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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

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

Can I let my 2 year-old sleep in the back during a 10 hour long drive?

My wife and I want to go on a trip to Luxembourg. Its a 10 hour drive, and we want to do it during nighttime. However we have a 2,5 year old and we're wondering if we can let her sleep in the back in the car-seat for the entire ride? Will we do permanent damage to her body if we let her sleep in the carseat? Usually we just take a break if we go on long rides, and we've never considered her sleeping during a really long ride.
posted by madcow20 on May 15, 2014 - 16 answers

Creative ways to share love in the ICU

My friends just had the worst week of their lives and they are now separated from their 3yo son by a hospital and over a thousand miles. What are some ways he can show them love while they're apart? [more inside]
posted by ovenmitt on Feb 16, 2014 - 13 answers

I need help with my son's iep

At the parent-teacher conference Dec 5th the teacher told me my autistic/ADHD/OCD/GAD child is so aggressive the staff fears their safety and want to use restrainsts, and they want to bring it up in the next iep. This is the first I've heard of any aggression. [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix on Dec 26, 2013 - 14 answers

How does a white girl learn to do black girl hair?

My husband and I are foster parents and we just got a placement. She is 20 months old and in addition to being silly and snuggly and clever she is also a girly girl and black. How do I learn to style her hair? [more inside]
posted by Saminal on Nov 19, 2013 - 35 answers

How to help young child with anxiety/fear of fire

Precocious 6 y.o. daughter has suddenly developed an intense fear of fire. If the stove is on, she is sobbing or screaming or fretting. Same thing with the (outside) grill and my neighbor's fire pit. Logic, reason, discussion are all fruitless; as long as there is visible fire, she's terrified. How to help her cope? [more inside]
posted by disconnect on Oct 7, 2013 - 21 answers

A fainting child

Why did my 5-year-old faint during class, and how worried should I be? [more inside]
posted by mittens on Sep 25, 2013 - 21 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

I need help explaining death and religion to my child.

An older family member has died. We'll be traveling to attend the viewing and funeral, which will be heavily religious. My 7-year-old daughter didn't know this family member, but has reacted very negatively to the idea of death in the past (long stretches spent sobbing in my arms). We are agnostic, with one of us leaning heavily towards atheism. I could use suggestions on how to talk with my little girl about these things. [more inside]
posted by moira on Aug 2, 2013 - 27 answers

Staying sane while facing an insane thing

I am in therapy trying to deal with childhood sexual abuse. I am having a hard time keeping my adult life together and not feeling insane. How do I learn to calm down and keep going instead of wanting to cry every day? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Jul 28, 2013 - 28 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

Well, this still sucks

So my best friend has ovarian cancer. And we're in our "out of the frying pan, into the fire" moment because she's stage 4 and shit's already going poorly. How do I tell my kid? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on May 27, 2013 - 22 answers

Explain life, the universe, and everything to a 5 year-old.

What are some good resources to help explain the Big Bang, evolution and, the meaning of life to my delightful 5 year-old nephew? Fairly equal emphasis for each, but I am stumped most by "but why are all the things and people here, mayurasana?" than the rest. [more inside]
posted by mayurasana on Apr 5, 2013 - 10 answers

How do I choose strings for my kid's violin?

We busted a D-string on my kid's violin and now I need to buy a new one online. Which one to buy? And a complete set or just a single replacement? [more inside]
posted by sively on Mar 28, 2013 - 12 answers

Dealing with passive-aggressive ex 'losing' kids stuff on visits.

Title says it. Passive-aggressive ex ' accidentally loses' my sons stuff on every.single.visit. Meaning I have to replace one or more of the following: toque, mitts, socks, hoodie, pullups, footwear, etc. every week and I just can't afford it. I can't send my toddler naked. Is there anything I can do about this lame game?
posted by tenaciousmoon on Mar 12, 2013 - 30 answers

Confusion about Vitamin D and Calcium for kids

Kid BlahLaLa's pediatrician wants him to take a calcium supplement, because he's never been into milk and doesn't eat very many milk products. But Kid BlahLaLa, who is almost 10, refuses all children's calcium supplements as too gross-tasting. (He's not ready to swallow pills.) He will accept a particular adult supplement, but when I combine that with his usual daily multi-vitamin I'm worried that I'm overdosing him on Vitamin D. There's so much woo on teh internets that I can't seem to get a straight answer about how much is too much. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Feb 21, 2013 - 32 answers

How can I help my daughter with her height?

Please help me with my incredible (and probably irrational) guilt and grief over my daughter's height. I know that she'll be okay but I blame myself. Is there anything that I can do now? [more inside]
posted by Toto_tot on Dec 28, 2012 - 126 answers

I know he WANTS to behave...

Help me solve the behavioural issues that have cropped up in my five and a half year old. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Oct 24, 2012 - 23 answers

Emergency child care

How do parents take care of sick kids when they MUST go to work? [more inside]
posted by waving on Oct 13, 2012 - 22 answers

I want my child to be a long haired child

My four year old son has decided he wants to be a long haired hippie child. How do I help him grow out his hair, while keeping it out of his eyes? Is there an intermediate haircut between a bowl cut and a long bob-type cut? [more inside]
posted by faustessa on Sep 24, 2012 - 18 answers

Bento newbie seeks sensei

Help me find the perfect bento box. [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Sep 16, 2012 - 17 answers

Midlife relationship question

I recently met online a former high school boyfriend from 25 years ago. We've seen each other briefly at reunions, but now we are both single and he is over the moon with me before we've even had a chance to meet in person again, which will happen tomorrow. I am confused and overwhelmed by his interest in me, how do I proceed? [more inside]
posted by waving on Jul 17, 2012 - 15 answers

Do it now, save it for later, what in the world to say?

