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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

Childproofing hacks for traveling?

Childproofing hacks for traveling? I'll be traveling in Mexico with my 2yo and 5.5yo, staying in a variety of places (rental houses, condos, B&Bs, and hotels). Given my experience with hotels in general, I think I'll need to childproof on the spot without knowing in advance what the trouble spots are and without having access to lots of supplies. Will the traveling parents of MeFi lend me their hacks? [more inside]
posted by Yoshimi Battles on Feb 17, 2011 - 6 answers

Help for a kid with anxiety and distorted thinking

Resources to help a perfectionist/anxious kid with distorted thinking. [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Feb 15, 2011 - 16 answers

Should I be the bad cop?

Is good cop -- bad cop a bad idea as a parenting tactic? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Feb 15, 2011 - 29 answers

Keylogging my son's mac

I suspect my young son is carrying on an ongoing discussion with a stranger he met on the internet. My wife and I are going to approach him, but we would like some evidence so we know what questions to ask. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 14, 2011 - 42 answers

Study strategies for parents

Parents who had/have to study with young children around: what strategies did/do you use to help integrate the kids into your study sessions? [more inside]
posted by angiep on Feb 7, 2011 - 6 answers

Should a 4 year old with a new cast be allowed in gym class?

One of my 4-year old students broke his arm on Saturday, and is now in a cast. The parents, and school directors, are encouraging him to still come to gym class (which I teach), and play soccer and run around. Am I alone in thinking this is a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by hasna on Feb 6, 2011 - 21 answers

What do you do with a baby who's interactive but pre-crawling?

I never feel quite sure about how my 5 month-old daughter should be spending her awake time. I'm looking for parents to chime in on what's normal and appropriate in terms of both quality and quantity. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Feb 3, 2011 - 54 answers

Safe to raise a baby on a concrete floor?

Is it safe to raise a baby in an apartment with a polished concrete floor? [more inside]
posted by Clambone on Jan 30, 2011 - 19 answers

Help me chill out.

I get irritated fairly easily (by coworkers, loud chewers, cats, etc.), and don't always respond in the best way. I'd like to be less irritated in general, but I also want to be able to hide my irritation better. [more inside]
posted by Tooty McTootsalot on Jan 27, 2011 - 15 answers

AAAAAAAAAARRRGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Gig logistics filter: Teenager needing advice to get to a Metallica gig in Indo CA in April 2011 [more inside]
posted by goshling on Jan 26, 2011 - 9 answers

Is parenting going to suck forever?

I hate taking care of my 5-week-old and I'm scared it will be like this forever! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2011 - 83 answers

Help me find a great baby sign language book!

I am looking for a great baby sign language book for my sister, to start using with her wee daughter. Suggestions? And bonus question about parenting magazines! [more inside]
posted by sabotagerabbit on Jan 13, 2011 - 12 answers

I need some toddler music that won't drive me crazy.

Please suggest good, upbeat recordings of classic children's songs. Criteria: no actual children singing, no lite-pop instrumentation, preferably some harmony. Will also gratefully accept recommendations for singable, melodic and repetitive grownup songs that a toddler might enjoy. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jan 4, 2011 - 40 answers

Bothersome toys that kids love

Looking for the perfect (for the kids, not the parents) children's toy. [more inside]
posted by madajb on Jan 3, 2011 - 32 answers

Kill your television. Collateral damage?

We've decided to jettison the television. How will this affect our 2.5-year-old son in his interactions with his friends going forward? [more inside]
posted by azure_swing on Dec 29, 2010 - 75 answers

Christmas for the introvert

How do I deal with multiple large family Christmas gatherings as an extreme introvert with some sensory thing about large groups of people, loud noises and too much happening? Complicating factors are as follows. [more inside]
posted by geek anachronism on Dec 28, 2010 - 34 answers

Learning how to read: a primer

Recommend to me materials to help a 5 year old learn to read. [more inside]
posted by boo_radley on Dec 27, 2010 - 25 answers

... the weird part is, he's never seen The Three Stooges ...

My son is four. Over the course of his life, he's injured me a number of times, generally by slamming his head into my head or face, usually while he's bouncing or jumping around. This isn't the issue. The issue that concerns me is the way he reacts when this happens. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Dec 14, 2010 - 62 answers

Wanted: Care Guides for the Newly Human

Book-filter: My husband and I are expecting our first child in early May. He would like a book on parenting, especially along the everything-you-need-to-know-about-infants perspective, as he has never really been exposed to babies. [more inside]
posted by questionsandanchors on Dec 14, 2010 - 33 answers

Save me from this mess

My life is a bit of a mess right now but I don't know where to start to get it on an even keel. Please help me to think straight and come up with some workable solutions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 13, 2010 - 16 answers

MetaParenting: Help Me Set TV Limits

Moving from TV-free to TV-having, please help me with the transition. Special snowflake details, of course. [more inside]
posted by Leta on Dec 9, 2010 - 12 answers

How do you have a family that talks?

How can we develop the kind of family where things like race and sexuality and other big topics are discussed in an open, healthy, relaxed way? [more inside]
posted by flail on Nov 29, 2010 - 17 answers

Lego Universe for a 10 year old?

Is Lego Universe, Lego's MMO game, kid safe? More specifically, will it be a safe environment for our kid? [more inside]
posted by mosk on Nov 22, 2010 - 10 answers

Adding one at the opposite end. 16 year old "adopted" daughter.

