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Kids' birthday rhythm games

I would like your best suggestions for children's clapping/singing games, with a birthday theme. Think K-1st grade, circle-type games. Thanks!
posted by transient on Mar 3, 2016 - 6 answers

Music you and your kids both enjoy

I'm in search of specific suggestions for music you and your kids both enjoy listening to. I'm thinking primarily of music targeted at adults, though am open to suggestions for particularly awesome kids' music as well (See: Here Comes Science). Recommendations for albums, individual songs, or Pandora channel seeds all highly welcome. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Feb 22, 2016 - 55 answers

Uncertainty about kids a good reason to stay unmarried?

We have a great relationship. For lots of reasons, it would make sense for us to get married in the near future. But she wants kids, and I'm not sure I do, or ever will. Would getting married be a bad idea, particularly if the likely alternative is to break up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 20, 2016 - 44 answers

Kids and Cats

I would like to hear about how you've been able to raise a kid and care for an affectionate yet skittish cat. How did you do it? I'm particularly interested in stories about kids between the ages of 2-10. [more inside]
posted by MsMartian on Feb 5, 2016 - 16 answers

Miami Family Funtimes

My family is going on a Disney Cruise in April out of Miami! Yay! Before that, we want to spend a couple of days vacationing on land. But we have many questions. [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Jan 30, 2016 - 5 answers

Winter Camping w/ 9 yr old near Washington DC?

I'm looking for suggestions for one-or-two-day (night) loop trails within three hours of Washington, DC, that can be done in March with a 9 year old. [more inside]
posted by DoubtingThomas on Jan 30, 2016 - 12 answers

Go play in the snow.

Looking for a vacation spot where two families with 4 young children (between 2 and 6) can enjoy some outdoor winter activities. One family lives in Toronto and one family lives in Montreal, so ideally we'd meet somewhere in the middle, or at least on the west side of Ottawa. Where do you recommend we go during the first week of March? [more inside]
posted by keeo on Jan 26, 2016 - 4 answers

Your favorite Japanese media and language resources!

I am looking for specific Japanese language resources that fall into two groups: adult intermediate-to-advanced level, and early childhood education for Japanese kids. Please share your recommendations! [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Jan 26, 2016 - 3 answers

What's the best filter I can use for IPod touch for my child?

I will be getting my child an IPod Touch and my only concern is her access to the internet. We have wireless internet at home and from reading about the IPod Touch I understand she will have access to the internet. So do any of you have experience with a really good filter for that? I want it so that nothing inappropriate will pop up. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Jan 26, 2016 - 13 answers

Tell me about your / your kids' experiences in weekend language school

We are thinking of enrolling our (half-Japanese) 5yo son in ほしゅうこう, Saturday Japanese school. I understand the pros - he's unlikely to attain any kind of conversational proficiency unless he has a formal impetus. But I'm worried about the cons: stress, anxiety, lots of extra homework, major reduction in family time. I'd love to hear from people who attended weekend language school as a child, or who have enrolled their child in one. Or even religious school, if it had a significant time commitment. Of course every family and every child is different, but I'm interested in hearing a variety of experiences of how it did or didn't work for you. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Jan 18, 2016 - 33 answers

Things to do with a 6-year-old in Auckland

I have a couple of days to hang with my awesome 6-year-old nephew in Auckland, NZ. What should we do and where should we go? [more inside]
posted by embrangled on Jan 15, 2016 - 9 answers

Fear of pregnancy

I'm interested in hearing from women who had (or have?) an intense terror of pregnancy and childbirth, but decided to get pregnant anyway. How did you cope with this fear? [more inside]
posted by a strong female character on Jan 14, 2016 - 16 answers

Unknown unknowns of baby #2?

My family is about to welcome child #2. We have a 2 year old who is about to be a sister. We have done some preparing, but not enough (did I mention we have a 2 year old?). What are your hottest tips 'n' tricks for making life easier in the 1st year of having a second child? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jan 8, 2016 - 22 answers

Answering the questions of a preschool scientist

I take care of a 3-year old boy who is extremely curious about just about everything. Sometimes, I'm utterly stumped. Help us learn together! [more inside]
posted by sucre on Jan 7, 2016 - 16 answers

Do I need a Superfund to clean up my kids’ shoes?

Do those flash shoes and flash toys represent an environmental hazard? How should they be disposed of safely? [more inside]
posted by littlewater on Jan 7, 2016 - 6 answers

Fun But Quiet Activity for 11 Kids

My daughter goes to a homeschooling co-op. I'm looking for activities for my volunteer hour where I keep eleven kids, ages six to sixteen, entertained/learning in a quiet environment. [more inside]
posted by orsonet on Dec 30, 2015 - 16 answers

Questions for Interviewing Kids

We'd like to video record interviews of our kids (currently 5 and 3) at the end of each year and would like suggested questions to ask them. Ideally, these same questions can be asked each year. So far we've come up with questions like, "what do you want to be when you grow up?" and "who is your best friend?" We're not as interested in "Kids Say the Darndest Things" style questions. In addition to suggested questions, if you've done this sort of thing before, we'd appreciate any advice on executing this effectively.
posted by i love cheese on Dec 30, 2015 - 20 answers

Girl pirates!

