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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 moira 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

Movies and Books for Young Minds

What movies and books should I introduce to my kids as they move towards adulthood? I would like to give my kids a solid foundation in books and movies outside of what will be thrown at them by the media and their friends. I turn to Mefi to give me a list of the literary and cinematic signposts that would broaden and round out a toddler, tween, or teenager.
posted by jasondigitized on Sep 14, 2010 - 36 answers

Brain Changes In New Parents

I recently read about a study that found the brain thinks in more security-oriented ways after the birth of one's first child. I can no longer find it. Folk wisdom seems to say that once you have a child, your values usually change and you are a different person. Is there research for or against chemical and neurological changes in parents?
posted by matt_arnold on Sep 10, 2010 - 9 answers

Toddler wants to stand in the bath... ?

My (toddler?) 16 mo old son has developed a new habit at bath time: standing. While he has been a little hesitant to go walking solo outside the tub -- inside the tub he has suddenly become enthralled with the idea. Any suggestions on how to handle what has become a standing.. sponge bath? [more inside]
posted by cavalier on Sep 10, 2010 - 22 answers

Parenting filter - spending time with my kid

How much time spent with your kid is enough, and how much is too much? [more inside]
posted by Megami on Sep 1, 2010 - 25 answers

How can I prepare myself to have a great longterm relationship with my kid?

I'm trying to deal with some familial baggage that seems to be getting heavier by the year and I'm wondering from parents what your perspective is on your kids. How did their characters shape your relationship? If you had a difficult toddler (defined however you like) did that inform your relationship with them as teens and then as adults? [more inside]
posted by amanda on Sep 1, 2010 - 29 answers

How do I navigate racial politics with my family before our transracial adoption?

When I was childless, my parents' right-wing politics were pretty easy to ignore. Whatever, we're different, they are entitled to their opinions. But now that I have a small child, and we are about to adopt transracially, things are beginning to get tense for me. [more inside]
posted by jeanmari on Aug 31, 2010 - 41 answers

Help me manage the transition to daycare!

My 17-month-old is starting daycare for the first time. Should we send her for two, or three days per week? And what changes should I expect in her personality or our relationship as a result of this? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Aug 31, 2010 - 16 answers

Looking for smart pregnancy/parenting memoirs

Looking for intelligent writing (especially memoirs) on pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting that aren't fluffy/mainstream "how-to" guides, as a gift to an expectant couple in their early/mid 20s. [more inside]
posted by autoclavicle on Aug 30, 2010 - 19 answers

8 yrs old, going on 14. Tired of Nickelodeon.

Is there a kid-friendly portal to pop music videos? She is not satisfied by Kid Disney and she wants to listen to the "latest" hits. She begs us to let her watch music videos on YouTube, but she's not ready to be let loose on that yet. So where can we let her browse and watch "current" videos with not too much bad stuff? [more inside]
posted by cross_impact on Aug 23, 2010 - 9 answers

Are there any modern communes in the US or a way i can co-parent?

Are there any modern communes in the US where people live in groups, share responsibilities, maybe are conscious, green etc? Relatedly, is there a way to be the 3rd or 4th parent? Being a single parent or even in dyad parenting seems like too much responsiblity...but being the 3rd or 4th parent (to go to soccer games, PTA meeting, car pool, make lunchs) sounds like a responsibility i could handle. I don't live in a community with children around so i can't offer up my co-parent services and it also sounds a bit creepy being 37 and wanting to babysit. Is there a way i can create this kind of community? I feel that i would make a great back up mommy.
posted by UltraD on Aug 18, 2010 - 20 answers

Being neither overweight, nor a girl, nor a parent, I'm totally out of my depth here.

ParentingFilter: best approach for dealing with childhood obesity? [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Aug 18, 2010 - 39 answers

raised like a girl

I am a hetrosexual man who was rasied an only child by a strong independant mother. I can't help but love her for the effort, but I was rasied in many ways like a girl. I feel deeply betrayed. I can't seem to shake a sense of self-loathing.
posted by dabcad on Aug 6, 2010 - 29 answers

Do my numerous constraints rule out meaningful work with kids?

I'd like to learn about jobs that involve working intensively, one-on-one, with preschool or elementary-aged kids, to help them learn or develop. But, I have so many constraints that I'm not sure any role fits. Could you point me to any possibilities? [more inside]
posted by Other on Aug 5, 2010 - 8 answers

Teach a baby to drink...

One-year-old kid has minimal interest in sippy cups, outright refuses to hold her own bottle. We would like to remedy this. [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Jul 30, 2010 - 23 answers

what's a normal bedtime?

Parents, what bedtimes do you set for your kids, at what ages? Do you have strong routines, how strict are you, what are your special occasion exceptions?
posted by wilful on Jul 28, 2010 - 39 answers

I swear my parents never worried about this stuff.

Please help me decide if I should force my son to go on a camp sleep-over. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jul 27, 2010 - 69 answers

Fortunate Sons?

While on vacation in Belize, many of the locals commented that while they liked American adults just fine, their children were the most spoiled among the tourist families. We've heard this elsewhere on our travels to Europe and Southeast Asia. Is this true? If so, is there a unique style of American parenting that other cultures see as problematic or inferior? [more inside]
posted by Hwaet on Jul 22, 2010 - 33 answers

Help my 4-year-old learn to love daycare

I recently started a new full-time job. My 4-1/2-year-old hates daycare. What can I do to make this better? [more inside]
posted by libraryhead on Jul 19, 2010 - 23 answers

Raising a child, you wish you would have known earlier.

Raising a child, what did you come across that you wished you would have known earlier. [more inside]
posted by zaxour on Jul 13, 2010 - 48 answers

Driving to Billingsgate (I curse too much)

I curse when I drive. Terrible language and the most irritated inflection. It needs to stop because I am in danger of linguistically poisoning my toddler. Unfortunately, I live in an area (Metro Boston) where the roads are crowded and people pride themselves on driving like self-centered monsters. Please give me techniques to (most importantly) stop swearing and also stop appearing apoplectic.
posted by Mayor Curley on Jul 9, 2010 - 66 answers

How can I help my three kids adjust to my plans to move in with my girlfriend?

How can I help my three kids adjust to my plans to move in with my girlfriend? Specifically, how important is alone time with dad? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2010 - 14 answers

baby not a sleeping beauty.

How do I teach the baby to sleep without me? [more inside]
posted by uauage on Jul 5, 2010 - 15 answers

Making the most of remaining time before baby...

I went to the doctor today and I have confirmation that I'm pregnant. How can I make the most out of the remaining ~32 weeks for me, my husband, and my new child? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 2, 2010 - 29 answers

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