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Help me set an educational goal for my 12 year old.

My 12 year old son wants an iPhone. We agreed that if he completes some fitness goals and an educational goal we would get him one. I am trying to set the educational goal. He is pretty bright and gets straight As in school so I would like the goal to be something not school related and preferably something he probably won't get exposed to in school. I am an electrical engineer and initially thought some sort of computer programming. Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.
posted by tr45vbyt on Jan 31, 2013 - 25 answers

I need to come up with ideas for daycare visits to our gym.

I'm the program developer at a gymnastics club, and my latest assignment has be wracking my brain. We have outside daycare groups come and visit us once a week for around an hour, and my boss wants us to add on an additional activity to make us a more appealing choice. Help? [more inside]
posted by hasna on Jan 29, 2013 - 19 answers

Can anyone identify this indie, children's folk singer?

I've been wracking my brains trying to remember the identity of this female folk singer from the 1980s-1990s. She made at least a few albums targeted at kids, incorporating many environmental themes. And I can't for the life of me remember even enough to do a proper Google search. Gah! [more inside]
posted by valkyryn on Jan 28, 2013 - 7 answers

Trying to identify a book for a friend

Help me identify this book? Hardback, with illustrations of towns & shops; lots of detail, kind of cartoony, escalators & stairs crossing. 1960s/70s? Know it's not much to go on, but it's all he gave me. Have at it guys.
posted by ulanbator3 on Jan 27, 2013 - 8 answers

Comic books for children

My five-year-old son and I just finished reading Bone, and we need a new comic to read together. I'd prefer something with an ongoing story, but good non-serial comics are also welcome.
posted by mokin on Jan 21, 2013 - 19 answers

Is it possible to heal from this? Or at least survive it?

If you have experienced child sexual abuse and came to some sort of healing what do you wish you had known from the beginning? What words of advice do you have for someone just beginning to go down that path? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 19, 2013 - 17 answers

Make my child a math genius

My son is now 15 months old, and I would like for him to have the best possible mathematics education. What should I be doing now and what sort of long-term plan should I have in order to help him both to learn and to love mathematics? (He doesn't have to be a mathematician when he grows up, but really knowing mathematics is non-negotiable.) [more inside]
posted by Jonathan Livengood on Jan 17, 2013 - 48 answers

They don't cover parental emergencies in Infant CPR class.

What would happen to my son if 911 were called for me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2013 - 18 answers

Help me to be tactful!

My husband and I visited a Montessori charter school today. We had a classroom observation as well as a tour of the entire K-8 school. After hearing such wonderful things about the school, we were ... less than impressed. [more inside]
posted by checkitnice on Jan 17, 2013 - 20 answers

Boyfriend? What's a boyfriend?

How to introduce boyfriend to son after a divorce. Personal experiences as the girlfriend, boyfriend, or the child? Advice? [more inside]
posted by youdontmakefriendswithsalad on Jan 15, 2013 - 19 answers

What do you LOVE about being a parent?

I have a very easy time picturing the ways in which having children would negatively impact my life and career -- I can imagine the exhaustion and the chaos and the drudgery with crystal clarity -- but the good parts are much more hazy. What great stuff does your kids bring into your life? What do you love about having had a family? What makes all the difficulties and sacrifices worthwhile for you? [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Jan 15, 2013 - 87 answers

What kind of information should young children be protected from?

The coyotes are eating the cats! [more inside]
posted by Dansaman on Jan 14, 2013 - 18 answers

Just putting him on skis and pushing is probably a bad idea.

So I want to get my son into skiing, but I'm not sure the best method given that he's only 3. Pointers for those who have done it or suggestions that this is ridiculous and just to wait till he's older both welcome. [more inside]
posted by katers890 on Jan 10, 2013 - 35 answers

Why does my son suddenly hate bedtime and will not sleep through the night?

My son (12 months) has been sleeping through the night since he was 3 months old, but now...he hates bedtime (but naps are fine) and wakes up screaming and wanting to play (usually around 1 or 2 am). What's going on? [more inside]
posted by The Hyacinth Girl on Jan 5, 2013 - 17 answers

Old friends, babysitting, child with special needs?

Old friends, babysitting, child with special needs? [more inside]
posted by skbw on Jan 4, 2013 - 13 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

Witch Sue Game: what does it mean?

My 5 year old granddaughter and I like this game and we'd like to know what the captions on the potions mean. Is it Korean? Also, any other insight into the game, any of the characters you get when you make different potions? [more inside]
posted by Kazimirovna on Dec 30, 2012 - 5 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

Looking for book recommendations, etc.

How do you help children develop impulse control? [more inside]
posted by mermily on Dec 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Wow what a great book

What are your favorite children's illustrated books? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman on Dec 17, 2012 - 67 answers

Best nursery rhyme cds?

What are some nursery rhyme compilations that are top-notch, musically speaking? [more inside]
posted by Liesl on Dec 13, 2012 - 6 answers

Children and foreign languages/cultures - inform me!

If a child is immersed in a particular language on a medium-term basis (say, a year of preschool, or maybe two or three), and becomes fluent in it, but then the exposure is taken away, how much does this language stick? Can the child still understand the basics of the language a decade later? Or does it make the language easier to relearn later in life? ALSO: What does early exposure to a foreign culture do for a child, if anything? Is cultural uprooting and rerooting of this nature disorienting and/or destructive for a child? [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad on Dec 11, 2012 - 31 answers

Do I Stay or Do I Go?

