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My daughter has cancer

The love of my life has recently been diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. This seemed to come out of nowhere. In the space of a month from one checkup to the next she developed a 2.5 centimeter tumour. I'm lost. [more inside]
posted by malhaley on Jun 17, 2015 - 14 answers

Which child gets the bigger bedroom?

Older boy, younger girl. Which child gets the bigger bedroom? How did your family decide? Did you go by age? Sex? Some personality trait I am not thinking of? Proximity to parents' bedroom? Another factor I am not considering? I am at a crossroad and am struggling with what should be deciding factors. Both children are young; I am trying to imagine future issues and am unsure of the most reasonable way to proceed. Thanks for sharing your thoughts/experiences!
posted by rabidsegue on Jun 14, 2015 - 51 answers

Cool history podcasts (and other podcasts) for a 8 year old boy

My 8 year old son LOVES history. He also loves audiobooks and podcasts as he can listen whilst doing his other great love - Lego! Can anybody recommend good history podcasts aimed specifically at primary school aged children? I would also appreciate details of any other good age appropriate podcasts that you think he would enjoy. Thanks!
posted by ozem on Jun 6, 2015 - 11 answers

How to handle child's OCD/anxiety/?

My daughter is afraid of getting sick and asks everyday about the dangers of different substance. I am unsure of how long to let this go before looking for professional help, even if just to help me not go insane over her behavior. [more inside]
posted by turtlefu on May 26, 2015 - 18 answers

Help me monkey-proof these stairs

I'm a single mother of a 2 and a 4-year-old. Recently, my dad decided to look into buying a condo to rent to me, so that my kids would be in a better school district when my daughter starts kindergarden next year. Yay! The problem is, he has found a condo that he is in love with, right across the street from a top-rated elementary school; BUT - it's a two-story, and my older child is a budding acrobat. [more inside]
posted by celtalitha on Apr 27, 2015 - 15 answers

Raising a bilingual child in London with monolingual parents -- how?

We live in London and have a toddler! We both speak (woefully) only English, and have struggled as adults to learn another language. We have to find childcare for our daughter anyway, and would love for her to be exposed to another language. But how? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Apr 26, 2015 - 12 answers

Where to put this money for my child?

A relative wants to give a cash gift to my 12-year-old child, but wants to put it in some kind of account where it can grow for many years before the child receives it. Where? How? It's under $1000 and we're in the U.S. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Apr 19, 2015 - 14 answers

How to help a child stop being scared of animals?

My daughter (5.5yo) is scared of animals - dogs in particular. If any come close to her, let alone touch her, she starts wailing and crying and runs away. [more inside]
posted by coriolisdave on Mar 25, 2015 - 21 answers

What happens at a baby's first dental appointment?

I'm living in a country where they don't see children for dental care until they're three. So what happens in American dentist appointments before then? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Feb 15, 2015 - 21 answers

Distinctive Voodoo Child cover on "Hitman: Agent 47" trailer

The trailer for the new "Hitman: Agent 47" film is a rather distinctive cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child", as found here; however I can't find it online, or even anything close... any ideas?
posted by DancingYear on Feb 11, 2015 - 9 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

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

My Kid Is "The Bad Kid". Now What?

Nutshell question: "did YOUR kid act this way? What helped them? What was wrong with them?" Nutshell synopsis: WeeThumbscrew is a bright, sweet, cute nine year-old. He has also exhibited SEVERE social issues in school this year (think "has been kicked off of the school bus", think "at least one phone call from the principal every week"). He is already in therapy (with an excellent pediatric Psy.D). Miserable, gray, hopeless snowflakes inside... [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Jan 5, 2015 - 53 answers

My parent survived child abuse. Is it impacting us now?

What information and support is out there for adult children of people who themselves survived child abuse (including physical, sexual, and verbal / emotional abuse)? How can abuse survivors' families (including adult children) navigate the effects of untreated trauma? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 18, 2014 - 18 answers

Should I encourage or redirect my little kid's interest in death?

She is a happy and healthy three-year-old who is very curious and bright, and one of her growing interests is death and horror. Currently, we redirect to less morbid topics, but with the comparatively same level of interest in for ballet, we've got books and ballet costumes and play ballet music and have taken her to watch ballet classes, etc, so we're uncertain how to handle this goth phase from our own biases. [more inside]
posted by viggorlijah on Dec 15, 2014 - 31 answers

How much $ to give a child who just earned a bundle?

