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6 Yr Old's B'Day HELP

My kid is going to be six next month and he wants a party. We are very short on cash. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by maryh on Apr 19, 2008 - 42 answers

privacy for my 9 year old?

How can I give my 9 year old more privacy? [more inside]
posted by Brocktoon on Apr 15, 2008 - 15 answers

Recommended Limits on Kid's screen time?

What is the current recommendation on how much "screen time" kids should be allowed? I'm especially interested in "Professional" (i.e. American Association of Pediatrics or similar) recommendations. [more inside]
posted by u2604ab on Apr 14, 2008 - 5 answers

Help me interview my son!

Looking for questions to ask my son 'through the years' (more inside). [more inside]
posted by Twicketface on Apr 11, 2008 - 24 answers

How to fuel a little city girl's love of farming?

How can I support my daughter's interest in the agrarian lifestyle with my urban, black-thumb sensibility in the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by Gucky on Apr 9, 2008 - 17 answers

Modern Literary References to the Emperor's New Clothes?

Looking for modern, easy-to-understand references to The Emperor's New Clothes that would help 5th graders understand what a literary reference is (and why it's useful to have a more-than-passing familiarity with source material that writers tend to reference.) [more inside]
posted by carterk on Apr 7, 2008 - 6 answers

Flikr weirdos

I'm a Flikr newbie. We just returned from holiday and I posted our snaps on the site. Yesterday my wife calls me at work creeped out that someone has favourited a picture of one of our daughters in a market in Vietnam. She's seven. All the users other favourited and personal pics are likewise of young girls. [more inside]
posted by Keith Talent on Apr 5, 2008 - 25 answers

Disciplining strangers' kids

What is an appropriate way to discipline strangers' kids? [more inside]
posted by crazy finger on Mar 29, 2008 - 34 answers

Pedal or push?

What do I do when my kid has outgrown his balance bike but doesn't want to pedal yet? [more inside]
posted by iscatter on Mar 29, 2008 - 11 answers

Too many presents

My neighbor is very generous - too generous! Her young son and my kids play together fairly often, and each time my kids go to their house to visit, my neighbor sends my kids home with several gifts. Sometimes if she sees my kids playing in the back yard she just hands gifts over the fence. Last time it was a large tin of cookies, a box of Whoppers candies, and a Vitamin Water style drink. In the past gifts have included a hand-knit scarf, brand new clothes, a doll, a box of donuts, and a large plate of homemade fried chicken. At Lunar New Year she gave each of my kids ten bucks plus a box of sweet rolls. I don’t know this woman well at all. We’ve said ‘hi’ a few times but her English is limited and I don’t speak her language which I believe is Thai. I get the sense that our different expectations around gift giving are related to cultural differences (she’s an immigrant from SE Asia, I’m white, born and raised in California), and maybe also that she is just a particularly (or maybe compulsively) gift-giving person. [more inside]
posted by serazin on Mar 20, 2008 - 24 answers

kids or no kids ??? HELP US DECIDE!!

my wife and i are both at the life junction that we have to decide if we want to have kids, ever or never, due to our age, also due to peer and family pressure. the problem is that we both are not that enthusiastic about introducing someone addtional into the family or in between. recognizing the highly private nature of this issue, we still want to do a quick & unscientific poll to to see if it will help us move a bit closer to a decision: 1. for those couples who made a conscientious decision to stay kid-less: how long have you two decided on this issue? any regrets so far? 2. for those couples happily living with kid(s): if you can have the kids bearing and rearing experience all over again, will you do it again? please, no rants or raves on how great or how nightmarish kids are. heard too much of that already. thanks,
posted by kingfish on Mar 11, 2008 - 66 answers

Soccer Chant for 5 year olds.

I need a good chant for my team of 5-year-old soccer players to use at the end of practice and before games. Do you know any?
posted by Beaufort on Mar 6, 2008 - 29 answers

It's Tricky is the title, here we go...

Help me think of tricky spelling words to challenge my daughter! [more inside]
posted by streetdreams on Mar 5, 2008 - 39 answers

How to stay 'connected' with my daughter while away from home?

I'm looking for ideas for things to give my daughter before I go away for 3 weeks. [more inside]
posted by valleys on Feb 11, 2008 - 26 answers

Oh, right... peak oil. What should we eat?

