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My son is panicking about learning to swim. Help?

My kids are going to a day camp for the first time this summer. They're scheduled to swim twice a day, but my son has been refusing to go into the pool and panicking when the counselors try to encourage him into the water. How can we convince him the pool is fun, safe and comfortable? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jul 11, 2014 - 40 answers

non-traditional parenting for dummies

What resources exist for non-romantic adult friends thinking about having a kid? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 1, 2014 - 16 answers

Scaredypants!

My soon-to-be 3-year-old daughter is pretty timid, physically. It's nothing crippling or even worrisome, but still…c'mon kid, geez, just jump! You'll be fine! [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on Mar 10, 2014 - 34 answers

Should I worry about my 2-year-old playing with unvaccinated kids?

I have read articles about herd immunity and I understand the concept. But, boots on the ground, should I worry about my vaccinated son occasionally playing with a partially vaccinated 4-year-old and a completely unvaccinated 2-year-old? We're all pretty mindful of staying away when the children show signs of illness. I am interested in both medical information and how other parents have navigated this potential risk.
posted by gentian on Jan 7, 2014 - 38 answers

How to have a life long close relationship with your kids ?

Recently seeing a lot of disappointment from parents/ grown children regarding their parents/ grown children. Both sides disillusioned with the difference between who they want/ need the other to be/do and who they actually are/ do. What has kept you close to your parents/ children? [more inside]
posted by oink on Dec 12, 2013 - 44 answers

What's in a name, anyway?

My husband and I are expecting our first child, a girl, due in 2 months and are having a serious naming dilemma. We are both worried about the possibility of our chosen name leading to teasing. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 11, 2013 - 78 answers

Raising kids with "grit"

What can I do as a parent to help my child build persistence, self-discipline, high standards, and work ethic? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Nov 13, 2013 - 44 answers

My partner has a child, he's feuding with the mother, I can't handle it

I'm stuck in the town where I just finished university, because I'm engaged to Jake, who has a child here, Finn. Jake had Finn with Kaitlyn when she was 16 and he was 18. Finn is now 4. I could move anywhere I want and make a living. I'm happy with Jake, but I'm unhappy with life as a whole, depressed, have low self-esteem. Jake has only limited contact rights to his son and a whole lot of trouble with Kaitlyn, who hates me. We live together and I am the sole-earner in this household, in the awful UK economy. I haven't left the house all year, I've just been working yet I'm still in debt and I want to get away. On the other hand I love Jake, we have so much in common and we never even argue, even though the year that we've been together life has been very difficult. We really love and respect each other. I have great hope in him, I'm excited to meet his son and I think we could make a life together. Except it would all take years. And I'm at the end of my tether and want to leave now. [more inside]
posted by mangoprawn on Oct 29, 2013 - 72 answers

There's Only So Much Wisdom I Can Impart In Between Their Fart Jokes!

I'd like to convey as much wisdom/advice as possible to my kids before they become feral teenagers drenched in Axe and scorn. Please share the best lists/essays/articles you've ever seen on the theme of "Teaching Your Kids About ______". [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Oct 22, 2013 - 14 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

How do you teach values (I'm not talking about religion here) to kids?

Parents: I'm wondering how your kids learned things like empathy, honesty, compassion, etc. I know that setting a good example is probably the #1 thing to do, and I plan to, but did you use other ways, like reading (fiction) kids' books with them that demonstrate these things? Am I overthinking this? I want to raise a kid with a conscience...
posted by trillian on Sep 9, 2013 - 27 answers

Natural Gas Smell

I did something colossally stupid this evening: Put up some pasta on the stove and then fell promptly asleep for a little while on the couch. Woke up to a terrible smell of natural gas. Found the water in the pot had spilled over and doused the flame of the burner it was cooking on. With the gas on high. It was probably like that for about 10 minutes or so. And now, four hours later, the house still has a strong-ish odor. Here is my question: does the smell indicate that gas is still present in the house, and if so, should I be concerned for the health and safety of my small children, who are sleeping a hallway away from the kitchen? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Aug 15, 2013 - 13 answers

Give me your child-raising hacks and habits

My baby is getting to the age where taking care of him is a bit more complicated than just making sure he's fed and slept. I'm looking for your parenting hacks and habits -- things you've learned that make raising kids (toddler age and older) just work a little better. [more inside]
posted by forza on Aug 12, 2013 - 40 answers

Step-parents and their spouses, how did you integrate your families?

