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Help me play tourist in NYC

Assume for a moment that you're a five year old boy. What kind of tourist tchotchke from New York City would you want? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Dec 25, 2012 - 25 answers

Weird fun with kids after Xmas in St. Augustine, FL?

What are some fun off-the-beaten-path activities to do with kids (boys 12 & 9) in the Saint Augustine, FL region during the week after X-mas? The more nature or weirdness involved, the better.
posted by chr1sb0y on Dec 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Next steps now we've lost our local mom hangout?

I live in a quiet and basically ok city neighborhood that's thinking about gentrifying a little. A few months ago we got a new local cafe/bar that's become a community center for parents. But now they don't want us. Can you give me some insight into why that might be or help me plan how to find us all a new hangout? [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean on Dec 23, 2012 - 51 answers

Applied Auntie Skills 101: Summer intensive

I have a week to hang out with my 3-year old nephew. Yay! What things can I do to make some fun shared memories, cement my status as an Awesome Auntie and lay the groundwork for interesting Skype chats after I go home? [more inside]
posted by embrangled on Dec 20, 2012 - 17 answers

Let my kid upload gaming videos to YouTube?

Should I let my 10 year old upload gaming videos to YouTube? What issues should I think about as part of this? [more inside]
posted by bluedaisy on Dec 18, 2012 - 12 answers

Best book for 8 year old who loves to draw?

My 8 year old loves to draw, but she wants to "draw better." I just bought her one of these. What's the best book out there to help her improve her abilities? This would be a book that she could largely read/use herself with occasional help from me.
posted by gwint on Dec 14, 2012 - 18 answers

Help Me Feed the Need to Spread My Seed

After reading a number of articles such as this on Metafilter, I realized that I might want to have kids soon, before it's too late. I have a biological clock and that instinct is telling me I ought to propagate before my sperm becomes useless. However, I have no immediate desire to parent anyone. My instincts are only concerned with reproduction, not any of the details. My thought is that I could become a sperm donor. I have no emotional need to ever meet my kids (though I have nothing against it either) - it would be enough to know that they're out there somewhere. However, I am confused by some of the potential ramifications. (Snowflake details inside.) [more inside]
posted by wolfdreams01 on Dec 12, 2012 - 13 answers

Looking for great geography games!

Wanted: Great geography games for a kid. [more inside]
posted by kirst27 on Dec 10, 2012 - 13 answers

The couple I would like to have a threesome with has a kid, and I am beanplating.

The couple I would like to have a threesome with has a kid, and I am beanplating. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 29, 2012 - 37 answers

How does going back to school work for single parents?

How possible is going back to school as a single parent. Straight up; I need to know everything. How much did having children affect your attendance and grades and how did school change your relationship with your kids? Did you pass? Was it worth it? Would you recommend it? [more inside]
posted by tenaciousmoon on Nov 28, 2012 - 31 answers

Strict dad or easy-going dad?

At times my 3-year-old son deliberately misbehaves. Do I double down on the discipline, or shrug it off? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Nov 27, 2012 - 48 answers

Seeking craft project for 10 year old boy

Craft project for 10 year old boy who is REALLY into Minecraft? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd on Nov 27, 2012 - 14 answers

Find a plush soft blanket for a kid's twin bed

Can anyone help me find a supersoft, plush twin size blanket for a girl? [more inside]
posted by biscuits on Nov 25, 2012 - 12 answers

Recommended reading

If you like Terry Pratchett, you'll love... ? (You are 10.) [more inside]
posted by latkes on Nov 22, 2012 - 65 answers

Vinyl album suggestions for a 12-year-old

My 12-year-old nephew wants some vinyl record albums for Christmas. What should I buy him? [more inside]
posted by Pruitt-Igoe on Nov 22, 2012 - 34 answers

Hip-Hip-Hoppin!

I'm looking for quality videos of kids rapping. Help? [more inside]
posted by Philipschall on Nov 21, 2012 - 5 answers

How can I be a great children's librarian?

