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Contraption & trap supplies for kids

My five-year-old nephew likes building traps and contraptions. I know he uses tape and bungee cords, and presumably stuff from around the house. What could I give him for Christmas that would help support this hobby? Do you have kids that like to build? What're their favorite scraps and fancy things to create with? [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps on Dec 2, 2016 - 15 answers

Long term travel with young children

How can we provide the best experience for my (age 5 & 6) children as we travel Central and South America for 7 months? [more inside]
posted by Amity on Dec 1, 2016 - 18 answers

You can't predict the future, but will I regret NOT having kids?

I'm 99% sure I don't want children. I'm not maternal, I've never had any desire to go down that route. The more I think about what it means to have kids the less I'm interested in it... for a number of reasons. I just turned 35 so I'm really at that awfully clichéd "Now or Never" stage in my life and it's made me start thinking about the future and whether or not I'll regret NOT doing it. [more inside]
posted by JenThePro on Nov 25, 2016 - 57 answers

Parenting 3000: Advanced Techniques

I am looking for books/sites/groups/etc that offer parenting support beyond the intro level. My wife and I are good parents, in a calm and happy marriage, we both have graduate degrees in psychology/sociology, and we are struggling so hard with our 4.5 year old that we cry in each other's arms nearly every day from the stress of it. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Nov 24, 2016 - 21 answers

Does he do what Daddy did to Mommy to get me?

My same-sex partner has been asked to father a child - how do we make this decision? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2016 - 13 answers

Away We Go - It's The Final Countdown

We're looking to relocate our family and have narrowed down our options (with the help of Metafilter) to Buenos Aires (Argentina), Toronto (Canada) and Melbourne (Australia). We've done our due diligence with on-line research, but we'd like to hear some personal anecdotes/experiences from people who've lived, worked or traveled to any of the above. [more inside]
posted by givennamesurname on Nov 16, 2016 - 16 answers

Animal documentaries for kids

I am seeking animal documentaries for kids aged 6-8 years old. Ideally, I am looking for ones that talk about animal senses: how a dog's nose works, how bats use echolocation, how elephants communicate subsonically, how cat whiskers work, etc. Ideally as well, these would be available on a publicly accessible video stream online: YouTube, Vimeo, etc., or hosted on an educational site that is offering them for free.
posted by jammy on Nov 14, 2016 - 9 answers

readings on history of civil rights struggles for ages 10 to 12

I've seen requests from multiple acquaintances for materials suitable for 10 to 12 year olds the history of civil rights struggles and also in philosophy. Please help.
posted by bleary on Nov 11, 2016 - 3 answers

Away We Go - Again?

Almost three years ago, we asked for suggestions of family-friendly, queer friendly, and senior friendly locales to set down roots. In light of recent events we'd like to revisit the question, but with a specific focus on areas outside the USA - though if you know of/live in a particularly staunch bastion of of our criteria on our native soil, we'd still like to hear about it! [more inside]
posted by givennamesurname on Nov 9, 2016 - 13 answers

One kid, two households, many bedbugs

The kiddo, who I have 50% custody of, and who is in elementary school and after school care in the US, has acquired numerous bedbug bites at The Other House. Nothing at my place that I can see. What should I be thinking about here?
posted by life moves pretty fast on Nov 8, 2016 - 16 answers

Help me help my kid with her homework.

My 6 year old has started bringing home reading homework from her grade 1 class. She quickly gets frustrated with it and shuts down, which I in turn find very frustrating. It is complicated by the fact that she is in a french immersion school and while I speak decent french, it is definitely a second language for me. Give me ways to help her that she will respond to. Or give me some insight into her behaviour so that I can do better at keeping my cool about it. [more inside]
posted by keeo on Nov 6, 2016 - 16 answers

After seperation with child, do you consider ex family still?