Basically by accident my kid is about to earn a large chunk of money. How much should we let him keep, how much should be saved, etc.? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 9, 2014 - 36 answers

First cartoons for young toddlers

Our little big boy is 1.5yrs old and we think it's time to relax the "no TV" rule and let him start watching cartoons. Please give us your recommendations! [more inside]
posted by gakiko on Dec 3, 2014 - 40 answers

Why does our 9 month old love the Gangam Style music video?

Psy just blows it out of the park with the really young female crowd apparently, or is it a selection bias of sorts? You know what I'm sayin'! [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Dec 2, 2014 - 27 answers

Help me have a conversation through books with my little girl

I'd like some recommendations for books to get my 6 year old girl who has a vast interior life I only rarely get glimpses of. [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya on Nov 26, 2014 - 32 answers

Child-safe messaging device

I'd like to give my 2 nieces and 1 nephew a shared device this Christmas, with which they can send and receive SMS and MMS messages (or similar) to and from an explicit whitelist of contacts. Apple iMessage is not an option. Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Nov 25, 2014 - 15 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

All I want for christmas is my two sparkle shoes

We are looking for the best shoes ever to give to a 2 year old boy for christmas. the idea is that it's practical for the parents (no shoes to buy for this round!) but that they can be fun enough for a child (lights? other weird somethings?) Shoes must NOT be lace up, bonus points for craziness otherwise. Money is no object, but we will probably spent around $60. Online ordering a plus. Thanks!
posted by andreapandrea on Nov 9, 2014 - 19 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

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

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

Should we make our wedding kid-friendly? If so, how?

Most of our friends have kids under age five. We're considering whether and how to make our wedding a kid-friendly event. Have you seen this done? Have you tried it? As a parent, what would help? Or do you just want a night out? Would anything make you more likely to stay overnight for more fun the next day? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Oct 6, 2014 - 39 answers

Resources and Research on Talking to Overwhelmed Kids

As a teacher, I regularly have contact with kids who are feeling some very strong emotions. Many of these children are coming to terms with a separation or divorce in their families. So I’m hoping that the hivemind can help me find resources about how to talk to kids about their emotions, and especially what to do when they seem flooded. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Oct 5, 2014 - 6 answers

What percentage of youth in foster care have parents who were in FC?

Research help: What percentage of youth in foster care are born to parents who were at one point in foster care of themselves? I'm looking for information on the prevalence of intergenerational child abuse and experiences of foster care. In addition to the question above, I am also interested in what percentage of perpetrators of child abuse were victims of child abuse themselves. I've done some digging myself and haven't been able to find any data on this.
posted by chefscotticus on Sep 21, 2014 - 5 answers

Son's childcare worker suddenly fired - what to think/do (if anything?)

Has anyone dealt with the sudden dismissal of a childcare worker? [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor on Sep 15, 2014 - 19 answers

Help identify short story about poor inner-city Hispanic art student

Hi, My friend and I read this story in elementary school and cannot remember the title. [more inside]
posted by watermelon on Sep 5, 2014 - 0 answers

How can you help a toddler learn to jump

Our son, who recently turned three, doesn't know how to jump. When my wife and I ran through a review of his skills and abilities at this point as part of his general check-up, he scored well with or above on all tests, except gross motor skills, namely jumping. How can we help him learn this skill? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 4, 2014 - 18 answers

So . . . what is a "playdate", anyway?

What is a playdate, anyway? Is it a social occasion where parents hang out together while their kids play together in close proximity? And how did this pattern emerge? do people in other countries do this or is it mainly an American thing? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Aug 31, 2014 - 28 answers

Preschooler sensitive about laughing

My almost-3-year-old is cute and delightful in all the typical ways. So, people smile and laugh when she says or does cute things. So what's the problem? The laughter makes her cry. [more inside]
posted by barnoley on Aug 29, 2014 - 31 answers

What's the deal with the ASQSE?

My 21 month old's daughter just sent home with her a questionnaire called the ASQSE, which from what I gather is intended to help diagnose ASD. Her answers on the questionnaire would indicate that she doesn't have a problem. BUT. They sent this thing home with me for a reason, right? [more inside]
posted by Night_owl on Aug 19, 2014 - 13 answers

Fancy events + no sleep + small children = help?

Family trip coming up, and I need advice on helping my five-year-old daughter manage sleep-deprivation and jetlag. In the context of a wedding weekend, with all the attendant social and behavioral expectations. With bonus similarly-aged relative who brings out her most rambunctious side. What can I do by way of scheduling, boundaries, etc., to keep this sane while still being polite? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Aug 17, 2014 - 19 answers

Need specific cites in the No Child Left Behind Act for school choice.

