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Resources for ADHD in children

So... I am 99% positive that my three-and-a-half year old daughter has an ADHD diagnoses in her future. She is the poster child for literally every symptom on the "10 early signs" list, and family members/care providers/random aquaintences have all asked "do you think...?" So while of course I will eventually do the appropriate screenings etc - what I'm looking for here are anecdotes, experiences, research and strategies for a parent of a child with ADHD (or, you know, who exhibits all the behaviors and issues of one who does). [more inside]
posted by celtalitha on Apr 9, 2014 - 29 answers

 

Perfectionist kid?

I'm looking for advice for helping my 5 year old (new kindergartener) daughter deal with what looks like nascent perfectionist tendencies. [more inside]
posted by gaspode on Sep 10, 2013 - 35 answers

What, if any, contact should my children have with their absent mother?

My ex-wife suddenly vanished over 2 years ago to her native Asian country, leaving behind a son (then 1, now 3) and daughter (then 6, now 8). Contact was intermittent (sometimes once a week and sometimes every three months). I asked her to commit to a regularly scheduled call and she refused to do so. I also found the phone calls to be borderline abusive to my daughter (the daughter would ask, "Mommy when are you coming back," and the mother would reply, "When are you going to come see me?" which caused the daughter to feel responsible for her absence - or the Skype video chats where the daughter would have the camera on but the mother refused to do so). I have since cut off contact with the mother in order to protect my daughter, though wonder if it is the correct decision. [more inside]
posted by b_thinky on Jul 24, 2013 - 45 answers

Separating Twins into Different Classes at School?

My (boy / girl) twins will be entering kindergarten this September. We've been asked if we want them placed into separate classes, or left together in the same class. Need to give them our answer by Monday and frankly, I'm at a loss and have no idea what I should do. If you are a parent of school-age or older twins, can you please share what you did and why? If you yourself are a twin, how did your parents handle it? How did it work out? Other knowledgeable anecdotes and advice welcome. Links to any online resources I can read on the topic would also be appreciated.
posted by zarq on Jun 22, 2013 - 28 answers

When did childhood immunizations become so controversial?

When did childhood immunizations become so controversial? I don't recall their being any issues with immunization because the science clearly shows it is helpful to mankind. So I wonder what the issue is. I thought of this while reading a news story about it just now.
posted by usermac on Jun 20, 2013 - 28 answers

Why does my baby niece start crying when she sees me?

My 1.5 year old niece starts crying whenever she sees me and it breaks my heart. This has been happening since she was 7 months old and I can't understand what I've done to cause it. It's upsetting me enough to make me ask about it here. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 25, 2013 - 39 answers

Second-time parenting, how does that work?

Tell me about your daily schedules, parenting logistics, etc., with a newborn plus a toddler or older child. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Mar 7, 2013 - 15 answers

What Do You Give New Parents?

Parents of Metafilter: What the best gift you can give new parents? Everyone has suggestions for the baby but what about the parents? What are the things you wished you had/realized you couldn't live without when dealing with your first kid? How could someone have made your life easier despite being on the other side of the planet? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 24, 2012 - 23 answers

How to move on from my abusive father?

Now that I know I hate my abusive father, what can I do specifically to move forward? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 26, 2012 - 23 answers

Help me properly buckle up the little kids

I spoiled my kids, now how to reverse it? Specifics about car seat [more inside]
posted by akomom on May 11, 2012 - 32 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

How to help a 5 year old cope with sudden mental illness in a parent?

What can I say to a 5 year old, when his parent is mentally unwell? How can I explain, what can I do with him, and what structures can we put in place, to make his mother's (temporary, but severe) illness easier on him? [more inside]
posted by Elysum on Nov 20, 2011 - 19 answers

How do we help our toddler to be confident?

How did you instill confidence in your children? How did your parents help you become a confident child and adult? [more inside]
posted by Nickel Pickle on Oct 19, 2011 - 37 answers

Help me help my son cope with frequent transitions.

Help me live in two places at once - Part 2 - Mitigating stress for my son [more inside]
posted by bardophile on Jun 25, 2011 - 5 answers

Pacific Northwest parents of small children: how do you survive the long rainy winters with your sanity intact?

Pacific Northwest parents of small children: how do you survive the long rainy winters with your sanity intact? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Mar 18, 2011 - 13 answers

Should a 4 year old with a new cast be allowed in gym class?

One of my 4-year old students broke his arm on Saturday, and is now in a cast. The parents, and school directors, are encouraging him to still come to gym class (which I teach), and play soccer and run around. Am I alone in thinking this is a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by hasna on Feb 6, 2011 - 21 answers

Spare the rod, spoil the child?

