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Parenting Book Club

What books would you recommend for new parents who want to read parenting books and talk about them together? [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy on Nov 23, 2014 - 14 answers

Learning alphabet and numbers for a 3 year old

I'd like to find some games (or other techniques) to play with my 3 year old in order to learn alphabet and numbers. From experience, learning through fun is much better for everyone involved, but may not necessarily be the case here. Please point me in the right direction so I can try some things to see what actually works.
posted by aeighty on Nov 19, 2014 - 19 answers

Does Santa have a ZIP code?

I seem to remember that it used to be a thing that your kid could send their letters to Santa to a particular address and they'd get a nice reply from "Santa." Now that I'm old enough to have a kid of my own who wants to send a letter to Santa, I'm not sure where to send the thing. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 19, 2014 - 13 answers

Fun for kids in Tulsa, this weekend.

A family wedding will take us to Tulsa this weekend. Flight schedules imposed a Friday arrival for a Saturday evening function, so we will have much of the day Saturday with two little kids in a town we've never visited before. Saturday morning we are on our own, we'll be meeting up with cousins in the afternoon. Zoo? Aquarium? Good parks/play grounds would be good too. Kid-friendly restaurants? Lay it on me.
posted by ambrosia on Nov 18, 2014 - 6 answers

Name this book, difficulty level: German translated into Russian.

For a coworker: I'm trying to track down a translated YA novel my co-worker remembered reading as a child in Russia. [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf on Nov 14, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me maximize a last-minute trip to Disneyland.

We're going to Disneyland tomorrow. We haven't done any advance planning. I don't have a lot of time today to devote to research, either, so I thought I'd ask if anyone can brain-dump a quick-and-dirty way to shave some time off the inevitable waiting. More detail and explicit instructions are better. [more inside]
posted by palliser on Nov 9, 2014 - 14 answers

Recommendations for kid-friendly quick stops from Boston to DC area

Any recommendations for quick stops from Boston to DC area with a four year old? [more inside]
posted by banjo_and_the_pork on Nov 6, 2014 - 21 answers

Help me be a great Primary School substitute teacher!

How do I become a great Primary School sub? I am looking for great lesson ideas that don't take a lot of prep and can be ready on short notice, lessons that work in various age groups, ideas for activities and games, and classroom management ideas... and any other great mefite advice! [more inside]
posted by catspajammies on Nov 4, 2014 - 6 answers

"Girl Games" have got to go...

My 5 year old daughter has "screen time" when I come home from work while I'm making dinner. She used to watch sesame street or other recorded pbs shows, but isn't interested in that anymore. I provided her with some ask metafilter sourced web game options, but now she likes to play a ton of "girl games" on shady websites that involve things ranging from facepainting to baby care to dental work and plastic surgery, ick. Help me decide what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by mgogol on Nov 3, 2014 - 27 answers

Pants for kid that look like pants and feel like sweatpants/leggings?

My comfort-loving preschooler (boy) only likes to wear sweatpants and leggings. I am of the opinion that sweatpants should never be worn in public, and most leggings are probably not warm enough for winter. Can you help me find comfy, warm pants that also look good? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Oct 29, 2014 - 34 answers

I need help naming a blog

Metafilter has named cats and dogs, and roller derby babes. This should be easy. On the book of faces I talk a lot about my life with Agent K, my 11 yo with autism. I'd like to move it over to it's own blog and talk about our life, link to interesting articles and products, post pictures, etc. He's always been Agent K and he calls me Muh-ver, Mommy, or Heyshea. I keep a Pintrest board titled Agent K's Awesome board. Any thoughts?
posted by FunkyHelix on Oct 27, 2014 - 13 answers

Slumber party advice

My daughter is having a slumber party for her birthday. I'm used to (and comfortable with) normal birthday parties: planning lots of fun activities, yummy things to eat and keeping order with bouncing children for a few hours, but I'm worried about having a half dozen 7 & 8 year olds sleeping here. Those of you have done it -- what's your advice? Anything that would help this go well? [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps on Oct 24, 2014 - 17 answers

What can I do with small children in Seattle early Saturday morning?

