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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 - 8 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

From the mouths of babes...

I'm looking for instances of kids pointing out the hypocrisy of grownup society/adult etiquette, or questioning the reasoning of their elders. The funnier the anecdote, the better -- especially when the kid has a point. [more inside]
posted by egeanin on Feb 21, 2015 - 25 answers

Diapergeddon 2015

Why do my baby's diapers breakdown at daycare but not everywhere else? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Feb 18, 2015 - 29 answers

Help me with some internet safety tips for families

I'm doing some presentations for parents of kids K-12 grades about the nebulous topic of internet safety and could use some advice/stories/resources from real-world parents to help me make sure this is relevant and useful. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Feb 16, 2015 - 20 answers

Snow-Themed Movies

As we await Boston's snowy apocalypse, I'd like to queue up some movies prominently featuring snow, to get us through those hours when "travel will be virtually impossible and potentially life-threatening." [more inside]
posted by alms on Feb 14, 2015 - 34 answers

Kid friendly San Francisco restaurants?

Looking for restaurants for lunch and dinner for a trip to San Francisco with two kids (8 and 6 years old). [more inside]
posted by Mallenroh on Feb 4, 2015 - 16 answers

Kid-friendly Spelunky YouTube channel?

Is there a Spelunky equivalent of Stampy's Minecraft channel? Kid-friendly, no swearing. The 'Game Kids' channel seems to only have one Spelunky episode. Thanks!
posted by obiwanwasabi on Feb 3, 2015 - 1 answer

I think my child has a sensory processing disorder. Now what?

Micropanda (4) is sweet, bright, kind, and empathetic. He is also hypersensitive to sound, messy fingers, car motion, and water temperature, among other things. He had a rocky transition to preschool this fall - he behaves ok at school, but appears to exhaust his coping skills there, and has become volatile and meltdown-prone at home. Some deficiencies in his gross motor skills are also becoming apparent. I am becoming increasingly convinced that he has a sensory processing disorder with a motor component. On advice of our pediatrician, we have recently started him in once-weekly occupational therapy. I am wondering what other steps I need to be taking. Wall of snowflakes within. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Jan 30, 2015 - 17 answers

How to encourage a 9-year-old's charitable nature?

I was incredibly touched to learn that my goddaughter has decided that in lieu of a birthday party she's inviting all of her guests to a local book repository to sort, sticker, and bag books destined for low-income families. I love this and want to do something for her birthday to help encourage more of this kind of thing in the future. Help me choose from some options or suggest something else: [more inside]
posted by eamondaly on Jan 30, 2015 - 30 answers

More songs for baby video, like M. Ward's "One Hundred Million Years"

I'm looking for more songs similar to M. Ward's "One Hundred Million Years" for a 20-minute baby photo/video compilation. I have found plenty of kids' songs and songs written about having children. I'm looking for more indie songs that echo the sentiment, "And this love, this love between you and I, Is older than that burning ball of fire up in the sky." Songs by indie singers about endless love, happiness, joy, the beauty of life, etc. would fit the bill. [more inside]
posted by TBoneMcCool on Jan 29, 2015 - 13 answers

Big Bear, CA, Fun?

Just came back from a weekend at Big Bear with a bunch of kids and not sure it was fun? [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Jan 28, 2015 - 7 answers

Help for the loneliest kid you ever saw.

My five-year-old gets really sad, every single night, about the fact that he has to sleep alone. How can we help him? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on Jan 27, 2015 - 46 answers

Bilingual Japanese-English storybooks

We are an American-Japanese family living in the US. We have a 4 year old and a 1 year old who we would like to raise as bilingual as possible. We read both English storybooks and Japanese storybooks, but would love your recommendations for some books that have the story in both English and Japanese side-by-side. Would also be happy to hear about books readily available in both languages. Bonus points if you can vouch for the quality of the story and the translation. (Have you ever read "Goodnight Moon" in Japanese? It's not pretty.) [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Jan 22, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me keep them quiet and entertained.

I'm looking for some great apps for use in a before and after school program. [more inside]
posted by Lay Off The Books on Jan 21, 2015 - 2 answers

How to survive a separation and divorce

I am in the beginning stages of separation and divorce. I am the initiator and it is completely one-sided. How do I survive the various feelings I'm going through? Bonus: with tween children. [more inside]
posted by puppet du sock on Jan 21, 2015 - 15 answers

affectionate videos for a toddler

I'd like to show my toddler videos/tv shows/movies/books that include genuine affection - parents, families, friends all giving hugs or smiles or other close, positive interactions. Any good ideas? [more inside]
posted by jillithd on Jan 16, 2015 - 17 answers

Multiplication and division resources for a 1st grader

My first grader is asking about multiplication and division. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Jan 16, 2015 - 9 answers

Will my kids stop getting sick all the time if I move south?

