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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

Mothers' Little Helpers?

Moms and Dads - what are your tricks for giving yourself a mental lift when finding "me time" is unlikely? [more inside]
posted by anemone on Jul 1, 2010 - 20 answers

Parents: what alternatives do you have to time outs?

Parents of children in elementary school: what do you do when time outs don't work any more? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2010 - 31 answers

Pros & Cons of Belly Piercing

My 16yo daughter has decided she wants a navel piercing. I'm not thrilled about the idea. [more inside]
posted by goshling on Jun 3, 2010 - 48 answers

Beyond Parenting for Dummies

Can you recommend any intelligent, insightful, well-written parenting or child development books? [more inside]
posted by rebeccabeagle on Jun 1, 2010 - 19 answers

It's been YEARS since they lost a kid, right?

What tips does the Hive Mind have for sending my 7-year old off as an unaccompanied minor on a cross-country airplane trip? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on May 30, 2010 - 33 answers

Seeking damage control ideas for pot smoking parents

What can a mom do to ease her 12, 13 & 15 year old's heavy hearts and worried minds after they discover that she and their dad like to smoke pot? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 27, 2010 - 45 answers

This is not my beautiful house

I am really lucky. I have a beautiful house, a good job, a smart, talented kid, a devoted, responsible husband. My life, by all objective measures, does not suck. Except it kind of does. Marital woes question: Should I stay? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 25, 2010 - 97 answers

Reading materials on foster care and adoption?

mr. desjardins and I are planning to adopt a child from foster care and I am looking for reading materials. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on May 21, 2010 - 12 answers

Which poets/volumes should I read to my newborn?

Which poets/volumes should I read to my newborn? Requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on May 18, 2010 - 20 answers

How do I build an emotional life boat with 6 months provisions, yesterday?

Help me cope with multiple major life stressors in a situation where I can't seem to see many choices, at least in the short term. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 17, 2010 - 10 answers

Don't worry, we'll put a tarp down

baby-led weaning: yay or nay? [more inside]
posted by oh really on May 15, 2010 - 17 answers

Need ideas for diary and gluten-free mac-n-cheese, please.

I have a friend with a 6 yo who cannot eat foods with either dairy or gluten in them. The daughter desperately misses macaroni and cheese. They tried one mix (don't know the name) that dog even refused to eat. Ideas? Suggestions? Recipes?
posted by not that girl on May 11, 2010 - 31 answers

Help my little boy sleep!

Help my little boy sleep! My 4 year old has never been a great sleeper, but this is ridiculous. [more inside]
posted by emjaybee on May 4, 2010 - 23 answers

Does my 8-year-old have OCD?

Seeking advice and insights on how to deal with/react to my 8-year-old son's recent obsessive-compulsive-like behavior. [more inside]
posted by playmobil on Apr 29, 2010 - 13 answers

Daughter set up Facebook when forbidden. Now what?

Tween daughter on facebook behind my back.. Want to educate and discuss without freaking out. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 27, 2010 - 65 answers

Darling, don't you go and cut his hair...

I'm pretty sure my mother gave our one year old his first haircut while my wife and I were at work, without our permission. She denies doing so. I'm not sure how we should handle this. [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast on Apr 26, 2010 - 49 answers

What else is an MLIS good for?

I picked the wrong time to go to library school. What else can I do with my life? [more inside]
posted by Daily Alice on Apr 14, 2010 - 11 answers

Deciding whether to give kids with ADHD medication

Parents of kids with ADHD: how have you decided whether to give your kids medication? [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Apr 2, 2010 - 15 answers

Life on the sinister side

Just how inconvenient is it to be left-handed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2010 - 103 answers

Yet another way parents wreck their children?

Follow me inside for a bunch of questions about co-sleeping with an older child. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Mar 22, 2010 - 12 answers

Wake up sleepyhead! It's time to get dressed!

How can I constructively get my 4 year old to get up and get ready in the morning? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn on Mar 17, 2010 - 32 answers

Teenagers!

My teenage daughter is constantly bragging about herself to complete strangers. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by cottonswab on Mar 12, 2010 - 49 answers

What are some good activity books and websites for fathers and sons?

What are some good activity books and websites for fathers and sons? [more inside]
posted by imabanana on Mar 11, 2010 - 7 answers

Hum Rel/Law & Gov/Grab Bag: Is there Empirical Evidence of Benefits for the Child who is able to Interact with both Parents daily in a Divorced situation?

I need to find this. Very important to me. Is there empirical evidence relating to this question: Are there advantages for the children of divorced families being able to interact with both parents every day? If so, what are those benefits?--Again, in terms of citable evidence. [more inside]
posted by justrobin on Mar 5, 2010 - 3 answers

Help a future new parent get with the times...

[Future parent filter]: What parenting issues are more or less unique to this moment in history? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Mar 3, 2010 - 50 answers

Big man scary!