How do we "parent" a 16 year old girl? My family is taking in a 16 year old girl to be a new member of our family. She's an amazing young woman in a tough situation. No behavior or academic issues (I taught her in 8th grade, she babysits for us regularly), some emotional issues (most likely due to her environment). We're going to go through the process of temporary custody, so this is not a question about "the system" or "legality". This is a question of family dynamics. We have other children in the house who are super excited as well, but our oldest is 7 and we have no idea how to come up with rules, routines, and boundaries for a 16 year old. Of course we'll have to come up with what will work for us, but what kind of things should we be thinking about? We're already talking about curfew, bedtime!!!!?????, computer use, etc. What should we be thinking about that we might not be. Any help from those with teens or those who have adopted older kids would be appreciated.
posted by allthewhile on Nov 19, 2010 - 17 answers

Helping a kid who does not help himself

Helping a kid who does not help himself. [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter on Nov 16, 2010 - 27 answers

Are there 4-year-old air warriors?

Would a weekly long-distance commute be good or bad for my 4-year-old? [more inside]
posted by bardophile on Nov 15, 2010 - 18 answers

Spare the rod, spoil the child?

Where can I find some good research literature on the effectiveness of corporal punishment as a means to discipline children? [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover on Nov 9, 2010 - 24 answers

Advice for a demoralized Dad?

Calling all Dads: When did your child begin to accept you as a parent/care-giver? How did you deal with it if they didn't accept you? What advice do you have for a first-time demoralized Dad? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2010 - 50 answers

How to discipline an active toddler without being overly "no" and negative?

How do you discipline a 2 year old without being "that parent"? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper on Nov 4, 2010 - 46 answers

How do you get your kid out the door in the morning?

Do you have any unusual methods for getting your school-age children out the door in time to catch the bus? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Nov 3, 2010 - 35 answers

Help a Peruvian deal with the jetlag he gets from overnight and weekend trips to Bolivia

Parents of 3+ year olds! How do you deal with being tired *all the time*? I've gone from being single and childless and in my early 30s to being the boyfriend of a mother of two boys (3 and 7). Things are astonishingly good between us, and the boys are great (albeit a lot of hard work, even according to their Mum), but I'm *so* tired after helping out with the boys - it's all the games of tag, the nerf gunfights, the question and answer sessions, etc. We're really enjoying ourselves, but ohmigod I'm exhausted. Help me not feel like I'm letting the side down at home with my housemates, at her place, out and about with my friends and at work. Other than 'coffee', 'more sleep' and 'less time with the girlfriend and the boys' (done, done, and ain't gonna happen), what are your protips for fighting off tiredness and irascibility?
posted by MarchHare on Nov 2, 2010 - 26 answers

My browser needs child-safety locks.

My son just turned 4 and has become a wiz at bypassing all parental controls, and I need a browser that will restrict him to a few sites, such as stuff like starfall.com [more inside]
posted by Sallysings on Oct 28, 2010 - 11 answers

Motivation for a pre-teen

Practical tips to motivate a pre-teen [more inside]
posted by 3dd on Oct 20, 2010 - 29 answers

Parents of kids with ADHD: What works for you?

What resources have been helpful in teaching you parenting strategies for managing your child's behavior? Other parents, clinicians, internet, random inspiration? What have you tried in the past that didn't work, and why? What's working now? [more inside]
posted by KITTYFLOWER on Oct 15, 2010 - 9 answers

What does a normal, healthy family look like?

You grew up in a loving, healthy home. Your parents were normal, in that they were imperfect and made mistakes, but did a pretty damn good job raising their children. What was the nature of their mistakes? How did they affect you? What does a good, real family look like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 5, 2010 - 69 answers

Any good parenting podcasts?

I'm looking for a parenting podcast to listen to. One thing I'm looking for is how to deal with typical strong-willed 5-6 year-old behavior. Thanks [more inside]
posted by crios on Sep 30, 2010 - 4 answers

What would I know now, if I'd had a less bad dad?

Women of Metafilter: did you have a loving relationship with your father when you were growing up? Did your father make you feel loved, supported, and valued? Can you tell me what that makes your life look/feel like today? I'm trying to understand how to move forward from a history with a sadistic, distant father, and it would help me to know what benefits you have gained from having a loving one, so that I can attempt to find those benefits for myself. [more inside]
posted by troublemenot on Sep 29, 2010 - 26 answers

Help me introduce my peanuts to peanuts.

My kids are now 2 yrs and 7 months and we're going to be introducing them to peanut butter for the first time. Their pediatrician says it's safe. If you have direct experience with this can you please tell me at what age you introduced your kids to nuts and how it went? I'm specifically trying to figure out what possible allergic reaction warning signs we should be looking out for and how we should react to them. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Sep 28, 2010 - 34 answers

We've tried nothin' and we're all out of ideas.

My kid is bad. I need a book to teach me how to make her not be bad anymore. [more inside]
posted by ND¢ on Sep 23, 2010 - 61 answers

Parents/Caregivers with RA - help me "hack" your childcare activities!

Moms (and dads? aunts? uncles?) with rheumatoid arthritis - have you ever thought, "I wish I had an x that would help me with/enable me to do y childcare task"? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by purlgurly on Sep 15, 2010 - 6 answers

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