After her pink fairy phase, my four year old has started wanting to play pirates. Are there any books (movies, games, pictures, other inspiration) about female pirates? Suitable for 4-6 year olds? Thank you!
posted by Omnomnom on Dec 29, 2015 - 28 answers

treating preschoolers with upper respiratory infections

When people say that kids are sick all the time, I didn't realize that they actually meant they are sick all the time. Parents of mefi, what do you do to help the little ones feel better, sleep better, or get better sooner?
posted by pennypiper on Dec 16, 2015 - 24 answers

Need survey questions to determine holiday gift giving.

I want to make a survey to send my grown-up kids so I know what to get them for the holidays. For example, I don't know how they stand on licorice since they grew up. [more inside]
posted by cda on Dec 15, 2015 - 13 answers

Separated Parents, Separate Expectations for Children

My ex and I share custody of our three children. She is very lenient and doting; I encourage self-reliance and responsibility within a structured framework. She is a helicopter, I am a safety net. [more inside]
posted by Mister_A on Dec 14, 2015 - 23 answers

The cat is very sick, should I involve my kid in his care?

Our kickass tabby cat has gotten very elderly in the last month. Slowing down on eating, refusing some foods, eating others. Sleeping a lot. I'm taking him to the vet today but I'm very worried that this is the end. My daughter is just turning 5, should I involve her in his care? [more inside]
posted by amanda on Dec 8, 2015 - 17 answers

birthday gift for 5 year old nephew

Hi All, I would love some help with a birthday gift for my 5-year-old nephew, whose birthday is right on the heels of the holiday season! [more inside]
posted by bookworm4125 on Dec 5, 2015 - 11 answers

Need to decide whether to get separated from my wife

Will it be best for my kids in the long run? Will the inevitable guilt and loneliness be better than staying with a seemingly unchangeable loveless unhappy marriage?  [more inside]
posted by thrasher2399 on Dec 1, 2015 - 79 answers

What bicycle-like object for a 3 year old?

So, I have a clever but cautious 3.75 year old daughter. My wife would really like to get her some kind of bicycle-like object to start on for Christmas. What would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Dec 1, 2015 - 21 answers

What happens if you purposefully get little kids wound up

I was recently at a gathering with a group of younger (ages 4 to 7) kids, and a lot of time was spent keeping them from getting too wound up. Asking them to quiet down, or not to run around and scream, to take a breath slowly, etc. But what would happen if you purposefully wound them up? [more inside]
posted by Dynex on Dec 1, 2015 - 38 answers

Negotiating money with neighbors...

I recently transitioned from classroom teaching to working at home - I miss kiddo time. I offered to babysit the neighbor's kids and now I'm running into a small issue. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2015 - 8 answers

Fun things to do in Portland with kids?

What are some fun things to do with kids in Portland? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Nov 30, 2015 - 11 answers

Awesome Ski Vacation for Family

I'm looking for a awesome ski resort in the U.S. or Canada. My kids are 5 and 7 and have never been skiing. I would love to give them an amazing experience in February. I don't mind paying a premium for awesome lodging / amenities. We would be traveling from Austin Texas. Any recommendations for a kid friendly resort?
posted by jasondigitized on Nov 21, 2015 - 20 answers

Resources for Parents with Teen Kids About To Go Online

My son is 12, and starting to participate in online communities. Right now, the only community he's interacting with is 4 friends of his from school; they play Minecraft. But I suspect this will soon change. [more inside]
posted by eustacescrubb on Nov 20, 2015 - 14 answers

Looking for markers, not books

My niece and nephew LOVE these coloring books. Unfortunately the markers don't last very long. Does anyone know where to buy just the markers without the books?
posted by orrnyereg on Nov 20, 2015 - 9 answers

Desperately want a family...but not with husband

Going on three years of marriage after a tumultuous two years of dating and an even more tumultuous engagement. I got married because at the time I was 33 and I thought my time was running out. I wanted to get married and start a family right away. Then I realized I don't love or even like my husband very much at all. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2015 - 81 answers

Best age to take kids to Disneyland?

We're considering taking out two girls to Disneyland next spring, when they'll be 7 and 3 1/2. Is this too young? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Nov 15, 2015 - 27 answers

What's the novel you wish someone had given you when you were younger?

That is, what is a novel you read later in life that you wish you had come across as a kid or teen? Totally fine to recommend books that weren't yet published when you were young.
posted by HeroZero on Nov 13, 2015 - 38 answers

Microscope fun for toddlers - household substances edition

Dear hivemind: I'm going to bring a 300X video microscope to my daughter's preschool. What easily obtainable substances will be super cool to view? Bacteria are too small, red blood cells are a biohazard. Toddlers could care less about onion skins, cork, and plant vasculature in my experience, and I am not doing anything that requires fixing/staining. [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Nov 12, 2015 - 21 answers

Benchmarking frazzled-ness

I have some questions about my experience of the world, relative to others', sort of along the lines of the "What is it like to not be depressed" thread awhile back. I'm familiar with the emerging body of literature that people really suck at multitasking, no matter how good at it they think they are, but I'm starting to realize that I'm really, really bad at it. What I don't know is whether or not most people feel this way. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Nov 11, 2015 - 12 answers

Suggest a good Tarot deck for me and my kids to play around with.

