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Fancy events + no sleep + small children = help?

Family trip coming up, and I need advice on helping my five-year-old daughter manage sleep-deprivation and jetlag. In the context of a wedding weekend, with all the attendant social and behavioral expectations. With bonus similarly-aged relative who brings out her most rambunctious side. What can I do by way of scheduling, boundaries, etc., to keep this sane while still being polite? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Aug 17, 2014 - 19 answers

How can I build discipline?

Discipline seems to be a fundamental trait: if you have it, you can have the self-control (and delayed gratification) to improve your health, work, and other parts of your life that seem to rely on having discipline. So how does one go about developing and improving discipline?
posted by markbao on Apr 3, 2014 - 21 answers

How to be content again and pick myself up once more

During my studies I've dragged myself into some sort of downward spiral: falling behind multiple times but still managing to pick myself up, only to find myself struggling even more. I've now arrived at a point where I feel completely broken and depressed. I need to find a way to start off again without feeling overwhelmed by everything else that still needs to, or can be done. I seems the only way to regain control is if I could be as carefree as I was as a freshman. [more inside]
posted by csdfa on Dec 10, 2013 - 5 answers

Not disciplining 7-y.o. boy for publicly battering younger girl - WTF?

While at a small family gathering in our friends' home, my coworker's 7-year-old son suddenly grabbed a 4-year-old girl, raised her up into the air over his head, and body-slammed her onto the living room floor -- in full and complete view of 8 parents, including both of his own. His parents never did or said anything to him about it that night, and we're all horrified. How do we get to a place of acceptance when folks make vastly different parenting choices than our own, and our kids see it? Details ... [more inside]
posted by hush on Nov 15, 2013 - 55 answers

How can I be more consistent with children?

A teacher seeks advice. [more inside]
posted by mermily on Jun 5, 2013 - 9 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

How do I help my four-year-old learn to not be an asshole?

My wife and I are wrestling mightily with parenting our four-year-old daughter, who is an asshole. I use the word "asshole" because we are taken aback by how mean and insulting and nasty she can be. I know we are supposed to love her unconditionally but we are struggling to deal with who she is rather than how she acts... Help! [more inside]
posted by mindsound on Mar 1, 2013 - 51 answers

Was this punishment over the line?

Last week, my son (9 years old) was punished by his teacher (for trying to elbow his way back into a lineup). The punishment: the teacher made my son stand in the same spot for 1 hour (the duration of the class). I think this type of punishment is over the line, and I'm pretty angry about it. Am I over-reacting? [more inside]
posted by thisclickableme on Feb 17, 2013 - 57 answers

Appropriate discipline, boundaries for a 14-year-old

My son, 14, splits his time between my house and my ex-husband's house. About two years ago, my son's bed at his dad's house was taken away - he's been sleeping on the floor ever since. I am increasingly upset about this but unsure whether or how to intervene. [more inside]
posted by webwench on Feb 10, 2013 - 110 answers

Appealing high school suspension?

Brother suspended for three days from his high school in California, due to 1. "racist comments"- from an off colour joke and 2. refusing to tell an officer his name. Is the disciplinary action taken equivalent to his behavior? How can we go about appealing it,if so? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by flying_trapeze on Jan 18, 2013 - 50 answers

Strict dad or easy-going dad?

At times my 3-year-old son deliberately misbehaves. Do I double down on the discipline, or shrug it off? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Nov 27, 2012 - 48 answers

I know he WANTS to behave...

