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And Girlfriend Makes Three

When my lease expires at the end of May, my boyfriend and I will be moving together. This is all very exciting, but I'm going to go from living alone to being a (basically) stepmom to a 10 year old boy. How can we make this easier on everyone? Are there any books that will be helpful? [more inside]
posted by kerfuffled on Feb 28, 2008 - 16 answers

Looking for simple tricks that only kids under 8 appreciate.

GoofyTricksForKidsFilter: Looking for simple tricks that only kids under 8 appreciate. [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Feb 22, 2008 - 43 answers

What is this children's book with living mop?

A friend of mine read a children's paperback book in the 1960's that featured two kids and a mop that comes to life ( or maybe is alive through the course of the whole book ). The kids and the mops interact (play?). I don't know any more about the book but I'm hoping to identify it and find a paperback copy to give as a birthday gift. If anyone out there knows what this book is or might be I would very much appreciate it. Thanks! - Dave
posted by metadave on Feb 19, 2008 - 5 answers

What is the first book you remember loving?

What is the first book you remember loving? [more inside]
posted by easy_being_green on Feb 18, 2008 - 147 answers

Finding Two Forgotten Fantasies

A familiar kind of question -- anyone know the titles/authors of two fantasy novels I read as a kid in the late 1970s or early 1980s? [more inside]
posted by BT on Feb 13, 2008 - 11 answers

Oh, right... peak oil. What should we eat?

Seeking ideas for healthy, balanced, kid-friendly meals that use local (ideally Ontarioan) ingredients, don't require the expenditure of electricity, and could be made by an 8-year old with minimal supervision? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Feb 10, 2008 - 9 answers

Flash Games for Children

My 3.5 year old niece loves this site, Poisson Rouge, which is a flash-based letters, numbers and object game. Can you recommend any others that are similar or that she might like? Thanks.
posted by emoeby on Feb 8, 2008 - 6 answers

Someone I love is being hurt, can I do anything?

I think the way my brother parents is damaging my nephew. Should I mind my own business? [more inside]
posted by esereth on Feb 5, 2008 - 49 answers

Who's out there?

Children/young adult literature with transgendered characters? [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj on Feb 5, 2008 - 24 answers

Need Books/Movies for Kids Going to Rome

I'm looking for recommendations for books, movies and even music that might be relevant for a group of middle school (7th & 8th grade, ages 12-14) kids who are going to Rome over spring break. [more inside]
posted by bjennings on Feb 3, 2008 - 8 answers

Who has the best sand castle, and why?

What are the most successful social networking sites for children? Why have they succeeded? What are the worst? Why have they failed?
posted by bingo on Feb 2, 2008 - 11 answers

How local were the "R2D2 Circle" and the "C3PO Walk?"

Were the "R2D2 Circle" and the "C3PO Walk" widespread children's exercises in the late Seventies, or were they just something my Phys Ed teacher made up? [more inside]
posted by breezeway on Feb 2, 2008 - 24 answers

Why do we have children?

My significant other said this to me today: "over the next 5 years or so you should build an argument for kids," but I can't think of where to start. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 29, 2008 - 40 answers

Seeking stories of kids with superpowers?

I'm trying to make a list of books that include the central plot element of kids learning how to use or cope with unusual powers, dramatic or mundane. (Jumper, recently made into a movie, is one example.) Extra points if the books are primarily aimed at children or young adults.
posted by sacre_bleu on Jan 29, 2008 - 48 answers

Organising a play space.

What options are there for tidying up a child's play area and creating a 'play space' within limited area? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo on Jan 24, 2008 - 10 answers

How much time does being a CASA involve?

How much time does being a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate for children) really involve? This relates to Seattle/King County. [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Jan 24, 2008 - 5 answers

deciding to be a parent with chronic illness

Having kids or not when you have chronic health issues: how did you decide and come to terms with it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2008 - 12 answers

Is living in a dirty house bad for children?

Sibling and sibling's spouse are living in squalor, and I think it's bad for their kids. Should I intervene? [more inside]
posted by red_lotus on Jan 20, 2008 - 43 answers

teach your children well (legally?)

If I were a private tutor for children, what laws would pertain to me? What credentials would I need? [more inside]
posted by cloudgazer on Jan 18, 2008 - 4 answers

Very fine dining recommendations in DC with young kids?

Our kids are 1 and 4. It's my folks' 40th anniversary as well as the one year old's birthday and my folks are treating, so this means going somewhere really nice, expensive, and five star. But where in DC? [more inside]
posted by poppo on Jan 16, 2008 - 12 answers

Big BIG Books

Where to find those VERY large storybooks that children's librarians use for storytelling hours? I've searched for "large", "big" and "oversized" storybooks to no avail.
posted by jeanmari on Jan 15, 2008 - 9 answers

Need some advice for flying with 2 toddlers

Air Travel Noob: I need some advice for traveling with my 4 1/2 year old daughter and 2 year old son. I have flown ONCE in my whole life and now I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by ShawnString on Jan 14, 2008 - 30 answers

Family Budget Decision-making

Look, I truly do get the “know your income, know your expenses” bit about budgeting. And I’m pretty frugal in my habits. My problem is this, as the financial head of this family, I have to decide what we will spend our inadequate resources on. So in general, how to prioritise discretionary spending in a fair and efficient manner? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2008 - 25 answers

A feminist mom looking for appropriate doll for daughter.

What other options for dolls do I have outside of Princesses and Barbies and Bratz for a little girl? [more inside]
posted by dnthomps on Jan 9, 2008 - 37 answers

Nightmarish kid's telly

oldtelevisionprogramfilter. Please help me remember this old half-forgotten British children's show... [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Jan 7, 2008 - 4 answers

Older, Married, and Childless? May we hear your story?