I live in a place with cold gray snowy winters. Despite no family history on either side, both my kids (1 and 4) have asthma that flares when they have a virus. There is still hope that they will outgrow it since they don't have symptoms when they aren't sick. The problem is that this winter they have had viruses All. The. Time. My mom keeps telling me that if I move somewhere warmer the kids won't be sick so much. I have great difficulty believing this and am curious what the hive mind has to say. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Jan 14, 2015 - 36 answers

Shopping-averse cook seeks pantry-friendly recipes

Most weeknights, I'm responsible for figuring out and cooking a dinner for two adults and a 1-year-old that is on the table by no later than 6pm. I am hands-down finding this the most unpleasant and soul-killing part of day-to-day parenting, as making it to the grocery store is extremely difficult during the workweek and the last thing I want to be doing on the weekends. I'm looking for recommendations of either a cookbook or specific recipes that use ingredients that are likely to already be present in my pantry, freezer, and/or spice rack. [more inside]
posted by iminurmefi on Jan 12, 2015 - 49 answers

Single parent wants second baby.. am I crazy?

Is it weird that I want to have another kid (but don’t want to get pregnant again). Like adopting one, or hire a surrogate (my egg and donor sperm). I am single parent (mother) already. I think I can pull this off financially (We wont be rich, but we wont be poor either). But is it a very radical idea? I am no Angelina Jolie – just your normal average Jane. The world is still a man’s world as much I hate admitting it or observing it. Will I completely blow my changes of ever finding a life partner if I do this. I feel very strongly about adopting and have been thinking about it for a very long time now. Suggestions, anyone? How should I think about this? My therapist strongly advised against it because in her opinion I haven’t accessed the risks of bringing another kid into my life and my daughter’s life.
posted by Spice_and_Ice on Jan 10, 2015 - 42 answers

How do I become a babysitter?

I graduated from college a while ago and have been trying to figure out what to do with my life ever since. While idly combing through job postings I found a few looking for a babysitter and thought "I could do that... maybe." I'm looking for advice on how to turn that tentative "maybe" into something more confident. [more inside]
posted by green socks on Jan 8, 2015 - 18 answers

Single parent dating: I want to start meeting nice men again

A long time has passed since I posted here, and a lot has happened in that long time. Quick update is that now I am legally divorced. I also got laid off last year and thankfully was able to find another great job quickly. Moved to NYC, which is a fantastic city and I went to school here so have a lot more friends here than when I was in Boston. Anyway, so I want to date. I don’t know if I want to get into a serious relationship just yet, but I just want to share my life with someone and do fun things on weekends. Where do I meet responsible, loving, educated men who would want to date me? I haven’t seen anyone in two years (since separation/divorce)… I think I should change that… [more inside]
posted by Spice_and_Ice on Dec 31, 2014 - 12 answers

One day in Boston, with kids. What should we do?

I'll be in Boston with my kids for one day (two nights) in February. They're ages 8 and 12. Too old for the Children's Museum, too young to be set free to wander on their own. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Dec 29, 2014 - 21 answers

The Diamond Age: Familying long distance

I'm going to be a world away from my 9 year old nephew. How can I a) set up a Windows 7 netbook in a kid safe way so we can keep in touch, and b) provide some basic tech support, remotely? [more inside]
posted by Elysum on Dec 26, 2014 - 4 answers

80's Computer Animated Morning T.V show

Trying to remember a Saturday morning T.V. show, my brain dump is inside: [more inside]
posted by Busmick on Dec 23, 2014 - 11 answers

Best cross-platform free messaging option for 9-year-olds?

My 9-year-old daughter has an old wifi-only iPhone. Her 9-year-old friend has an old wifi-only android phone (i.e., neither is on a contract). They want to be able to message each other for free. What's the best option? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn on Dec 19, 2014 - 14 answers

Flying into LAX on Dec 25th, with kid, long layover: argh. Advice?

