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Quality paints for kids?

Where can I find paints for kids that are "professional" quality yet not "professionally" expensive? I bought Crayola paints and they are terrible. I am looking for something (a) reasonably priced but pigmented enough get my toddler excited about colors, (b) doesn't require swirling a brush for a good long minute to get the color going, (c) available on the internet. I don't mind if they are messy/unwashable. I don't know anything about colors so please specify both the brand and the type of paint in your recommendation. If the paper makes a real difference, please recommend that too!
posted by rada on Apr 19, 2013 - 13 answers

Special needs teachers deserve a special thank you

We have received services from the school district and we are about to lose our teachers due to our daughter aging out of the program. We'd like to give nice and appropriate gifts to the teachers who have helped our daughter for the last two and a half years. [more inside]
posted by look busy on Apr 18, 2013 - 16 answers

When to start kindergarten for a late-November-birthday?

My four-year-old son’s birthday is in late November. In our state, that means we can choose whether he starts (all-day) kindergarten this coming fall, when he’s 4-going-on-5, or next year, when he’ll be 5-going-on-6. I’m pretty paralyzed over this decision. I’m looking for insights, especially those with some sort of data behind them, to help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 18, 2013 - 43 answers

Your H1N1 is in the mail...

Great-grandma is sick in the hospital. Kids want to send her letters and drawings (crayon on office paper, ca. 2013) ... but kids are sick with unknown illness (flu-like symptoms - fever, cough, etc). How to avoid spreading the germs through the mail? [more inside]
posted by jferg on Apr 15, 2013 - 18 answers

Where are the best places in LA to live with a family?

You're considering a move to Los Angeles for a job in Irvine. You and your (stay-at-home) wife are both in your early 30s, and have two young (under two years old) children. You were raised in the midwest, and prefer the suburbs. You want to live in an area that has lots of other young families and easy access to eating and shopping and preschools and other things like that. You don't want to spend more than 30 minutes or so commuting. You want to spend about $3,000 per month on rent for a 3+ bedroom single-family-home (or condo, you suppose). What areas of Los Angeles do you focus on?
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2013 - 25 answers

Android apps for a six-year-old?

I bought my son a low-end Android tablet and now I want to load it up with quality applications. I'm looking for equal parts entertainment, education, and beautiful UI. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on Apr 5, 2013 - 8 answers

Politely parenting my kid's playdates?

My preschooler is getting just old enough to have a proper social life (playdates, birthday parties, etc.). I've got some specific questions about the parental etiquette expectations surrounding these kiddie get-togethers. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Apr 5, 2013 - 24 answers

Why do people die from viruses?

How can I explain to my 7-year-old why viruses kill their hosts? [more inside]
posted by stinker on Apr 4, 2013 - 18 answers

A good rug for a lot of on-your-knees train-track making?

Is a cotton dhurrie rug a good choice for a kid's room? How about a wool one? [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Apr 3, 2013 - 10 answers

Looking for wonderful books I can read to my kids, one chapter at a time

My kids (a boy and a girl) are now five years old, and my wife or I read to them every night before bed. I'd like to start reading larger books to them which we can stretch out throughout a week or more, by reading them a chapter a night. Please help me put together a great reading list of age-appropriate books that will capture their imaginations and inspire happy dreams. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Apr 2, 2013 - 61 answers

audio ebook for car ride

What audio ebook should I download for this long car ride with my bookish 10 year old, me, and my literate adult friend? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Mar 25, 2013 - 28 answers

Pick music for my 10 year-old son's iPod!

Please name one song, or album, that I should put on my 10 year-old son's iPod. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Mar 24, 2013 - 75 answers

No meat until you eat your veg?

If you follow the advice of Ellyn Satter, how do you handle second helpings when your child wants more of one food but hasn't eaten even a bite of the other things? [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Mar 24, 2013 - 9 answers

What are some unexpected/atypical reasons to have kids?