I have been seperated, and have lived seperately for 3 months from my ex, we have a 14 month old daughter. Looking through my past questions, it's clear I have a hard time setting and sticking to boundaries, and especially hard now in this instance when I'm trying to co-parent with someone who acts as if we are still together, and tells his family we are, and doesn't really listen or believe me when I say I have nothing left to give or hope for. Am I terrible for feeling as if he is not part of my family and I don't want to be part of his due to the fact that we are seperated now? [more inside]
posted by MamaBee223 on Oct 24, 2016 - 22 answers

Childhood book from the 50's

Want to identify a book I loved as a kid in the 50's. I think it involved 2 kids, a boy and a girl, who spent some time on ranches in Montana and New Mexico. There were lots of illustrations of horse tack and cowboy gear. I think it may have been about 9"x12". That is really all I can remember. If you can think of anything even close, I will happily explore all suggestions,
posted by Hobgoblin on Oct 15, 2016 - 6 answers

Children's rhymes and songs

Hi! I'm wondering if you all can recommend some children's rhymes and songs that are positive or at least free of ghastly, scary, and offensive things? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Oct 13, 2016 - 48 answers

Online games for a 10-year-old to play with his pal who lives overseas?

My 10-year-old son's friend moved to Spain permanently. We're looking for some online games that they could play together. [more inside]
posted by palliser on Oct 9, 2016 - 7 answers

Really need help soothing my daughter's fears

So someone told my six-year-old daughter that bad people take little kids and kill them. I wish I could say it's not true. It's just so unlikely. But kids don't understand probability. What can I say to put her mind at ease? She's been scared to be away from me (like, in another room even) for three weeks now and I just found out that this is what has been bothering her. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Oct 7, 2016 - 26 answers

Paris, Avec Des Petits

I am excited to be spending a couple of days sight-seeing in Paris in late October. I've never been before, I may never go again. How can I make the most of my visit - which will be accompanied by a four year old and an infant. I expect the bébé will spend most of her time eating or sleeping, but what memorable, Parisian activities can we take part in? [more inside]
posted by maryr on Oct 5, 2016 - 18 answers

I didn't leave you, you left me!

The daycare we've been using suddenly announced they were closing with 30 days warning. In our community, this is ridiculously little time to find a new place. Miraculously (and with connections), we found a place, but need to start next week to keep a spot. All good, no? But when we tell old daycare, they tell me that we're contractually obligated to pay them for 1 month after we announce we're leaving. YANML, TINLA but does this make any sense? [more inside]
posted by papergirl on Oct 4, 2016 - 17 answers

Help mediating sibling spats?

My (possibly-autism-spectrum) three-year-old and his 14-month-old brother are at the stage where nearly every interaction breaks down at some point. I’m looking for some tools for how to deal with some of the typical scenarios that arise. [more inside]
posted by forza on Oct 1, 2016 - 23 answers

Why are religious kids and teens so well behaved and... chill?

I notice a trend: kids I know from loving, religious families (Chabad Lubavitch and Christian in particular) are, even in the tricky teen years, lovely, kind, respectful. How does this happen? What are the parents doing right? [more inside]
posted by enzymatic on Sep 30, 2016 - 55 answers

Improvements or alternatives for YouTube Kids on Android & iOS

How can I address the following problems with the YouTube Kids app: (1) no whitelisting, (2) no downloads and (3) stability problems? The solution can be another app that offers similar control over viewing, or any other tips or configuration options, but the end result must be suitable to put in the hands of a young toddler. Thank you!
posted by howfar on Sep 21, 2016 - 5 answers

The year in awesome used kids' books

What are your absolute favorite seasonal or holiday children's books? Bonus points: lovely illustrations; likely out of print or otherwise not on the front page of the relevant section of Amazon. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Sep 19, 2016 - 33 answers

Help us with a kid naming issue, OMG, SMH, IMO...

Do you ever use your full initials including middle name(s) for anything? If a person's full initials spell out a common... ummm, mildly risqué word is that going to be a problem? [more inside]
posted by pixlboi on Sep 16, 2016 - 77 answers

Alzheimer's and the Single Child

My partner's mother has had a size medium case of the Alzheimer's for years now. The father passed away long ago, there are no other blood family to speak of, and my partner is feeling pretty crushed by feelings of guilt and anxiety. Short of a support group (no time) or a therapist (already got one), what're resources, techniques, and tools, from cognitive tricks to fictional books, that will help my partner deal with the serious guilt and anxiety of feeling like they're not doing enough? (Just to be clear: A) the mom is doing physically fine and has a great set up, this is not about her, but about their child, my partner, and B) my family and I are pretty great and help as much as we can, which is a lot; again, this is not about how to help the mom more, this is about helping my partner deal with feelings of guilt and anxiety that they are not doing enough.)
posted by anonymous on Sep 14, 2016 - 5 answers

Advice needed on difficult custody situation

My partner is dealing with a very difficult issue post-divorce. [more inside]
posted by young sister beacon on Sep 13, 2016 - 14 answers

What’s the fairest way to leave money to your kids in your will?

