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Depression and Parenting

I'm going through a severe period of depression, and I'm having a hard time being a good parent. Can anyone give me advice on how to get through this without traumatizing my children? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 25, 2009 - 16 answers

Is it safe for my baby to sleep in a dog crate?

Is a large port-a-crate a good idea for a portable bed for our 11-month old human baby? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on May 23, 2009 - 24 answers

unlike the former president, my son inhaled

Help me respond appropriately to my teenage son's marijuana use. [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on May 22, 2009 - 42 answers

How do people afford kids and also have time for them?

Time, money, work, and children. How do people do it? It seems we could afford it, or have time for it, but not both. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on May 14, 2009 - 15 answers

Will I be a good mother even though I have depression? Personal experiences would also be very appreciated!!

Will I be a good mother even though I have depression? Personal experiences would also be very appreciated!! [more inside]
posted by katala on May 12, 2009 - 28 answers

How to Alleviate Separation Anxiety in Twin Toddlers?

Any suggestions for separation anxiety in twin toddlers? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Apr 15, 2009 - 25 answers

Should I stay or should I go? (But I love my kids!!)

How do I deal with my "permissive-parenting" spouse? [more inside]
posted by theKik on Apr 1, 2009 - 41 answers

Ruluctant piano student.

Piano lessons for a reluctant 9-year-old? [more inside]
posted by schrodycat on Mar 28, 2009 - 35 answers

What should we discuss before we have kids?

Apologies, I know there is a lot on this topic, but I have a specific question that doesn't seem to be answered. We are thinking of having kids. We both want them. What should we discuss before we jump in with both feet? Who will stay home, and for how long? What kinds of names are you considering? What forms of punishment / praise will be used? When can she get her ears pierced? etc. There seems to be so much to discuss... and I want to start having the conversation before I get hormonal. This will be our first. What conversations did you have before yours were born?
posted by saragoodman3 on Mar 26, 2009 - 22 answers

It's a hard question...

So many great pads available to soften hard mattresses, but nothing seems to go the other direction. What are some creative ways to make our cushy pillowtop mattress firm enough for safe cosleeping with a new baby? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Mar 24, 2009 - 14 answers

Desperate in Vancouver

Can someone recommend a psychologist in Metro Vancouver who deals with adolescents and adults? My wife and I are at our limits with our 16 yr old who we believe may have some form of personality disorder. We would like her to get some counseling but she's adamantly opposed to it. We would like to get some professional advice ourselves on how best to deal with our family issues and possibly on how to convince her to go for counseling , but picking a name out of a phone book is too much of a duckshoot. I pick Mefi over the yellow pages!
posted by anonymous on Mar 24, 2009 - 7 answers

Please help me decide if I want to be a parent or not?

Please help me decide if I want to be a parent or not? [more inside]
posted by katala on Mar 13, 2009 - 52 answers

How do I not pass on my shyness to my son?

[NewDadFilter:] I'm a shy person and a new dad. Is there anything I can do to keep from transmitting that trait to my kiddo? [more inside]
posted by wheat on Mar 6, 2009 - 23 answers

How much do I owe my parents?

I'm having a baby girl any week now, and I couldn't be more excited, but it's left me thinking a lot about whether or not I want my parents involved in my daughter's life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 9, 2009 - 19 answers

Second Childhood?

What is empty nest like for couples who had their children young? My wife and I had our daughter young. We are both 31 and our daughter is 13. We have been raising children our whole adult life. What is it like for parents like us when their children move out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 5, 2009 - 12 answers

help with a wacky, wonderful kid

Strategies needed for negotiating with my 6 year old kid's school re: rules, behavior, etc. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2009 - 26 answers

Dad's a drunk.

My ex is a drunk, so I threw him out. However, we have a young child, and I'm having a hard time figuring out where to go from here. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2009 - 14 answers

Can we and/or the kids be friends?

Can this mommy friendship be saved? Please forgive my overly long background story... [more inside]
posted by lgandme0717 on Jan 11, 2009 - 29 answers

Help me hack my Leap Frog

Can you hack toddler toys to lower the speaker volume? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Jan 2, 2009 - 20 answers

Kids + Snow = Fun. Help Us Keep It That Way!

We're going to be introducing our nearly-4-year-old son to the joys of snowshoeing, igloo-building and possibly even snow-camping this season. Help us not screw it up for him! [more inside]
posted by scrump on Dec 12, 2008 - 19 answers

Sometimes I wonder how I keep from going under

How to deal with a bad aesthetic environment whilst bringing up a child. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2008 - 27 answers

New situation regarding used stuff

Please give me your tips for conducting a swap meet! This is for children's books, toys, and clothing only... [more inside]
posted by lgandme0717 on Nov 28, 2008 - 1 answer

My mom doesn't want me to go to Chicago alone.

I need help dealing with my mother's anxiety over my going to Chicago alone for a few hours. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Nov 22, 2008 - 50 answers

Tips for parenting with chronic illness

What are your tips for parenting small kids when you have a chronic illness? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2008 - 10 answers

Poppa was a rolling stone, now he's a rock.