One of my friends wants to have lots of kids because she loves the idea of having many miniature versions of her husband in the house. Now, I've heard of people wanting to have kids so they can have miniature versions of themselves around the house, but wanting a miniature version of your partner was a new one to me. Are there any other surprising/non-cliched reasons to have kids? [more inside]
posted by dede on Mar 19, 2013 - 71 answers

The quest to Cat Lady-dom

I don't think I want kids and that scares me. [more inside]
posted by thank you silence on Mar 17, 2013 - 54 answers

ESL tips and games for young children

I am teaching English to a 4 and a 7 year old (separately) and I am looking for tips, games, ipad apps, or resources. [more inside]
posted by saul wright on Mar 16, 2013 - 6 answers

Is it bad to be bossy?

I'm reading Sheryl Sandberg's book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead and very much enjoying it. She talks early on about being called "bossy" as a little kid and how that characteristic has followed her and how she views it as a negative characteristic. I really identified with that as I was also called "bossy" when I was a little girl for doing a lot of the same things that Sandberg was doing as a girl -- organizing games, making up plays, telling other kids what to do. And I'm wondering about the word "bossy" and whether I should avoid it with my own little girl. [more inside]
posted by amanda on Mar 14, 2013 - 42 answers

Help my daughter not become me

My daughter is twelve, and she keeps falling behind in school, despite the school giving her tools that should keep her on-track. I think the problem is that she's just like me. My wife had great study habits, so she can't identify with our daughter's struggle. I can empathize, but my teachers, parents, and self couldn't break me, so I don't have any solutions to apply. [more inside]
posted by Tool of the Conspiracy on Mar 13, 2013 - 41 answers

Guided meditation recommendations for kid with insomnia.

My son is almost 9. He suffers from mild anxiety, and very often can't sleep at night. He gets plenty of exercise most days as he plays sports year round. He reads at night, but this doesn't always do the trick. He's a very intense kid, and rather than cut down on the sports (which very often is the source of his stress, even though he loves playing) I'd like to manage the anxiety. I think some sort of guided sleep meditation might be really useful here, and I'd love some recommendations. Most of what I've found so far either is sort of corny and a little babyish, or is not specific to sleep and is more about mindfulness and not as good for relaxation. Thanks!
posted by missuswayne on Mar 11, 2013 - 18 answers

Second-time parenting, how does that work?

Tell me about your daily schedules, parenting logistics, etc., with a newborn plus a toddler or older child. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Mar 7, 2013 - 15 answers

What do I need to know about kids + safe & responsible computing?

Mr. BlahLaLa and I are considering buying Kid BlahLaLa a laptop for his 10th birthday. (We want him to be able to play Minecraft and browse the internet.) We're a Mac family but I'm pretty sure this computer will have to be non-Mac because they're so much cheaper, which in turn opens up a whole world of internet security questions that I usually don't think about on my mac. Plus the whole idea of "Now I'm giving my kid a computer, what do I need to think about?" type of stuff. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Mar 2, 2013 - 13 answers

Another hotel question

Looking for family friendly hotel or airbnb flat for May in NYC, for visiting pals. [more inside]
posted by vrakatar on Feb 28, 2013 - 3 answers

Narrow hallway makeover!

Looking for some help making my narrow hallway a little prettier and more interesting. Bonus bookcase wood finishing/painting question inside! [more inside]
posted by amanda on Feb 23, 2013 - 10 answers

Make a three-year-old very happy!

Okay, you know that "On Top of Spaghetti" song? Can someone cleverer than me think of a second verse for that song that involves the poor meatball and A TRAIN? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on Feb 20, 2013 - 17 answers

Do astronauts play just games in space or do they actually work?

