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Q: What's a pig's favorite Karate move?

Can you recommend a great martial arts instructor for my 7yr old in the Northern Virginia area? [more inside]
posted by onhazier on Nov 6, 2008 - 1 answer

Help me come up with activities for a nine-year-old boy

Concrete ideas of things to do with a nine-year-old boy in the Baltimore, MD area. I am going to be the Big Sister of a boy in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, and as much as I love doing things this kid likes and things kids like in general, I'm having a heck of a time trying to come up with specific activities--for example, I can't exactly schedule an activity day for sword-fighting or reading. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Nov 4, 2008 - 11 answers

Ency. for the kid

Multi-volume kids encyclopedia recommendations for a bright but not overly-precocious 6 year old. [more inside]
posted by Chrischris on Nov 3, 2008 - 10 answers

How did you get a recalcitrant toddler's teeth brushed?

How did you get a recalcitrant toddler's teeth brushed? [more inside]
posted by chesty_a_arthur on Nov 3, 2008 - 31 answers

How can I find a gift for my young nephew that my older nephew won't want?

Please help me find a gift toy for my one-year-old nephew. I want to find something that will interest him, but that his 3 and a half-year-old brother (a toy hoarder) will find totally uninteresting. [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee on Nov 1, 2008 - 9 answers

Trail skills for girls.

What skills can I teach my daughters, aged 9 and 7, while hiking? Also, where should we take our big, culminating hike in the spring (in or around Phoenix)? [more inside]
posted by Barry B. Palindromer on Oct 30, 2008 - 21 answers

Anyone know the title of this book?

Back when I was in Elementary school around 1969 our teacher read a book aloud to the class that I remember as being kind of fantasy and kind of spooky. The plot was something about a sister and brother who were latch-key kids. I think the sister wore the house key around her neck on a green ribbon. Anyway, somehow they were "kidnapped" by an old person and and ended up on an island where the people never got older. I believe a closet was involved too THe way the people stayed young had something to do with the kids not being abled to leave. If someone knows the name of this book it would be great. Thanks.
posted by pjlalala on Oct 30, 2008 - 8 answers

2 kids, one bedroom

how can i fit a 3-year old and an infant in one bedroom without them waking each other up during the night?
posted by RockyChrysler on Oct 21, 2008 - 16 answers

Examples of double-meanings in movies, shows, cartoons?

Looking for scenes with dialogue in G-rated movies, shows or cartoons that have hidden references for adults. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Oct 19, 2008 - 43 answers

Good books for the Non-Ham to read to small children

This post reminded me of something I needed to ask. -> What are some good books to read to kids, for those of us who are not very good at (or comfortable with) being characters or using different voices? Surely there are some librarians on Ask Mefi that have experience with storytime? [more inside]
posted by nomnomnom on Oct 19, 2008 - 12 answers

Cat's in the cradle

My dad was an insecure, unlikeable jerk (to me at least) who clearly did not like his children. I have become an insecure, unlikeable jerk (to me at least). Am I doomed to have the same, terrible relationship with my future kids as well? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman on Oct 12, 2008 - 29 answers

My family and I are looking for sechs

Our family will be travelling to Prague, Berlin and Munich later this month, with three days in Prague, four in Berlin and two in Munich. The kids are 6 and 4. Any suggestion for don't-miss Central Europe for families? We're flying in and out and will get between the cities by train; our travel and accommodation are booked.
posted by sagwalla on Oct 10, 2008 - 6 answers

fun e-cards for kids

Know a good kids' e-card site where I can find a cute animated get-well soon card? [more inside]
posted by dog food sugar on Oct 3, 2008 - 4 answers

Is it possible to have a great, Carribean, resort vacation with an 18 month old toddler in tow?

Is it possible to have a great, Carribean, resort vacation with an 18 month old toddler in tow? [more inside]
posted by kilikina73 on Sep 29, 2008 - 7 answers

Looking for an infant doll that fits newborn baby clothes for my preschooler.

My 3-year-old is getting into dressing her Little Mommy doll. I've been using her old newborn clothes, but the dolls are too small. (And the stuffed animals are the wrong shape.) Can you recommend a doll that can wear the newborn clothes? [more inside]
posted by mausburger on Sep 27, 2008 - 7 answers

Queen Not Available; What to see/do in London in November with Child?

