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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 - 43 answers

Just because they share half their DNA....

Should I help my daughter connect with her half-sister? Or more precisely, should I help my daughter's half-sister connect with her? [more inside]
posted by marionett gjorda av strumpor on Jun 19, 2014 - 22 answers

What to do with a kid who won't poop?

My five-year-old son is anal retentive. Literally anal retentive. Is this a problem? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Jun 6, 2014 - 26 answers

Calling All Oregonian Parents

What to do in the Portland area for one day with a 1st grader? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on May 12, 2014 - 15 answers

Calm, quiet, constructive activities for kids age 6-9?

A friend's child is chronically ill. He watches a lot of television, and he and his mom have agreed that it's not the best use of time. What are some things he can do instead? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Apr 30, 2014 - 28 answers

What are some fun activities in Phoenix for a 2-year old?

I will be in Scottsdale with my 2.5 year old for 5 days, and I'm interested in toddler-friendly things to do. Although we will be staying in Scottsdale, we are willing to drive around. [more inside]
posted by Maximian on Apr 8, 2014 - 6 answers

How to teach an old baby new tricks

Our 11 month old kid loves to be helpful and tries to copy whatever we do. Unfortunately, he's about a year or two or three away from having the physical ability to do so. So what simple things can we teach him that would be sort of helpful in doing everyday things, or at least wouldn't break stuff or actively hinder us? [more inside]
posted by gakiko on Mar 13, 2014 - 23 answers

Recommend some cool kids' mittens (for a 5 year old)!!!

MITTENFILTER: I'm buying some mittens (requested) for a friend's kid, a 5 year old boy who is extremely enthusiastic about transportation vehicles of all kinds (though especially those related to space exploration). They live in snowbound articky Montreal (I live in sunny Southern California). The mittens should be very warm and of the variety which have long arm gaiters so they can be sealed up with the kid's winter coat's sleeves. What mittens would you recommend? Are there cool kid novelty ones, perhaps in the shape of transportation vehicles of all kinds or something similar? are there astronaut mittens for kids even? Thanks for all your tips!
posted by zresearch on Feb 3, 2014 - 7 answers

ABC, 123, App

What are your favorite free iPhone/iPod apps for toddlers? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Jan 5, 2014 - 11 answers

I need help with my son's iep

At the parent-teacher conference Dec 5th the teacher told me my autistic/ADHD/OCD/GAD child is so aggressive the staff fears their safety and want to use restrainsts, and they want to bring it up in the next iep. This is the first I've heard of any aggression. [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix on Dec 26, 2013 - 14 answers

Black and White and Protected By Multilateral Treaty All Over

The #1 item on my eight year-old son's Christmas list is "AN ACTUAL PENGUIN". Please help me creatively accommodate his request without violating the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Dec 17, 2013 - 17 answers

What to put in a picture frame for a kid?

I bought a picture frame for my 7 year old, now I don't know what to put in it. Would a kid like a photo or art or something else best? [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps on Dec 13, 2013 - 14 answers

Children's books that include children of color?

I'm looking for board books that do not just portray white children. Books appropriate for ages 1-4 would be fine, but I'm buying for a 2-year-old so a bit on the simpler side is better. Thank you!
posted by the young rope-rider on Sep 23, 2013 - 47 answers

Best places to shop for books for kids (age 1-4) in Chicago?

Please recommend your favorite stores for books for kids in Chicago. I am interested in finding used books, quirky books, and progressive books. Not necessarily all three and not necessarily in that order. Toddler Xalf is almost 1.5 years old, but I'm happy to buy books that will be over his head for the next few of years. Any part of Chicago is fine. Suburbs too, especially those to the north.
posted by Xalf on Sep 20, 2013 - 6 answers

I need fun snail mail sent to my young kids.

My 5-year-old (and therefore also 3-year-old) loves snail mail. How can I get more of it for him/them? [more inside]
posted by rabidsegue on Sep 18, 2013 - 34 answers

yet another iPad set up question: kid edition

What did you do to set up an iPad mini for your tween child? [more inside]
posted by Janta on Jul 14, 2013 - 2 answers

How to deal with a touchy waiter and a young girl?