I am, for the first time, in a relationship as a single father. So far it's going quite well, which brings up a variety of questions about what might happen in the future. One day I would like to be married again, which would put whoever I marry in the position of being my daughter's step-mother. How would I get from here to there? [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski on Jul 29, 2013 - 23 answers

Question about "adult" behavior by children

How disturbed should we be by our 5-year-old's sexual behavior toward her father? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 17, 2013 - 23 answers

Watch your vegetables first, then dessert

My ten year old wants to spend most of her summer days on the couch streaming TV over our roku. It is a zillion degrees outside with 200% humidity, so I sort of understand the couch potato impulse. How can I direct her so that her couch potato time doesn't spud her brain? [more inside]
posted by cross_impact on Jul 16, 2013 - 23 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

How do I avoid becoming like my parents re: treatment of kids?

I noticed that I may treat kids like how my parents treat them. How do I de-program myself from thinking like them? [more inside]
posted by ichomp on Jun 17, 2013 - 8 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

The giant pangolins of Madagascar are snoozing

My precocious but angry 2.75-year-old and I just got fired from our home daycare situation. I feel like I need Super Nanny. What now? How do I get him to stop being so rude? [more inside]
posted by woodvine on May 23, 2013 - 26 answers

Exercising with my pre-teen?

I'm a dad and my oldest - now a pre-teen, who this year started at high school - is always tired and hates exercise. She was very active when she was younger but pressures of long school hours and homework have squeezed all that out of the calendar. Plus of course she's the age when children's bodies dramatically change size and shape and that's perfectly normal. Given all that, what's the best way I can help her to stay as fit and healthy as possible? What has helped for your kids? [more inside]
posted by monster max on May 15, 2013 - 64 answers

Politely parenting my kid's playdates?

My preschooler is getting just old enough to have a proper social life (playdates, birthday parties, etc.). I've got some specific questions about the parental etiquette expectations surrounding these kiddie get-togethers. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Apr 5, 2013 - 24 answers

Looking for wonderful books I can read to my kids, one chapter at a time

My kids (a boy and a girl) are now five years old, and my wife or I read to them every night before bed. I'd like to start reading larger books to them which we can stretch out throughout a week or more, by reading them a chapter a night. Please help me put together a great reading list of age-appropriate books that will capture their imaginations and inspire happy dreams. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Apr 2, 2013 - 61 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

Help me learn to play with my daughter

I have a beautiful, curious, 8 month old daughter. I love her, but I don't know how to play with her. Help! [more inside]
posted by elizamina on Feb 7, 2013 - 21 answers

When can kids wake up by themselves?

So what do you do when your young child wakes up in the morning? [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski on Jan 1, 2013 - 36 answers

dad loved you best

How did you decide when and if to have a second baby? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 27, 2012 - 37 answers

Booster Seat Advice Needed

It's time to switch my kids from regular car seats to booster seats and I can't figure out which to buy or what features I should be looking for. If you've gone through this, can you please share your experiences to help me make a decision? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Nov 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Can't I be the "dad"?

My SO wants kids and would make a great dad. The trick is, I don't want to be "the mom." [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2012 - 60 answers

in many ways "babysitting" is a misnomer; sitting on babies is no longer recommended by the APA

How old was your child when you first started leaving her with babysitters who weren't relatives? How long would you leave them for?
posted by gerryblog on Oct 3, 2012 - 31 answers

What fun things should we do before having kids?

AdviceFilter: What life experiences (or fun things) should my partner and I make time for, before having a baby? [more inside]
posted by amoeba on Sep 19, 2012 - 19 answers

I'd kill for her

Vegetarian parenting, infant edition. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Aug 16, 2012 - 18 answers

Should we have another child? Two is enough for me.

