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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

Help me keep my kids clean without a bathtub.

We are in the middle of buying a house that has no bathtub - just a shower. I have two smallish children. Give me some bathing solutions, please! [more inside]
posted by meggan on May 29, 2015 - 25 answers

Daughter wants to wear diapers again.

My daughter (~6) tried to sneak a diaper from her brother (~2) to wear at night. Hrmm. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 29, 2015 - 39 answers

Spacing between second and third child?

We have two girls, currently 3.75 and 7. We are seriously considering a third, and hope to time his or her arrival around the time our younger is 5.5. How has a larger space between kids or sets of kids worked for you? Did the younger child or children feel a part of the older one's lives? [more inside]
posted by percor on May 26, 2015 - 30 answers

Maybe there's an annoying-neighbor-child version of deer repellant?

I live in the back corner of an apartment building that borders on the backyards of multiple house-neighbors on the perpendicular side street to mine. The people opposite me have elementary-age children and let them stay in the yard for hours with minimal/no supervision. The children's friends come to visit and they all get a kick out of wreaking tiny havoc directly on the other side of my apartment. I am at a loss for nipping this in the bud. Help! [more inside]
posted by cardinality on May 25, 2015 - 41 answers

Please reinforce my favorite quote

My favorite quote is, "[God has] hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children." I'm looking for art, literature, and quotes with the same idea. [more inside]
posted by cmcmcm on May 19, 2015 - 11 answers

Name me some really cool princesses?

I'm putting together a book for a very little girl who is going through a princess phase, hoping to expand her idea of who a princess can be - e.g., "Here's Princess Sophie - she worked for the World Childhood Foundation." Most of the lists of favorite princesses are Disney characters, and others are too specific to an era or kingdom. I realize that this project is subject to criticism, but I'm thinking of it as a "Yes, and..." contribution to her enthusiasm. Can you name me some good role model princesses?
posted by mmiddle on May 19, 2015 - 31 answers

How to surprise a child with a kitten exactly on their birthday?

Logistical masterminds and cat people: is it possible to give my son a specific breed kitten as a surprise for his birthday? [more inside]
posted by rada on May 14, 2015 - 34 answers

Internet safety for the elementary school set?

How do I protect my small from teh pr0n? [more inside]
posted by pleasant_confusion on May 12, 2015 - 10 answers

Bully brat children

Hi there, [disclaimer: i love children] I'm an adult and go to a local indoor gym that is short on space and so members are often milling around within close proximity of each other. It's a specialty gym that's actually geared toward adults, and so imagine my surprise when within the last few months enrollment with the primary and middle school crowd spiked and now the gym has become overrun with poorly behaved children from 1PM - 5 PM (the only time I can use the gym). Switching my schedule is not an option. I've noticed that many women in general tend to take an instant dislike to me, but these primary and middle school girls seem to think that they're among peers and have been targeting me in rude ways. [more inside]
posted by nephilim. on May 11, 2015 - 34 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

Help me cry happy sappy mommy tears

I basically want to sob on my couch at how childlike children are and how much parents love them beyond words. [more inside]
posted by sestaaak on May 1, 2015 - 16 answers

Setting up a fund-raising donation page for a Nepali village

In light of the recent earthquakes, I am looking for the best and easiest way to setup a page that accepts donations for a small, local, Nepali nonprofit. [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Apr 29, 2015 - 3 answers

Alaska children's book

Trying to remember two separate Alaska kids' books I used to read all the time that have somehow gotten lost over the years. [more inside]
posted by huckit on Apr 28, 2015 - 4 answers

But....but....mac and cheese?!?!?!?

Gluten and dairy sensitivity: Kids edition [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on Apr 28, 2015 - 31 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

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

How should I tell my 6 year old that my boyfriend and I are engaged?

I asked the love of my life to marry me this weekend, and he said yes! But what's the best way to tell the other love of my life, my 6 year old son? [more inside]
posted by pleasant_confusion on Apr 14, 2015 - 7 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's this picture book about an invisible dog?