Looking for kid-oriented/friendly things to do in London and environs in November. Child has requested an audience with Her Majesty, but not sure we can pull that off on such short notice. Scenario: Mom is going on a business trip for a week and we (Daddy and 6 Year Old Daughter) are going to tag along. Daddy's looking for fun things to do during the day while Mommy's hard at work! [more inside]
posted by webhund on Sep 22, 2008 - 17 answers

Printing Books for Babies?

Are there any online services that will allow me to print custom books that can withstand the awesome destructive force of a small child? [more inside]
posted by larsks on Sep 21, 2008 - 3 answers

Activities for a four-year-old who has to be up in the middle of the night

Midnight activities for a 4-year-old that he wouldn't get a chance to do during the day? My son is having an EEG tomorrow during the day. They want him sleep-deprived so he'll sleep without sedation. I'm supposed to get him up for the day at 3:30 am. He's not a morning person at all, so to keep him awake I'm looking for exciting things to do/observe/etc. that wouldn't be possible during his normal waking hours. We're in the east end of Toronto near the Don Valley, so both big-city and nature/wildlife type activities may be possibilities.
posted by winston on Sep 21, 2008 - 20 answers

Piano on a Budget

Our children are taking piano lessons. They need a piano. We don't know what we're doing. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Sep 19, 2008 - 25 answers

Advice on teaching programming to math genius 11 year old girls

Advice on teaching programming to math genius 11 year old girls? I've agreed to teach an informal programming class for some neighbor kids who all attend an advanced math+science school. I'll be using processing as the platform. I have a fair amount of successful experience teaching processing to adults and college students, so I'm looking for tips on how to adjust my teaching for talented preteens. I'm taking it for granted they'll be better than me at math.
posted by puppy kuddles on Sep 15, 2008 - 7 answers

Teach Me How To Teach How To Sew

I've volunteered to help teach 10-12 year olds how to sew. We have limited supplies (only three machines for 15+ students), so I was wondering what suggestions you had for: a) teaching the very basics to youngsters in a safe and fun way (not too frustrating and not too bloody) b) working with limited resources [more inside]
posted by chara on Sep 10, 2008 - 6 answers

News Parents Can Use?

What are your favorite media resources for parenting? [more inside]
posted by tk on Sep 2, 2008 - 6 answers

Favorite Family games?

What are your favorite family games? [more inside]
posted by keith0718 on Aug 30, 2008 - 24 answers

Wanted: Birthday ideas for 10 year old twin girls, on the double!

Tween Filter: My twin nieces turn ten in two weeks and my new reputation as the cool auntie is at stake. I know nothing about kid culture. Help me figure out what to give them for their birthdays, please! [more inside]
posted by carmicha on Aug 30, 2008 - 21 answers

divorce-filter: protect friend from his wife financially

divorce-filter: protect friend from his wife financially, her secret bank accounts, hostility, etc [more inside]
posted by evanrodge on Aug 26, 2008 - 13 answers

Children's Bento Box?

Suggestions for bento box dealers? [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix on Aug 26, 2008 - 8 answers

What type of bike should I get for pulling a trailer?

I'm planning to buy a bicycle for myself and a trailer for two children to ride in. For the bike, I'd like to get something like a simple three-speed cruiser, but I've been told that I'll need more gears to pull the trailer. What do I need to look for in a bike to make it a good trailer-puller? [more inside]
posted by winston on Aug 25, 2008 - 11 answers

How to make a theme from all of these numbers?

My nephews have some numerically coincidental birthdays coming up, anyone have any clever ideas that we can use for the occasion? [more inside]
posted by Kimothy on Aug 25, 2008 - 6 answers

Fun Northern California kid-friendly day-trip ideas...

Help me plan a short father-daughter outing! [more inside]
posted by Echidna882003 on Aug 22, 2008 - 9 answers

Identify this horror movie from two brief memories.

Help me identify this horror movie from my youth. [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte on Aug 16, 2008 - 12 answers

Toddler nudity: how much is too much?

Toddler nudity: how much is too much? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck on Aug 16, 2008 - 30 answers

Male Babysitters: Am I Being Irrational?

We have a 3 1/2-year-old son. Our current babysitter, the daughter of one of my wife's coworkers, is leaving for university shortly, and we're trying to find a replacement for her. The same coworker has a son who's about 16 years old. [more inside]
posted by scrump on Aug 14, 2008 - 77 answers

Hola Amigos

What are some simple music, art and other activities I can do with a group of Spanish speaking kids with ages ranging from 5 to 10. [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Aug 11, 2008 - 4 answers

Can a small child have cataplexy without narcolepsy?

