Awesome but slightly rambunctious 8th grade class going on a school trip to the country. Rain is possible. Possibility of ultra-rare recreational computer access is likely to be a highly compelling reward for good behavior. The kids speak German. With all of these givens, what non-crack-like game should I install on the beater iBook G3 12" running 10.4 that I'm sending the teacher off with? [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks
on Jun 25, 2008 -
Our 8yo boy is very sensitive. Any teasing really seems to upset him, and of course that's the reaction the teaser is going for. How to help him? [more inside]
posted by luser
on Jun 17, 2008 -
Walkin' talkin' dancin' catfish, you are a friend of mine
Walkin' talkin' dancin' catfish, I'm in luuuuuv with you....
These are two lines of a song that my husband has been singing to my daughter. No amount of Googling has revealed more lyrics or any information about the song. Can you help us identify the entire song? If not, can you recommend any other silly songs you like singing to kids? Thank you! Getting all the lyrics would be an awesome Father's Day accomplishment!
posted by omphale27
on Jun 15, 2008 -
I'd like to find a few recommendations on tai chi DVDs that my 3 year old son and I could watch/do together.
I'll save the ninja training for later. Maybe 5.
posted by ducktape
on May 31, 2008 -
I'm desperately looking for some upbeat, modern Aussie
pop/rock songs to play to kids for my new job.
Preferably something that could be sung along to w/catchy chorus. No swearing or sexual themes allowed.
Anyone got any ideas!!?
posted by nicole.hilder
on May 30, 2008 -
What Spanish language kids' show (in the USA) would be good to watch for someone trying to pick up Spanish? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie
on May 26, 2008 -
Can anyone suggest why my daughter can write just fine, but apparently can't read? [more inside]
posted by 5MeoCMP
on May 25, 2008 -
What to do (if anything) about a kid (Kindergarten) who cannot deal with failure/losing? [more inside]
posted by unixrat
on May 23, 2008 -
ParentingAssistanceFilter! How do I deal with a friend that's a bad influence? [more inside]
posted by kbanas
on May 23, 2008 -
How can I get 6-8 adults, 2 car-seat-aged kids, and all of the associated luggage from the Bronx to our cruise ship departure site on the west side of Manhattan on a Sunday morning? [more inside]
posted by iscatter
on May 21, 2008 -
What are some of your favorite things that a 2 1/2 and almost 5yr old can do together. [more inside]
posted by zeoslap
on May 19, 2008 -
What are your recommendations for good baby and toddler books in English? [more inside]
posted by k8t
on May 17, 2008 -
Our kids, 5 and 7, haven't singled in on any specific instrument yet (nor, perhaps, will they ever), but they do love listening to, humming/singing, and dancing to all kinds of music, and playing the various "minor" instruments we've got. We're thinking about buying some sort of simple music machine/synth to have in the house for them play around with. Any recommendations?
posted by progosk
on May 13, 2008 -
1 parent traveling with child needs notarized letter of authorization to enter or leave USA? [more inside]
posted by lapsang
on May 8, 2008 -
Is there a blog that would allow me to blog about my daily activities and my kid within the same blog?
posted by JintsFan
on May 7, 2008 -
What do you do once you have a kid and family problem stakes seem higher, i.e. you're concerned about exposing your child things that go against what you believe? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 6, 2008 -
An email from one of my wifes co-workers -
"Last night when I picked up [Child], he was playing outside. I mentioned to one of the PT older caregivers that I was going to get him a tricycle and asked if he rode them there. She said no and pointed to the older kids’ side and indicated that they were all over there (these are kids ages 3 on up) and said that the funny thing about the boys is that they sit on the tricycle and try to push it with their feet…and don’t use the pedals. She said EVERY single one of them do that…"
Why? My son does the same thing. He won't use the pedals.
posted by ducktape
on Apr 30, 2008 -
High-efficiency gas furnace installed where previously there was mid-efficiency. So it vents straight out the wall while the old furnace used the chimney. The vent is right next to the sandbox. How bad is this? [more inside]
posted by winston
on Apr 26, 2008 -
We actually want to spend 15-20 days this summer driving around America, buying gas and seeing stuff. The questions are, how to get to the stuff from the east coast, and what stuff? [more inside]
posted by Clyde Mnestra
on Apr 22, 2008 -
When asked, I couldn't recommend any good Computer Science or Engineering books for kids. Do such books exist? To avoid buying a stack and going through them myself, can anyone recommend any? [more inside]
posted by billy_the_punk
on Apr 20, 2008 -
Give me some suggestions for classic movies that my kids (ages 19 and 15) will enjoy. I have tried so hard [insert martyrdom here]
to get them to appreciate the classics, but they mostly seem to react with "meh"... [more inside]
posted by amyms
on Apr 20, 2008 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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.
posted by kingfish
on Mar 11, 2008 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Novel research Filter: What were immigration requirements for kids in 1970's. [more inside]
posted by Xurando
on Feb 5, 2008 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -