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Where can I find interesting street kids?

I’m working on last minute research for a project. I’m doing a road trip across the country this spring (between Feb and May) looking for interesting street kids/drifters/squatters/train-hoppers, between the ages of 18-24. I want to visit as few locations as possible so they should have a high density of these kids. Also, the kids need to be Caucasian because of the nature of the story. What are some cities/neighborhoods/events/festivals/places that draw a lot of kids who fit this description? Also feel free to include any resources I could use for more research. Thanks!
posted by sabina_r on Jan 8, 2014 - 35 answers

Babies EVERYWHERE

How do you keep track of your friend's babies/children? I'm looking for some kind of system to remind me of names, ages, and birthdates for the small humans that my large human friends have brought into the world. [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Jan 4, 2014 - 13 answers

Evaluating a kid for possible attention, sensory, & motor issues

My son's teacher, my spouse, and I have concerns about a few different, but possibly related, issues with my 9 year old son. What kind of place should we bring him to for an evaluation? I'm looking for suggestions either about general kinds of places you might bring a kid to get an evaluation or for specific places in Portland, Oregon. Any other input on these individual issues, including how they might be related, is welcome as well. [more inside]
posted by bluedaisy on Dec 27, 2013 - 15 answers

Best practices for hiring a nanny?

I'm in the process of hiring an occasional daytime babysitter, who may become a more regular babysitter if the freelance work I'm getting turns into a regular job. I'm feeling rather panicky about leaving my baby with someone. Help me figure out best practices to keep my baby safe and soothe my fears. [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Dec 25, 2013 - 8 answers

Beginning knitting book for kids

I'm looking for a book on how to knit, for a 7 year old. I'm planning to teach her the basics in person, and then give her the book to take home for further reference. Can anyone recommend a good one? Bonus: Do you have a favorite yarn store in SF?
posted by pompelmo on Dec 18, 2013 - 8 answers

Black and White and Protected By Multilateral Treaty All Over

The #1 item on my eight year-old son's Christmas list is "AN ACTUAL PENGUIN". Please help me creatively accommodate his request without violating the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Dec 17, 2013 - 17 answers

What are some cool American-history-related books/games/movies for kids?

Looking for a fun gift for an 8-year-old that might fuel his interest in American history (or any history) ... Any ideas? (Some specifics provided inside.) [more inside]
posted by pokermonk on Dec 16, 2013 - 11 answers

Forcing a snow day -- What kid traditions do you know about?

The kids in my town (philly burbs) have certain rituals they follow to "cause" school to be canceled the next day when snow is forecast. Specifically: sleeping with a spoon under your pillow and turning your pajamas inside out. Also heard this year: flushing ice down the toilet. I never had these growing up, and I'm wondering if it's a regional thing, a thing new to this generation, or if other superstitions exist/existed along these lines.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Dec 16, 2013 - 50 answers

Good train set for a 5-yr old?

Thanks for any advance help here, but want a train set that you can control via some type of remote instead of letting the train run after you turn it on. Thoughts?
posted by skepticallypleased on Dec 15, 2013 - 5 answers

RC Cars/Trucks for the yard

I need recommendations for remote control trucks that will work in the yard. [more inside]
posted by Talia Devane on Dec 13, 2013 - 1 answer

Looking for a Specific Show On Nickleodeon

I was pranked about 2 months ago for a Nickleodeon TV show and I want to see if my piece actually aired. I forgot the name of the show. What I do remember is that it aired on Saturday either in the late morning or afternoon and pranks were a regular part of the programming. Any help?
posted by goalyeehah on Dec 11, 2013 - 6 answers

Pre-school playground politics.

My son is being kind of sort of bullied at pre-school and I want to know what--if anything--I can or should do about it. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Dec 11, 2013 - 21 answers

Readings for parents about kids' healthy/responsible use of technology

Some friends and I would like to create (and work through) a reading list of current, thoughtful, thought provoking, but non-alarmist articles and/or books on helping kids create a healthy relationship with technology. The immediate focus is on elementary and middle school kids, but we'd expand it for general thought-provoking material on topic. [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl on Dec 7, 2013 - 3 answers