ASKING FOR A FRIEND: She is trying to remember the name of an old picture book that was about an invisible dog. We think it was originally published in the 30s, then re-released in the 90s at Costco as part of a set of three picture books, one of which was about a lion. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Apr 12, 2015 - 3 answers

Language Arts for Kindergarten Kiddos

I've been asked to sub in a Language Arts class tomorrow. I'm having a hard time coming up with fun activities. Help! [more inside]
posted by I_love_the_rain on Apr 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Visions of strangers attacking her son.

At least once a week, when they are in public, my partner finds herself vividly anticipating that the person walking towards her will lunge at and stab her son. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 29, 2015 - 27 answers

Need help finding Stop Motion Animation Shorts for kids

I am teaching an animation course for children and I am looking for stop motion animation shorts to show as examples in class. I am trying (without luck!) to find good shorts that are made using things like paper and paint rather than 3D claymation and puppetry. [more inside]
posted by catrae on Mar 26, 2015 - 23 answers

What are the kidz into these days?

After a long wait a lovely friend of mine has just become foster Mummy to two children who will be staying for the foreseeable future. Yay! I'm meeting them in a couple of days and would like to bring them each a present, but I don't know what to get them. The girl is 8 and the boy is 6 and I have no clue what these age groups are into. I don't want to ask my friend as I'd like it to be a surprise (and also she'd just try and talk me out of it). So I'm asking you lovely people instead. [more inside]
posted by billiebee on Mar 24, 2015 - 32 answers

death of a grandparent

My father was just given a very bleak prognosis. Of all the things that are upsetting, I am most distraught by the thought that my toddler will not remember my father. I am pregnant and there is a chance that my son (due in June) will never even meet my dad. I'm looking for advice on how to manage my sadness about this. [more inside]
posted by avocado_of_merriment on Mar 24, 2015 - 26 answers

Books, movies, or other media about knights for my four-year-old?

My kiddo is super into pretending to be "a guard." His best friend pretends to be Queen Elsa, basically all the time, so they've decided that he's a guard who also has ice powers. His pretend guard self more accurately resembles a knight, and today when he was slaying dragons with a stick-sword, I thought, "This kid would enjoy learning about knights." But everything I know about is for older kids. What's out there for a four-year-old who loves stories and FACTS and doesn't like scary things? [more inside]
posted by linettasky on Mar 20, 2015 - 21 answers

Teaching Generosity to Children

I am godmother to a lively little two-year old. Part of my relationship with her is to teach her about generosity and giving. Her birthday is coming up, and I am thinking about a birthday gift for this year, I wanted to ask you: what are some concrete ways I can contribute to this aspect of her growth? [more inside]
posted by noonday on Mar 19, 2015 - 22 answers

Best practices for talking to a child about separation

I need help figuring out the best ways to explain separation/divorce to my extremely precocious 6 year old. I'm hoping that this process can be as compassionate as possible all around, but the idea that I'm "ruining her life" by considering ending our marriage is plaguing me. Books, anecdotes, what you told your kids, etc - anything would be helpful. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 16, 2015 - 19 answers

What should I tell my kid about swearing?

I have an 8-year old who knows all the good swear words and understands on some level that it's not appropriate for him to use them most of the time. I'm struggling to give him some principled guidelines for using swear words. [more inside]
posted by chickenmagazine on Mar 15, 2015 - 29 answers

Can very small children drench their noodles in soy sauce?

I have a three-and-a-half-year-old that thinks noodles are the condiment, and ultra-strong soy sauce the main dish. We give her something like a tablespoon full or two of it with her noodles. The thing is, soy sauce is alcoholic. [more inside]
posted by ianso on Mar 12, 2015 - 25 answers

Helping an anxious kid

What are good strategies for helping an anxious first or second grader deal with their anxiety.
posted by drezdn on Mar 7, 2015 - 11 answers

Aloha Baby!

So my wife, myself and my daughter are going to Hawaii on Monday (yay!). But its a 5-6 hour flight that takes off right around 7am which is when the little girl normally wakes up (boo!). What are some good ways to occupy a generally good natured toddler who can walk but not yet talk or appreciate things like movies? [more inside]
posted by bitdamaged on Mar 6, 2015 - 17 answers

How to promote stability for a toddler in times of change?

Our lives are crazy right now, and we have a few moves and big changes coming up. How can I make this easier on my small toddler? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Mar 4, 2015 - 12 answers

From the mouths of babes...