I need to entertain two small children (under 5) for several hours this Saturday starting at 8 AM. Of course, it's been raining all week, and it's likely to be raining then, and even if it's not raining, all the playgrounds will be wet with dew. All our usual haunts don't open until 10 AM. What can I do that's indoors between 8 and 10? Seattle area - I am willing to drive a bit.
posted by bq on Oct 23, 2014 - 10 answers

Can my kids share a room and get any sleep?

We are about to move to a new home where my kids (ages: 4 years and 19 months) will share a room for the first time. How can I finesse this so we all get some sleep? Difficulty level: the older one is a Wild Thing. [more inside]
posted by JubileeRubaloo on Oct 22, 2014 - 19 answers

Seeking ideas and recipes to use in an after-school cooking club

What things can I cook with children in an after-school club setting? Difficulty: no actual cooking possible. [more inside]
posted by schmoo on Oct 10, 2014 - 24 answers

Help With Zombie Makeup, But Not Really Gross Zombie Makeup

So, my kid wants to be a zombie for Halloween. Fine. But stuff that is too scary gives him nightmares. I do not think he can deal with most of the zombie masks you can find in costume stores. And also I don't want to scare the little kids that will be at the places we are going. [more inside]
posted by emjaybee on Oct 6, 2014 - 16 answers

Should we make our wedding kid-friendly? If so, how?

Most of our friends have kids under age five. We're considering whether and how to make our wedding a kid-friendly event. Have you seen this done? Have you tried it? As a parent, what would help? Or do you just want a night out? Would anything make you more likely to stay overnight for more fun the next day? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Oct 6, 2014 - 39 answers

A Fleece of Functional Options

Who is selling plain fleece clothing this year for children/teens? Mail order or big mall OK. [more inside]
posted by Buttons Bellbottom on Oct 2, 2014 - 12 answers

How to prepare a kid for a funeral?

Having not dealt with close family death often, i'm a little concerned about how to prepare my 12 yo daughter for the service etc. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Sep 29, 2014 - 28 answers

A Tumblr blog for sharing kindergarten photos with parents

I would like to post photos for parents from our kindergarten class. I'm thinking of doing it on a password-protected Tumblr site. From what little I can find, it sounds do-able, but...? [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Sep 28, 2014 - 9 answers

This is Halloween, This is Halloween...

Where's the best place online to buy quality baby Halloween costumes? [more inside]
posted by erst on Sep 26, 2014 - 8 answers

How can I segregate my Google Play Books for different family members?

My kids have just started buying books from Google Play. All of our books are in one big library. How do I go about organising them so that we each only see our own books? [more inside]
posted by pipeski on Sep 26, 2014 - 2 answers

Them old consulting blues

Solutions to work problems that are not, strictly speaking, happening in a "workplace" framework? Weird details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 24, 2014 - 4 answers

Separation without moving out?

Can you have a trial separation while still both living in the same house? [more inside]
posted by El Curioso on Sep 20, 2014 - 24 answers

My daughter appears to have zero athletic ability. What now?

She's six, and is kind of timid. The other kids like her, but she daydreams when the coach is talking, and is noticeably less athletic than her teammates. I was always terrible at team sports, but feel like I missed out on some personal development by not playing. Should I keep her in soccer, or are there better things she could be doing?
posted by atchafalaya on Sep 17, 2014 - 56 answers

Books that a 2nd-grade boy would enjoy reading.