[Santa Filter] Help me find this super-generic toy

My toddler loves watching train videos on YouTube, and this morning we ran across this one, featuring a kid playing with his new toy train, purchased in "Chinatown". Toddler has now expressed a deep desire to have Santa leave one of those under the tree. I *think* I've IDed that train as the Kids Athority High-Speed Train Set, but no one on the Internet seems to sell it. So, I turn to you, my friends in the green - any thoughts on how someone who's not really near any random Chinatown might acquire one of these in time to have Santa drop it off?
posted by hanov3r on Dec 7, 2013 - 4 answers

iPad puzzles and games for a 20-month-old

Flying in the face of scientists' warnings, my wife and I allow our child to play with the iPad from time to time. She's outgrown most of the apps she previously played with -- does anyone have any recommendations for good puzzle, games, and educational apps that would be age-appropriate and interesting for a twenty-month-old? Thanks.
posted by gerryblog on Dec 6, 2013 - 11 answers

Need park games & ice breakers for kids and moms

What kind of easy 1) ice breaker kind of game and 2) active game can a small group of kids and their moms play together as a group in a park? [more inside]
posted by biscuits on Nov 30, 2013 - 3 answers

We can just drive around Brooklyn!

Help! My brother and his many children (ranging from 4 - 19 in age) are heading up to visit from PA right now. They live in Illinois, and spent Thanksgiving with other relatives. They are only coming for the day, and when I asked what they wanted to do, my brother said "we can just drive around and see Brooklyn". [more inside]
posted by catrae on Nov 29, 2013 - 11 answers

Making camp awesome, one craft at a time

I've been offered the chance to run a week-long day camp this coming summer at a local art space. I have an idea for a theme, but I want to run it by the hive mind and make sure it's as awesome as it can possibly be. Who want to help me plan Costume Camp? [more inside]
posted by nonasuch on Nov 26, 2013 - 7 answers

Trying to find the title of a dog movie; perhaps Wilford Brimley

I'm vaguely remembering a movie, maybe a made-for-tv movie. The plot involved a kid, I think a boy, coming to live with relatives (?) Maybe he was a foster kid, or maybe the adults he was to live with were his grandparents. The kid wants a dog. Wilford Brimley, I believe, was the irascible grandfather with a heart of gold. [more inside]
posted by newdaddy on Nov 24, 2013 - 13 answers

Where can I find high-waisted boy's pants?

My kiddo, like his dad, has a pants problem. Specifically, while his legs are only slightly longer than normal, he is built in such a way that regular pants don't make it far enough up his butt. Basically, he needs pants that are longer in the crotch-to-waistline area and can pull up higher. Most boy pants don't have a lot of room for that. We end up with either plumber crack or uncomfortably hitched pants. [more inside]
posted by emjaybee on Nov 22, 2013 - 9 answers

Tips on Portraying Santa Claus?

I have to portray Santa Claus at my library in a few weeks and would appreciate some suggestions! [more inside]
posted by cinemafiend on Nov 22, 2013 - 8 answers

What do you tell a kid who has been caught "playing doctor"?

What should we say to our daughter about appropriate play and touch after learning she was playing doctor with one of her little friends the other day? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2013 - 25 answers

Helping 7 yo process mother's death

So my sister-in-law had a stroke last week and passed away on Friday. My niece's are 7 and 19. The older one, of course groks it, but I'm not sure how much the younger one is getting. [more inside]
posted by jacy on Nov 19, 2013 - 25 answers

It's all downhill...

How do you make sure your kids have a good time sledding? [more inside]
posted by Sublimity on Nov 17, 2013 - 32 answers

Husbands/Partners of a Surrogate Mom: Tell me your journey/thoughts

If your wife/partner was a surrogate, can you give me some more info? Feelings, type of surrogacy, was it worth it, how was your wife, ANYTHING else useful. Bonus points if you had kids during surrogacy. [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple on Nov 15, 2013 - 2 answers

Pittsburgh: Riding the choo choo with Daddy

What's fun around a Pittsburgh Light Rail stop for a 2.5-year-old? I'm taking my toddler-daughter for a ride on the train tomorrow. Last week we went to Dormont Park. What should we do this week? I haven't spent much time in the South Hills. (I'm looking to go South, not North - we know the North Side in-and-out) Meal suggestions also welcome!
posted by chickencoop on Nov 15, 2013 - 3 answers

Zap! Pow! Wizards grow up!

So I've been reading Harry Potter to the kiddo (7) at nighttime for a while and she's loving it. I'm enjoying it too to the point where I don't really want spoilers on anything. However as things get darker I have some concerns about the stories ahead... [more inside]
posted by Artw on Nov 14, 2013 - 44 answers

Strategies for quality time with my wife when life gets in the way

How does a youngish (36) married couple spend quality time together when demanding jobs and childcare responsibilities seem to make it nearly impossible? What are your strategies? How do you cope? [more inside]
posted by Creamroller on Nov 13, 2013 - 18 answers

Best iPad 1 apps for kids?