I'm looking for instances of kids pointing out the hypocrisy of grownup society/adult etiquette, or questioning the reasoning of their elders. The funnier the anecdote, the better -- especially when the kid has a point. [more inside]
posted by egeanin on Feb 21, 2015 - 25 answers

Diapergeddon 2015

Why do my baby's diapers breakdown at daycare but not everywhere else? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Feb 18, 2015 - 29 answers

How best to tell (not my) kids about separation?

My sister thinks it's time her children knew about the fact that my husband and I are separated. I agree, but we disagree about how to approach it. I would appreciate some objective hivemind advice please, as I have no idea if I'm being unreasonable or not. Lots of text, advance apologies. [more inside]
posted by outoftime on Feb 13, 2015 - 28 answers

She's going back to the land...

Can the Hive Mind help me in brainstorming the perfect family homestead? [more inside]
posted by polly_dactyl on Feb 12, 2015 - 35 answers

Did you do your homework? Oooh, shiny!

I have a kind, sweet, beautiful, smart ADHD-PI (primarily inattentive) daughter. She's almost 11 and in 5th grade. However, homework is the land of pain... [more inside]
posted by heathrowga on Feb 3, 2015 - 14 answers

70s children's animated short film w men and women on separate islands

I'm trying to find a film that was shown to me when I was in first grade in 1976. It was a stop-motion animation film that was about a situation where all the men live on one island and all the women live on another island. They attempt to come together, but there is the difficulty of getting from one island to the other to contend with. The look of the film was like Gumby - it may have been claymation, but I'm not sure. Any ideas?
posted by cmp4Meta on Jan 31, 2015 - 2 answers

How to encourage a 9-year-old's charitable nature?

I was incredibly touched to learn that my goddaughter has decided that in lieu of a birthday party she's inviting all of her guests to a local book repository to sort, sticker, and bag books destined for low-income families. I love this and want to do something for her birthday to help encourage more of this kind of thing in the future. Help me choose from some options or suggest something else: [more inside]
posted by eamondaly on Jan 30, 2015 - 30 answers

Help me decide whether to reproduce or not.

My wife and I are trying to make up our minds about having children. We're between 30 and 35 years old, well-off, living a comfortable life and with good familial support networks. She's off hormonal contraception as of recently through a mutual decision, but nothing's set in stone yet. We're both anxious and uncertain and trying to deal with it, together as well as separately. Personally, I now feel like I have a loaded gun between my legs. People who were in my situation and made a choice one way or the other, or you who are in my situation now, I'd appreciate your input. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 29, 2015 - 135 answers

Help for the loneliest kid you ever saw.

My five-year-old gets really sad, every single night, about the fact that he has to sleep alone. How can we help him? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on Jan 27, 2015 - 46 answers

Idea's for children's grave

I'm looking for decoration ideas for a children's grave. [more inside]
posted by eternitypost on Jan 20, 2015 - 8 answers

Songs like "Fifty Nifty United States"

My child memorized all the states through this song "Fifty Nifty United States" Are there other songs that where you can memorize useful/ education lists? you know, for kids...
posted by mrmarley on Jan 15, 2015 - 22 answers

Kids and Minecraft Chat

Should I let my 8-year-old onto any public Minecraft servers? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Jan 14, 2015 - 10 answers

Recommend a mama hiking daypack?

Looking for a bag that can hold my dSLR plus everything I need for a day hike with small children. [more inside]
posted by linettasky on Jan 12, 2015 - 4 answers

How do I become a babysitter?

I graduated from college a while ago and have been trying to figure out what to do with my life ever since. While idly combing through job postings I found a few looking for a babysitter and thought "I could do that... maybe." I'm looking for advice on how to turn that tentative "maybe" into something more confident. [more inside]
posted by green socks on Jan 8, 2015 - 18 answers

Gift etiquette: Boss's children, holiday edition

My direct manager is having an open house / work-related party tonight (the 30th) and he has invited me and most of the department. We are planning on bringing a small 'host' gift, i.e. flowers or chocolates. Since it is so close to Christmas my wife thinks that we should also bring a small gift for each of my manager's two children (~6 and ~2 years old). I'm unsure whether this would be seen as 'sucking up' or if this is a good idea. [more inside]
posted by Arandia on Dec 30, 2014 - 15 answers

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