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It's a [Kids] World. [Parents] Just Live in It

lonelyahavalonelyahava Call me Ahava ~~She/Her~~Move to New ZealandRegistered User regular
Hello and welcome to the next Kids and Parenting thread!

Here in we can talk about

Our kids
Getting ready for kids
What exciting things the little shits get up to
Our parents and the excruciating things they get up to

This is a judgement free parenting zone. We are helpful, empathetic, and all just as exhausted as everybody else.

Please use this space to scream about your kids, your parents, your family.
Please also use this space to brag about your kids, your family, your parents.

We've all seen each other's kids growing up over the years, and internet Aunties and Uncles are always a welcome thing.

Don't be a jerk. Don't like kids, don't have them, think the world is ending so having a kid is selfish and we're all horrible human beings for reproducing? Fuck off with that.



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    SporkAndrewSporkAndrew Registered User, ClubPA regular
    On the subject of mornings ours is basically a teenager already at 9.

    If his alarm goes off and I pop my head around the door to make sure he gets out of bed I'll get an earful about how he needs more time in bed and it's my fault for not letting him sleep longer. If I get distracted and pop my head around the door a few minutes after it's gone off he'll have turned it off and have attempted to go back to sleep and it'll be my fault that I didn't get him up earlier and he didn't want to sleep longer. If he's fat-fingered a button on the alarm whilst turning on the sunset / waves button to get him to sleep the night before which turns off the alarm and when I go in I wake him up then it's my fault that I didn't check his alarm was on.

    No matter what I do he'll then spend the time he's supposed to be eating complaining about how tired he is and he can't possibly eat because he's so tired but still manage to put away two slices of toast.

    I've basically resigned myself to being the cause of all problems so I'm happy to take the blame for anything that goes wrong in anyone else's morning routines.

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    ShadowfireShadowfire Vermont, in the middle of nowhereRegistered User regular
    My daughter is getting up at like 4am. Then she's a total asshole at night because she is, understandably, exhausted.

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    MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    Shadowfire wrote: »
    My daughter is getting up at like 4am. Then she's a total asshole at night because she is, understandably, exhausted.

    Our kids wake up at 0430 every morning. Maybe 0500, but then they collapse like dying stars at 1900 and you'd think we could stay up and be adults but no we need to go to bed cause of the next morning.

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    MulysaSemproniusMulysaSempronius but also susie nyRegistered User regular
    I started drugging my kids with melatonin to get them to go to sleep at night.
    First time I tried it with my son he had a nightmare, so I stepped off a bit. But then he started staying awake until nearly midnight.
    Then my daughter started ADHD medication for her inattentive ADHD, and it caused her to stay awake late.
    So we tried again (on a weekend where we didn't have anything going on the next day), and it worked. So, fingers crossed.

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    SharpyVIISharpyVII Registered User regular
    Any ideas for board games for a 3.5 year old?

    He enjoys pop up pirate and Jenga though he doesn't quite understand that the pirate popping up means you lose and not win....

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    KalnaurKalnaur I See Rain . . . Centralia, WARegistered User regular
    SharpyVII wrote: »
    Any ideas for board games for a 3.5 year old?

    He enjoys pop up pirate and Jenga though he doesn't quite understand that the pirate popping up means you lose and not win....

    Houseruled win condition?

    My kid is overall less interested in the game aspect and more interested in playing "toss the tiles" or "52 card pick-up", if you get my meaning.

    Still, I think there are a scattering of common suggestions I've seen, like Animal on Animal and Go Away Monster. But then I've frequented more board game places recently, so I don't know if you're just looking for whatever you can grab at a Fred Meyers or Target or such "all-in-one" shopping locales.

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    discriderdiscrider Registered User regular
    edited January 2023
    Blockus is pretty good.
    Even if it just turns into an art tool.

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    PerrsunPerrsun Registered User regular
    Yeah at 3.5 my kid was more interested in spinning the spinner that Candyland came with than playing the actual game.

    Then around 4-4.5 he got Pop The Pig and he enjoyed that, as long as he was the one that got to push the pig’s head.