I am in need of a Title 1 school choice transfer to get my child out of a really terrible school into a pretty decent one. The administration is giving me the runaround, so I'd like to find the specific section of the law that discusses it so I can print it out and cite it. I won't have the time to scan through the entire law before my meeting with them. Please help! [more inside]
posted by corb on Aug 7, 2014 - 12 answers

Did my 5 y.o. tear something in his knee?

My son had two nasty playground falls within 30 minutes of each other yesterday. Since then he's complaining of pain in the space behind his knee, and walking stiff legged. Occasionally he'll put weight on the leg, and it buckles. You are not my pediatrician, but can you help tell me how worried I should be, and what questions I should ask at our appointment later today? (Please please please tell me my baby didn't tear an ACL). [more inside]
posted by synapse on Aug 6, 2014 - 10 answers

Kid starting daycare

Should we start daycare along with everybody else or wait for other kids to finish their transition period first, just because we can? [more inside]
posted by gakiko on Aug 6, 2014 - 11 answers

how is babby supported

I want to have a child, but I don't think it would work with my schedule and financial situation. My inability to solve this problem is affecting my daily moods and creating a negative outlook on life. [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Aug 1, 2014 - 28 answers

Help me get my kid a phone

Parents, what do you wish you knew when you got your kid their first phone? I need practical advice, but I'm also interested in the less tangible parent/child relations-type advice, too. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jul 23, 2014 - 23 answers

My son is panicking about learning to swim. Help?

My kids are going to a day camp for the first time this summer. They're scheduled to swim twice a day, but my son has been refusing to go into the pool and panicking when the counselors try to encourage him into the water. How can we convince him the pool is fun, safe and comfortable? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jul 11, 2014 - 43 answers

Move to another apartment in the same neighborhood to escape landlord?

I need to decide by tomorrow whether to move out of my apartment (in September). Dislike the landlord, who lives above me, but the place is nice and my daughter was born there. My old landlord, who I like a lot, has a place for rent. Details below: [more inside]
posted by betsbillabong on Jul 9, 2014 - 18 answers

Ready for career change. Nanny to ......

With 13+ years experience working in the field of child care, I am ready for a career change. Most recently (the last 5 years), I have been working as a nanny in a major American city. Previously, I've been a camp counselor, Au-Pair, and tutor, etc. I'm looking to parler this skill set into something outside of 'household help'. [more inside]
posted by kmeryl on Jun 29, 2014 - 6 answers

Child reading books in the summer

Hi, My 10 year old girl loves to read. When she gets started, she loves it, but it's the "getting her started" that I have a problem with. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Jun 27, 2014 - 33 answers

Was having a second child a career killer?

For you full-time working mothers, was having a second child a career killer like my googling suggests? Are there other potentially negative ramifications of having a second that I'm not considering? Feel free to ignore the special snowflake details inside; I tend to ramble. [more inside]
posted by kei02003 on Jun 25, 2014 - 23 answers

Worried mom of 10-year-old son with inferiority complex

10-year-old that struggles with many things who, for a few years now, has, when feeling sad/depressed, talked about how no one likes him, he's not good at anything, has no special qualities, isn't smart... etc. Looking for ways to help him. [more inside]
posted by youdontmakefriendswithsalad on Jun 15, 2014 - 51 answers

Saturday morning child care while at Pepperdine conference

I have a conference at Pepperdine University near Malibu CA and am bringing my kids and another adult. There is a Saturday excursion that my youngest, 6, is too young to participate. We're flying in from the East Coast, how do I find a fun, responsible college kid for that morning? [more inside]
posted by childofTethys on Jun 9, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me choose a mattress

We need to buy a single mattress for our infant daughter's bed. I have no idea what is reasonable in terms of price or what we should look for. Please help. [more inside]
posted by jojobobo on May 31, 2014 - 6 answers

Books for tweens set in New York City

Some friends are coming to visit NYC and I'd like to get their kids some fiction set in the city. [more inside]
posted by The Elusive Architeuthis on May 24, 2014 - 19 answers

How can a child make their parent feel bad about their parenting?

Friends told me the reason I'm emotionally unstable is probably mainly because of how I grew up and I needed to reconcile with my dad. [more inside]
posted by pelu on May 21, 2014 - 54 answers

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