A friend of mine is quite possibly a father of a nine year old girl in California. He'd laid up some with a woman who got pregnant and determined to have the child, told him to get the hell away from her, she didn't want him in her or the childs life anyways, so go buzz off, and my friend did buzz off. Nine years pass. He's very interested in that child now, he'd want to establish paternity first off -- Momma was sortof a sleaze, as he was at the time -- he wants to know if he is Daddy and if he is how does he find his daughter? Street word is that Momma had to give her up to CA social system. [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue on Nov 18, 2008 - 16 answers

Baby Video Recommendations?

Can anyone recommend baby videos for nine-month olds (and up)? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Nov 17, 2008 - 26 answers

Connecting with 13 year old son

I really feel my 13 year old son pulling away from me. He text msgs a ton with his friends and just the time we spend together now is minimal. I know this is totally normal adolescent development but it still hurts me inside. Can you suggest things we might do together now to connect? Watching a movie with me is even hard to get him to do. He is a normal well adjusted kid---no problems in school. We usually eat dinner together as a family and I am here when he gets home from school and usually fix his breakfast and see him in the morning for 15 mins til he is out the door. He is my youngest child and it feels sad to not have things we do in common anymore. I used to walk him to school in 6th grade under the guise of giving our dog her daily walk but this year that ended. Help!
posted by seekingsimplicity on Nov 13, 2008 - 42 answers

Looking for information on how to deal with ODD kids

A friend of mine has a fifteen-year-old daughter who was recently diagnosed with Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD). I'm looking for information and resources on parenting ODD-diagnosed/defiant and volatile kids to pass along to my friend: web sites, internet support groups, names of books to read, tips, insights and recommendations derived from personal experience, whatever you have that you think would be helpful. Thanks!
posted by orange swan on Nov 7, 2008 - 17 answers

Join the PTA! Really, I mean it!

Any suggestions for increasing parental involvement at my son's school -- both with organizing events and with socializing with each other? The kids are in preschool and pre-K together; some have special needs. [more inside]
posted by lgandme0717 on Nov 1, 2008 - 6 answers

teaching tolerance to a troubled teen!

How can someone help a teenage boy who has been showing some hateful, homophobic behavior recently? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on Oct 23, 2008 - 30 answers

Like mother, like son?

Plenty of little boys want to grow up to be just like Dad. But to what extent (and how) are boys' interests/activities/identities influenced by their mothers? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Oct 22, 2008 - 24 answers

Allergies and Air Filters

What is the best disposable 1 inch air filter for my son who has seasonal allergies and why? [more inside]
posted by cjets on Oct 14, 2008 - 4 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

How can you embarass a teenager who is sneaking out at night?

How can you embarass a teenager who is sneaking out at night? A friend of mine (how cliche) has a daughter who is indulging in some early teen hijinks by sneaking out and basically getting into trouble. None of her actions are illegal or really THAT bad, but still the parents can't condone it. They've tried everything, taking her phone away, grounding her, taking her television, internet, away...nothing. It seems she feeds on that kind of resistance. So he's ready to try a new tactic. [more inside]
posted by jeff_w_welch on Oct 10, 2008 - 52 answers

What do you do with a 5 year old shoplifter?

So, what's the current Received Wisdom on what to do when you get home and find that your 5 year old has lifted a couple pieces of candy at the grocery store without benefit of payment? [more inside]
posted by baylink on Oct 7, 2008 - 35 answers

Hey Junior, why are you so rashy on your wrists and neck?

Is there anywhere that sells all-cotton winter coats for toddlers? My fragile son has skin allergies and while the usual mountain climbing gear may be great for all of those two-year-olds who are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, what about the kids who need their skin to breathe free, man? [more inside]
posted by Overzealous on Oct 4, 2008 - 11 answers

How to deal with your kids....

I believe being a "good parent" is being patient yet firm when dealing with your kids (idealing never showing temper or losing it- my partner thinks it's normal and healthy to show anger at what he feels is inappropriate behavior. Any one know of studies (or how to find such studies) that research that topic? The focus is babies and toddlers. [more inside]
posted by beccaj on Sep 23, 2008 - 21 answers

Babycycling for dummies!

Which infant/baby items can safely be bought secondhand? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Sep 22, 2008 - 11 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

Wow.

Going from zero to parents in a couple of weeks. Or less. Yikes! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 10, 2008 - 17 answers

Help me name my impending baby?

I'm looking for suggestions for monosyllabic girl names that are more unique/interesting than things like "Ann" or "Jane" or "Sue" but still familiar enough that my as-yet-unnamed fetus won't have to go through life spelling out BOTH her first and last names for people. (She'll have my husband's last name to deal with--something like Dziewolrgjeoaezkxyzski.) [more inside]
posted by mere on Sep 6, 2008 - 83 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

How can we help abused kids?

How can I help stop child abuse, other than writing a check? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Aug 28, 2008 - 19 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 can two freelancers schedule in a baby?

How do two self-employed people who work at home (writers) deal with having their first child? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Aug 18, 2008 - 15 answers

Expectant first time father looking for advice on preparing for my child

Is there anything you wish you did for your child before they were born? Or anything you DID do that you could recommend? [more inside]
posted by csimpkins on Aug 17, 2008 - 17 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

What made your happy childhood memories happy?

What happy memories do you have of being a young child that make you think either "those were good times" or "that was good parenting"? [more inside]
posted by onlyconnect on Aug 12, 2008 - 64 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

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