I have an old iPad 1 that still gets pretty good battery life, and I'm going to give it to my folks for my niblings to play when they're visiting grandma and grandpa. I'm a childless dude in his late 30s, so I'm a bit out of the loop with what kids like these days. I've tossed things that I think would be simple enough for kids to play and have fun with (even if they're not "doing it right") like Angry Birds, but would like suggestions for stuff I may not think of. Thanks all. [more inside]
posted by bigdamnnerd on Nov 11, 2013 - 9 answers

Help on teaching kids on Project Management

My kids' school has started a program to have parents come in and talk about careers after school - what jobs are available, what it means from overall responsibility and day-to-day activities. I am signed up to talk about IT Project Mgmt... [more inside]
posted by theobserver on Nov 11, 2013 - 9 answers

Great Holiday Gifts for a 4 and 2-year-old?

Great, possibly homemade Hanukkah/Christmas gifts for a 4-year-old girl and 2-year-old boy? Homemade/crafty suggestions very welcome. [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Nov 9, 2013 - 18 answers

Wandering Kids at a Exhibition

A recent AskMe thread and this answer in particular has me re-examining an experience I had a while back, when exhibiting at a show. One of the other exhibitors had her four-year-old child along. I'm sure that if she had any other choice she would have left her child at home. But I kept feeling like her attitude about her child and their impact on the rest of the show and the other exhibitors was....lax? And I'm trying to figure out if I'm being an unfair childless jerk. In part because I hope to have my own kids someday, and if I do, I may very well be in her same position. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 6, 2013 - 32 answers

Go Home, Little Girl

What is the parental etiquette for when someone's kid comes to your door trying play with your kid, you tell them no, we're having dinner, and kid essentially won't take no for an answer and tries to continue to get into your house? What is the best way to redirect said kiddo from this behavior again if I can't say anything to her parents? [more inside]
posted by tafetta, darling! on Nov 5, 2013 - 23 answers

What science experiments can I do with a balloon full of carbon dioxide?

This Halloween I did some Halloween candy science experiments with my nieces and nephew. One of the experiments we didn't get to do (but soon will) is: Pouring Pop Rocks into a bottle of pop will make all that pent-up carbon dioxide escape but not fizz over. If you put the rocks into a balloon, then fit the balloon over the bottle's mouth and let the rocks fall in, it inflates the balloon with carbon dioxide. But what can I do with a balloon full of carbon dioxide? ...Is it a stupid idea to inhale it to see if I get a funny voice? [more inside]
posted by Jacob Knitig on Nov 3, 2013 - 12 answers

Marathon Weekend in NYC

Help me and my kids plan a fun, low-hassle weekend in New York watching Missus_A run the marathon! [more inside]
posted by Mister_A on Nov 1, 2013 - 26 answers

Ski lessons for a 3 year old in Vermont or New Hampshire

My daughter just turned 3 and is ready to learn to downhill ski. We live in Norwich, VT, and can head west to Vermont or east to New Hampshire for beginner lessons. I'm fine sitting and watching while she learns, and we're fine with the lesson being the only reason to make a drive. If we can only choose one place for the first ski lesson, where should we go?
posted by billtron on Oct 30, 2013 - 10 answers

fun, messy crafts for an 8 year old birthday party?

My girl is turning 8 and we're having her party at the local Michael's. Unfortunately the sales people there haven't been real helpful in terms of making recommendations for what crafts the girls can do; and I'm completely overwhelmed when I look on the Internets. So here's the question: what are some really fun crafts that can be done in an hour and a half, and are messy? (Because that's the whole point of having it at the store instead of in my house, right. Otherwise I'm wasting that $50.) Is marbling paper fun? Is tye-dying fun? What else haven't I thought of? [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Oct 28, 2013 - 18 answers

Projects/Activities for 3-year-olds

I've recently come to the conclusion that I need to spend more time with my 3.5-year-old boy/girl twins, and looking for some structured activities/things to do to help drive it and get them excited, as they generally prefer my wife over me... [more inside]
posted by um_maverick on Oct 28, 2013 - 30 answers

There's Only So Much Wisdom I Can Impart In Between Their Fart Jokes!

I'd like to convey as much wisdom/advice as possible to my kids before they become feral teenagers drenched in Axe and scorn. Please share the best lists/essays/articles you've ever seen on the theme of "Teaching Your Kids About ______". [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Oct 22, 2013 - 14 answers

No really, I don't want to do that... ever...

