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Kids left in car??

My partners kids (two-8 year old twin girls) came home last night after spending a weekend at their other home with their other parent. They were telling us about their weekend and told us that they were left in the car twice (Walmart & Target) while their mom shopped. They said the first time seemed like an hour & the second time they were scared so hid where people passing by could not see them. They said she left the doors locked, air conditioner on, car running, and that they were told not to open the door for any reason. I feel really uncomfortable with this for so many different reasons!! So my question is: Is there any way leaving kids in the car is ok? My feeling is 'absolutely not'!! and my partner feels the same. I'm new to this (no kids of my own) so I'm trying to determine if my really really uncomfortable feelings about this are in any way an overreaction. Thanks all!!
posted by lullu73 on Jul 27, 2015 - 62 answers

My Mom and Dad aren't in the fairy tale marriage I thought...

...and it freaks me out! Mom gets snippy and negative with Dad a lot more these days while he tries to sweep it under the rug. My little sister left home last year, and with an empty nest it seems things are changing for them. I'm worried about my parents. More inside. [more inside]
posted by johnpoe50 on Jul 25, 2015 - 31 answers

a few nights in Paris...family vacation edition

Am looking for recommendations of a house or other no-shared-walls place to stay, in Paris and/or surrounding area. It's key that we rent something like a house because my 1-year old screams loudly at night and we don't want to disturb neighbours (has happened in the past, in a hotel). More below! [more inside]
posted by leslievictoria on Jul 22, 2015 - 12 answers

Kids in the Hall sketch about an aging rocker who now likes jazz

I think it's Bruce. I think he's wearing a denim jacket. He's raging against OR telling the young people to rage against the impending onset of liking jazz that happens when one ages.
posted by kristymcj on Jul 18, 2015 - 4 answers

Bedroom decor for a scientifically inclined six year-old

DirtyOldTown and I have a pretty great six year-old boy child who is spending the week at his grandma's house and during that time, we're moving him into a larger bedroom. His last room was Lego-themed, but we want to give him a room that's a little broader and a little less merchandising specific this time around. Really, we are less about a theme and more about filling the room with cool stuff he would like, so that when he comes home and sees it, he'll be drawn to it and start enjoying some independent time. (He never enjoyed hanging out in his tiny bedroom he was in before). Looking for fun (and not overly expensive) ideas for knick knacks, doo dads, wall art, etc. to make an inquisitive junior scientist excited about his new lair. [more inside]
posted by Comrade Doll on Jul 12, 2015 - 21 answers

Spanish kids' shows for 6-year-old, first-year student?

Our daughter just finished her first year of Spanish in a full-immersion kindergarten. We're looking for good all-Spanish TV shows we can show her (and my wife, who wants to learn) over the summer so she doesn't forget it all. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Jul 6, 2015 - 12 answers

Questions about vacationing with kids in Columbia County NY/Western MA

We'll be spending some time in Canaan NY, near the Massachusetts border, this summer. While we have plenty of outdoor sunny day options, rainy days can be tough with a 5- and 2-year-old. Any ideas for my bad-weather destination list? I know the Norman Rockwell museum has a kids' space, for example. [more inside]
posted by pipti on Jul 4, 2015 - 5 answers

Short kid appropriate movie or tv scenes about ignored deafness?

I watched The Aviator last week and like how they portrayed Howard with his deafness; inappropriate answers from guessing wrong, how people stepped in to cover for him, etc. are there other examples I can "super cut" or just string together by searching and presenting instructionally? [more inside]
posted by tilde on Jul 3, 2015 - 5 answers

Family friendly fun in and around Toronto

Fellow Torontonians, I'm looking for fun, family friendly activities to do in and around the city this summer! [more inside]
posted by trigger on Jun 30, 2015 - 16 answers

How Helpful Are Swim Lessons for a 2 Year Old?

I've heard mixed things. Some people say that a child at 2 won't get much from swim lessons other than becoming more comfortable in the water, which isn't something you need a paid instructor for. They tell me to just take my kid into the pool with me to play and hang out. What do y'all think?
posted by Anonymousness on Jun 30, 2015 - 16 answers

Twin Cities for visiting family this July?