If someone has two kids, one of which has a child and one doesn’t, what’s the best way to split things up? [more inside]
posted by mulcahy on Sep 10, 2016 - 76 answers

Recommend books for a 10 year old girl who doesn't like reading.

What books would you recommend for a 10 year old girl who is not "into" reading? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Sep 7, 2016 - 28 answers

How to deal with a husband who actively rejects my daughter and me?

What more can I (or should I) do in this family situation? There is such an imbalance of love and affection going on, I don't know what to even do any more. [more inside]
posted by retrofitted on Sep 6, 2016 - 51 answers

What is the name of this sleeping puppet show?

On a recent trip to Mexico (like, last month), I was watching TV in my hotel room at night (maybe around 10 pm or later) and found a show that seemed to literally just be a puppet sleeping for about three or more hours. I cannot find anything that makes me feel like I'm not crazy for having seen this. [more inside]
posted by StopMakingSense on Aug 30, 2016 - 6 answers

Book recommendations for 5yo girl

I'm looking for recommendations of longer books to read to my 5yo daughter. We recently read The BFG and that was pretty much perfect - obviously I'll try some of Dahl's other books, although they do seem to feature an awful lot of cruel and abusive family situations. So, who's the Roald Dahl of the 21st century? [more inside]
posted by nomis on Aug 29, 2016 - 29 answers

Help me find a childhood book question: dinosaur edition

In grade school, my friend read a children's book about a female allosaurus. "The basic story was that the allosaurus was extremely hungry and had to hunt other animals to feed itself, but she was also too old to catch any prey. So at the end the allosaurus starved to death. That was, literally, the plot. A dinosaur learns that life is cruel and then dies." Ring any bells?
posted by blazingunicorn on Aug 27, 2016 - 4 answers

ISO Alice in Louisville

My dear friend is battling a serious illness in Louisville, KY. She has two very young children. Hopefully she will be recovered in 3 months. I live far away. I would like to temporarily hire Alice from the Brady Bunch to help her and her husband manage their household chores and help them take care of their children. Barring that, looking for ways to support a young mom from a distance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 27, 2016 - 5 answers

Questions for experts on domestic violence.

I'm moderating a panel next month featuring researchers on areas related to domestic violence and working with survivors in a health care context. I've been asked to come up with questions for the panelists to prepare to answer. What should I ask them? What would you like to know, or what do you think is the most important problem in this area? [more inside]
posted by msrrn on Aug 25, 2016 - 14 answers

Self help book recommendations on self love & personal stories of growth

Presently, I am going through one of the toughest times I have ever experienced: horrible heartbreak, and the loss of what was once my family and life. I am seeking recommendations on self help books possibly in the realm of self love, or learning to cope with loss and not blame yourself, not worrying, or getting out of your own head. What may be of more help is hearing other women (or mens) "survival," or that it DOES get better. [more inside]
posted by MamaBee223 on Aug 24, 2016 - 14 answers

What can I do for a family with a toddler with a chronic illness?

I have a nephew, just shy of two years old, who has a rare autoimmune disease. It's very complex, and he is going through a battery of experimental treatments. The success of those treatments is far from guaranteed. Life is crushingly hard for him and his family. We are having trouble coming up with ways to help them. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 12, 2016 - 11 answers

Toddler brain experiments

So I have a small child who is in the process of converting from a passive milk converter into some of actual human. Do you know of any sources I could look at which would enlighten me on how their brain develops and most importantly any fun experimenty things I could do to see how their perception is changing and to better understand how they are seeing the world. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Jul 25, 2016 - 24 answers

Yosemite and Monterey

We (me, wife, kids 5 and 10) are traveling from Salt Lake City to Yosemite for 3 days of camping, and then to Monterey for 3 days. Help us plan the rest of a great trip. [more inside]
posted by trbrts on Jul 25, 2016 - 23 answers

Ideas for volunteering with children?