Looking for stories of satisfaction or regret from older married couples who decided not to have children. [more inside]
posted by bmosher on Jan 6, 2008 - 21 answers

Long Distance Parenting

Looking for positive experiences where single parent and young child(en) were separated by great distances. Specifically, I am curious to know how it was made to work. [more inside]
posted by panoptican on Jan 3, 2008 - 9 answers

Books with textures for blind kids?

Can you think of any children's books with texture which would be great for the visually impaired? [more inside]
posted by pootler on Dec 31, 2007 - 7 answers

Religious counter-programming for dummies

My in-laws are Catholics. My husband and I are not raising our daughter in a religious household. How can we effectively counter-program my in-laws' religious activities? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck on Dec 30, 2007 - 53 answers

How can I prepare myself for being a daddy?

I don't feel ready to have kids, ever. How can I shorten that to around 2-3 years? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 25, 2007 - 27 answers

Missing book from childhood

Looking for children's book with a teddy bear and a full moon. [more inside]
posted by dnthomps on Dec 24, 2007 - 3 answers

How do I not kill my son? :)

MeFi Parenting filter: What are appropriate consequences for an 8-year-old who has a history of carelessness with belongings, and has lost his $250 glasses? [more inside]
posted by liquado on Dec 21, 2007 - 60 answers

Charity begins at home

I'd like to donate money to charities on behalf of my family members, but I'd like to tailor it towards their occupations/interests. [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Dec 18, 2007 - 11 answers

Do kids care about volunteering?

Did you volunteer as a child? Or do you work now with a children's volunteer group? Tell me what you know about youth service. [more inside]
posted by pineapple on Dec 12, 2007 - 18 answers

The Tooth Fairy

My 6 yr. old son just lost his first tooth. He now expects a "tooth fairy" because his Brittish dad told him. I'm Dutch and have no idea. Help me out to answer some of his questions. [more inside]
posted by kudzu on Dec 10, 2007 - 67 answers

Phenobarbital and Migraines

From the age of 5 until 9, my doctor prescribed phenobarbital for my migraines. The headaches disappeared, but I'm wondering if there have been any long term studies done on the effects of phenobarbital on young children. [more inside]
posted by maryh on Dec 9, 2007 - 6 answers

What do babies do when their senses are overwhelmed or overstimulated? Do they shut down immediately and sleep ....OR do they cry and is hard to coax to sleep OR.....?

What do babies do when their senses are overwhelmed or overstimulated? Do they shut down immediately and sleep ....OR do they cry and is hard to coax to sleep OR....????? [more inside]
posted by cluelessguru on Dec 6, 2007 - 14 answers

Help me secretly educate children!

What are some cool Words of the Week for my kids' bookshop? [more inside]
posted by featherboa on Dec 6, 2007 - 26 answers

watercolor instruction book for kids?

Can anyone recommend a watercolor painting instruction book for children? [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj on Dec 5, 2007 - 5 answers

Is it right to divorce a depressed spouse?

Is it right to divorce a depressed spouse? [more inside]
posted by UtterlyDrained on Dec 4, 2007 - 60 answers

Help me name a program for children with disabled parents.

Help me name a program for children with developmentally disabled parents. [more inside]
posted by Mr_Crazyhorse on Dec 2, 2007 - 17 answers

Educational Computer sites for kids?

I'm looking for great educational computer sites for kids. [more inside]
posted by mcarthey on Nov 29, 2007 - 7 answers

7 days in Japan, no constraints (except the one who gurgles and poops)

We'll have a week in Japan in March, and a nine-month-old in tow. Where to go? What to do? Is this even a sane idea? [more inside]
posted by gleuschk on Nov 23, 2007 - 12 answers

Crafts for Toddler and 10 year old

Holiday craft ideas needed-catch is I want ideas that can be fun for my very creative, talented artistic 10 year old, and her sister, not quite 2. Tried and tested ideas, if possible, not just links to generic craft websites (links to fabulous websites you've found to be useful will be appreciated, of course). [more inside]
posted by purenitrous on Nov 19, 2007 - 7 answers

This shirt is fast as lightning.

Help me find out more about my beloved "Kung-Fu Master" t-shirt, and, in the best of all possible worlds, replace it when it dies. [more inside]
posted by doift on Nov 19, 2007 - 7 answers

Sacked lunch - revised!

We need some ideas for school lunches. A few requirements within. [more inside]
posted by B(oYo)BIES on Nov 16, 2007 - 13 answers

In search of maps with a higher purpose

I'm looking for Web sites that use interactive maps to display social phenomena, such as Oakland CrimeSpotting. They don't need to be that sophisticated. I'm especially interested in maps related to poverty and education.
posted by desjardins on Nov 12, 2007 - 10 answers

Are differing views on having children always a deal-breaker?

Are differing views on having children a deal-breaker for a relationship when the thought of starting a family doesn't come into play for 5 years? [more inside]
posted by designmartini on Nov 11, 2007 - 53 answers

How do you explain divorce to an eight-year-old?

I'm at University and far removed from home geographically. My parents are planning on getting divorced soon and anyone semi-observant would've seen this coming years and years ago. Both wonderful people, both wholly incompatible. So what can I/they do for my adorably clueless, naive, 8-year old sister who still has no idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 4, 2007 - 14 answers

Monsters with high self-esteem?

"Me not ugly, me is beautiful." Do you know what monster might have said this? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Nov 2, 2007 - 24 answers

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