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Pre-tenure pregnancy?

Timing of pregnancy - pre or post-tenure? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 10, 2012 - 23 answers

My best guess is that the Very Hungry Caterpillar is really terrifying.

Toddler nightmares: what helped you calm the shrieking beast? [more inside]
posted by sonika on Apr 9, 2012 - 35 answers

I need to mine your knowledge about minecraft

My kid wants to play Minecraft. I am not a gamer. Please help me answer questions regarding system requirements, appropriateness and how to get him started when I really don't want to get involved at all! [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Mar 15, 2012 - 30 answers

Minecraft project ideas with a very young child

Please suggest some Minecraft projects I could do with my 5 year old daughter. [more inside]
posted by snarfois on Mar 9, 2012 - 13 answers

How to get an infant to sleep on his back?

First-time parents looking for resources to get 4-month infant to sleep on his back. We've already consulted our pediatrician and family, and searched online... would appreciate any more help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 8, 2012 - 35 answers

How to talk to your kids about online porn?

Have you discovered your child has seen online pornography? What did you do about it? [more inside]
posted by amoeba on Mar 5, 2012 - 25 answers

Baby assvice. ALWAYS do this. NEVER do that.

What parenting advice/gospel did you choose NOT to follow? Why? Are you pleased with your choice? [more inside]
posted by semacd on Mar 3, 2012 - 42 answers

someone has to save our skins

I'm looking for suggestions for science fiction/fantasy/fairy-tales/etc. for young(ish) girls. I'm especially interested in epic stories that are similar to the ones I devoured when I was that age (Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, superhero comics, Dragonlance, etc.), but which are centered on female protagonists and which don't reinforce sexist social messaging about female passivity or objectification. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Feb 26, 2012 - 47 answers

How to be a good parent to a kid going through puberty

My daughter is starting puberty and I'm freaking out. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 - 29 answers

How to help a kid chill out quick

Quick calming techniques for a jittery, anxious kid? [more inside]
posted by Betsy Vane on Feb 8, 2012 - 15 answers

Taming a wild child

Help me tame our 7 year old daughter before she makes all of the boys in her second grade class cry. [more inside]
posted by mosk on Feb 8, 2012 - 36 answers

I'm still their dad, but should they call me something else?

Need suggestions on how my kids should address me, their transgender father. "Dad" now seems kind of weird at times. [more inside]
posted by TranSubstantial on Jan 17, 2012 - 53 answers

I need mind-blowing books about parenting!

I'm looking for parenting books that blew. your. mind. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Jan 10, 2012 - 27 answers

In search of a calendar web app that requires agreement before items can be created or changed?

Do you know of a calendar web app that requires agreement before items can be created / rescheduled? [more inside]
posted by planetthoughtful on Jan 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Looking for a good father/daughter book

Looking for a good father/daughter book for upcoming baby girls. (twins!) I've been looking but I've had some trouble because of three things I'm looking for: [more inside]
posted by jragon on Dec 30, 2011 - 4 answers

Calming strategies/advice for impending older-child adoption?

Best way to calm new adoptive parent fears and prepare for attachment issues? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 29, 2011 - 13 answers

Hey, I don't really want to hug her, either.

Unwilling toddlers and forced social interactions with adults: is it OK to instruct your child to (for instance) hug Great-Aunt Maisie, when she'd prefer not to? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Dec 29, 2011 - 46 answers

Should I date my baby daddy?

Should I date my son's father, when we never really did way back when we were busy procreatin'? [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame on Dec 28, 2011 - 21 answers

Looking for readings on middle childhood

I'm looking for good readings on Middle Childhood, inspired by this New York Times article and my 5.5 year old son. [more inside]
posted by alms on Dec 26, 2011 - 4 answers

How can a father leave his family yet remain a father?

This is not going to be pretty. I need to know if there is any way for me to maintain a life with my children if I cannot maintain one with my wife. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 26, 2011 - 91 answers

How do I get my toddler to go down stairs?

My almost-3 year old, who is normally quite sweet, has started melting down about EVERYTHING and refuses to climb/go down stairs, and walk reasonable distances. Physical issue, school adjustment issue or just a phase? How do I grit my teeth and get through it? [more inside]
posted by kpht on Dec 14, 2011 - 36 answers

It's not a good time to have a baby, but I am worried this might be my only chance...

I want to have a baby. It is not the right time to have a baby. Rationally, I understand this. But emotionally, I am freaking out because of my age and feeling like I may not have other chances. How to best reconcile this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 7, 2011 - 49 answers

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain

I am looking for a book or a movie geared at younger kids (mine is 7), that would start a conversation about things not always being as they appear. Kinda like how toys on TV never end up to be as cool as they look, or how some people make promises that sound good, but they just don't deliver. I'd like to help my daughter start to develop the intelligence and skill set to truly discern the difference between substance and smoke.
posted by lakersfan1222 on Dec 1, 2011 - 23 answers

So why don't you just adopt?

Adoption after infertility and loss: how did you reconcile the grief of not conceiving a biological child and come to find joy in the process of adopting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 29, 2011 - 14 answers

Insane 2 year old found abandoned by exhausted parents

Seattle 2 year old is going stir crazy every day and needs to get out of the house. We're getting tired of our usual local activities, what are some of your favorites? [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast on Nov 27, 2011 - 15 answers

Terrible Threes?