Is it possible for a small child to have cataplexy without narcolepsy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2008 - 6 answers

Recommend some non-white kids' books

Can you recommend some children's picture books that don't just feature white faces? [more inside]
posted by featherboa on Aug 7, 2008 - 39 answers

These Flies are driving me Insane!

We've had a series of kids parties here this summer, and now with all of the tiny flecks of pizza, cake and general kid residue, our yard has been overrun with FLIES! [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Aug 4, 2008 - 5 answers

How do I find the right martial arts program for my 6 year old boy?

What is the best entry level martial arts program for a quiet, kinda serious, very strong and flexible (can almost do the splits both ways) 6 year old boy? He LOVES anything that has to do with martial arts and Asia (movies, toys, cartoons etc) but I'm confused about the various schools and their strength and weaknesses. I don't want something like "Rex Kwon Do" but I also don't want something that is so watered down that it's just tumbling in a karate uniform. He has a couple of friends who are in Taekwondo but I'm not sold on those programs for him. HELP... Thanks!
posted by KTrujillo on Aug 1, 2008 - 29 answers

Great new family products?

Parents: what are your favorite newish tools of the trade? I'm helping to research a magazine article, trying to identify really great products new to the market in the past 18 months or so that make parents' lives easier. What recent discoveries have you made? [more inside]
posted by Camofrog on Jul 29, 2008 - 12 answers

I known YANHD, but does my boyfriend have Asperger's?

Is it possible my boyfriend has Asperger's and doesn't know it? (Or knows it, and hasn't told me?) If so, is there any real reason why I should be ending this? Should I even bring this up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 27, 2008 - 41 answers

Just like dooce.com, but with autism?

Which irreverent, funny parenting blogs have extra added autism? [more inside]
posted by pootler on Jul 23, 2008 - 13 answers

Summer program for 15 yr old NYC?

Can you recommend a summer program, August - Sept, for a bright 15 year old girl living in Queens, NYC? My niece is very smart, loves dance and theater and wants to excel academically. She's starting to make choices that aren't ideal, and (unrelated) do somewhat poorly in Math. I would love to find a program in Queens, or NYC for the month of August that can help her with school, inspire her and encourage her in the right direction. Help?!
posted by quiverandquill on Jul 18, 2008 - 1 answer

How to engage a bunch of six year olds?

We're part of a child care co-op arrangement for a month, which means I'll have six 6-year olds to myself for three (non consecutive), six-hour days. I could use some suggestions for creative activities -- running around (we've got lots of outdoor room, wooded and open), arts and crafts, whatever. Ideas that require buying supplies are fine.
posted by Framer on Jul 17, 2008 - 10 answers

Recommendations for European holidays with a 19month old in tow?

Recommendations for European holidays with a 19month old in tow? [more inside]
posted by blacksky on Jul 16, 2008 - 5 answers

Meg Tilly makes it hard to google for...

Kids' book filter: Two sisters, possibly twins, one a brunette named Natalie but known as Tilly, English, involves going to stay in the country and horses, most likely published in the early-mid 80s (when I read it), possibly a trilogy or a series. Any help with the title or author would much appreciated!
posted by goo on Jul 14, 2008 - 6 answers

What are some great large-scale outdoor games?

What are some creative outdoor games that would work for up to 400 people and within 20 - 30 minutes or under? [more inside]
posted by Jenna Roadman on Jul 11, 2008 - 6 answers

Non-annoying Traditional Kids CD's

I'm looking for a recording of good traditional (American) children's songs. [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias on Jul 8, 2008 - 20 answers

How do you teach 5 year olds to play baseball?

I thought it would be fun to volunteer to help out with my son's first baseball team. Now I'm the coach, and twice a week I have about a dozen 4-6 year olds looking at me, expecting to learn how to play the game. I'm rapidly running out of ideas here. How do I keep the very basics of the game fun, interesting, and instructional? [more inside]
posted by GhostintheMachine on Jul 3, 2008 - 12 answers

Help me get my son a good education!

Mrs. Spyder and I are thinking about buying a house in the next year or so. With 1 youngster (almost a year old) and one on the way, we're looking to buy in an area with a good school district. Where can I find this information? [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game on Jun 27, 2008 - 8 answers

Rain rain go away, although this game is moderately fun to play

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 - 8 answers

How do I keep the kids from burning themselves?

What are good safety procedures for soldering with kids? [more inside]
posted by gaelenh on Jun 24, 2008 - 15 answers

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