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Volunteering with 1-2 Year Olds

My wife and I both used to volunteer one or two days a month. Since our child was born, it is much harder to find the time to volunteer. Are there any good volunteer opportunities that would work well with a 20 month old? We live in Brooklyn, if anyone knows anything specific to our area. [more inside]
posted by Falconetti on Feb 2, 2016 - 7 answers

How can I help my child learn to regulate her emotions?

My six year old daughter has had difficulty moderating her emotions since she was about three. This mostly manifests in hour+ long tantrums of crying and screaming, but she is no longer out of control for the entire hour. Usually 15 to 20 minutes into the tantrum, she realizes what is happening but will continue to tantrum to save face or out of anger (or perhaps for another reason we haven't identified). We've tried talking to her about deep breathing and other relaxation methods to calm down, but frankly in the heat of the moment, these techniques fly out the window. [more inside]
posted by dumbasamuppet on Feb 1, 2016 - 55 answers

How To Channel A Dawdling Kindergartner

I've just received a note in my five-year-old son's backpack from his kindergarten teacher. He is having trouble focusing and finishing his work at school in an appropriate amount of time. What are some ways I can help him focus on his task at hand? [more inside]
posted by Liesl on Jan 19, 2016 - 21 answers

How to find a husband in the San Francisco Bay Area

I'm a woman in San Francisco. Where should I go and what should I do do to find a man who wants marriage and a child in the near future, say 1 - 3 years? Specific examples of worked for you and for the people you know as well as concrete advice would be great. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2016 - 30 answers

Recovering emotionally from an ill child in the hospital

My 15 month old was seriously ill and admitted to the hospital through the ER. I am having trouble breathing through the anxiety and fear. Do you have any experience/advice beyond or in addition to therapy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2016 - 14 answers

Identifying children's book where child chooses to be reborn

Can you help me identify this book from my childhood? I think it was a picture book, and there was a part where a spirit was choosing what planet, family, etc. to be reborn into. [more inside]
posted by phoenixy on Jan 3, 2016 - 2 answers

Guardianship for sibling's hypothetical child; with complicating factors

My older sister, who is mid-thirties and single, has just asked me if she were to become pregnant via anonymous sperm donor, whether my husband and I would agree to be the child’s legal guardians were something to happen to her. She asked me this by text message; so far I have told her that I don’t think this is a conversation for text message and that we will see her in a few days over Christmas. She said she agrees and says she just wanted to give us a ‘heads-up’. As always, there are complicating factors (see below). Please help me line up some phrases and good things to ask/say for the inevitable conservation we are going to have this week. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 21, 2015 - 37 answers

Next step beyond Lego?

My son has mostly outgrown Lego but still loves building things from instructions. Challenging things. What are some building kits I could get for him? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Dec 4, 2015 - 38 answers

What are some great "wow" gifts for an almost 5-year-old?

I usually buy my daughter one larger gift each Christmas, one that we can set up as the big surprise Christmas morning. The challenge is that our house is fairly small so whatever we buy should be able to fold up and be put away, either up on a shelf or in a closet. [more inside]
posted by Alison on Dec 1, 2015 - 15 answers

My son's admirers at school - teachable moment?

My 5-year-old son has been getting notes and gifts from classmates who seem to be quite fond of him. Now what? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman on Nov 5, 2015 - 17 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

Keeping a Young Toddler Busy in the Car

Two upcoming road trips for the holidays plus one young toddler who could make it all pretty miserable. Please share any tricks for keeping the little guy busy in the car. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Nov 3, 2015 - 13 answers

Working on losing with a nearly 7-year-old

My nearly-7-year old is having a very difficult time losing. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Oct 18, 2015 - 31 answers

Keep calm and carry on ... with fine motor skills

Our kiddo is in Pre-K, where he gets frustrated that he can't do fine motor skills (writing, drawing), then he doesn't listen to the teacher. Otherwise, he's a bright, good kid. How can we help him overcome his annoyance at his own limited capabilities? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 15, 2015 - 17 answers

Pros/Cons of having a second child?

Recently considering having a second child. My son is now 4 years old. There are so many pros and cons to having a second child, and I am so torn. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Sara_NOT_Sarah on Oct 1, 2015 - 48 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

Tablet/laptop recommends - 10 yr old, needs to use Google Classroom.

I have a hard time figuring out which devices will do what we need, so some help would be muchly appreciated. More inside. [more inside]
posted by rudd135 on Aug 25, 2015 - 5 answers

Grandparents hate us, want to continue loving baby. Now what?

My husband's parents are the only grandparents my child see regularly (we live in his country rather than mine) have decided that they no longer want a relationship with us. They do, however, want to continue their bi-weekly visits to see the baby which I would be "hosting". We don't want to cut them off, but I am not enthused. Reassurance and tips on navigating this requested. I am so confused!! [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Aug 12, 2015 - 92 answers

To Cuba and Back, While (Mostly) Following the Rules

This isn't a question about how to be a tourist in Cuba, but rather about how risky it might be to go there for a professional meeting (a sanctioned reason) and then bend the rules a bit. [more inside]
posted by correcaminos on Aug 10, 2015 - 5 answers

Windows PC - Software and Settings for Young Child

I'm looking for suggestions for re-purposing a Windows laptop into a child-friendly PC (for a 6-year-old), for entertainment and development of computer skills. Suggestions for Windows settings and/or child-friendly shells, parental controls, age-appropriate software, and any other ideas for getting the most out of a young child's first computer. [more inside]
posted by Alabaster on Aug 9, 2015 - 1 answer

How to deal when a child hits yours

This has happened several times, and I react differently every time, and never feel like my response is correct. My son is 18 months, and at various playgroups/events/playgrounds, he has been hit or pushed over by children that are older and larger than him. In every single instance, the person meant to be watching that child was not, and the only response to the act would be coming from me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 6, 2015 - 14 answers

ipad games for a 5 year old, please.

I'm looking for ALL the iPad games that are simple enough for a 5-year old. Easy, addictive, repetitive - this is what I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Jul 28, 2015 - 18 answers

Dealing with our child's anxiety-related need for total control

Our adopted child has a crazy need for control and we're worried about how it will impact their socialization in school. [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman on Jul 27, 2015 - 23 answers

Great looking rocket posters

I am looking for some great looking rocket posters for a child's bedroom. Fictional, real, whatever. Lots of little rockets, one big rocket, whatever you think looks great.
posted by shothotbot on Jul 26, 2015 - 16 answers

Help child afraid of needles at dentist today?

I am about to take my little girl to the dentist for an unexpected issue that may require an injection. She has a fear of needles. How do I help her through this in the best way? [more inside]
posted by Eolienne on Jul 26, 2015 - 8 answers

Mefites with young children: what do you love/hate about your house?

I will be moving to a new city for a new job soon, along with my husband and 1-year-old. We're trying to work out which features of a house/flat we would really benefit from and which we don't need so much. [more inside]
posted by Catseye on Jul 7, 2015 - 37 answers

Spanish kids' shows for 6-year-old, first-year student?

Our daughter just finished her first year of Spanish in a full-immersion kindergarten. We're looking for good all-Spanish TV shows we can show her (and my wife, who wants to learn) over the summer so she doesn't forget it all. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Jul 6, 2015 - 12 answers

Where to go with a 5yo boy in the USA for a week in spring?

I'll be visiting the USA with lil ubu in spring. Already organised will be a week in Boston, a week on the road somewhere, possibly Colorado. For the third week, I have no idea and am looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas on Jul 2, 2015 - 28 answers

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

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