My wife & four kids & I will be in St. Paul for a long visit in the middle of July. What should be on our schedule -- both things new in the last few years, and time-tested favorites? I grew up in St. Paul but moved away a long time ago; we bring the kids out in the summer to spend time with family. We haven't been out in a couple of summers, so I want this one to be awesome! [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Jun 29, 2015 - 14 answers

Home Technology Project for Kids

My nine year old has declared that he's interested in technology and wants to work on a project this summer. I'm not completely sure where this comes from, since his exposure to technology has mainly been netflix and mindcraft. I'd love to find a fun project we could work on together. [more inside]
posted by TheShadowKnows on Jun 24, 2015 - 20 answers

How can our family transition (esp. young son) to less screen time?

Right now everyone in our family, but especially my young son, watches too much TV (or shows on iPad). I'd like to cut it down a lot ideally, but realistically to under what is generally recommended the "safe maximum" for young children. [more inside]
posted by nosh, daven, shtup on Jun 19, 2015 - 22 answers

Help us get the most out of our first developmental ped. appointment

Micropanda is 4 1/2, has great verbal skills, some mild delays in motor skills, and is a total space cadet in the absence of direct 1-on-1 adult interaction. He's in occupational therapy for sensory processing disorder. He is underweight and hates eating. We're coming to the end of our six month wait to see the developmental pediatrician, and the appointment's next week. Please tell me what to expect, help me think through prioritizing concerns, and offer any suggestions you have about how to get the most out of this appointment. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Jun 19, 2015 - 9 answers

TV Show recommendations to watch with my daughter?

Looking for TV Show recommendations (sci-fi, adventure, mystery) to watch with my 9 year old daughter who is currently a big Dr. Who fan. [more inside]
posted by malphigian on Jun 17, 2015 - 49 answers

What are great books to read to my 7 year old and 5 year old?

After reading the first two books in the Narnia series and realizing not everything from my childhood is going to hold up, I'd like to solicit recommendations. [more inside]
posted by imabanana on Jun 9, 2015 - 51 answers

Fun Ideas for Visiting Kansas City with Kids for a Baseball Game

I'm roadtripping from Minneapolis to KC over the 4th of July with my brother-in-law and our 3 kids (9 and 10 year old, high energy boys). We're staying with my uncle in Liberty. I'm looking for fun things to do in KC and on the drive up/down I35. Our primary goals are spending time with family and hitting a Twins/Royals game. Tentative itinerary and specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by agog on Jun 7, 2015 - 14 answers

How to talk to kids about a parent going to prison?

What are some good guidelines for talking to kids about their parent's upcoming prison term? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 3, 2015 - 9 answers

How do you teach kids to be brave?

How do you get kids to do things that are initially scary like riding a bike, going swimming, going to a new class aside from just telling them "it's ok!", "it's fun!", "you can do it!"? Are there strategies you use to build courage for kids with more naturally careful personalities?
posted by roaring beast on Jun 3, 2015 - 29 answers

3-1 or 2-2?

Parents of AskMe, help me pick over this plate of beans: when traveling by airplane as a family of four, is it better to configure seats 2-2 or 3-1? [more inside]
posted by handful of rain on Jun 1, 2015 - 26 answers

What is the simplest way to equip a 7yo and 6yo to make movies?

I need a dead simple (and not too expensive) setup for an imaginative 7 year old and a technically intuitive 6 year old to shoot and edit short films. [more inside]
posted by Wavelet on May 28, 2015 - 7 answers

Plane tickets for a kid visiting grandparents

Micropanda (4) is being shipped off to spend a week with the grandparents this summer. What's the best way to book the plane tickets? Grandma will fly him down, and I will fly him back. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on May 27, 2015 - 14 answers

Spacing between second and third child?

We have two girls, currently 3.75 and 7. We are seriously considering a third, and hope to time his or her arrival around the time our younger is 5.5. How has a larger space between kids or sets of kids worked for you? Did the younger child or children feel a part of the older one's lives? [more inside]
posted by percor on May 26, 2015 - 30 answers

Childhood Reading - Making Up for Lost Time

Help me experience the reading I missed out on as a child. [more inside]
posted by xenization on May 20, 2015 - 60 answers

Let me ask you about a fandom

I'm super curious about Homestuck, and everything I've read leads me to believe I would probably like it a lot. Like, if I enjoyed Achewood and all the associated character blogs and etc. etc., Homestuck seems right up my alley. However! My partner's middle school-aged daughters are cosplaying megafans of Homestuck, and I don't want to appear to co-opt their fandom. Especially because I am an Old. [more inside]
posted by witchen on May 18, 2015 - 14 answers

Kid friendly high protein low sugar breakfasts.... without eggs.