What is the best book to introduce pre-teens to how science works in space? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Feb 17, 2013 - 10 answers

PowerPC G4 OSX-native kids games

What are the available OSX native educational kids games that will run on an iMac G4 (I have the 400mhz one)? I bought the Jumpstart games off ebay, but those seem to be ClassicOS games that they just slapped a wrapper on, and as such they don't work very well. 640x480 in a tiny window not-well, for instance. [more inside]
posted by BeeDo on Feb 15, 2013 - 6 answers

NYC with a 2 year old - fun activities?

I'll be spending the day with my two year old son in New York (staying in Cobble Hill, probably heading into Manhattan) on Sat. 3/2, and am looking for suggestions for fun, reasonably-priced activities that we can do together. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Feb 15, 2013 - 14 answers

What to do with a 4 year-old in Toronto this weekend?

My wife and I are taking care of our out-of-town niece, who is a month short of her fourth birthday, this weekend (and possibly our nephew, who is six months younger). We don't have kids of our own, so we're kind of clueless about how to entertain children that age. What are some fun and not-too-expensive kid-friendly things to do in Toronto this weekend? [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat on Feb 15, 2013 - 13 answers

Non-Toy Toys for Toddlers

For kids under the age of three, what household objects have been the most entertaining for your kids? I'm looking for household objects that your kid discovered and ended up being a cherished play item, not things bought in a toy store (e.g. buckets, bags, boxes, dead remotes, phones, etc.)? No electronics please.
posted by benzenedream on Feb 14, 2013 - 70 answers

Books of my youth filter

Name that young adult fantasy novel: Two boys who are enemies at school are transported to some magical scenario where they have to work together. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Feb 13, 2013 - 4 answers

neonatal nurse side income jobs

Asking for my wife, who is a neonatal nurse that is taking some time off to spend at home with our kiddo. She's interested in what kinds of side jobs might be available for someone with a neonatal nurse's experience. [more inside]
posted by striker on Feb 12, 2013 - 12 answers

Kids Programming on Netflix Instant

Kid-friendly Netflix / Hulu ideas for elementary school indoor recess? [more inside]
posted by rossination on Feb 11, 2013 - 28 answers

Songs that say "Hey!"

Please help me thrill my 4 year old daughter with suggestions of songs that have the singer saying "Hey!" more than once. She told us awhile back that she loves songs that have "Hey!" in them, so I want to make a playlist of "Hey!" songs. The "Hey!" should be punctuated and repeated at least once - preferably more than once. The songs don't have to be songs for children, but should be at least semi-appropriate for 4 year olds (i.e. profanity is out, but innuendo that they won't understand until they are much older is ok). Some examples of stuff that we already have: "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" by the Beatles, "She" by the Monkees, "Get Off Of My Cloud" by the Rolling Stones, a couple traditional Greek songs. Any genre or time period is fine! ULTIMATE FOUR YEAR OLD HEY! PLAYLIST - GO!
posted by stefnet on Feb 10, 2013 - 116 answers

Help me learn to play with my daughter

I have a beautiful, curious, 8 month old daughter. I love her, but I don't know how to play with her. Help! [more inside]
posted by elizamina on Feb 7, 2013 - 21 answers

What to do about an unwanted critter living in our house?

About three years ago, my wife was visiting her mother when they discovered a cute puppy running around on the property. The mother took the puppy home and there was great rejoicing. Flash forward one year. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2013 - 45 answers

Ideas for time-release secret messages and surprises?

In a few weeks I'll be traveling for the last time to a remote place that my young kids will continue to visit for the rest of their lives. I'd like to leave some thing(s) behind for them to find over the next few years that will be fun, secret, and remind them of me. Difficulty level: humid/salty conditions, and other visitors who I don't want to find the items. [more inside]
posted by Yoshimi Battles on Feb 7, 2013 - 15 answers

How can I thank parents for doing a fantastic job?

How can I (should I?) thank parents for doing a fantastic job? [more inside]
posted by brynna on Feb 6, 2013 - 18 answers

Help me not let the 3DS become a disaster.

What things should I be concerned about when it comes to our 11 year old having a 3DS? [more inside]
posted by Saminal on Jan 31, 2013 - 11 answers

I need to come up with ideas for daycare visits to our gym.