How do I deal with the stress and drama caused by my emotionally manipulative live-in sister? The emotional welfare of her two young children is also at stake. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by BrianJ on Dec 3, 2012 - 18 answers

Audio Books for Young Children

Asking for a friend who needs to commute to day care with a 3- and 5-year old and is really sick of kid's music. Can you recommend audio books for this age range which might keep the kids entertained for the ~30-minute trip?
posted by GenjiandProust on Dec 1, 2012 - 19 answers

never there

Did you grow up with parent(s) who loved you but were not around a lot? How did that impact you and the person you are today? How did it impact your relationship with you parents? What do you wish your parent(s) did differently? Do you think it is every possible to have a healthy family situation with parents who are gone a lot? [more inside]
posted by seesom on Nov 29, 2012 - 30 answers

How does going back to school work for single parents?

How possible is going back to school as a single parent. Straight up; I need to know everything. How much did having children affect your attendance and grades and how did school change your relationship with your kids? Did you pass? Was it worth it? Would you recommend it? [more inside]
posted by tenaciousmoon on Nov 28, 2012 - 31 answers

"The Ice King's Turgid Boingloings"

Appropriate fanfiction websites for a 10-year-old? [more inside]
posted by clearlydemon on Nov 27, 2012 - 15 answers

Spoiled Kids Need Lesson in Gift-Giving

What can I do to teach my spoiled niece and nephew about the importance of giving this holiday season? [more inside]
posted by paperclip2000 on Nov 22, 2012 - 37 answers

Help me learn to get over the past and learn to like how I look.

I hate being photographed and avoid mirrors because of emotional abuse in the past. How can I overcome this, and how can I make sure I don't give my kids messed up ideas? [more inside]
posted by 5_buck_sock_pup on Nov 19, 2012 - 20 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

Is Soy Milk safe for my daughter?

Is it safe for my little girl to drink soy milk? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Nov 14, 2012 - 31 answers

Looking for fun day plans for home-schooled kids.

Looking for fun day plans for home-schooled kids. [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on Oct 28, 2012 - 7 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

Taking son camping for the first time. It will also be my first time.

Please help me take a first-time Cub Scout on a group camping trip with family in tow. [more inside]
posted by Tanizaki on Oct 23, 2012 - 26 answers

If this doesn't work, can I trade her in for a kid who sleeps through the night? *sigh*

Please help me keep our 4.5 year old insomniac daughter from crawling into her parents bed in the middle of the night before I lose what's left of my mind from sleep fatigue. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Oct 22, 2012 - 52 answers

A game and a book

Can you recommend an excellent board game (preferably involving some skill and thinking, and not an e-game) and an excellent illustrated book with a girls' sports theme (preferably soccer but not necessarily) as gifts for a 4 year-old girl? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman on Oct 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Kids Post Cancer Diagnosis?

Diagnosed 3 months ago with incurable (but treatable) lymphoma. Deciding on children - Has anyone decided to have kids post cancer diagnosis? [more inside]
posted by inquisitrix on Oct 15, 2012 - 21 answers

Pictures of cute kids? Can't I take pictures of spiders instead?

Volunteered to hover around company Halloween event & take pictures of cute kids in costume. Turns out that I am Designated Photographer. Help me take some decent pics! [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry on Oct 15, 2012 - 14 answers

Life choices are hard.

I have one daughter, she is 5.5. We always planned on having 3 children, but spacing turned into fertility issues turned into daughter will likely be 8 by the time we actually manage to have another offspring. Help me figure out the various pros/cons of having 2 more kids v. having 1 more kid/adopting a school age kid/ having 1 more kid/ leaving well enough alone. [more inside]
posted by dadici on Oct 15, 2012 - 33 answers

All he wants for Xmas is a DS

For the last two years my (now) 6.5 year old has been begging for a Nintendo DS. I've resisted this long but with the holidays around the corner I'm starting to bend. However, as I look at the options I'm torn. I play casual games but have never been a gamer. What should I buy, if anything? [more inside]
posted by Cuke on Oct 14, 2012 - 20 answers

Need ideas for a Titanic-themed birthday party for an obsessed 7-year-old boy!

My Titanic-obsessed son is turning 7 in a couple months. I want to throw him a party he'll remember forever. I have the cake planned -- a friend is baking a Titanic-shaped masterpiece. For the rest, I need AskMe's help. [more inside]
posted by Professor Horatio Hufnagel on Oct 12, 2012 - 27 answers

Childrens' educational book series

I'm looking for recommendations for childrens' educational book series. It's for a 4-5 year old, but writing level is not important, as long as it has good pictures we can talk about (e.g. the DK Eyewitness series). Preferably, each volume is devoted to a single subject (no encyclopedias), and be available cheaply second-hand. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by carter on Oct 6, 2012 - 9 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

How to teach filmmaking to children

Looking for help figuring out ways to teach a tween how to make films. [more inside]
posted by diabolik on Oct 1, 2012 - 4 answers

Picture Book Publishing 101

I want to write a children's picture book, submit it to a publisher, and get it published. Now what? [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Sep 26, 2012 - 10 answers

Billy ISO Little Ann

Help us fine the right dog for our son and family, who has a few specific requests and a few special needs. [more inside]
posted by rumposinc on Sep 23, 2012 - 39 answers

How can a parent best motivate a 4-year-old who isn't a "pleaser"?

How can a parent best motivate a 4-year-old who isn't a "pleaser"? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman on Sep 21, 2012 - 18 answers

Science. SCIENCE!!!!

Looking for child development milestones, with an emphasis on experiments, neural processing goobles, and mad science shenanigans! Tell me what weird experiments I can conduct with my child.... [more inside]
posted by amanda on Sep 20, 2012 - 8 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

What was on your baby registry that you use and what was on it that you don't use?

I'm building a baby registry. a) What was your absolute most-used, wouldn't-survive-without-it thing you had on your baby registry? b) And what were you absolutely certain you'd use all the time that just gathered dust? [more inside]
posted by davebug on Sep 18, 2012 - 67 answers

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