My baby is terrified of her grandfather. What can we do to get her to like him a bit better? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Mar 2, 2010 - 19 answers

Should our son skip a grade?

How did skipping a grade work out for you or your child, and what were the factors that made the biggest difference? [more inside]
posted by Betsy Vane on Feb 25, 2010 - 88 answers

Hostages to fortune

How can I maintain some optimism about my child's future, given the crappy crappy world we live in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2010 - 45 answers

Yeah, it's nice. That's nice too. Yup. Nice.

Why does my 7-year-old daughter always seek praise and how do I deal with it? I need suggestions for specific responses. [more inside]
posted by yawper on Feb 18, 2010 - 40 answers

Help me prepare my type 1 diabetic teenager for life after high school.

My daughter is going to be graduating high school next year, and hopefully going to college. She is also a type 1 diabetic. What should/can I be doing now to prepare us both for the future? [more inside]
posted by cottonswab on Feb 11, 2010 - 10 answers

Call of Duty and Teens

Teens playing "Call of Duty"--is it really that harmful? [more inside]
posted by sandra194 on Jan 26, 2010 - 100 answers

Raising pre-teens really IS hell

I need help sorting out if my son is behaving like a typical pre-teen or if he completely flipped the hell out. My oldest son turned 12 a couple months ago and now I have no idea who this child is. I'm at a loss to know what's normal for this age and what I should be concerned about. Books and the Internet are all over the map, so maybe the hive mind can help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2010 - 67 answers

what do I need to know before I donate sperm?

A female friend recently asked if I'd be willing to be a sperm donor. We've agreed to discuss the possibility in a series of conversations over the next few months. What questions should I ask her? What factors do I need to take into consideration?
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2010 - 27 answers

It's Daddy Daughter Day! Now we need some books.

I need picture book recommendations! Even though I'm a librarian! I'm after picture books (baby anachronism is 7 months old) - specifically ones with/about fathers and daughters. [more inside]
posted by geek anachronism on Jan 15, 2010 - 25 answers

Kid Juggling

Baby number two is on the way! My children will be about 18 months apart. My wife and I have the baby thing down pat.......when there is only one baby. What can we expect when baby two comes along, and how can we best handle it with minimal stress? I am looking for stories of your experiences and what you did that made the transition and ongoing experience work for you. How did your firstborn handle it? How did you juggle and delegate responsibility? How was that first plane ride? Feeding? Sleeping? Is it a lot more work or are there efficiencies built into the process? Help mommy and daddy learn about managing multiple little monsters.
posted by jasondigitized on Jan 11, 2010 - 18 answers

Can you suggest a great long-running anime show for my son and I to watch on DVD?

Can you suggest a great long-running anime show for my son and I to watch on DVD? [more inside]
posted by jeffreyclong on Jan 8, 2010 - 46 answers

Dad, please stop beating a dead horse.

I am a paralegal. No matter what I say, my father continually reminds me that if I went to law school I would have a better job, make more money, etc. If I say anything remotely intelligent, he automatically responds, "See, you should go to law school." Please help me make him understand that I don't want to go back to school, and his nonstop pestering only makes me feel stupid and inadequate. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 6, 2010 - 54 answers

Help me keep my cool with my kid

Have you successfully stopped yelling at your children? I hate myself for yelling. I am in therapy, and I'm a self-reflective person. I'm also very stressed at work, a single parent, and often overwhelmed, without a real support system. My ex-husband went back to his native Iran, re-married a local woman and does not contribute financially any more. That's another story, but the point is I don't have a lot of help. I am in therapy and work on my parenting and my deeper reasons for being frustrated, all the time. I vow to stop yelling. And then I yell again. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 6, 2010 - 39 answers

How/when to teach "perspective"?

Totally abstract parenting question: My kids are only 2 and 5, so this question is a bit early, but I wonder what other parents out there think about striking a balance between two seemingly-contradictory goals: Teaching our kids how to problem-solve, strive, and (hopefully) excel, while also helping them gain the perspective that in the end it doesn’t matter. [more inside]
posted by zachawry on Jan 3, 2010 - 27 answers

Help me help my 7-yr-old appreciate what she has.

Help me help my daughter appreciate what she has instead of wanting more, more, more. [more inside]
posted by lucyleaf on Dec 26, 2009 - 58 answers

Best tech gift for new dad: Wii or Pocket Video Camera?

Holiday gift for husband and our "new" family: Wii or Pocket Video Camera? [more inside]
posted by thenewbrunette on Dec 2, 2009 - 28 answers

What is the best children's music without branding & popular characters?

What is the best children's music without branding & popular characters? [more inside]
posted by raddevon on Nov 20, 2009 - 59 answers

Crying over poured milk. Why?

My 3-year-old daughter suddenly hates drinking milk. Mealtimes are rife with tears and battles of will. How can we get her to drink milk happily and eagerly again? [more inside]
posted by lexfri on Nov 20, 2009 - 78 answers

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