I have two kids. My wife wants another. I don't. How do we decide? I have two boys. Ages 6 and 2 1/2. My wife is saying we should have another child because she wants a girl. [more inside]
posted by alshain on Aug 13, 2012 - 34 answers

help me find my perfect vehicle

I have a 4 yo and another on the way. We camp a lot. We have a VW jetta wagon, but it's getting cramped and we need something bigger. I like the Mazda 5 but my wife thinks it's "too minivan looking." ANy suggestions for maxi-wagons that have that third row of seating that can fold down into cargo space? We do not want an SUV but may have to consider something on the small end of the SUV range ... and we're hoping not to spend more than 24k. Used/new/prev lease all are options.
posted by luriete on Jul 30, 2012 - 22 answers

How to handle a child's degenerative and fatal diagnosis

Tomorrow I find out if my two-year-old son has Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy. There's no "good" form of MD, but this is definitely the "bad" (and most common) version. Most children with this diagnosis are wheelchair-bound by age 12, and the average life expectancy is 25. There is no treatment and no cure. How do I, as a father, deal with this? [more inside]
posted by math on Jul 10, 2012 - 31 answers

Was having a baby a mistake?

I am the mother of a beautiful, 5 week old baby girl. I wonder if I've made the biggest mistake of my life. [more inside]
posted by elizamina on Jun 26, 2012 - 75 answers

Help me help an eleven-year-old find her own normal.

She's not into what she thinks girls her age are "supposed" to be into. How do we show her that what she likes is what's normal, and maybe encourage her to reach out to find the other kids that like that stuff too? Is that what we should be doing? [more inside]
posted by kostia on Jun 11, 2012 - 97 answers

Looking for cool stuff online for my four year olds.

I'm looking for websites that have cool, educational, entertaining and kid-safe stuff I can share with my two 4 year olds, perhaps similar to the kids should see this, and/or sites that suggest neat projects and how-to's my wife and I can work on with them to open their eyes to the wonders of the world around them. All suggestions welcome!
posted by zarq on Jun 10, 2012 - 4 answers

On Becoming An Epic Uncle

My brother and his wife are having a baby! How do I become a good best epic uncle? What are some nice or useful things your siblings have done for your children? What are you own favorite memories involving your uncle? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on May 29, 2012 - 23 answers

Car seat for a Mini convertible?

My husband loves his 2007 Mini Cooper S convertible, but also loves his 3 year old, 38" tall, 30 lb daughter. We're hoping to bring the two things together with the perfect car seat. It needs to be easy to get into for the kid, harness (as opposed to seat belt) preferred. Have any actual real-life Mini owners made this work?
posted by nkknkk on May 10, 2012 - 4 answers

My best guess is that the Very Hungry Caterpillar is really terrifying.

Toddler nightmares: what helped you calm the shrieking beast? [more inside]
posted by sonika on Apr 9, 2012 - 35 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 talk to your kids about online porn?

Have you discovered your child has seen online pornography? What did you do about it? [more inside]
posted by amoeba on Mar 5, 2012 - 25 answers

I need mind-blowing books about parenting!

I'm looking for parenting books that blew. your. mind. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Jan 10, 2012 - 27 answers

Looking for readings on middle childhood

I'm looking for good readings on Middle Childhood, inspired by this New York Times article and my 5.5 year old son. [more inside]
posted by alms on Dec 26, 2011 - 4 answers

How can a father leave his family yet remain a father?

This is not going to be pretty. I need to know if there is any way for me to maintain a life with my children if I cannot maintain one with my wife. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 26, 2011 - 91 answers

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain

I am looking for a book or a movie geared at younger kids (mine is 7), that would start a conversation about things not always being as they appear. Kinda like how toys on TV never end up to be as cool as they look, or how some people make promises that sound good, but they just don't deliver. I'd like to help my daughter start to develop the intelligence and skill set to truly discern the difference between substance and smoke.
posted by lakersfan1222 on Dec 1, 2011 - 23 answers

Insane 2 year old found abandoned by exhausted parents

Seattle 2 year old is going stir crazy every day and needs to get out of the house. We're getting tired of our usual local activities, what are some of your favorites? [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast on Nov 27, 2011 - 15 answers

Terrible Threes?

I need advice on how to raise disciplined, well-behaved children. Lengthy details within. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Nov 23, 2011 - 47 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

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