My wonderful partner has a 7-year-old, 2nd-grade son who is having a little trouble keeping up with his peers in the reading department. We're trying to give him some extra attention in that area so that he can catch up, and we'd like to try and foster in him a genuine interest in reading. What books (or comics, or anything) could we give him that he might like, and which would be appropriate for his reading level? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Sep 17, 2014 - 40 answers

Halloween Calendar Project

Help me brainstorm ideas for small gifts/treats to include in a Halloween “advent” sort of calendar for my goddaughters. [more inside]
posted by Fenriss on Sep 9, 2014 - 14 answers

Children learning to read too early: is this a thing?

My mom says I shouldn't really encourage my just-turning-4-year-old daughter to read too soon because she'll just get bored in school. I hadn't thought of this. Is there possibly some truth to this? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Sep 8, 2014 - 89 answers

2 year old son loves numbers - how can I nurture his talent?

My 2 year old son loves numbers. He can count by himself well into the 50s and can tell you what number he's looking at to at least as high as 110. As for me, well, numbers and I have never been the best of friends. How can I, a numbers-adverse dad, encourage and nurture his talent? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Sep 6, 2014 - 23 answers

What are the kids these days calling each other?

What are teenagers, and college-age kids calling each other when they are trying to flirt? [more inside]
posted by JennyJupiter on Sep 4, 2014 - 23 answers

Minecraft for the 5 year old, moving from tablet to PC

My 5 year old son /loves/ playing Minecraft on my grandmother's iPad when she visits. I have a chromebook that I can put linux on. What is the best way to transition him from a touchscreen interface to keyboard+mouse (or bluetooth controller?)? What other differences are there between the touchscreen & computer versions, it has been at least 5 years since I've played Minecraft on my computer, and never on the iPad.
posted by ish__ on Sep 3, 2014 - 4 answers

Places to go camping with a 5- and 7-year-old near New Orleans?

My SO's kids are becoming a bigger part of my life, and she and I would like to start taking them on camping trips as a way to have fun, bond, introduce them to the outdoors, and find some precious peace and quiet out away from the roar of the city. We live in New Orleans, Louisiana; what are some good places to take them for weekend camping adventures? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Sep 1, 2014 - 3 answers

Death, Dying and processing things as a five year old.

Help me talk to my five year old child about death age appropriately. We've talked about Fred Rogers. We've talked his feelings. We've talked about what he knows about it. He's concerned because his great-aunt died about a month ago, and now he wants to make sure we'll always be there. The problem is, in very short time his grandfather, my dad, won't. [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog on Aug 30, 2014 - 12 answers

Kid-friendly music discovery?

Our 9yo has (finally!) shown interest in searching for and listening to his own music on his iPod. Any suggestions for the easiest way he can do this where the music is either free to stream, or we can place limits on how much he purchases/downloads? [more inside]
posted by ericbop on Aug 28, 2014 - 12 answers

What's a good video game controller for a toddler?

What's a good video game controller for a toddler? Absolutely required: A reliable way of connecting it to a Windows 7 or 8 laptop. I don't mind using JoyToKey or 3rd-party drivers if necessary. Preferred: Wireless, so it can't be used to pull the laptop off the desk; Durable and/or cheap, in case it gets thrown or dropped; Simple, few inputs. [more inside]
posted by CustooFintel on Aug 27, 2014 - 7 answers

Things to do within an hour of Pine Grove when camping with a 7-year-old

Outdoorsy things to do within an hour or so of Pine Grove, Calif. when camping with a 7-year-old? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Aug 24, 2014 - 1 answer

Birthday party ideas for about ten 3 and 4-year olds?

We're having our daughter's first kids-only birthday party and we don't know how to do this. I'm looking for advice, especially for games and activities. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Aug 15, 2014 - 23 answers

Summon us a dinner genie

I have a baby, a preschooler, a commute, and a spouse who works late. I need dinner to magically appear on the table within minutes of walking in the door. I don't know if this will involve a genie, a person, a recipe, or "one easy trick restaurants don't want you to know" like those shady sidebar ads. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Aug 15, 2014 - 51 answers

What safety issues should I worry about with a windowless nursery?

