Please suggest some Minecraft projects I could do with my 5 year old daughter. [more inside]
First-time parents looking for resources to get 4-month infant to sleep on his back. We've already consulted our pediatrician and family, and searched online... would appreciate any more help! [more inside]
Have you discovered your child has seen online pornography? What did you do about it? [more inside]
What parenting advice/gospel did you choose NOT to follow? Why? Are you pleased with your choice? [more inside]
I'm looking for suggestions for science fiction/fantasy/fairy-tales/etc. for young(ish) girls. I'm especially interested in epic stories that are similar to the ones I devoured when I was that age (Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, superhero comics, Dragonlance, etc.), but which are centered on female protagonists and which don't reinforce sexist social messaging about female passivity or objectification. [more inside]
My daughter is starting puberty and I'm freaking out. [more inside]
Quick calming techniques for a jittery, anxious kid? [more inside]
Help me tame our 7 year old daughter before she makes all of the boys in her second grade class cry. [more inside]
Need suggestions on how my kids should address me, their transgender father. "Dad" now seems kind of weird at times. [more inside]
I'm looking for parenting books that blew. your. mind. [more inside]
Do you know of a calendar web app that requires agreement before items can be created / rescheduled? [more inside]
Looking for a good father/daughter book for upcoming baby girls. (twins!) I've been looking but I've had some trouble because of three things I'm looking for: [more inside]
Best way to calm new adoptive parent fears and prepare for attachment issues? [more inside]
Unwilling toddlers and forced social interactions with adults: is it OK to instruct your child to (for instance) hug Great-Aunt Maisie, when she'd prefer not to? [more inside]
Should I date my son's father, when we never really did way back when we were busy procreatin'? [more inside]
I'm looking for good readings on Middle Childhood, inspired by this New York Times article and my 5.5 year old son. [more inside]
This is not going to be pretty. I need to know if there is any way for me to maintain a life with my children if I cannot maintain one with my wife. [more inside]
My almost-3 year old, who is normally quite sweet, has started melting down about EVERYTHING and refuses to climb/go down stairs, and walk reasonable distances. Physical issue, school adjustment issue or just a phase? How do I grit my teeth and get through it? [more inside]
I want to have a baby. It is not the right time to have a baby. Rationally, I understand this. But emotionally, I am freaking out because of my age and feeling like I may not have other chances. How to best reconcile this? [more inside]
I am looking for a book or a movie geared at younger kids (mine is 7), that would start a conversation about things not always being as they appear. Kinda like how toys on TV never end up to be as cool as they look, or how some people make promises that sound good, but they just don't deliver. I'd like to help my daughter start to develop the intelligence and skill set to truly discern the difference between substance and smoke.
Adoption after infertility and loss: how did you reconcile the grief of not conceiving a biological child and come to find joy in the process of adopting? [more inside]
Seattle 2 year old is going stir crazy every day and needs to get out of the house. We're getting tired of our usual local activities, what are some of your favorites? [more inside]
I need advice on how to raise disciplined, well-behaved children. Lengthy details within. [more inside]
I'm looking for advice on how to help my five year old with some behavioral issues. [more inside]
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.
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]
What shall I do with my 3 yr old's tooth cavity? I am feeling depressed over it [more inside]
Should I continue giving my baby breast milk, even if it's just a little? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
How did you instill confidence in your children? How did your parents help you become a confident child and adult? [more inside]
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]
How can I make my daughter be more motivated and independant? [more inside]
How do we get our baby to sleep at night? In desperate need of parental advice. [more inside]
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]
How can I foster my 12 year old son's joie de vivre when I feel so grindy? [more inside]
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]
How to be the best grandparent babysitter [more inside]
How do you avoid getting physical when a kid just walks away? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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?
Help me live in two places at once - Part 2 - Mitigating stress for my son [more inside]
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]
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]
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]