Where can I find some good research literature on the effectiveness of corporal punishment as a means to discipline children? [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover on Nov 9, 2010 - 24 answers

Parents of kids with ADHD: What works for you?

What resources have been helpful in teaching you parenting strategies for managing your child's behavior? Other parents, clinicians, internet, random inspiration? What have you tried in the past that didn't work, and why? What's working now? [more inside]
posted by KITTYFLOWER on Oct 15, 2010 - 9 answers

We've tried nothin' and we're all out of ideas.

My kid is bad. I need a book to teach me how to make her not be bad anymore. [more inside]
posted by ND¢ on Sep 23, 2010 - 61 answers

Help me manage the transition to daycare!

My 17-month-old is starting daycare for the first time. Should we send her for two, or three days per week? And what changes should I expect in her personality or our relationship as a result of this? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Aug 31, 2010 - 16 answers

what's a normal bedtime?

Parents, what bedtimes do you set for your kids, at what ages? Do you have strong routines, how strict are you, what are your special occasion exceptions?
posted by wilful on Jul 28, 2010 - 39 answers

Does my 8-year-old have OCD?

Seeking advice and insights on how to deal with/react to my 8-year-old son's recent obsessive-compulsive-like behavior. [more inside]
posted by playmobil on Apr 29, 2010 - 13 answers

Big man scary!

My baby is terrified of her grandfather. What can we do to get her to like him a bit better? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Mar 2, 2010 - 19 answers

Hostages to fortune

How can I maintain some optimism about my child's future, given the crappy crappy world we live in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2010 - 45 answers

Yeah, it's nice. That's nice too. Yup. Nice.

Why does my 7-year-old daughter always seek praise and how do I deal with it? I need suggestions for specific responses. [more inside]
posted by yawper on Feb 18, 2010 - 40 answers

Baby Video Recommendations?

Can anyone recommend baby videos for nine-month olds (and up)? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Nov 17, 2008 - 26 answers

Like mother, like son?

Plenty of little boys want to grow up to be just like Dad. But to what extent (and how) are boys' interests/activities/identities influenced by their mothers? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Oct 22, 2008 - 24 answers

How can we help abused kids?

How can I help stop child abuse, other than writing a check? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Aug 28, 2008 - 19 answers

What made your happy childhood memories happy?

What happy memories do you have of being a young child that make you think either "those were good times" or "that was good parenting"? [more inside]
posted by onlyconnect on Aug 12, 2008 - 64 answers

Baby Boy goodness?

Flip this question: What is great about parenting a boy? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Jun 23, 2008 - 41 answers

How does my former coworker get rid of this kid?

My friend needs to see her son removed from her living situation. How can this be done most effectively? [more inside]
posted by Dee Xtrovert on Jun 4, 2008 - 26 answers

MOM U R L33T!!1!!one!!

How do I make sure I'm the absolute best son I can be? [more inside]
posted by TheManChild2000 on Nov 9, 2007 - 19 answers

to sleep, perchance to . . . oh crap.

We are on vacation for another 10 days, and my five-year-old daughter wants to sleep in our bed. We gave in once, and now she whines and cries until she wakes up her little sister. We are going insane. [more inside]
posted by craniac on Aug 14, 2006 - 13 answers

Help us deal with a toddler's insane demands

Our two and a half year old is driving everyone crazy. He’s going through a phase of extreme uncooperativeness. [more inside]
posted by Siberian Mist on Apr 6, 2006 - 34 answers

What do you wish you would have done with your young child?

Single dad with almost 4 yo son. For those with older children, looking back, what do you wish you would have done/started when your child was young. I'm thinking along the lines of "take more photos, buy life insurance, force them to learn an instrument, save $50/week for college, etc." [more inside]
posted by crosten on Jan 24, 2006 - 67 answers

I need some good, solid information about child vaccines.

I need some good, solid information about child vaccines. Everything I read either smacks of propaganda (the anti-vaccine side) or is cheerfully oversimplified (the pro-vaccine side). Is there a moderate, objective book or website that addresses the claims of both sides? [more inside]
posted by recurve on Jan 29, 2005 - 23 answers

How to deal with a cussing child?

Cussing kids. My sweet little baby girl (8) cut loose with an unbelievable string of profanity when she got off the school bus today. I was actually embarrassed, and believe me, that takes a lot. I have no idea where it came from. We don't speak like that and her peer group consists of exactly one child (very small school). I didn't even know she knew these words. Besides grounding her forever (done) and I have no idea how to best to address this.
posted by cedar on May 19, 2004 - 47 answers

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