Help me solve the behavioural issues that have cropped up in my five and a half year old. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Oct 24, 2012 - 23 answers

Building a sane classroom after school

I have been asked to volunteer with an after school homework program for young grade schoolers, and I need help with classroom management. [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Oct 16, 2012 - 12 answers

discipline for on-schedule creativity

How do you set yourself up for maximum success when starting a creative project that requires consistent production? Or: I have to create multiple radio pieces a week! How do I best prepare myself to get out there and make them? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Sep 10, 2012 - 3 answers

Civilian Review Committees for Federal Employee Decisions

How does the idea of a civilian review board for previewing the firing and disciplinary actions of federal managers against civilian employees sound? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Sep 7, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me finish a PhD in 6 weeks

Help me to make a great leap forward in my PhD in the next six weeks. I am in the last year of my PhD (philosophy) so the thesis has to be finished by December, however, I am also full time university lecturer, so when the term starts my ability to write every day is drastically compromised. By selling part of my soul I negotiated almost complete freedom for the next six weeks and I want to use them to make massive progress with writing the thesis. I already have about 40,000 words written and I am hoping to write another 40,000 over the next 6 weeks. The challenge is to stick to the daily quota of 1,000 words, as some days it is possible, even fun, other days it is very very hard. [more inside]
posted by slimeline on Jul 31, 2012 - 23 answers

How to create structure in an unstructured day?

What are the most successful strategies for managing unstructured time? [more inside]
posted by davisnot on Jul 9, 2012 - 11 answers

How do you get to Eye of the Tiger mode?

How do you cultivate discipline as an entrepreneur, or even just in general? [more inside]
posted by drea on Jun 7, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me properly buckle up the little kids

I spoiled my kids, now how to reverse it? Specifics about car seat [more inside]
posted by akomom on May 11, 2012 - 32 answers

You're grounded!

I need clips showing someone getting put in time-out or grounded in English-language cartoons or TV shows, but I'm coming up empty-handed. [more inside]
posted by sunset in snow country on Jan 31, 2012 - 12 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

Where did my motivation go?

What happened to my motivation and discipline with exercise that I had so proudly acquired and maintained for 5 months?!! [more inside]
posted by daydreamer on Nov 22, 2011 - 13 answers

stickK - did it work for you?

Does anyone use stickK? Has it worked for you? Any tips for making it work for me? I really need to start exercising regularly but I just can't get motivated to do it lately, so I thought stickK might help. I'm interested in hearing from people who have used it for anything, though.
posted by trillian on Oct 9, 2011 - 9 answers

1-2-3 Car Magic

1-2-3 Magic filter: How do you count in the car? [more inside]
posted by colin_l on Sep 6, 2011 - 11 answers

Silence is golden. Or is it?

I'm the (frustrated) aunt of two children who don't obey. How do I gently tell my perfectionist sister that her "discipline" is not working? [more inside]
posted by Falwless on Aug 25, 2011 - 52 answers

How can I improve my nannying situation?

I've gotten myself into a nanny situation that I don't want to be in and need advice. [more inside]
posted by delicate_dahlias on Jul 14, 2011 - 23 answers

Help me acquire a protective machete to conquer the dark forests of career despair.

How do I stay motivated in applying for jobs when, after a year, even looking at a job description or approaching a cover letter gives me an overwhelming sense of doom and failure? [more inside]
posted by aintthattheway on Jun 28, 2011 - 12 answers

Advice on completing a writing project, fast

I need to complete the bulk of a major writing project (think: book, or academic dissertation) in much less time than I'd planned for (think: 100 days rather than a year or more). What is your best piece of advice for working efficiently/intensely/sustainably for this kind of period? Tips from non-writers definitely welcome too. [more inside]
posted by game warden to the events rhino on Jun 17, 2011 - 16 answers

Tantrum conundrum

How would you handle this? 16 year old boy breaks his Mom's cell phone in anger. Mom believes taking his phone away deprives him of the support of his friends, and has restricted most everything else, but not the phone. Eye for an eye or eye for an ear? It's a bit more complicated, though, so more inside... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 18, 2011 - 18 answers

Entertaining oneself while doing nothing?

What can I do to get through having to sit 12 hours for ten days doing nothing? Nothing! [more inside]
posted by JJkiss on Apr 29, 2011 - 84 answers

Developing a writing discipline

Aspiring author here, asking other writing MeFites: how do you write? How do you discipline yourself? What gets you in the Zone? I have no discipline as a writer and depend on random bouts of inspiration, but I'd like to start approaching writing in a more structured way, with a view to (gasp!) publishing one day. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Apr 27, 2011 - 31 answers

Why are teachers allowed to scream at kids?