I'm trying to nudge the kids (4.5 and 18 months) towards lower sugar/processed carb breakfasts. Protein is good, fat is fine, we're not counting calories - one's majorly underweight and the other's a toddler. "Nutritionally dense" is what we're aiming for. But there are snowflakes. Always with the snowflakes. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on May 18, 2015 - 73 answers

Unlimited Books + Middle School Readers seems an oxymoron.

My daughter is now on a reading spree and in the middle of summer break, so I am having a tough time finding books to read. Any unlimited subscription sources? More details... [more inside]
posted by theobserver on May 16, 2015 - 24 answers

Proven ways to transform a fledgling bully back into a nice kid?

A six year old in martial arts class has just started to do and say mean things. Small stuff so far: unprovoked shoving, telling other kids they're doing it wrong, mild name calling like "big baby" and "dumb shoes." Coach is starting to crack down on the behavior, but now the mean stuff is getting said softly so it isn't caught. Will this pass as an age-related blip? Are there ways to inspire the kid to be friendly again? [more inside]
posted by xo on May 11, 2015 - 18 answers

Anyone gone through a child having cataracts?

If your child has had cataracts what was your experience? What do you wish you had known? [more inside]
posted by warriorqueen on May 10, 2015 - 4 answers

How Can I Care Less and Move On?

Is this normal? I often have anxiety about my kids. I need perspective. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on May 9, 2015 - 14 answers

Portable swing for a kid

Things are returning to normal in the Panda household, and it's time to get out and play! Specifically I'd like a swing that can be installed temporarily on a nearby tree and removed when it's time to go home. Advice from all directions is welcome: swing seats, rope, hardware, knots, or anything else tangentially related. This will primarily be used by a 4 year old, but ideas that would work for an 18 month old are good too. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on May 5, 2015 - 3 answers

Why are there colors? Explain like I'm six.

My six-year-old son asked me a question I'm stumped by (one of many). He asked "Why are there different colors?" I half-attempted an explanation about light wavelengths and light reflecting off surfaces and soon realized I was a) over his head and b) over my own head. How would you explain the concept of color--of what color really is--to a six-year-old? Obviously very simple language is needed here.
posted by zardoz on Apr 23, 2015 - 28 answers

Divorce questions

I'm ending a marriage after 14 years and I have two questions. [more inside]
posted by Draccy on Apr 18, 2015 - 18 answers

Request for Disguised Veggie Recipes!

My daughter needs to increase her vegetable intake, but refuses to eat most veggies. What recipes will allow us to disguise her vegetables in other foods? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Apr 14, 2015 - 68 answers

When to push your kids, when to let them give up?

My daughter (7 years old) is constantly begging us to let her try new extracurricular activities -- dance, ice-skaing, T-ball, soccer. These activities are not cheap. However, she displays a strong propensity to quit and sulk at the first sign of not being an expert during the first go-round and obstinately demands to abandon the activity, saying she "hates" it. Given that some of these activities represent a significant non-refundable investment, when do you force your kids to keep going and when do you cut bait? [more inside]
posted by Creamroller on Apr 10, 2015 - 41 answers

How can I help my new love interest not feel like 'the other woman'?

Recently separated after long but loveless marriage. Re-conected with an old colleague. Like her a lot. (I'm wise enough to differentiate btw a rebound and the real thing). Don't want to hide this relationship to friends and acquaintances. But she's worried about my kids running into us together and she doesn't want to be 'the (perceived) other woman' in their eyes. How do I help quell her fears or is she right? [more inside]
posted by pman78 on Apr 6, 2015 - 31 answers

Best Countries / Cities / Areas for Free-Range Kids

What are the best countries / cities / areas for raising free-range kids? We're currently in New England, USA, and contemplating a move after this disastrous, isolating Winter. I'm allowed to live in the US and EU, work in Software, and want to raise my kids in a place that has tolerable Winters and doesn't frown on / is safe for free range kids. Any and all ideas considered, but the best ones will consider employment, climate and local culture. [more inside]
posted by grubby on Mar 31, 2015 - 27 answers

Is there a spouse of a surrogate partner that would be willing to chat?

