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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

Bento newbie seeks sensei

Help me find the perfect bento box. [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Sep 16, 2012 - 17 answers

Help my child with Tourettes and ADD

Are there grants or financial aid for my 8 year old daughter who has Tourettes Syndrome and ADD? I need money to put her in a tutoring center and to put her in physical activity programs. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Sep 15, 2012 - 4 answers

Memes and Themes: Best bits of children's picture books?

Looking for lists of memes, themes and repeated elements in children's stories that I can use in entirely new stories I'm making up for actual children. [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Sep 13, 2012 - 8 answers

A feral child in present day Britain

Thought experiment: would happen to a feral child like Victor of Aveyron in the present day UK? [more inside]
posted by unSane on Sep 13, 2012 - 12 answers

Finally my midlife crisis is appropriately timed - coming to terms with mediocre life prospects

I think I need to give up on my dreams and sell out. I don't feel like I can get on board with it emotionally and I think it's interfering with my chances at any kind of success. [more inside]
posted by Luke Skywalker on Sep 11, 2012 - 36 answers

Is there anything I can do to get us seats together on the plane?

Tips for getting seats together on a flight that is already booked. [more inside]
posted by tacodave on Sep 10, 2012 - 40 answers

How can I get my daughter to be more relaxed about and manageable in doctor office visits?

How can I get my daughter to be more relaxed about and manageable in doctor office visits? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman on Sep 7, 2012 - 30 answers

What was surprisingly easy/hard about having a kid?

A 2-parter for parents (from a soon-to-be): 1) What did you think was going to be easy, but turned out to be hard? 2) What did you think was going to be hard, but turned out to be easy? [more inside]
posted by davebug on Sep 4, 2012 - 42 answers

What's important to prioritize when making decisions for the good of the family

Is it so important our child grow up near her grandparents that we give up the good life we have now? [more inside]
posted by arabelladragon on Sep 2, 2012 - 72 answers

Would You Move for Better Schools?

Moving to a better school zone. Should I do it? Tough decisions concerning moving, staying put, and financial future. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2012 - 19 answers

Educational games on Mac for young kids?

My pre-k boy LOVES video games and adventure/superhero TV shows. It would be great to harness some of that love for learning purposes. What are your recommendations for software or online games that do that? We're a Mac household. [more inside]
posted by michaeldunaway on Aug 24, 2012 - 5 answers

Seattle children potential homelessness

Seattle child services question: pending homelessness for 2 undocumented children... [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Aug 18, 2012 - 5 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

Things are bad.

Our marriage is crumbling, and it's taking me with it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 13, 2012 - 29 answers

How can we help our son know his father?

My husband has a few more months before cancer takes his energy, and then his life. We have a 17 month old son. My husband plans to write some letters to our son, but beyond that, I am not sure what to do to help my son know his father. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Mozzie on Aug 13, 2012 - 62 answers

Is this as impossible as it seems?

How do I date, as a late-30's woman who still wants kids? [more inside]
posted by ArgyleSockPuppet on Aug 13, 2012 - 9 answers

DIY Felt/Flannel Story Pieces

What is the best method for making my own flannel or felt story board and story pieces? [more inside]
posted by lirael2008 on Aug 12, 2012 - 8 answers

Family Lawltimore

Can you recommend a family lawyer in Baltimore? [more inside]
posted by kroshka on Aug 5, 2012 - 1 answer

How to be a good godmother?

How can I be a good, long-distance (secular) godmother? [more inside]
posted by skippy_gal on Aug 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Fun kid-friendly games for 1st Gen iPod Touch

Fun, simple, kid-friendly games/apps for a 1st Generation iPod Touch? [more inside]
posted by nanojath on Aug 1, 2012 - 8 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

Converting a 10 year old Christian to atheism through books.

Converting a 10 year old Christian to atheism through books. [more inside]
posted by facehugger on Jul 30, 2012 - 41 answers

Ooki no kuri no ki no shita de...

Japanese MeFites: what songs did you learn as a kid? [more inside]
posted by ctmf on Jul 29, 2012 - 6 answers

Should I invest in my state's 529 even though I might move in three years?

I have a question about 529 Savings Plans. Now that I have a little one, I'm looking to start investing in a 529. However, there is a better than decent chance that we'll move to a new state within the next three years. Should I invest in New York's Direct plan right away (which looks great - low expense and a nice amount to write off my taxes) even though I might lose future tax benefits in another state?
posted by Stynxno on Jul 27, 2012 - 5 answers

Recipes needed for children's cooking class

I need some recipe ideas for a children's cooking class - can you help? [more inside]
posted by nuclear_soup on Jul 27, 2012 - 24 answers

Looking for pediatrician in Boston.

Looking for a pediatrician in Boston! [more inside]
posted by sonika on Jul 26, 2012 - 3 answers

America Day Fun and Games for ESL Learners

It's "America Day"! What simple activities and games would you suggest for 40 English language learners in China, ages 8-12? [more inside]
posted by elisse on Jul 25, 2012 - 2 answers

Children and testosterone don't mix

Does anyone have experience with toddlers and keeping them away from testosterone gel? I’m trying not to be a crazy-mom but we are visiting a relative soon who will be new to using the gel and we will all be new at the protocols. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 23, 2012 - 6 answers

They got a Husky/Akita. Now what?

Husky/Akita mix-breed. What are we in for? [more inside]
posted by SoftSummerBreeze on Jul 16, 2012 - 24 answers

Help develop a child's interest in football.

Inspirational (American) football movie or book for a 7 year-old boy? [more inside]
posted by evilelf on Jul 16, 2012 - 11 answers

Who wrote the old book of poems for kids, "It May Be So, It May Be Not"?

I've got another "what was that thing from my childhood?" sort of question, and I've combed through Google and Amazon and Abebooks to no avail. A book of short quirky poems for children, probably illustrated. Mid 1970s. Very likely published by Scribners, we had tons of their hardcover books from an uncle who worked there (now deceased, so I can't ask him.) I thought the title was "It May Be So, It May Be Not", which was also the title of a poem in the book that went, either partially or entirely... [more inside]
posted by tomboko on Jul 14, 2012 - 3 answers

Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff?

What are some rhyming kids' books (4-7 yrs) that are actually enjoyable for the poetry, as well as the story and pictures? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jul 13, 2012 - 25 answers

What's the best software to teach talented youth digital tools for design?

What's the best software to teach talented youth digital tools for design? [more inside]
posted by ValveAnnex on Jul 11, 2012 - 6 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

What's a good Lego-related gift for a 5 year-old?

What Lego-related gift should I get in the USA for a bright 5 year old Australian with Asperger spectrum issues? He likes Lego and has a particular interest in Legoland in San Diego. I want something that costs no more than $20 and I'd rather leave presents of actual Lego to his parents.
posted by Joe in Australia on Jul 8, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me navigate this mine field of teenage drama and screwed up relationship between teen and adult.

Help me navigate this mine field of teenage drama and screwed up relationship between teen and adult. [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Jul 8, 2012 - 27 answers

Grade Four Math Software

What is some good grade-four math software for a child who is comfortable using his computer? [more inside]
posted by One Hand Slowclapping on Jul 8, 2012 - 4 answers

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