My SO wants kids and would make a great dad. The trick is, I don't want to be "the mom." [more inside]
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]
How old was your child when you first started leaving her with babysitters who weren't relatives? How long would you leave them for?
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]
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]
I'd like to promote self-efficacy in my toddler, and am looking for different methods of going about it. [more inside]
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]
AdviceFilter: What life experiences (or fun things) should my partner and I make time for, before having a baby? [more inside]
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]
9-month Old Uncontrollably Crying at Gym Daycare. Concern? [more inside]
Are there solo participation (as in not couples) classes for expectant fathers in any high schools or colleges in the USA or Canada?
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]
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]
Vegetarian parenting, infant edition. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
Looking for new ways to play with my four-month-old. [more inside]
Help me build the best modular indoor blanket fort EVER. [more inside]
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]
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]
Need help finding resources for parents of adult children with Asperger's. [more inside]
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]
Now that I know I hate my abusive father, what can I do specifically to move forward? [more inside]
What are the best intelligent, nonjudgmental online communities (like MeFi) for pregnant women and new mothers?
How to talk with my 8-yr old about his older depressed cousin's suicide? [more inside]
How can I have a better relationship with my daughter than I had with my mother? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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!
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]
Please tell me about your toddler's difficult questions. [more inside]
How were your parents awesome? [more inside]
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]
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]
How can I make sure that my teenage son hangs out with right friends? [more inside]
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]
How do I find a time and place for meditation as a parent? [more inside]
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.
Attachment and daycare: how do people do it? [more inside]
What kind of sleep training book or technique do I need? [more inside]
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]
I spoiled my kids, now how to reverse it? Specifics about car seat [more inside]
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?