I'm the program developer at a gymnastics club, and my latest assignment has be wracking my brain. We have outside daycare groups come and visit us once a week for around an hour, and my boss wants us to add on an additional activity to make us a more appealing choice. Help? [more inside]
posted by hasna on Jan 29, 2013 - 19 answers

Can anyone identify this indie, children's folk singer?

I've been wracking my brains trying to remember the identity of this female folk singer from the 1980s-1990s. She made at least a few albums targeted at kids, incorporating many environmental themes. And I can't for the life of me remember even enough to do a proper Google search. Gah! [more inside]
posted by valkyryn on Jan 28, 2013 - 7 answers

How am I supposed to feel about property lines?

My wife and I bought our first house about a month ago, and for the first time in our adult lives, we have our own little back yard (typical Chicago-size, maybe 900 sqft). We don't have kids. There's a fence between our yard and one neighbor, but no fence between our backyard and the backyard of the other neighbor. They have several kids between ages 6 and 11. I've looked out the window and seen them running between our yards on a few occasions, and I've found their toys in my yard a few times. (I've just tossed them back when I have.) This isn't really a big deal in and of itself, but I get the distinct feeling that I'm going to be seeing a lot more of these kids and their toys once the weather warms up. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by ndg on Jan 28, 2013 - 64 answers

Birthday Boy in Frankfurt?

Our son will be turning 11 during our trip to Germany in a few weeks. We're planning on traveling from Wolfsburg to Frankfurt by train that day, and we're flying home the next morning, so where should we go in Frankfurt for a memorable birthday dinner? [more inside]
posted by ulotrichous on Jan 27, 2013 - 5 answers

Recommend Fiction Books for 8-yr old. As usual, special details inside

Help me find a decent set of books for an 8-yr old niece who is heavily into reading (touch wood). Harry Potter, The Hobbit and some other books are not for her at this point. [more inside]
posted by theobserver on Jan 24, 2013 - 68 answers

Possible to compbine babysitting and music lesson? how to find teacher?

I am a mother of 3 kids, age 2,4,10. I need babysitter to take care of my kids for 1-2 hours during the weekend, so that I can run other errands. But it seems that babysitters typically look for more work (money) than 1-2hrs ($30)/job (with typical rate of $15/hr). I am willing to pay $30 to $60 per hour if the babysitter can teach the kids music, dance, gym, drawing or other arts and can involve all three of my kids. [more inside]
posted by akomom on Jan 24, 2013 - 22 answers

My boyfriend's kid is here for a month. Should I be a presence?

My boyfriend has a kid from his previous marriage, who is now long distance. He'll be coming to stay for a month in a few months, and I'm not sure what to do! (so many snowflake details!) [more inside]
posted by euphoria066 on Jan 22, 2013 - 22 answers

Comic books for children

My five-year-old son and I just finished reading Bone, and we need a new comic to read together. I'd prefer something with an ongoing story, but good non-serial comics are also welcome.
posted by mokin on Jan 21, 2013 - 19 answers

Recommend me some teen sci-fi TV series!

I love serious, obscure TV sci-fi aimed at twelve year olds. Please help me find more of it! [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Jan 19, 2013 - 44 answers

Early earning ideas for an 11-year old?

What are some ideas for real earning activities for an 11-year old? Our son would love to find something he can do to top up his pocket money. Preferably something real-world, or even virtual; he likes things that have a purpose. [more inside]
posted by progosk on Jan 15, 2013 - 17 answers

Average tshirt sizes for elementary-aged kids

Looking for a chart or opinions on good average sizes to best suit a random sampling of elementary school kids. [more inside]
posted by artifarce on Jan 6, 2013 - 2 answers

Teach a kid to Raspberry...

Raspberry Pi online forum or F2F user groups for kids? [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry on Jan 2, 2013 - 2 answers

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