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    exisexis Registered User regular
    So it turns out that the kid is a wizard.
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    ShadowfireShadowfire Vermont, in the middle of nowhereRegistered User regular
    Baby Dinosaur Rescue and Outfoxed have both been staples in our house for a couple years now. They're cooperative board games so there's no sore loser stuff, which is nice.

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    DaMoonRulzDaMoonRulz Mare ImbriumRegistered User regular
    Anyone here have experience with nebulizers? Any better brands than others, things to be aware of, etc?

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    m!ttensm!ttens he/himRegistered User regular
    SharpyVII wrote: »
    Any ideas for board games for a 3.5 year old?

    He enjoys pop up pirate and Jenga though he doesn't quite understand that the pirate popping up means you lose and not win....

    Memory match cards are an absolute favorite for my 4 year old.

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    PeenPeen Registered User regular
    DaMoonRulz wrote: »
    Anyone here have experience with nebulizers? Any better brands than others, things to be aware of, etc?

    I have lots of experience with nebulizers, both in using them and in getting a small child to use them, and the biggest thing is figuring out how to get the small child to sit still with the mask on through the whole treatment. If they'll sit still and watch TV then you're golden, it's a slam dunk.

    I don't have any recommendations about brands or anything, we just used what the doctor gave us. If you think of questions as you're going along I might have better answers!

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    MNC DoverMNC Dover Full-time Voice Actor Kirkland, WARegistered User regular
    My daughter was very excited for the Lunar New Year and wanted to be decked out head-to-toe in red. My son was just happy to take a picture.

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    SharpyVIISharpyVII Registered User regular
    Thanks for the suggestions everyone. He didn't want to leave preschool today because they were getting the boardgame box out as we arrived bed to pick him up.

    In other news he's hidden my wife's wireless earphones. All he's admitted is that he was walking with them one day in the house....

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    CroakerBCCroakerBC TorontoRegistered User regular
    Ah, the horrifying "thonk" as my child jumps on my back while I'm on the floor, rolls off, and lands on his head on parquet.

    That set bedtime back a good half hour.

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    MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    Ripley, 5F, is completely anti pants. Which, fine, I do not care how you dress - you once wore a bumblebee costume for a week.

    But it's ten degrees outside

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    Kane Red RobeKane Red Robe Master of Magic ArcanusRegistered User regular
    Norovirus is ripping through the Red Robe household, no idea where it came from.

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    DisruptedCapitalistDisruptedCapitalist I swear! Registered User regular
    Bro. It's been about eight years since my last bout with norovirus. I think it hits adults worse than it hits children.

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    Kane Red RobeKane Red Robe Master of Magic ArcanusRegistered User regular
    Bro. It's been about eight years since my last bout with norovirus. I think it hits adults worse than it hits children.

    Ja it is deeply unfair that the kids are basically recovered and demanding play and attention and real food while Mrs. Red Robe and I are still incapacitated.

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    Banzai5150Banzai5150 Registered User regular
    MegaMan001 wrote: »
    Ripley, 5F, is completely anti pants. Which, fine, I do not care how you dress - you once wore a bumblebee costume for a week.

    But it's ten degrees outside
    My 7F is anti shirts... she'll even run outside without one if she's not caught first. It's my fault, I'm always hot and wear just shorts in the house 99% of the time, even with the ac set at 70. Stupid Florida

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    ShadowfireShadowfire Vermont, in the middle of nowhereRegistered User regular
    Jaina isn't anti-clothes, but she is anti-changing clothes I guess? Trying to get her to change from pajamas to clothes, or clothes to pajamas, is like pulling teeth.

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    lonelyahavalonelyahava Call me Ahava ~~She/Her~~ Move to New ZealandRegistered User regular
    Ellie spent our long 4 month lockdown in 2021 (during winter/spring here) in just undies.

    literally just undies.

    She still prefers that over not most days

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    FishmanFishman Put your goddamned hand in the goddamned Box of Pain. Registered User regular
    Shadowfire wrote: »
    Jaina isn't anti-clothes, but she is anti-changing clothes I guess? Trying to get her to change from pajamas to clothes, or clothes to pajamas, is like pulling teeth.

