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A Hand Grenade Thrown into a Marriage?

Asking for a specifically male perspective here: what do you wish you'd known before having kids that would have made your relationship better? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Jan 22, 2013 - 49 answers

Looking for novels featuring good parenting

I want to improve my parenting skills for my almost-2-year old. I don't have a lot of role models nearby, so I'd like to do some reading. I tend to put off reading non-fiction, even if it is well-written about a topic I am interested in. However, I will read novels even if they aren't very good and I don't really have time to read them. [more inside]
posted by SandiBeech on Jan 15, 2013 - 15 answers

Help me help a frustrated 8-month old to communicate better. . .

Our daughter is eight-months old. She uses a blood-curdling scream whenever she is frustrated or wants something, which is usually her mom. The screams are so frequent--and so intense--that they have frayed the nerves of everyone else in the house. Any suggestions on how we might help her find a more effective way to express her frustration would be invaluable right now. [more inside]
posted by ajr on Jan 10, 2013 - 31 answers

Gift for a newborn baby

New parents: what is a useful gift for you/and or your newborn baby? [more inside]
posted by raintree on Jan 1, 2013 - 35 answers

When can kids wake up by themselves?

So what do you do when your young child wakes up in the morning? [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski on Jan 1, 2013 - 36 answers

What do I do with this toddler?

Parenting a toddler: what should I know? What are your tips? [more inside]
posted by litnerd on Dec 31, 2012 - 36 answers

Teaching kids to deal with frustration

How did you teach your toddler/pre-schooler to best deal with frustration?
posted by drezdn on Dec 28, 2012 - 15 answers

dad loved you best

How did you decide when and if to have a second baby? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 27, 2012 - 37 answers

What Do You Give New Parents?

Parents of Metafilter: What the best gift you can give new parents? Everyone has suggestions for the baby but what about the parents? What are the things you wished you had/realized you couldn't live without when dealing with your first kid? How could someone have made your life easier despite being on the other side of the planet? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 24, 2012 - 23 answers

How do I get by?

Tips for single parents? [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski on Dec 16, 2012 - 28 answers

Can I have the life I want and also have kids?

If I become a parent, I don't want to be a typical one. I also don't want to be anything like my own parents. How do you maintain your own life? What are some movies/TV shows/books/memoirs can help me get a feel for how non-stereotypical-suburban-American people treat their kids? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Dec 7, 2012 - 51 answers

If I go there will be trouble, and if I stay it will be double

My wife of many years, and mother of my two children, is having (perfectly understandable, given the context) mental health issues that are making my life miserable. I want to handle this as lovingly as possible, in a way that will best protect my kids – please help me weigh my unpleasant options! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 4, 2012 - 39 answers

How to Upload Photos For Which I Have No Digital Copies to Online Storage for High Quality Prints Later?

Best Way to Scan/Store Print Photos Without Digital Copies? [more inside]
posted by white_magnolia on Nov 29, 2012 - 3 answers

Are all the other dads wearing cups?

I feel like I’m getting hit in the gentlemen’s region by my baby/toddler more often than is probably normal. Also a lot harder than I would have expected. I have some questions… [more inside]
posted by French Fry on Nov 29, 2012 - 17 answers

Father's groups in Philadelphia

I'm looking for father's groups in Philadelphia. I have a pre-K child. I'm more interested in a hang-out-and-chat sort of group. University City or Center City would be great. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 28, 2012 - 2 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

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

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

How do I make myself a good mother?

I'm a crappy parent and my daughter doesn't like me--now what do I do? [more inside]
posted by andariel on Oct 29, 2012 - 49 answers

Can't I be the "dad"?

My SO wants kids and would make a great dad. The trick is, I don't want to be "the mom." [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2012 - 60 answers

Needs clear rules

My 18-month-old suddenly has very specific ideas about what she wants or doesn't want to do RIGHT NOW. And boy, does she holler when she is thwarted! I end up not being as consistent as I want to be. Please help me come up with a strategy. [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Oct 12, 2012 - 35 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

Catwoman comics for a 4 year old.

My 4 year old daughter is going as Catwoman for Halloween. Can you suggest comics with Catwoman in them which would be appropriate to read with her? [more inside]
posted by ND¢ on Oct 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Should I take my baby on this trip?

Car trip from Massachusetts to New Jersey with a 16 month old. Staying two nights in a hotel. I'd like to day trip into NYC with the toddler. Is there a way to make this work or is it just a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by gentian on Oct 2, 2012 - 16 answers

Promoting a Toddler's Self Efficacy

I'd like to promote self-efficacy in my toddler, and am looking for different methods of going about it. [more inside]
posted by cardamon on Sep 29, 2012 - 24 answers

Tell me more about Dignitas

Mr. SPA told me last night that he thinks about suicide. Knowing Mr. SPA and based on the surrounding facts and circumstances, I think he's referencing suicide in a bid to talk about escaping from the stress in his life. In other words, I think he's asking for my help. I don't know if I can help him. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by SPA on Sep 27, 2012 - 16 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

Parenting and Privilege

Asking for a friend: any one know of popular (or scholarly) books/articles on raising feminist children that might give more than a nod to boys? [more inside]
posted by soonertbone on Sep 15, 2012 - 4 answers

9-month Old Uncontrollably Crying at Gym Daycare. Concern?