I recently changed jobs from a teen librarian to a children's librarian. I have solid public service skills, but I feel like I'm behind the curve in terms of preparedness. Help me be the best children's librarian ever! [more inside]
posted by itsamermaid on Nov 19, 2012 - 7 answers

Booster Seat Advice Needed

It's time to switch my kids from regular car seats to booster seats and I can't figure out which to buy or what features I should be looking for. If you've gone through this, can you please share your experiences to help me make a decision? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Nov 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Throw 'em in the pool

Looking for a decent motel around San Francisco/Santa Cruz with a heated pool and lots of teens/preteens hanging out (I have 12 and 15 year old daughters). Also good: inexpensive, no bed bugs, wifi. But the pool and other kids are really all they care about.
posted by msalt on Nov 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Kid=1 Snow Pants=0

My child hates/refuses to wear outdoor clothing? HELP! [more inside]
posted by white_magnolia on Nov 16, 2012 - 47 answers

Is Soy Milk safe for my daughter?

Is it safe for my little girl to drink soy milk? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Nov 14, 2012 - 31 answers

comics for young children?

I'm looking for comic books that are age-appropriate for a 9-year-old boy... [more inside]
posted by dfm500 on Nov 13, 2012 - 23 answers

Our babies need some beach!

Help me plan a family trip to the US Virgin Islands... [more inside]
posted by pearlybob on Nov 12, 2012 - 3 answers

Ads free magazines for kids?

Please recommend ads free inspiring magazines for middle school age kids. [more inside]
posted by giantman on Nov 11, 2012 - 13 answers

Yeah, I get it already!!!

How to deal with a overly opinionated coworker/friend. [more inside]
posted by hellameangirl on Nov 9, 2012 - 36 answers

Outdoor volunteering with kids in NYC?

I want to volunteer with an organization that introduces young people to outdoor experiences that they wouldn't otherwise have -- hiking, camping, rock climbing, etc. I've had a look at Outward Bound but it doesn't look like they take volunteers. What are some similar organizations I could check out? I'm in the New York City area.
posted by rsk on Nov 9, 2012 - 11 answers

Creative and fun activity books for kids

What are your favourite books for children with activities that they can do with minimal supervision? So far on the list, I have The Silver Spoon for Children (cooking), the Ed Emberley books (drawing), maybe Wreck This Journal or How to Be an Explorer of the World (random creative activities)? [more inside]
posted by AnnaRat on Nov 8, 2012 - 11 answers

Chinese history for kids

Is there a good book for an older kid about the history of China? Or, related questions, other great world history books for kids? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Nov 2, 2012 - 3 answers

Advice on infant advice?

Advice on infant advice? Where to go for good, reliable, guidance/suggestions? [more inside]
posted by filmgeek on Nov 1, 2012 - 10 answers

Looking for fun day plans for home-schooled kids.

Looking for fun day plans for home-schooled kids. [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on Oct 28, 2012 - 7 answers

Make my daughter POTUS someday

What does a 9-year-old need to do now to become President of the United States? [more inside]
posted by Lulu's Pink Converse on Oct 25, 2012 - 53 answers

Upcycle an old HP laptop for my kid?

Hey all - I have an old HP laptop from 2005, still working, but quite old now. I was tempted to recycle it, but I have a chance to give it a new life. I also have a kid on the way, so I was thinking about wiping it and making it the kid's computer in 2-3 years when he's likely to be interested in it. Thoughts, suggestions? [more inside]
posted by cyclotronboy on Oct 25, 2012 - 7 answers

Is my kid's talent predictive of artistic talent? If so what should I do about it?

My daughter is almost seven and is a bright kid in most ways, and I think she might be exceptionally gifted in drawing. She is enrolled in a school which is great in some ways, but art is not an area of its focus (I have my own reasons for this prioritization, although maybe it's time to rethink them.) I want to do right by her and nurture her talent, if it is exceptional. Help me figure out if she's unusual, and what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Oct 24, 2012 - 34 answers

If this doesn't work, can I trade her in for a kid who sleeps through the night? *sigh*

Please help me keep our 4.5 year old insomniac daughter from crawling into her parents bed in the middle of the night before I lose what's left of my mind from sleep fatigue. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Oct 22, 2012 - 52 answers

A game and a book

Can you recommend an excellent board game (preferably involving some skill and thinking, and not an e-game) and an excellent illustrated book with a girls' sports theme (preferably soccer but not necessarily) as gifts for a 4 year-old girl? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman on Oct 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Program for kids about music, hosted by an african american trumpet player.

