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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


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

How to survive secondary school?

Share your tips and lessons learned -- how to help a 12-year old survive, make friends, and be happy in secondary school? [more inside]
posted by parilous on Jul 30, 2008 - 33 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

Why isn't my toddler talking in sentences yet?

ParentingFilter: My two year-old isn't speaking in sentences yet. Should I worry? [more inside]
posted by echolalia67 on Jul 26, 2008 - 32 answers

Just like, but with autism?

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

How can I get a sitting gig with no experience?

How can I get a babysitting gig with no experience or references? [more inside]
posted by sondrialiac on Jul 8, 2008 - 13 answers

My Dad's not my biological father. Now what?

I just found out from my parents that my dad probably isn't my biological father. It's not a particularly dramatic situation, as these things go (it was a sperm donor situation, we're all living happily ever after), but what do I need to do now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 1, 2008 - 10 answers

Baby Boy goodness?

Flip this question: What is great about parenting a boy? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Jun 23, 2008 - 41 answers

how to help an 8yo deal with teasing?

Our 8yo boy is very sensitive. Any teasing really seems to upset him, and of course that's the reaction the teaser is going for. How to help him? [more inside]
posted by luser on Jun 17, 2008 - 32 answers

How does my former coworker get rid of this kid?

My friend needs to see her son removed from her living situation. How can this be done most effectively? [more inside]
posted by Dee Xtrovert on Jun 4, 2008 - 26 answers

Momma told me...

What stories about everyday things do you tell to your toddler/preschooler? [more inside]
posted by dreamphone on May 30, 2008 - 21 answers

Should I help out my neighbor even though her kid is a snot?

Plate of beans in the carpool lane: Help me head off summer mama drama. [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling on May 27, 2008 - 11 answers

How do we delicately end this friendship?

ParentingAssistanceFilter! How do I deal with a friend that's a bad influence? [more inside]
posted by kbanas on May 23, 2008 - 34 answers

I'm totally ignorant about comic books

I'm totally ignorant about comic books. [more inside]
posted by keith0718 on May 22, 2008 - 22 answers

Hack My Baby

Give me your baby hacks! My wife and I are expecting our first child in November. What tips and tricks can you offer us to make our lives a lot easier? For example, a friend of mine swears that putting a crying baby in front of a mirror will cause it to stop. Another uses noise cancelling headphones to temper the noise from his shrieking child. I am looking for hacks on everything from diaper changing to stroller modifications. Make our lives easier as we enter into parenthood.
posted by jasondigitized on May 20, 2008 - 46 answers

Can you give me some ideas on how to be a better mother to my 15 year old son? I'm a man.

How do I, as a man, show my son a caring and feminine side to life? I've raised my son in classic, tough-guys-don't-cry fashion. I worry that I haven't given him the tools to form the best relationships with the opposite sex or to be more caring and compassionate and I want to redress the very male influences in his upbringing. Are there any other single fathers out there who have the same concerns? How have you dealt with them? Are there any good resources you would recommend? Any women who have experience of young men mainly raised by their fathers? What are your thoughts? Am I worrying unnecessarily? [more inside]
posted by rikatik on May 13, 2008 - 31 answers

Help for parents of gifted kid

What are some good resources for raising a gifted child? Google will pull up all kinds of things, but I'd love a recommendation for stuff more weighted toward parents who want their kids to be able to enjoy childhood and away from the more competitive stuff. I don't want to judge anyone else's parenting choices, but we want to feed our son's interests without trying to turn him into the next Einstein. We just got through some assessments, and are trying to figure out what to do next. I'm sure I'll have more specific questions later, but any online communities or background reading you can point me to would be awesome!
posted by rikschell on May 9, 2008 - 37 answers

Quotes or poems for a soon-to-be mother?

I'm looking for quotes or a short poem for my sister, whose expecting her first child in the next several days. Any ideas?
posted by phr4gmonk3y on May 7, 2008 - 11 answers

Exposing your kid to behaviors you disagree with?

What do you do once you have a kid and family problem stakes seem higher, i.e. you're concerned about exposing your child things that go against what you believe? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2008 - 27 answers

Marriage Counselor In Durham/Chapel Hill

Looking for a stellar marriage counselor in Durham/Chapel Hill, NC [more inside]
posted by littleredwagon on Apr 1, 2008 - 5 answers

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