and what can I do, to help them with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2015 - 5 answers

Christmas Planning: Awesome Toys for bright 2 year old?

What's your best toy(s) recommendation for a bright 2 to 2.5 year old? [more inside]
posted by crayon on Sep 22, 2015 - 22 answers

Dealing with anxiety about parenting

I'm good at doing my best and resting easy when I'm alone with my kids, but I get very anxious about them in social situations. My 5 year old son is strong willed, very physical, and likes to make people laugh. It's a rough combination--all three of those traits produce behaviors that have the potential to offend people and/or be against the rules. Any tips for dealing with this kind of anxiety? [more inside]
posted by tk on Sep 14, 2015 - 11 answers

I don't know what or how to teach my 5-year-old about god...

My daughter is starting kindergarten at Catholic school. We are atheists (although raised Catholic). She will be learning about god in school, learning prayers, etc. and I basically just realized that I have NO CLUE how to navigate this. Do I let her believe, or do I tell her it's all just pretend? Is there an in between? Please help. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Sep 14, 2015 - 43 answers

What happens when every kid in your child's class is a year or two older

Our son is entering first grade (public school in Minnesota, if that matters). We just got the new class assignments and it looks like literally every other kid in his class is a year or two older, obviously because their parents held them back a year, or more in some cases. How worried should we be? [more inside]
posted by rada on Aug 27, 2015 - 32 answers

How can I help my boys grow up to be healthier happier feminist men?

Inspired by the EL thread and the askme on it after following this moving thread about male socialization, what can I do as a parent (specifically a mother) do to help my sons grow up to be happier and healthier feminist men in a toxic patriarchy? What resources and strategies can I add to my parenting toolbox?
posted by dorothyisunderwood on Aug 19, 2015 - 30 answers

How to adjust to your child's chronic illness?

My 7 year old son was recently diagnosed with generalized dystonia. If you've been through having a previously healthy child develop a chronic illness, what advice would you have for someone else who's trying to deal with this? [more inside]
posted by toodles on Aug 12, 2015 - 8 answers

After a depression, how to let young kids know how much they are loved?

What are some ways that a parent recovering from serious depression can let their young children know that they are loved and treasured? [more inside]
posted by thenewbrunette on Aug 5, 2015 - 23 answers

Help me be a nice mom

How can I interact more with my kid at times when I'm super annoyed by her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 25, 2015 - 24 answers

Parents of teens: would you allow co-ed sleepovers?

Ok go easy on me, this is my first question ever. My super responsible 14yo daughter wants to have a couple of boy friends stay the night along with a couple of girls. [more inside]
posted by CanyonWren on Jul 7, 2015 - 57 answers

Should we offer to take our nieces on one-on-one vacations?

My wife and I like the idea of taking our son on a pair of one-on-one vacations, one with each parent, to build special memories with each parent. We'd like to extend the offer to our beloved nieces, whose immigrant parents couldn't afford these kinds of trips, but I'd appreciate any input on whether that sounds grandiose or distasteful. [more inside]
posted by Clambone on Jun 29, 2015 - 28 answers

Reluctant to draw?

According to this chart, my four year old daughter's drawing skills are still at age two, though she possibly has drawn her first head-and-legs figures (if so, I didn't recognise them). I think she may be reluctant to draw. A relative says I should be worrying about this. Should I? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Jun 15, 2015 - 29 answers

Strategies for parenting an ADHD (inattentive) child?

My 11-y.-o. son seems to check all the boxes for ADHD (inattentive, not hyper). I am in the process of having him formally evaluated. In the meantime, I need help figuring out how best to support him in daily activities without losing my mind. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 15, 2015 - 12 answers

Large family father forum

Is there an online community for fathers of large families? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 11, 2015 - 3 answers

Need bedtime advice for a baby, a toddler, and a small apartment

Help us get a young toddler and a baby to sleep at roughly the same time in the same room. Is it possible? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by annekate on Jun 10, 2015 - 11 answers

Congratulations! Your INFANT evolved into TODDLER!

I've read several baby books that provide a comprehensive overview of the first year of an infant's life: development, basic care, etc. Can you recommend a book that covers the toddler years in a similar way? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Jun 10, 2015 - 10 answers

How to talk to my kids about my crappy parents?

My parents aren't a part of my life for different reasons and I've never been certain how to approach this with my kids. They've asked pointed questions a few times and I know I can't give vague or incomplete answers forever. [more inside]
posted by thelaze on Jun 8, 2015 - 14 answers

What are some blogs written about parenting gifted kids?

Recently my son was identified as gifted and I'm feeling overwhelmed. Can anyone recommend some blogs to read? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp on Jun 5, 2015 - 21 answers

Child anxiety

Dear hive mind, I'm a 48 year old father of a 5 year old daughter. My life is pretty okay, in terms of marriage, health, work. But I cannot seem to enjoy all the good things (of which there are plenty) out of anxiousness that my child will maybe not have a great life. [more inside]
posted by hz37 on May 30, 2015 - 19 answers

Hard or Soft: Parenting edition.

My husband thinks we are too hard on our son. I think he really means I'm too hard on our son. I need some perspective. [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas on May 26, 2015 - 40 answers

help calming an inconsolable child

My girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter has been having a really hard time. [more inside]
posted by generalist on May 25, 2015 - 18 answers

Advice for a tall-ish mom of a short child?

My preschool-aged daughter is very short for her age. She's always been confident and happy, but, recently, she has started to realize that that all of her same-age peers are much taller than she is, and she's not happy about it. Short women and parents of short women, what can you tell me about the experience of being a short female? What are the challenges? What are the perks? What can I do to help my daughter deal with challenges she might encounter because of her stature?
posted by TEA on May 15, 2015 - 42 answers

How Can I Care Less and Move On?

Is this normal? I often have anxiety about my kids. I need perspective. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on May 9, 2015 - 14 answers

Preparing for 1st baby- when to save vs splurge? buy new vs used?

Preparing for our first baby in October and trying to figure out the smartest approach to equipping ourselves with everything we're going to need. So many choices to make! What things should we pay more for because we'd regret pinching pennies, and when is splurging on the pricier stuff a waste? What should we look for new vs used (and not just for safety issues like carseats, but also what's the key "never waste your money on buying X new, you can get it so much cheaper used" stuff)? [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on May 8, 2015 - 62 answers

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 - 30 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 - 31 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


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

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