I am converting my home office into a nursery for impending child. It's not technically a bedroom as it has no windows and is about 10x12' (very high ceilings though). I've gotten a little nervous reading some home blogs where commenters freak out saying a kid will die in an airless room (these are mostly on converted closet arrangements, e.g. here). What should I worry about? How can I best prepare/alter this room? [more inside]
posted by bluedeans on Aug 14, 2014 - 14 answers

No Kids? How did you fill that kid shaped hole?

The missus and I are working through the decision to procreate or not. She's not so interested, I kinda am. I'm looking for insight and experience from people who chose not to have children, but still care about and like to spend time with kids. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 11, 2014 - 30 answers

Dinner conversation, what's that? Family Friendly TV suggestions.

Every night my 9 year old daughter asks to watch a movie while we eat dinner. We are big movie people, rarely ever watch commercial TV and don't have the Aussie version of cable, but we like to buy DVD TV series' or stream them. Some nights dinner is the perfect 'eat on the couch' meal, but a movie is too long if it's during the week. I am looking for some suggestions of shows we could all enjoy that are 30 minutes, or an hour. [more inside]
posted by Youremyworld on Aug 10, 2014 - 20 answers

Chasing waterfalls - kid friendly Toronto edition

Looking for a recommendation for a park or conservation area within an hour drive of Toronto. Travelling with kids who love swimming, and exploring waterfalls, but aren’t up to long or rugged hikes. Hoping to encounter waterfalls, ideally combined with the swimming area. Requirements – kid friendly swimming, some kind of washroom available, parking / drive in location. Does this place exist?
posted by walkinginsunshine on Aug 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Now get this work-work-work-work, working on my sheets

What is the best site, app, or program for kids' worksheets? Math, science, handwriting, grammar, etc. [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Aug 6, 2014 - 7 answers

Did my 5 y.o. tear something in his knee?

My son had two nasty playground falls within 30 minutes of each other yesterday. Since then he's complaining of pain in the space behind his knee, and walking stiff legged. Occasionally he'll put weight on the leg, and it buckles. You are not my pediatrician, but can you help tell me how worried I should be, and what questions I should ask at our appointment later today? (Please please please tell me my baby didn't tear an ACL). [more inside]
posted by synapse on Aug 6, 2014 - 10 answers

Awesome/unusual places for 4-year-old in DC?

What are some really magical and unusual places to visit/things to do with a 4-year-old for fun in DC? He's visited most of the usual museums/zoos etc. (including 826 DC) that would be good for kids. Also acceptable are magical and unusual things happening at one of the usual places :-).
posted by shivohum on Aug 5, 2014 - 15 answers

We are blending two families, and now I have two picky eaters, help?

7 and 6-year-old combining their efforts to hunger strike against everything I make. How do I make it stop!? [more inside]
posted by MMALR on Aug 5, 2014 - 114 answers

How do I deal with my adolescent son's burgeoning exercise obsession?

My almost 11 year old son has started developing what I fear is an obsession with exercise. [more inside]
posted by getyourlife on Aug 4, 2014 - 39 answers

Keeping a kid entertained during grown-up dinners?

In the next few weeks, I will need to attend a series of late-running formal dinners... with a five-year-old in tow. Please recommend your most magical, engrossing, dinner-table-friendly activity books, games, small toys, etc. for the early school-aged set, so we can keep her quietly in her seat and out of everyone's hair. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Aug 4, 2014 - 28 answers

Movie suggestions

Can you help us generate a list of movies for family movie nights? Netflix or from the local library both OK. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Aug 4, 2014 - 33 answers

What is the best way to find housing in the South Bay area?

My husband has a job in Campbell, CA, and we've been looking at Craigslist and Zillow and Realtor.com for places to live. We've already had an attempted scam via CL and I don't want to waste time with other useless sites. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by lysdexic on Aug 3, 2014 - 9 answers

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