Seeking ideas for healthy, balanced, kid-friendly meals that use local (ideally Ontarioan) ingredients, don't require the expenditure of electricity, and could be made by an 8-year old with minimal supervision? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Feb 10, 2008 - 9 answers

Help me keep my kids nap from getting interrupted!

Are there any expandable multi-handset wireless phone answering systems that have a system wide ringer mute feature? I'm trying to keep my kids from getting woken up during nap time. [more inside]
posted by Xazeru on Feb 8, 2008 - 4 answers

Children of the Road

Novel research Filter: What were immigration requirements for kids in 1970's. [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Feb 5, 2008 - 3 answers

Need Books/Movies for Kids Going to Rome

I'm looking for recommendations for books, movies and even music that might be relevant for a group of middle school (7th & 8th grade, ages 12-14) kids who are going to Rome over spring break. [more inside]
posted by bjennings on Feb 3, 2008 - 8 answers

Tips and trick for organizing kids' room!

I'm helping a friend with her baby room this weekend and am looking for tips about working with a limited space and organizing it for two kids! [more inside]
posted by amanda on Feb 2, 2008 - 11 answers

Why do we have children?

My significant other said this to me today: "over the next 5 years or so you should build an argument for kids," but I can't think of where to start. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 29, 2008 - 40 answers

Election blogs for kids?

Election blogs for kids? I'm looking for resources to help my elementary-school-age child follow the presidential race -- not just encyclopedia-style background information, but frequent updates from the news. Has anyone found good resources for (or by) kids?
posted by tweber on Jan 29, 2008 - 2 answers

"How Many Five-Year Olds Could You Take On At Once" is not an option

I'm having a birthday pool party (indoor) with a group of 20 kindergarten-age kids. They'll be in the water most of the time, but they'll be in a charming little holding cell for the first part of the party. Any suggestions for an activity or craft that would work well in this situation? [more inside]
posted by bibliowench on Jan 26, 2008 - 10 answers

How much can an 11-year old handle?

My niece's mom is an alcohol/drug addict. My niece has consistent contact with her mom over the phone. Did I do the right thing in letting her know about her mom's problem? If not, can I mitigate the damage I've done? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 25, 2008 - 30 answers

deciding to be a parent with chronic illness

Having kids or not when you have chronic health issues: how did you decide and come to terms with it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2008 - 12 answers

Good piano teacher for kids in Tulsa?

Looking for a good piano teacher for my six-year-old son in Tulsa, Oklahoma. [more inside]
posted by greenmagnet on Jan 8, 2008 - 5 answers

Kid rock!

My teenage son (fifteen) has decided he wants to play the guitar. What guitar? [more inside]
posted by cedar on Jan 4, 2008 - 23 answers

Can you name any non-violent movies for 2-3 year olds?

Non-violent, non-scary movies for 3 year olds? My daughter likes watching movies as a special treat but is scared by Disney's trademark ultra-villains and even shouting or dark scenes are a bit much for her. So far the only two movies she loves beginning to end are the newish Curious George movie and My Neighbor Totoro. I looked long and hard and can't find any others. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Jan 4, 2008 - 79 answers

Long Distance Parenting

Looking for positive experiences where single parent and young child(en) were separated by great distances. Specifically, I am curious to know how it was made to work. [more inside]
posted by panoptican on Jan 3, 2008 - 9 answers

Games with Random Flash Action?

I'm looking for flash "games" suitable in content for a preschool child (ie: no gore, violence, etc.) where you click the mouse or press a key and something happens, but where you're basically just creating random action. For example, clicking the mouse on the screen might cause a "firework" to deploy or a bubble to be created or burst. Any suggestions?
posted by anastasiav on Dec 31, 2007 - 22 answers

Playing therapist to parents? Never again.

Imminently divorcing parents, naive and idealistic father, playing therapist to adults - the works. Help me not hate my family! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 27, 2007 - 23 answers

family vacations in tulum mexico?

Family and extended family vacation in Tulum area of Mexico? [more inside]
posted by malphigian on Dec 23, 2007 - 6 answers

How do I not kill my son? :)

MeFi Parenting filter: What are appropriate consequences for an 8-year-old who has a history of carelessness with belongings, and has lost his $250 glasses? [more inside]
posted by liquado on Dec 21, 2007 - 60 answers

Speech infliction transposing s-words.

