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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

I am a horrible person: New Baby Edition

I flaked out on a friend's new-baby acknowledgment... for two months! Exactly how much of a transgression is this, and what (if anything) can I do to mitigate the damage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 16, 2011 - 22 answers

Help me make the best decision about the effects on living in Phnom Penh on an American teenaged girl.

(Unmarried) American couple thinking of working in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for 3 to 12 months. Her 14-year-old daughter would come with us. What do we need to think about? [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Jun 13, 2011 - 10 answers

Is Nonverbal Learning Disability as bad as it seems?

How do I look forward and be optimistic when the more I learn about my son's Nonverbal Learning Disability the more scared and grief-stricken I become? He's almost 17 and will be a junior in September in public high school, and he's been unsuccessful at everything he's ever tried to do. [more inside]
posted by maloon on Jun 12, 2011 - 14 answers

Reading Impasse

How do I get my 6-year-old daughter to read? [more inside]
posted by Brian Lux on Jun 12, 2011 - 63 answers

Freedom to Not Care

My parents' comments can bother me for days. I'm looking for ways to not allow their attitudes, beliefs, and comments affect me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 8, 2011 - 20 answers

Therapy for poorly attached parent?

Can therapy improve a poorly bonded mother-child situation? This is a terrible thing to admit and I can't really say it to anyone. My six year old child is exceptionally beautiful, happy, smart, and well behaved... and I dislike parenting her and always have. Can therapy help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 5, 2011 - 16 answers

Parenting worrywart?

I do not want my kids to see this. Am I becoming an old fart? [more inside]
posted by progosk on May 28, 2011 - 42 answers

Tantrum conundrum

How would you handle this? 16 year old boy breaks his Mom's cell phone in anger. Mom believes taking his phone away deprives him of the support of his friends, and has restricted most everything else, but not the phone. Eye for an eye or eye for an ear? It's a bit more complicated, though, so more inside... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 18, 2011 - 18 answers

This Woman's Work

Please help me evaluate a possible career move while pregnant with child #2. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 17, 2011 - 13 answers

Help me prepare for baby number 2!

We are expecting our second child in the next fortnight. What sort of things did you find most difficult and challenging transitioning to a family of four and how did you deal with it? [more inside]
posted by razzman on May 14, 2011 - 19 answers

Frankie say Relax

Seven-year-old boy incredibly defensive, takes everything too seriously and overreacts to criticism. Have you been one or had a child like this and can offer advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2011 - 23 answers

Long Distance Relationships With Adult Children

How do we have a satisfying long-distance relationships and visits, parent and in-law version? [more inside]
posted by Elsie on May 11, 2011 - 19 answers

Word to your mother

If your not-quite-yet-born self could give one or two pieces of advice to your soon-to-be mom about how not to screw up you and your relationship with her, what would it be? [more inside]
posted by staggering termagant on May 9, 2011 - 118 answers

Thats my daughter in the water

I recently found out I have a 13 year old daughter. Now what? [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 on Apr 24, 2011 - 42 answers

Studies that tell us to invest in the very young

I'm looking for research studying the efficacy of parenting classes and/or early education intervention for infants and toddlers (as opposed to programs that target older children). [more inside]
posted by slightly sissy tea hound on Apr 21, 2011 - 7 answers

Help An Unhappy Dad To Be Become A Happy Dad To Be.

My wife is pregnant and I'm not happy about it. Obviously that's a problem. Help me try to become happy about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 27, 2011 - 71 answers

Non-parent seeks parenting advice.

How do I keep my roommate and best friend from surrendering custody of her son to her ex-husband - an unemployed former crack user who was recently released from jail and is living with his mother about four hours away? [more inside]
posted by owlparliament on Mar 21, 2011 - 26 answers

Mommy!!! :D :D *smack*

How can I help my 4-year-old begin developing healthy stress coping mechanisms? [more inside]
posted by bardophile on Mar 19, 2011 - 20 answers

Pacific Northwest parents of small children: how do you survive the long rainy winters with your sanity intact?

Pacific Northwest parents of small children: how do you survive the long rainy winters with your sanity intact? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Mar 18, 2011 - 13 answers

Need group activities for roughly 15 kids, ages 3 to 12

I'm looking for some kind of activity that will keep a group of roughly 15 kids, ages 3 to 12, entertained and interacting. I'm helping to provide child care for a monthly 'parent's night' at my church. Basically, the parents can drop their kids off, and we'll take care of the kids for 4 or 5 hours, freeing the adults to go out and have dinner, see a movie, have an adult conversation, etc. The problem is in the wide range of ages and the restrictions the parents have put on us ... [more inside]
posted by Myca on Mar 14, 2011 - 30 answers

Keeping Dogs Off The Phobia List After A Bad Experience

A dog bit our son. How do we keep this one bad experience from turning into a lifelong fear of dogs? [more inside]
posted by scrump on Mar 10, 2011 - 36 answers

You'd have to be a MeFite to understand.

Is there an established and credible short-hand counter-argument to "you have to have kids to understand"? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Mar 7, 2011 - 54 answers

My kid is bored and I am frustrated.

Is it fair that I ask my 2.5 year old daughter to play independently? She wants me around to do *everything* with her and I feel like she should at least be able to occupy herself alone for a few minutes at a time. I need guidance and suggestions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 7, 2011 - 49 answers

A little help for a step dad please?

Background: I've been the step-dad to my boys for almost 10 years. They are now 12 and 13 and have no interest in spending time with their Bio-dad. [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Mar 4, 2011 - 26 answers

What, if anything, do I say to my friends about their daughter's urgent need for braces?

What, if anything, do I say to my friends about their daughter's urgent need for braces? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 28, 2011 - 61 answers

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