When I go to restaurants with my kid (7 yeal old girl) there is frequently touching that makes her (and me) uncomfortable. This mostly happens at Indian places, and I suspect there is some kind of cultural norm at work. The touching consists of things like 'back of finger on cheek', maybe some kind of weird 'pull the quarter from the ear' magic trick and the like. I do not want to make a scene or offend the waiter, but at the same time I feel this is an important time for kiddo to learn to establish and enforce boundaries about what she is okay with and what she is not okay with. We stopped visiting 2 places where this was recurring, but it happens at new places as well. Suggestions?
posted by H. Roark on Jun 11, 2013 - 43 answers

First World Problems: Academic edition

Academic sabbatical +/- having a baby: how does that work? What is the most "logical" time frame for either of these to occur? Is this a bad idea altogether? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 4, 2013 - 11 answers

Well, this still sucks

So my best friend has ovarian cancer. And we're in our "out of the frying pan, into the fire" moment because she's stage 4 and shit's already going poorly. How do I tell my kid? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on May 27, 2013 - 22 answers

Computers and kids

I have one laptop in the house and one smartphone in the house. Both of these have my personal photos, texts, emails, etc on them. I also have one smart 10 year old in the house who uses these devices to google things, play games, type assignments, etc. How do I keep my personal stuff out of the site of my kiddo? [more inside]
posted by latkes on May 25, 2013 - 8 answers

Food...for a kid...on a plane.

Seeking suggestions for non-perishable foodstuffs to feed a toddler while flying cross country. [more inside]
posted by gnutron on May 23, 2013 - 22 answers

How do I help my tween not hurt herself accidentally on purpose?

My tween daughter recently had a minor but serious accident that required a visit to the emergency room and a few days on narcotic painkillers. During this time she missed school, skipped homework and other normal activities, and basically got a lot of attention and concern from relatives and friends, and of course me, her mother. Now, having recovered, she's articulated that she misses all that special attention and has explicitly said that she wants to get hurt again. [more inside]
posted by marionett gjorda av strumpor on Apr 30, 2013 - 19 answers

What are the best IKEA products for ages one to three?

We are making a rare trip to IKEA tomorrow in part to get a table and chairs for our one-year old. What are other IKEA items that we should look at for him? [more inside]
posted by Xalf on Apr 27, 2013 - 26 answers

Help me find an Xbox game for my kid that doesn't destroy my sanity

My 10 year old daughter has done awesomely at school, and was promised a new Xbox game as a reward. She has no ideas of what she wants, and is excited by the idea of being surprised. What is something I can give her that she will love, but that won't make me want to write strongly worded letters to game creators? [more inside]
posted by corb on Apr 21, 2013 - 38 answers

Confusion about Vitamin D and Calcium for kids

Kid BlahLaLa's pediatrician wants him to take a calcium supplement, because he's never been into milk and doesn't eat very many milk products. But Kid BlahLaLa, who is almost 10, refuses all children's calcium supplements as too gross-tasting. (He's not ready to swallow pills.) He will accept a particular adult supplement, but when I combine that with his usual daily multi-vitamin I'm worried that I'm overdosing him on Vitamin D. There's so much woo on teh internets that I can't seem to get a straight answer about how much is too much. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Feb 21, 2013 - 32 answers

THAT OCTOPUS LOOKS LIKE A PLANT!

Help me make my step son's brain explode with some amazing/cool/unbelievable videos on the internet! [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Feb 7, 2013 - 15 answers

Is it OK to take my kid's money as punishment for cursing?