I need advice on how to raise disciplined, well-behaved children. Lengthy details within. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Nov 23, 2011 - 47 answers

Help me help the most awesome kid I know

I'm looking for advice on how to help my five year old with some behavioral issues. [more inside]
posted by Cuke on Nov 22, 2011 - 19 answers

Book about repudiating the strict disciplinarian parenthood model

Looking for a book title. The book is about the change in parental-child relationships from the strict disciplinarian-distant parent model of old to the parent/friend relationship that many people embrace today. The book describes how the former model—in place around the world for centuries—led to martial societies, culminating in the bloodiest century in history before many of us began to throw out the old parenting model.
posted by Tom Blees on Nov 21, 2011 - 5 answers

How to help a 5 year old cope with sudden mental illness in a parent?

What can I say to a 5 year old, when his parent is mentally unwell? How can I explain, what can I do with him, and what structures can we put in place, to make his mother's (temporary, but severe) illness easier on him? [more inside]
posted by Elysum on Nov 20, 2011 - 19 answers

3 yr old scared of dentist. what can mom do?

What shall I do with my 3 yr old's tooth cavity? I am feeling depressed over it [more inside]
posted by akomom on Nov 15, 2011 - 25 answers

Should I continue giving my baby breast milk, even if it's just a little?

Should I continue giving my baby breast milk, even if it's just a little? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2011 - 14 answers

What is it actually like going to a well above average public school system, compared to an average or below average one?

What is it actually like going to a well above average public school system, compared to an average or below average one? [more inside]
posted by imabanana on Nov 2, 2011 - 54 answers

Help me be a good Dad.

What skills did your Dad pass on to you that you appreciate, or have benefited from, the most? Or better yet, what should I learn so I can teach my boys as they grow up? I want to keep it basic, so they at least have a foundation in a number of things. [more inside]
posted by andywolf on Nov 1, 2011 - 96 answers

Help me teach my 7-year old to SEE!

Help me teach my 7-year old to SEE! I love my 7-year old son beyond words. He’s creative, cheerful, smart, and loving. However, he truly doesn’t see the world around him. My 4-year old daughter is much more aware of her surroundings. I don’t want to change him, just help him learn how to open his eyes and be more aware of his environment. The fact is, I have been the same way he is for most of my life, and I’ve learned recently that life is not only easier but more fun when you’re aware of your surroundings. I’d rather he not have to wait 30 years to improve. [more inside]
posted by zachawry on Oct 21, 2011 - 21 answers

How do we help our toddler to be confident?

How did you instill confidence in your children? How did your parents help you become a confident child and adult? [more inside]
posted by Nickel Pickle on Oct 19, 2011 - 37 answers

Bed weaning

Parents who were still cosleeping at one year: can you give me your stories of transitioning your little darlings to their own beds/rooms? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Oct 16, 2011 - 28 answers

How can I make my daughter be more motivated and independant?

How can I make my daughter be more motivated and independant? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 11, 2011 - 31 answers

baby won't go to bed. parents losing minds.

How do we get our baby to sleep at night? In desperate need of parental advice. [more inside]
posted by saturn~jupiter on Oct 7, 2011 - 50 answers

At what age should children: a) No longer kiss their parents on the lips? b) No longer see their parents naked?

At what age should children: a) No longer kiss their parents on the lips? b) No longer see their parents naked? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Oct 5, 2011 - 66 answers

Keeping a happy kid happy?

How can I foster my 12 year old son's joie de vivre when I feel so grindy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2011 - 11 answers

'Reverse' Bicurious, am I kidding myself?

I am a 25 year-old gay(-ish?) male living in New York City. Perhaps uncharacteristically, I have a really strong drive to have kids (of my own) and really want to do so in the next five or ten years. I'm torn about how to get there though, given relationship difficulties that hinge largely on unresolved issues relating to my sexuality. Warning: TL;DR potential, but significant context is necessary. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 25, 2011 - 21 answers

Help me do what I should have done as a dad

How to be the best grandparent babysitter [more inside]
posted by malhaley on Sep 18, 2011 - 22 answers

How do you avoid getting physical when a kid just walks away?

How do you avoid getting physical when a kid just walks away? [more inside]
posted by Noumenon on Aug 27, 2011 - 22 answers

Silence is golden. Or is it?

I'm the (frustrated) aunt of two children who don't obey. How do I gently tell my perfectionist sister that her "discipline" is not working? [more inside]
posted by Falwless on Aug 25, 2011 - 52 answers

Help me be a good friend to a grieving family in need, please.

A friend is about to pass away. Please help me be as supportive and helpful as possible for her husband and young daughter during the next few months. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Aug 23, 2011 - 26 answers

When I Was a kid I would have loved one of these things

B&N Nook Color for a kid: seeking tips on making it child-friendly, child-safe, best apps, and how to provide a budget for buying books that cannot be exceeded . . . [more inside]
posted by spitbull on Aug 16, 2011 - 6 answers

Support for New Parents with Asperger's

I'm looking for support groups for soon-to-be-parents with Asperger's Syndrome. Both individuals are 20ish and haven't had a lot experience being self-sufficient, have had difficulty organizing their lives, keeping jobs, etc. They are very excited about having a child, but could use some guidance on parenting, setting up a home, etc.
posted by ms_rasclark on Aug 8, 2011 - 4 answers

They're Right Here, Dad; Why Can't You Call Us?

Is there anything a divorced mom with primary custody of three kids could say to their dad to get him to pay attention to his kids? [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Jul 25, 2011 - 32 answers

Looking for family-focused memoirs

I'm reading (and really enjoying) The Glass Castle, and my wife and are about to have our first kid. What other memoirs or non-fiction books should I read that focus on parenting, raising kids in unorthodox ways, or just plain unique families?
posted by nitsuj on Jul 14, 2011 - 20 answers

Help me help my son cope with frequent transitions.

Help me live in two places at once - Part 2 - Mitigating stress for my son [more inside]
posted by bardophile on Jun 25, 2011 - 5 answers

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