My wife and I are in the early to mid stages of surrogacy. Have any tips, guidance, etc? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple on Mar 28, 2015 - 4 answers

I Can Haz Nice Things?

Thinking about using silk in two bedding projects. I have two cats and a toddler. Is this a terrible idea? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Mar 27, 2015 - 5 answers

Attending F1 races as non-gearheads with a 4-year old. Advice?

We happen to have somewhat recently moved near enough the UK F1 track (Silverstone) that it's feasible to attend a race. We enjoy, but don't actively follow racing, and our kid's really into Cars (Disney), so we thought it might be a fun day out. But the ticketing options are confusing for this casual fan. Help? [more inside]
posted by jennyweed on Mar 27, 2015 - 12 answers

A young family in possession of a back yard must be in want of some toys

We (parents and 2 boys ages 4 and 16 months), recently relocated from an apartment with no outdoor space to a house with a backyard. A couple of months in, the joys of simply running in circles are finally wearing off. What outdoor toys/equipment can we get for the kids that will maximize everyone's fun? [more inside]
posted by The Elusive Architeuthis on Mar 23, 2015 - 37 answers

YRNMYA - You are not my young adult…

I have a ‘young adult’ in my life who loves the Amulet graphic novel series. We are getting to the final book and I’m looking for some other young adult graphic novels that will keep her reading! There are a couple guidelines though... [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Mar 21, 2015 - 7 answers

Vacation house in San Diego for a BIG family

I've need to find a house in San Diego for my family vacation. This means 4 adult couples, 3 kids and 2 toddlers. I know about VRBO but the last time I was in San Diego was 10 years ago and stayed at a tiny hotel downtown, so I don't really know what areas to look at that would be nice for a summer vacation. Please help. [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Mar 17, 2015 - 4 answers

Best practices for talking to a child about separation

I need help figuring out the best ways to explain separation/divorce to my extremely precocious 6 year old. I'm hoping that this process can be as compassionate as possible all around, but the idea that I'm "ruining her life" by considering ending our marriage is plaguing me. Books, anecdotes, what you told your kids, etc - anything would be helpful. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 16, 2015 - 19 answers

What should I tell my kid about swearing?

I have an 8-year old who knows all the good swear words and understands on some level that it's not appropriate for him to use them most of the time. I'm struggling to give him some principled guidelines for using swear words. [more inside]
posted by chickenmagazine on Mar 15, 2015 - 29 answers

Dinner vegetables for kiddo: beyond broccoli and green beans

Somehow, we're in a rut on dinner vegetables that our little guy will also like. Our staples are green beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and asparagus, though he doesn't like asparagus too often. Salad greens are still not to his liking. How can we bring some variety to our dinner greens? What are other good greens, and how can we quickly prepare them, or prepare on the weekend and store for the week? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 11, 2015 - 39 answers

Coordinating medical specialists at different hospitals

After a terrible run of illness (and another PICU admission this week) we have seen a few different pediatric pulmonologists. The doctor we like the best doesn't have privileges at our hospital. How do we coordinate care? [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Mar 5, 2015 - 4 answers

virtue / vice of kindle for 8 year old

I am considering buying my bookworm 7 year old girl a kindle for her 8th birthday. If any other mefites have done this or considered it I'd like to hear your opinions on it. [more inside]
posted by grubby on Feb 27, 2015 - 28 answers

Destination Imagination: Worth the Effort?

Does DI have any proven benefit? I can't find anything on it except its own materials and parents/schools talking about how their kids did in it. I'm skeptical, I guess, that these sort of open-ended "creativity challenges" actually accomplish anything. I am still struggling to answer "what is the point of this?" [more inside]
posted by emjaybee on Feb 26, 2015 - 9 answers

Sucks to your ass-mar (and your ass-piration?)

My 16 month old has had a winter full of back to back respiratory infections of increasing severity. She has an asthma diagnosis but after a recent terrifying episode and prolonged hospitalization, the pulmonologist is really concerned about aspiration. I'm in the process of scheduling a swallow study. Obviously YANMPediatrician, but please tell me about your experiences with children with severe asthma, or chronic respiratory infections, or aspiration. I'm currently scared shitless, so positive stories and reassurance are especially welcome. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Feb 25, 2015 - 13 answers

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