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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

All women become like their mothers, so says Ocscar Wilde

How can I have a better relationship with my daughter than I had with my mother? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2012 - 10 answers

Am I right in giving "Dress Up" a dressing-down?

My wife wants our daughter to have a makeover party for her 8th birthday. Manicures, pedicures, hair-styling and all that. Am I being overly-sensitive in thinking it's a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by ColdChef on Jun 13, 2012 - 97 answers

She's Leaving Home Bye Bye

It's my kids's (only child) last nite in high school and I'm feeling sad (which is a rare feeling for me to have). What can I do to cheer up or should I just sit with it? [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Jun 11, 2012 - 15 answers

Help me help an eleven-year-old find her own normal.

She's not into what she thinks girls her age are "supposed" to be into. How do we show her that what she likes is what's normal, and maybe encourage her to reach out to find the other kids that like that stuff too? Is that what we should be doing? [more inside]
posted by kostia on Jun 11, 2012 - 97 answers

Looking for cool stuff online for my four year olds.

I'm looking for websites that have cool, educational, entertaining and kid-safe stuff I can share with my two 4 year olds, perhaps similar to the kids should see this, and/or sites that suggest neat projects and how-to's my wife and I can work on with them to open their eyes to the wonders of the world around them. All suggestions welcome!
posted by zarq on Jun 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Help my 21 year-old daughter stop being 16

How do I motivate my 21 year old to look for a job (and ultimately be a fine independent young woman)? (details below) [more inside]
posted by hick57 on Jun 10, 2012 - 33 answers

Help me not screw up my kid!

Please tell me about your toddler's difficult questions. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Jun 7, 2012 - 20 answers

+1 Parenting Skills?

How were your parents awesome? [more inside]
posted by woodvine on Jun 5, 2012 - 74 answers

Help a shy four year old who is missing out.

How to help my four-year-old better cope with his extreme shyness, so he doesn't keep missing out on things he wants to do? [more inside]
posted by Ausamor on Jun 2, 2012 - 14 answers

On Becoming An Epic Uncle

My brother and his wife are having a baby! How do I become a good best epic uncle? What are some nice or useful things your siblings have done for your children? What are you own favorite memories involving your uncle? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on May 29, 2012 - 23 answers

How can I make sure that my teenage son hangs out with right friends?

How can I make sure that my teenage son hangs out with right friends? [more inside]
posted by musicgold on May 29, 2012 - 23 answers

Teen Drug Usage and Rehab

From past addicts/addiction experience - At what point does a teen drug use go beyond teenage rebellion into a full blown addiction, and can anything be done if the teen doesn't want help, and not all parties are on board with consequences? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 19, 2012 - 15 answers

Meditation for busy parents?

How do I find a time and place for meditation as a parent? [more inside]
posted by dylan20 on May 17, 2012 - 19 answers

Do kids do better with individual chores or group chores?

Parenting filter: I have two kids, 11 and 9. I'm a divorced dad trying to figure out a plan for their accountability for their chores when they're with me. The biggest stumbling block seems to be division of labor. On the one hand, assigning individual chores (Daughter, you wash the dishes. Son, you dry and put away) and rewarding for completion seems simple enough. But I want to teach them teamwork, negotiation, time management (who does what part first) and shared responsibility. So sometimes I say "Clean the kitchen, you figure out who does what". The latter seems better for a shared reward like a trip to the movies. Does anyone favor one approach over the other, and why? BTW they're coming from a household where their mom and I differed on how to handle chores, so they're a little used to coasting.
posted by punocchio on May 17, 2012 - 22 answers

Attachment and daycare

Attachment and daycare: how do people do it? [more inside]
posted by mooselini on May 16, 2012 - 31 answers

How to help my infant sleep

What kind of sleep training book or technique do I need? [more inside]
posted by semacd on May 13, 2012 - 15 answers

former hipster seeks family car with function

Does this car exist (USA)? 4 wheel drive, third row seating, manual transmission? No sliding doors; I don't want a minivan. Help me maintain my dignity while driving kids around, please. [more inside]
posted by iscatter on May 12, 2012 - 23 answers

Help me properly buckle up the little kids

I spoiled my kids, now how to reverse it? Specifics about car seat [more inside]
posted by akomom on May 11, 2012 - 32 answers

Car seat for a Mini convertible?

My husband loves his 2007 Mini Cooper S convertible, but also loves his 3 year old, 38" tall, 30 lb daughter. We're hoping to bring the two things together with the perfect car seat. It needs to be easy to get into for the kid, harness (as opposed to seat belt) preferred. Have any actual real-life Mini owners made this work?
posted by nkknkk on May 10, 2012 - 4 answers

What makes a mom a good mom? What does it feel like to have a good mom?

What makes a mom a good mom? What does it feel like to have a good mom? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on May 3, 2012 - 46 answers

First Time Flying with Baby - Advice Needed

First time air travel with an 11 month old. Need all the advice I can get from experienced parents! [more inside]
posted by AdamOddo on May 2, 2012 - 25 answers

To work full time or not...

I currently work 20 hrs./week at a local nonprofit in field "XYZ." My husband works full time (8-6, usually), and we have a 2-year-old son who goes to my parents' house while I'm at work (3 days a week). However, yesterday I was contacted about a full-time job that's very appealing, and I don't know whether to pursue it. [more inside]
posted by trillian on Apr 20, 2012 - 21 answers

Help me be a better stay-at-home mom.

Stay at home parenting: how does it work? [more inside]
posted by sutel on Apr 16, 2012 - 30 answers

Planning maternity leave: lump sum or gradual payout?

Maternity leave: did you space yours out over a year (if your place of employment offers that option)? How did it go? Did you regret not taking it all up front, or were there real hidden benefits? [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Apr 11, 2012 - 18 answers

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

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