My kid is transposing "s" to the end of the word, line snow->nows. I am curious is this is a common thing, has a name, or just something they go through... [more inside]
posted by lundman on Dec 20, 2007 - 21 answers

If they say "Don't tell Dad!", do you?

How much do parents tell each other about the stories/secrets their children thell them? [more inside]
posted by twiki on Dec 20, 2007 - 32 answers

Worry about tomorrow today, or tomorrow?

Relationshipfilter: I'm agnostic. She's Christian. We've been dating for four months. We fit eachother well and are very happy together, but of course clash over our deeply-held ideologies. Should we worry about the ideological clashes now, or be happy with eachother now and worry about how to raise the kids if/when we have kids? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 20, 2007 - 76 answers

Keep the clothes on!

Help me find a way to keep my son's clothes on. [more inside]
posted by ericales on Dec 19, 2007 - 24 answers

What do Wii need?

We bought a Wii for the kids for Christmas and we're trying to find out what accessories are musts. [more inside]
posted by cooker girl on Dec 15, 2007 - 22 answers

martial arts for kids in San Diego

I've got a friend with an adopted son. The kid has some adjustment problems from his early treatment and adjustment here. She's looking at using meds to change his behavior. I think that's not a great idea and she should look to enrolling him in martial arts classes. They are in San Diego. Can anyone recommend a program in that area? [more inside]
posted by diode on Dec 14, 2007 - 13 answers

Alternative Kid's Lit

I am looking for some good subtly pagan/world religion themed children's books, toys, movies etc for my 6 year old niece in Arkansas. It doesn't have to be specifically pagan, just something that fits the themes and values of most any earth-based or mystical religion. [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on Dec 12, 2007 - 15 answers

Custom Coloring Book Help

How should I print and bind a custom coloring book? [more inside]
posted by burnmp3s on Dec 7, 2007 - 6 answers

Help Me Feel Better About Not Wanting To "Go All Out" With The Christmas Decorating.

I feel guilty for not wanting to really "go all out" with Christmas decorating this year. I'll do the tree, of course, but every year I feel like doing less and less in terms of the "whole shebang"... My kids are basically "grown up" (ages 19 and 15) but I feel like I'll be letting them down if I do less than what's expected. The thought of totally getting into the decorating this year is exhausting. Can any other Mefites relate to this? And, if so, how did you deal with it?
posted by amyms on Dec 2, 2007 - 27 answers

Why do kids walk into people?

Why don't kids ever look where they're going? (this question is not anti kid). [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Nov 27, 2007 - 33 answers

Silent Drums for Kids?

My kid (8 years old) turns out to have a very good sense of rythm. I'd like to get him a drum set for xmas. A *silent* drum set. [more inside]
posted by asavage on Nov 26, 2007 - 19 answers

Earth Science for kids?

Earth Science books for kids? [more inside]
posted by MiffyCLB on Nov 24, 2007 - 11 answers

Looking for a kids t-shirt supplier

Where would I order small quantities of cheap but good-quality plain long-sleeve t-shirts for kids? [more inside]
posted by progosk on Nov 22, 2007 - 3 answers

What mystical powers do four kids have?

You know the playground trick whereby four of you can "levitate" a fifth person using just your fingertips (you first hold your hands over his head and count to 20)? How does that work, then?
posted by bonaldi on Nov 21, 2007 - 20 answers

Pat-a-cake; The Itsy Bitsy Spider ... and ....?

Pat-a-cake; The Itsy Bitsy Spider ... and ....? Can you suggest some traditional rhymes/games with motions like the two above that I can play with my 16 month old son. Preferably things that can be done lying down (so Head Shoulder Knees and Toes won't work well).
posted by anastasiav on Nov 20, 2007 - 29 answers

seeking Santa's database

Looking for a meta gift advisory for kids. [more inside]
posted by libraryhead on Nov 19, 2007 - 9 answers

Need help looking for research resources

Websites to research alternative programs for students who have been suspended or expelled, including students with disabilities. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Nov 16, 2007 - 3 answers

Budding artist needs advice.

Help me find 2D animation software for my kid for Christmas! [more inside]
posted by cooker girl on Nov 15, 2007 - 12 answers

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