My two children (ages 6 and 9) and I would like to buy a Tarot deck so that we can learn to tell each others' fortunes. The children like standard kid/fantasy stuff (Cthulhu, LOtR, Star Wars, puppies, LEGO, Minecraft, Terraria, cartoons, etc) and my only requirement is that it doesn't have nudity as that would freak out their long-suffering mother. Bonus points if it's under $15 and available on Amazon.
posted by math on Nov 5, 2015 - 8 answers

Camera for a 4 year old?

My four year old son is showing a lot of interest in our cameras, and I'd like to get him one of his own. I'm looking for recommendations from parents whose kid(s) have had and used one for a while and had a good experience with it. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Nov 4, 2015 - 18 answers

You know, so she can cure cancer or collect cool rocks and stuff.

What can I do to turn a play room into an awesome laboratory for a six-year-old? [more inside]
posted by Missense Mutation on Nov 3, 2015 - 19 answers

Great, teenagers.

My kids are 11, 13 and nearly 15. I don't know how to play with them. I miss family outings. What kinds of things do you do with your young teens? [more inside]
posted by stellathon on Oct 29, 2015 - 17 answers

How best to glue an object into a mug?

I want to superglue a toy inside a mug - what glue should I use?? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Oct 27, 2015 - 9 answers

And Bend and Lift and Stretch and Laugh

We’re heading into our neverending winter here, and I’d like some ideas for exercise videos or games that I can do with my 10 and 12 year old kids. As corny as it is, I’d love a modern day Sweatin to the Oldies. Does such a thing exist? Funny songs and laughing while we do cardio or strength training? We are not fans of most current Pop music – unless it’s being covered by Weird Al. And my daughter made a face when I suggested Yoga, so new agey is out. Any suggestions for videos or Youtube channels or other that could help us out? (We have a PS4 and XBOne, but not a Wii)
posted by saffry on Oct 27, 2015 - 7 answers

What to do about someone with a cavalier attitude towards child safety?

We are friends with a family that has a daughter the same age as mine. On a recent visit, my daughter told me that the father offered to leave her and her friend (both 10 y.o.) at home alone while he went to pick up his wife. My daughter didn't want to be left alone, so he had them hide between two of the van seats as he drove to pick up his wife to play a "joke" on her. I am not ok with either of these things. [more inside]
posted by stinker on Oct 25, 2015 - 35 answers

Where would one buy a coloring book in Manhattan?

where in lower Manhattan or possibly Midtown today can my friend find a great store with lots of coloring books and crayons and the like? [more inside]
posted by xbonesgt on Oct 21, 2015 - 8 answers

Immediate rewards for a 5yo that are not candy or cheap plastic crap.

Title says it: Help us identify ways to reward our 5yo for desired behavior that are easy for the parents to follow through on, have immediate payoff, and won't clutter up the floor too badly. We want mostly small rewards, with a few medium-to-large ones mixed in. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Oct 16, 2015 - 34 answers

Is Sam McGee appropriate for kids 8 and up?

I'm going on a cub scout camping trip tonight as part of the campfire entertainment I want to recite Sam McGee. [more inside]
posted by joecacti on Oct 16, 2015 - 15 answers

Is there a good kids book about Edvard Munch and "The Scream"?

My second grade daughter has just been learning about Edvard Munch and "The Scream" - Are there any good kids books that discuss the artist and work? [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Oct 12, 2015 - 5 answers

Current Kid's Magazines, physical copy edition?

When I was a kid, I got Ranger Rick and Dynamite and Highlights and Cricket and a bunch of other magazines in my name, and it was thrilling for me. Well, Christmas time is rolling around and I have a couple of new kids in my life, a girl age 5 and a boy age 8, and I'd like to get them actual physical magazine subscriptions because that's fun and exciting. What kids magazines actually still exist today as physical get-in-the-mail products? Im looking for a wide range of interests so I can work from a broad pool of possibilities.
posted by hippybear on Oct 11, 2015 - 16 answers

Where to stay in the Mt Fuji area of Japan

Myself, my wife, and our 3-year-old daughter will be traveling in Japan in late October/early November, and we're interested in spending 2 nights in natural surroundings. The Mt Fuji area, specifically Hakone, is the leading candidate, but many of the ryokans are either booked or don't allow small children. Any advice on specific places to stay or alternative/similar destinations? [more inside]
posted by Maximian on Oct 7, 2015 - 6 answers

You are NOT Smurfette!

Please help me find female representation in the land of traditional boys' toys. [more inside]
posted by arrmatie on Oct 7, 2015 - 23 answers

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