Why is it legal for teachers to treat kids in a way that you could never treat adults in a workplace? And if a parent wants to think about addressing this archaic situation in terms of the system (rather than just moving one's child to another class, for example) how would one even start to think about doing this? [more inside]
posted by Tylwyth Teg on Apr 21, 2011 - 52 answers

Am I Still Hireable?

I got written up at work this week. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2011 - 34 answers

... the weird part is, he's never seen The Three Stooges ...

My son is four. Over the course of his life, he's injured me a number of times, generally by slamming his head into my head or face, usually while he's bouncing or jumping around. This isn't the issue. The issue that concerns me is the way he reacts when this happens. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Dec 14, 2010 - 62 answers

Spare the rod, spoil the child?

Where can I find some good research literature on the effectiveness of corporal punishment as a means to discipline children? [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover on Nov 9, 2010 - 24 answers

Lacking motivation in pretty much everything...

I am lacking motivation to push myself forward. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by RaDeuX on Nov 6, 2010 - 15 answers

How to discipline an active toddler without being overly "no" and negative?

How do you discipline a 2 year old without being "that parent"? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper on Nov 4, 2010 - 46 answers

How can I force myself to love something I naturally do not?

How can I force myself to love something I naturally do not? [more inside]
posted by coldblackice on Jun 28, 2010 - 16 answers

Kitten Discipline

Our kitten is about 9 months old, desexed and he's still behaving badly. We've tried various discipline methods suggested to us but none have really worked. Advice would be very much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Jun 24, 2010 - 24 answers

Parents: what alternatives do you have to time outs?

Parents of children in elementary school: what do you do when time outs don't work any more? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2010 - 31 answers

Raising an independent kid

How can I help my toddler get better at amusing herself? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on May 26, 2010 - 18 answers

Take this job and...

I was just given a pay-cut as a disciplinary action. This action came with no warning. Time to quit, right? [more inside]
posted by Jon-o on May 18, 2010 - 51 answers

It's only 3 more weeks of my life - but what if I get hit by a bus? I want to enjoy myself but am trying to be sensible

I am 3 weeks away from finishing my first on-campus semester of university. After much though, last week I decided that I will definitely not be continuing my studies - and now I am struggling to motivate myself to finish the semester. How can I get motivated? Or should I just not bother (secretly want to hear this but know it's not sensible, and I should at least try to pass so as not to burn bridges) [more inside]
posted by Chrysalis on May 18, 2010 - 11 answers

Severe child sensitivity

I have no idea how to discipline my 3 year old's particular sensitivity. [more inside]
posted by esereth on Apr 28, 2010 - 35 answers

How to discipline a suspended kid at home

What should I do this afternoon with an eleven-year-old who got in trouble at his after-school program and is being sent home shortly? [more inside]
posted by seaward on Feb 11, 2010 - 26 answers

Messy question from a person who is a mess

Please help me make a decision. I am exhausted and stressed and maybe I am not thinking clearly. A friend gave me Adderall. Should I take some? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 11, 2009 - 52 answers

An ADD-like condition helped me screw up at work big time. How can I protect myself?

Serious mistakes made months ago at work have been uncovered. Facing possible discipline (even termination), I'm wondering how (or if) I should disclose mental health issues that likely contributed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2009 - 18 answers

stepmom advice

Step-parenting filter: Looking for general advice on being a new step mom. [more inside]
posted by cheemee on Nov 2, 2009 - 14 answers

Suggestiong for Toddler Wrangling Book?

Desperate friend has turned to me for book suggestions on her three year old. Ideally available in Australia, but Amazon is always possible. What are your killer books for nailing the second really difficult time in a parent's life.... the 2-3year old? [more inside]
posted by taff on Sep 6, 2009 - 9 answers

Make me a better student with lower blood pressure

Help me handle/reduce assignment stress while doing uni by correspondence. [more inside]
posted by Chrysalis on Aug 13, 2009 - 9 answers

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