Looking for a TV program for kids about music, hosted by an african american trumpet player. [more inside]
posted by guy72277 on Oct 17, 2012 - 4 answers

What to do when your kid won't nap at school

Our pre-kindergarten son is not a napper, but the school expects him lay down at nap time. This is becoming a big problem. [more inside]
posted by Arthur Vandelay on Oct 16, 2012 - 41 answers

Best present ever?

Amazing Christmas presents bound to make kids more rad. [more inside]
posted by mittenbex on Oct 16, 2012 - 12 answers

How can we interact more with people with developmental disabilities?

How can I help my daughter interact with people with developmental disabilities? [more inside]
posted by stinker on Oct 15, 2012 - 15 answers

Need to reframe my thinking and comparing self to coworkers with families.

How can I reframe my thinking so that I stop comparing myself to coworkers who do all they do AND have families to take care of at home? [more inside]
posted by ArgyleMarionette on Oct 15, 2012 - 16 answers

How to implement a token reward system for kids?

Looking for recommendations on how to implement a token reward system for a 4- and 6- year old.  If you've done this, what's worked best for you? [more inside]
posted by ellenaim on Oct 14, 2012 - 11 answers

in many ways "babysitting" is a misnomer; sitting on babies is no longer recommended by the APA

How old was your child when you first started leaving her with babysitters who weren't relatives? How long would you leave them for?
posted by gerryblog on Oct 3, 2012 - 31 answers

How to teach filmmaking to children

Looking for help figuring out ways to teach a tween how to make films. [more inside]
posted by diabolik on Oct 1, 2012 - 4 answers

Happy birthday to me, I'm a hundred and three....

My son, a first-grader, sings a song to the tune of "Happy Birthday" that goes: "Happy Birthday to me / I'm a hundred and three / I still go to preschool / and I miss my mommy / my mommy's at work / she fired a jerk / she hired a monkey to do my homework." Most kid-culture folk songs my son brings home are well-known to me from my childhood, but not this one. What is the origin of this song, if it has an origin? How old is it? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Sep 30, 2012 - 13 answers

Graduate school during maternity leave: good idea, or bad?

I am 30, happily married, and in the middle of next year will be eligible for a year of paid maternity leave. Around the time I become eligible, I am also starting grad school (MLIS at U Wisconsin, Madison). I feel like I could probably manage any two things: work + school (part-time), work+baby, or baby+school.; but not all three. I am attending graduate school part time via distance education, and my work is supportive.. For those of you who've had kids in graduate school - to what extent do these two mix? What worked and what didn't? I feel like if I go to school part time (3 years or so) and then start trying for the kid, I'm pushing the age thing (I'd be about 34 - and I have mild endometriosis). If I have a year of paid maternity leave, could I use that time to attend school full time? Or just part time? This would be tricky in person, but I would have at least some additional flexibility due to it being distance education. My husband, for what it's worth, pulls his weight around the house (he's actually neater than I am) and is pretty domestic/clucky.
posted by jrobin276 on Sep 25, 2012 - 16 answers

Science. SCIENCE!!!!

Looking for child development milestones, with an emphasis on experiments, neural processing goobles, and mad science shenanigans! Tell me what weird experiments I can conduct with my child.... [more inside]
posted by amanda on Sep 20, 2012 - 8 answers

What fun things should we do before having kids?

AdviceFilter: What life experiences (or fun things) should my partner and I make time for, before having a baby? [more inside]
posted by amoeba on Sep 19, 2012 - 19 answers

Memes and Themes: Best bits of children's picture books?

Looking for lists of memes, themes and repeated elements in children's stories that I can use in entirely new stories I'm making up for actual children. [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Sep 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Fun for kids

Please provide me with creative ideas for Fun but Cheap ways to entertain a gaggle of kids during a wedding weekend! [more inside]
posted by mynamemeansmoon on Sep 10, 2012 - 18 answers

Family cooking

Looking for ideas to get my kid involved in the kitchen -- prepping, cooking, clean-up! [more inside]
posted by amanda on Sep 10, 2012 - 26 answers

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