I have very young children. I'd love to get into some volunteer activity. BUT I am basically a stay at home mom now. It would be great if I could think of a volunteer activity that I could do with my kids in any form, esp. if the kids were an advantage! [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy on Jul 23, 2016 - 11 answers

Being a part of the life of a kid with Asperger's Syndrome

Need suggestions on stimulating, having fun and helping a boy with Asperger's Syndrome have a fulfilling life. More inside. [more inside]
posted by longjump on Jul 20, 2016 - 14 answers

What just happened?

Was playing at the park the other day with my son and two little girls were acting really strange towards him. I still can't decipher what they were up to. Details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg on Jul 17, 2016 - 23 answers

What kids' books are must-reads in your country?

Seeking popular children's books from outside US/UK/Germany! For small kids. [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Jul 16, 2016 - 18 answers

I think I want a baby – but not with my husband.

I’m married, mid 30s, and of course, it feels like everyone I know is having children. I love children. I’ve told myself again and again that I’m not going to be a mother. I thought I had made peace with it, and was pretty convinced I did not even want to be a mother. That’s why this seems like a huge betrayal to myself and to my husband.... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2016 - 26 answers

Old Scandinavian b/w short about children and wild birds

I'm trying to get the title, and perhaps see (YouTube? - although I've searched), an old movie I used to show my elementary school classes in the mid-1970s. This is what I remember: black and white; 20-25 minutes long (not feature-length, I think); great photography; voice-over narration; Scandinavian of some sort; made in 1950s or 60s (possibly 40s); children's faces; forests, countryside; migrating birds (swans, storks, geese?); melancholy feeling. [more inside]
posted by feelinggood on Jul 6, 2016 - 3 answers

The 2nd child - lessons learned, tricks 'n stuff to help the older kid?

We've got a wee baby boy on the way and our first child - a girl - is, well, not super-excited about this potential usurper invading her space. [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop on Jul 6, 2016 - 18 answers

Goody Bag Alternatives

Hello! My baby is having a birthday party, and I noticed that most kid birthday parties include goody bag giveaways filled with all kinds of crap. I don't really want to gather a bunch of cheap things, and instead would like to give one nice gift for kids to take home. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by lirael2008 on Jul 1, 2016 - 45 answers

YouAreNotMyLawyerFilter: But I feel discriminated against as a mom.

I believe my HOA and condo management are unfairly targeting families and children, are being disrespectful to our needs, discriminating based on disparate impact, and allowing one "squeaky wheel" to run the show. It is ruining our health and well-being. Please help me to find what the parents of our neighborhood need to say or do to get the board to listen. [more inside]
posted by bohdel on Jun 29, 2016 - 53 answers

How best to manage YouTube on an iPad for a child?

My four-year-old loves our iPad, but I don't want him to use it for nothing but YouTube videos. I'm also unhappy with some of the videos that Google considers to be OK for children. How can I manage his viewing, in terms of both time and content? [more inside]
posted by Zonker on Jun 26, 2016 - 15 answers

Kids' books to read before a camping road trip up the US west coast

In six weeks, we're taking two weeks to drive from San Diego to Seattle, car camping along the way. What books should I read with my 5 year old before we go? Think Jason Chin's Redwoods, for example.
posted by billtron on Jun 24, 2016 - 3 answers

Cruelty-free meme sites?

My 13-year-old loves memes, the kind that are a photo with amusing text over them. Unfortunately if he starts looking for them, they quickly become racist, sexist, degrade people with disabilities, etc. Is there anywhere safe to look for this kind of humor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 19, 2016 - 10 answers

Mexico City and beyond with children?

My family is traveling to Mexico City in August for a 10 day vacation. It will be myself, my wife, and our three boys - ages 5 years, 3 years and 8 months. We're planning to spend four days in Mexico City, two near Teotihuacan, and the rest is to be determined. What are your recommendations? Is there another side trip after Teotihuacan we should consider spending 2-3 days at before flying home? [more inside]
posted by John Frum on Jun 13, 2016 - 6 answers

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