How/when/if to break the news to a 5 year old that Daddy's being deported, & whether I should take said child to visit him in jail before he gets sent away. [more inside]
posted by Ys on Jun 6, 2012 - 13 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

Fighting Child Sex Slavery via ActionScript

I am creating a Flash presentation for a fundraiser combatting child sex slavery. It will show a stopwatch, and every two minutes a number will increment showing how many children have been taken. I have it all put together in Flash CS4, but am a visual design person flummoxed on making the script for incrementing the dynamic text by 1 every 120 seconds. Any actionscripters out there who can advise will be helping a fantastic cause. Thanks!
posted by Scoo on Apr 11, 2012 - 11 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 remove urine from carpet to pass black-light inspection?

Need advice for getting urine (and other?) out of carpet for blacklight inspection by landlord!! [more inside]
posted by starfyr on Jan 25, 2012 - 17 answers

where can I find fun chic comfortbable chair?

Help me furnish my living room with child-friendly, chic, stow-away-able chairs [more inside]
posted by akomom on Jan 25, 2012 - 8 answers

Is this guy a predator on the prowl, or am I over-reacting to Naked Yoga Guy at the playground?

Is this guy a predator on the prowl, or am I over-reacting to Naked Yoga Guy at the playground? [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Jan 20, 2012 - 58 answers

Child's going to need some help, but what sort?

Unnecessary Drama Filter: My Godson's mother just got scooped up by immigration. What comes next? [more inside]
posted by Ys on Jan 11, 2012 - 22 answers

Too old for Fisher Price, too young for Canon

My soon to be 10 year old daughter just told me she wants a camera for her birthday. What to get? [more inside]
posted by Ruki on Dec 11, 2011 - 19 answers

But most of all, I wish her love.

Long-shot-arama: 13 years ago, I read a poem at my daughter's christening and then promptly lost the piece of paper I'd read it from. It was all about the things I wished she would have in her life, and I'm 98% sure it ended with "but most of all, I wish you love". Ring any bells? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Nov 29, 2011 - 14 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

Help me beanplate baby's last name

We are considering giving our unborn baby its mother's last name as a last name and its father's last name as a middle name. How confusing will this be to strangers? [more inside]
posted by Sock Ray Blue on Nov 18, 2011 - 46 answers

My Little Little Camera

Can I have your recommendations on a digital camera for a 3 year old? [more inside]
posted by Spumante on Oct 25, 2011 - 19 answers

Who drew this picture of a teddy bear defending a sleeping child?

Please help me identify the artist of this drawing depicting a teddy bear defending a sleeping child from a nightmarish monster. Bonus points for providing a place where I can purchase a print legitimately.
posted by DWRoelands on Oct 24, 2011 - 4 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

Funology!

What are some fun ways a 5 year old child can put a small piece of paper into a container or otherwise manipulate it? [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse on Oct 13, 2011 - 14 answers

Is it worth quitting my job to avoid separation anxiety for yound kids?

Ask people who knows child developmental psychology stuff about separation anxiety for 1 yr old. Will there be permanent damage to the kid? [more inside]
posted by akomom on Sep 29, 2011 - 13 answers

Combat boots for a 4 year old

My youngest son is going as a Ghostbuster for Halloween and I'd really like to get him some combat boots to complete the costume. Not surprisingly its hard to find boots for a 4 year old. Any suggestions? (thanks)
posted by senseofsurreal on Sep 16, 2011 - 17 answers

Father to (adult) son 101

Asking for a friend (really): How do you (or did you) deal with finding out that you have an adult child you didn't even know existed? [more inside]
posted by Chairboy on Sep 15, 2011 - 1 answer

Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday

What would be a good poem/saying/verse for a little boy of 8 to read at the wedding of his dad? Mom is trying to help but is stumped. [more inside]
posted by momochan on Aug 17, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me help buy clothes for a couple kids

I need tips and advice for buying clothing / essentials for a family who lost their home in a fire. [more inside]
posted by Nickel Pickle on Aug 6, 2011 - 25 answers

Need help with divorce strategies when you have a child you want to move out of state with...

Need help with divorce strategies when you have a child you want to move out of state with... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2011 - 19 answers

Please help my friends navigate MGH.

Please help me help my friends navigate their stay at Massachusetts General Hospital as international patients. Said patient is a child who will be receiving proton treatment for a brain tumor. [more inside]
posted by lunaazul on Jun 11, 2011 - 8 answers

What's this movie?

Looking for a movie based on a book written by a child author in the nineteenth century possible called 'the young travellors' [sic] [more inside]
posted by soymilk on May 15, 2011 - 5 answers

Who made these cool wood toys?

I found some lovely wooden toys at Goodwill last week. Please help me identify them. [more inside]
posted by bq on May 13, 2011 - 17 answers

Southern California with a 2.5 year old.

Southern California with a 2.5 year old. Tips for things to do in and in between SD and LA. [more inside]
posted by gaspode on Mar 2, 2011 - 20 answers

the shoes on my feet

quick! low-maint. costume for destiny's child themed party? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Feb 12, 2011 - 11 answers

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