I am a 31 year old woman and newly married. I have a kick ass husband who also came with a kick ass stepson that I love to death and with whom I have a great relationship. I have no desire to have a bio-kid, especially now that I have a step son. I have had many comments from people about how I am going to change my mind about not wanting more kids, a lot of “Uh huh…” comments with ‘knowing’ smug smiles, sort of like when a 6 year old boy says that he will never ever kiss a girl, eww that is gross. Are they likely right, or are they being assholes? How do I deal with this? [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Oct 16, 2013 - 65 answers

Roman Holiday (kid friendly version)

Next week, my 10 year old daughter and I will be in Rome for 3 days; what should we see? [more inside]
posted by oclipa on Oct 14, 2013 - 8 answers

Dealing With Strangers (Other Parents and Kids) As A Parent and Father

As a parent and father, how do I, or how can I or should I, deal with parents of other children whose badly behaved kids do something mean or nasty to my own kid? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Oct 8, 2013 - 22 answers

Good RPG for kids who like Minecraft

Looking for an RPG for a couple of kids (9 and 10) that ADORE Minecraft but want more role-playing elements (quests, a story, upgrades) in their gaming experience. We've tried mods, but that only gets you so far. We have a PC and an XBOX 360. What do you recommend?
posted by rosary on Oct 5, 2013 - 9 answers

Phone for a 9 year old

Looking to get a phone for our 9-year-old son for use in case of emergency. Several factors precipitated the decision, but most recently, he was left sitting alone outside school for an hour waiting to be picked up early. [more inside]
posted by fogovonslack on Oct 5, 2013 - 13 answers

What do I need to get my son started playing Dungeons and Dragons?

My son (11) has expressed an interest in playing Dungeons and Dragons. I would like to help him but I know nothing about the game and Amazon reviews of the basic starter set confuse things even further. What exactly does he need in order to start playing? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Sep 27, 2013 - 20 answers

Children's books that include children of color?

I'm looking for board books that do not just portray white children. Books appropriate for ages 1-4 would be fine, but I'm buying for a 2-year-old so a bit on the simpler side is better. Thank you!
posted by the young rope-rider on Sep 23, 2013 - 47 answers

Best places to shop for books for kids (age 1-4) in Chicago?

Please recommend your favorite stores for books for kids in Chicago. I am interested in finding used books, quirky books, and progressive books. Not necessarily all three and not necessarily in that order. Toddler Xalf is almost 1.5 years old, but I'm happy to buy books that will be over his head for the next few of years. Any part of Chicago is fine. Suburbs too, especially those to the north.
posted by Xalf on Sep 20, 2013 - 6 answers

I care, but not enough to play Candy Crush...

A twelve year old I'm related to keeps sending me invites to play horrid money wall Facebook games. Said kid is going through a hard time and I like the idea of playing with her as a small, regular form of reaching out. However...Zynga Poker ain"t gonna happen. What kind of easily accessible games suitable to a 12 year old are out there for me to suggest? Specifics under the cut... [more inside]
posted by theweasel on Sep 20, 2013 - 18 answers

Help Make this Space happen: Suggest your favorite tools and resources

I am tasked with stocking up a Maker Space gallery that will be part of a museum. I'm very much a crafter and maker myself, but am looking for the Makers of MetaFilter to tell me your favorite tools, especially ones for small hands (we will be catering to kids and families, as young as 3 years old). We will be doing simple woodworking projects (already looking at Japanese Pull Saws), sewing, circuitry, paper art, lots of tinkering (including activities with recycled materials and new materials). We are focusing on "real" tools (no plastic Fisher Price kids stuff, please), and I expect to buy a couple different versions of some items (hammers for smaller people, hammers for bigger jobs). The tools will get lots of use, so I'm happy to spend a bit more if it means I don't have to constantly replace broken items. I am especially looking for specific recommendations for specific tools, reviews, or resources ("these sewing scissors are amazing for the price" or "don't buy this brand of clamp" or "this site sells very good quality paper punches"). Thanks in advance!
posted by leastlikelycowgirl on Sep 19, 2013 - 12 answers

Just don't let him eat marshmallows all day

I need recommendations on articles and books on kindergarten/elementary school education and how it affects someone's later success. My friend is worried that her son's kindergarten program isn't high quality enough. I'm of the opinion that home life is more important at this age, but maybe I'm wrong! Where should I start reading? [more inside]
posted by Viola on Sep 17, 2013 - 12 answers

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