My family including young kids (aged five and up) is flying into LAX on Dec 25th, arriving at around 6:30 AM after a fifteen-hour flight from Australia. We have a seven hour layover. What should I expect from LA traffic on that day? What, if anything, will be open? How easy will it be to call cabs? Any recommendations for kid-friendly things to do, bearing in mind the time constraints, possibly-grumpy kids?
posted by a post by a post posted by at at on Dec 18, 2014 - 12 answers

How can I keep my son's laptop from gettin' the cooties?

My son is about to get his first laptop, a Windows machine. I'd like to install the necessary software to keep it free from all the nasty stuff Windows machines can catch. We're a Mac family so my knowledge of personal A/V software is minimal. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Dec 15, 2014 - 16 answers

Good experience-based gifts for 6yo/2yo children in Seattle/Edmonds

We are friends with a family that has a 6-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl. I was thinking it might be nice to give them an experience-based gift this year instead of stuff. What are some good things that we can do with them and also take their mom and dad along? [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Dec 12, 2014 - 7 answers

Durable kids' train / activity table with storage?

I want to find my son a durable play table that he can set up his wooden railway toys on, and that we can store some of them in - do you own one you can recommend? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Dec 12, 2014 - 3 answers

Six-Year Old Has Discovered Lying -- Strategies for Dealing

Our otherwise delightful six-year-old daughter has begun to tell an increasing number of lies over the past 6-7 months. The lies tend toward the lazy, (e.g., "yeah, I've already done my homework") rather than malicious or fantastical, but the frequency and ease with which she dashes them off is alarming -- as is her increased propensity for fabricating more elaborate tales. I know some lying by kids is to be expected (I certainly was no saint at that age), but do any parents out there have any winning strategies to help deal with this? [more inside]
posted by GorgeousPorridge on Dec 9, 2014 - 32 answers

They don't deserve coal but....

Please help me find gifts for my neices so I am at least allowed back next year! (I know, another gift question, but hopefully there is enough special snowflake-ness for yall) [more inside]
posted by Fullofcrazy on Dec 6, 2014 - 18 answers

What are some awesome lift-the-flap books (for kids and grownups)?

I love books with flaps, windows, tabs, slides, wheels and other clever ways of interacting with the reader. Fortunately for me, I also have 2 small children, currently ages 1 and 4, who also love lift-the-flap books. But we need more. MORE FLAPS. [more inside]
posted by The Elusive Architeuthis on Dec 5, 2014 - 38 answers

Toddler Won't Even Pick Up a Fork Anymore

My toddler (2 years old) has been regressing big time. She regressed on potty training a while back, but that's not what concerns me. Now she refuses to feed herself, she has stopped making verbal requests, she whispers instead of speaking aloud. I'm not asking why the regression, so much as how do I deal with it? [more inside]
posted by 90s_username04 on Dec 4, 2014 - 36 answers

The beach with kids. But not San Diego.

Where will the ocean be warm sometime in February or March? [more inside]
posted by pennypiper on Dec 4, 2014 - 20 answers

Ideas for chapter book series?

I am a bookmobile librarian and the majority of my patrons are kids wanting chapter books. I have a variety of series that I try to keep current: The Littles, Junie B, Magic Tree, Goosebumps, Hank the Cowdog, Flat Stanley, Warriors, Star Wars, American Girl, Rainbow Fairies. Are there any other series you would suggest? Thanks a bunch hivemind!
posted by haikuku on Dec 4, 2014 - 28 answers

That kind of thing IS my bag, baby

We need new overnight bags, suitable for weekend car trips or a night at Grandma/Grandpa's. I don't think I've ever owned one of these that wasn't a hand-me-down from the back of someone's dad's closet. Can you help me find some good Christmas-able options for 1) my husband and 2) my currently-tiny daughter? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Dec 3, 2014 - 8 answers

Please help me find a kids handbook from the 80s

I'm trying to locate a book I had as a child in the early 80s (U.S.). It was a white hardcover book with red lettering (I had lost the dust cover if it ever had one). It was a kids handbook that described tons of stuff (with illustrations). [more inside]
posted by kookywon on Dec 3, 2014 - 7 answers

Best book or free program to teach kids to code?

Looking for an easy introduction to coding for a 12 year old. It has to be something he can do on his own, without much adult input. He loves art, drawing, and creating his own cartoon characters, so visual references are a must.
posted by bartlett on Nov 27, 2014 - 11 answers

Looking for resources on teaching consent

I'm looking for resources, not just articles, about teaching "consent" and body awareness and boundaries for kids at all ages and stages. [more inside]
posted by amanda on Nov 26, 2014 - 8 answers

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 - 16 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 - 15 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

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