    Know them feels. My 10yo has literally had full-blown meltdowns about unexpectedly having to get changed. 7yo not keen either, but the dramatic mood swings on display getting the elder from one state to another are amongst the most unexpected emotional reactions in the repertoire.

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    DisruptedCapitalistDisruptedCapitalist I swear! Registered User regular
    edited January 2023
    Ellie spent our long 4 month lockdown in 2021 (during winter/spring here) in just undies.

    literally just undies.

    She still prefers that over not most days

    Y'know what? Same.

    Edit: and to make this more than just a shitpost, it's actually true. My teenage daughter complains when I'm roaming around the kitchen in the morning in my underwear. I mean, jeez, she usually sleeps in! I was expecting I had a little while of comfort before I had to put pants on!

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    KalnaurKalnaur I See Rain . . . Centralia, WARegistered User regular
    My son is anti-shirt and/or anti-pants on any given day, but he still wants to be warm, which usually means I find him snuggled under a blanket with no shirt on. Though he's also just naturally a space heater with legs, so there's plenty of times he's just running around sans clothing item until I catch him. As for getting changed . . . if I start folding clothes around him, and he sees me folding his stuff, even if what he's wearing has spent less than five minutes on his body, he will start stripping because he wants to get changed into something new.

    He doesn't seem to take after either of us here at home, so that must just be him.

    I wear pants at basically all times unless it's shower time? Same with shirts. I prefer being covered, it feels more comfortable that way.

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    SharpyVIISharpyVII Registered User regular
    Bing is a whiny little shit....

    Trying my best to discourage my son from watching it.

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    MNC DoverMNC Dover Full-time Voice Actor Kirkland, WARegistered User regular
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    MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    Children's television has gotten so much worse. There's absolutely no reason that every show has to be educational or lesson based. It's okay to just watch a cartoon.

    I am in the business of saving lives.
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    Blake TBlake T Do you have enemies then? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.Registered User regular
    He man had lessons in it.

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    RanlinRanlin Oh gosh Registered User regular
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    Children's TV rules right now. I genuinely enjoyed a lot of the shows our kiddo watched when she was little.

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    ShadowfireShadowfire Vermont, in the middle of nowhereRegistered User regular
    I watch a lot of those children's shows without my kid around because they're so good. I watched She-Ra without her, and Bluey I enjoy every bit as much as her, maybe more.

    Children's TV rules now.

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    kimekime Queen of Blades Registered User regular
    MegaMan001 wrote: »
    Children's television has gotten so much worse. There's absolutely no reason that every show has to be educational or lesson based. It's okay to just watch a cartoon.

    Every form of media (especially but not solely for children) has a lesson, it's just a matter of whether it's good or bad.

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    MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    All right I guess I'm the outlier here, but there's a ton of shit children's shows.

    Peppa Pig, Pinkalicious, Cocomelon, Blippy

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    ShadowfireShadowfire Vermont, in the middle of nowhereRegistered User regular
    Always has been.

    But the highs now are so much higher than before.

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    Banzai5150Banzai5150 Registered User regular
    I have been trying to watch kipo and glitch? but if she catches me she comes in I never get a chance to catch up!

    I can't tell if either are "bad" tv, but seems to me that their fine. Plus I think Dave is awesome!

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    MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    My main beef with a lot of children's shows is it just becomes 'stuff happened' without an arc or structure. I'm not looking for moralizing or lessons, but just like some narrative would be appreciated.

    Curious George is a main offender

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    PeenPeen Registered User regular
    Every show you named is for pre-schoolers, there aren't going to be a whole lot of season long arcs for that crowd I'm afraid. Once you get into shows for older kids I think you'll find what you're looking for.

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    Blake TBlake T Do you have enemies then? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.Registered User regular
    Look, if you want to say there is a lack of story arc, in a lot of them yeah, there isn’t, but as peen says, that’s pre school stuff, where kids struggle for a full narrative.

    But I mean is it the worst that kids learn lessons from watching tv?

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    MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    All right I'll just see myself out

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