Was I wrong to take my son's money as punishment for cursing? [more inside]
posted by shelayna on Jan 10, 2013 - 113 answers

Monologue for a 10 year old

Monologue for a 10 year old's audition? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Dec 26, 2012 - 11 answers

Playdate conundrum

My Son (Oliver, 8) goes to school. He has regular playdates and the occasional sleepover with other kids from his class. One of the children from his class is the child of a local politician, his name is Thomas. Oliver and Thomas are friends, but Oliver is friends with many other kids and some of whom he would prefer. Sometimes Thomas can be a difficult kid, not exactly sure what his status is, but he has more needs than most kids. With that said, he is only 8 and not a bad kid, quite polite. We have had drinks with Thomas's parents before and it was nice, however I made sure to avoid any political conversations as the father is the elected local representative of a party I find ... unappealing. I know the mother more than the father and we get along fine. [more inside]
posted by njk on Dec 1, 2012 - 40 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

Advice on infant advice?

Advice on infant advice? Where to go for good, reliable, guidance/suggestions? [more inside]
posted by filmgeek on Nov 1, 2012 - 10 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

Help my kid make friends

Please help me help my 10 year old to make friends. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 15, 2012 - 24 answers

Bento newbie seeks sensei

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

Safe and restricted chat program to use with 12yo niece?

Safe and restricted chat program to use with my niece? (12yo) [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl on Aug 23, 2012 - 10 answers

What should a kid not miss at Comic-Con 2012?

What events would you take a five-year-old to at San Diego Comic-Con this year? [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on Jul 1, 2012 - 9 answers

Wanted: Bike Routes in New England that meet specific criteria.

Please suggest bike routes in New England that meet some specific criteria. We took our son on a section of the East Bay Bike Path near Providence for his first bike ride last week and he loved it. He sits in an iBert on Mom's bike. We are looking for similar routes. In looking for similar I articulate what specifically I think is good about this path for us in the extended explanation. We can ride weekdays in addition to weekends. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by safetyfork on Jun 25, 2012 - 11 answers

How to talk with my 8-yr old about suicide?

How to talk with my 8-yr old about his older depressed cousin's suicide? [more inside]
posted by ValveAnnex on Jun 15, 2012 - 20 answers

I'm looking for the Peter Hessler of the TCK world.

I am looking for memoirs written by Americans who grew up overseas. [more inside]
posted by kingfishers catch fire on May 21, 2012 - 11 answers

Stand up comedy for a ten year old?

I'm looking for stand-up comedy appropriate for a ten year old. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Apr 24, 2012 - 48 answers

Plan my Orlando trip for me please.

Orlando itinerary with a 3.5 year old. Help please. [more inside]
posted by k8t on Mar 5, 2012 - 17 answers

But there's nothing to doooooooo!

I'm stumped for active games I can play with my 3 year-old that require no props, or only simple props, like a single ball. Parameters inside. [more inside]
posted by xo on Feb 7, 2012 - 12 answers

Help with the music

My little almost-4-year-old loves music and singing. I think she'd enjoy learning to play an instrument. 1) What would you instrument would you recommend? 2) What instruction method is best (most enjoyable and effective)?
posted by leotrotsky on Jan 6, 2012 - 29 answers

how to set up kids business selling homemade crafts

a bunch of 4th graders want to raise money by selling crafts they make. I want to know more about this kind of kids business. [more inside]
posted by akomom on Jan 3, 2012 - 3 answers

Computer excitement for a smart kid?

Looking for computer/internet recommendations for my 10 year old friend. What are the coolest, most interesting, and least consumerist activities, websites, and other digital/virtual things that I can introduce this kid to? What did you like to do with computers / the internet when you were that age? Bonus internet safety questions inside! [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Jan 3, 2012 - 14 answers

Atheist Christianity Instruction

Secular, but socially sensitive, ways to teach five-year-old about Christianity? [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker on Dec 19, 2011 - 28 answers

Any ideas on my kid's red cheek problem?

I have a red cheeked preschooler. Trying to talk to doc, but wanted thoughts from others. [more inside]
posted by k8t on Dec 12, 2011 - 16 answers

What are your favorite group games or activities for young kids?

What indoor games or activities would you recommend for entertaining a small group of younger kids during a dinner party? [more inside]
posted by rube goldberg on Nov 29, 2011 - 7 answers

Child therapy

Recommendations for a therapist for a child in NYC. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2011 - 1 answer

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