9-month Old Uncontrollably Crying at Gym Daycare. Concern? [more inside]
posted by Run.Faster on Sep 12, 2012 - 23 answers

What to expect when you expect to be a dad?

Are there solo participation (as in not couples) classes for expectant fathers in any high schools or colleges in the USA or Canada?
posted by parmanparman on Aug 28, 2012 - 6 answers

Torn between shielding my daughter and needing her help

How can I encourage my adult daughter from my first marriage to voice her opinions in my current divorce proceedings (of my second marriage) without it feeling like I'm dragging her into battle? [more inside]
posted by punocchio on Aug 22, 2012 - 22 answers

Will Hamachi get my kid in deep sushi?

My twelve-year old is asking me to install Hamachi so that he can play Terraria over the Internet. Should I do it? What are the risks? [more inside]
posted by cross_impact on Aug 18, 2012 - 10 answers

I'd kill for her

Vegetarian parenting, infant edition. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Aug 16, 2012 - 18 answers

What to do about my mother in law and her parenting?

My Mother-in-law is sending her children to my house as punishment and it makes me very uncomfortable and I need help figuring out how to get her to stop. [more inside]
posted by julie_of_the_jungle on Aug 15, 2012 - 43 answers

I need a time machine

A little more than a month ago, I started a full-time telecommuting job that I thought was my dream job. When I took it, I was working part-time (and had been since my son was born two years ago). This is my first full-time job since becoming a mom. I now think I made a big mistake. [more inside]
posted by trillian on Aug 14, 2012 - 21 answers

Should we have another child? Two is enough for me.

I have two kids. My wife wants another. I don't. How do we decide? I have two boys. Ages 6 and 2 1/2. My wife is saying we should have another child because she wants a girl. [more inside]
posted by alshain on Aug 13, 2012 - 34 answers

Do I have to choose between my son, or, my dad & stepmom?

My father and stepmother have rejected my son, after I placed him in an Open Adoption following his birth earlier this year. How do I deal with important family events where both parties would be welcome and invited? Snowflake details within. [more inside]
posted by erasorhed on Aug 6, 2012 - 21 answers

Reason vs emotion: Can't afford baby. Want a baby

Coming to terms with circumstances. Baby fever edition. I need help doing it. How did you decide to be ok with waiting to get pregnant? Alternatively, how did you decide to go ahead and attempt pregnancy even though it was a bad idea financially in the short term? What books or articles or blog posts can I read (the library is right down the street!) that address this? [more inside]
posted by tulip-socks on Aug 3, 2012 - 28 answers

How do I be a great SAHM for my baby?

Can you give me your best tips, tricks, and general guidance for being a stay-at-home mom of an older baby? As of next week I will be caring for our 8 month old by myself full time, and I'm scared! [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean on Aug 1, 2012 - 14 answers

help me find my perfect vehicle

I have a 4 yo and another on the way. We camp a lot. We have a VW jetta wagon, but it's getting cramped and we need something bigger. I like the Mazda 5 but my wife thinks it's "too minivan looking." ANy suggestions for maxi-wagons that have that third row of seating that can fold down into cargo space? We do not want an SUV but may have to consider something on the small end of the SUV range ... and we're hoping not to spend more than 24k. Used/new/prev lease all are options.
posted by luriete on Jul 30, 2012 - 22 answers

Is it even possible to have equal roles when raising a baby?

How can I accept the gender imbalance in my relationship now that we're parents of a young, breastfed baby? Help me be less resentful of my husband! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 29, 2012 - 80 answers

the dreaded fifth trimester

Looking for new ways to play with my four-month-old. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Jul 28, 2012 - 11 answers

Calvin-Hobbes Architectural Design, LLC

Help me build the best modular indoor blanket fort EVER. [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Jul 21, 2012 - 15 answers

EDM for DAD

Please school this 50 year-old in what to expect at the Skrillex concert I am taking my 13 year-old daughter and her friends to. [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Jul 17, 2012 - 22 answers

How to handle a child's degenerative and fatal diagnosis

Tomorrow I find out if my two-year-old son has Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy. There's no "good" form of MD, but this is definitely the "bad" (and most common) version. Most children with this diagnosis are wheelchair-bound by age 12, and the average life expectancy is 25. There is no treatment and no cure. How do I, as a father, deal with this? [more inside]
posted by math on Jul 10, 2012 - 31 answers

Help for parents of an adult with Asperger's.

Need help finding resources for parents of adult children with Asperger's. [more inside]
posted by sonika on Jul 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Was having a baby a mistake?

I am the mother of a beautiful, 5 week old baby girl. I wonder if I've made the biggest mistake of my life. [more inside]
posted by elizamina on Jun 26, 2012 - 75 answers

How to move on from my abusive father?

Now that I know I hate my abusive father, what can I do specifically to move forward? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 26, 2012 - 23 answers

Where can I find pregnant women like us?

What are the best intelligent, nonjudgmental online communities (like MeFi) for pregnant women and new mothers?
posted by Night_owl on Jun 24, 2012 - 10 answers

How to talk with my 8-yr old about suicide?

How to talk with my 8-yr old about his older depressed cousin's suicide? [more inside]
posted by ValveAnnex on Jun 15, 2012 - 20 answers

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