Raising Kids

Ciara Writes Message To 6-Year-Old Amidst Protests

Ciara Writes Moving Message To 6-Year-Old Son Amidst George Floyd Protests

Amidst George Floyd’s heartwrenching death, many have discussed racial injustices around the globe. And while there are no exact words to exactly capture the grief and rage felt by the black community, Ciara is doing her part to find them in a message to her son.

I'm Very Concerned About My Son's Living Situation When He's Staying With His Dad: Advice?

I’m Very Concerned About My Son’s Living Situation When He’s Staying With His Dad: Advice?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her son’s living situation when he is staying with his dad. She says that her son, 5, stays with his father every weekend. They live in a two-bedroom apartment with no yard. The father’s girlfriend, who also lives with them, is due to have a baby at any minute. Recently, the father’s father, who is an “alcoholic,” moved in as well. She is also concerned that her son is sleeping in a “baby crib” while there. What can or should she do?

Women Are Being Pushed Out Of Workforce With No Caregivers

Women Are Being Pushed Out Of Workforce With No Caregivers, Camps Or Grandparents

Working women – especially those who work in concentrated service industries – are vulnerable to the coronavirus economy, as there is overwhelming evidence that women are being laid off or furloughed at a significantly higher rate than men.

My Ex Asked My Estranged Mom to Watch Our Daughter, and It Ended in Disaster: Advice?

My Ex Asked My Estranged Mom to Watch Our Son, and It Ended in Disaster: Advice?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her ex with whom she shares a son. She says her ex reached out and asked her to watch their son, she said yes, but instead he reached out to the OP’s mom. The OP is estranged from her mother and doesn’t want her watching their son without supervision due to a history of drug abuse and other issues. Predictably, things did not go well, and her son ended up getting bitting by her mom’s dog. How can she lay down the law?

What Are the Best Tips to Keep My Kids Safe from Mosquitos and Other Bugs?

What Are the Best Tips to Keep My Kids Safe from Mosquitos and Other Bugs?

A mom writes in asking for advice about keeping her kids safe from mosquitos and other bugs. She says her kids are constantly covered in mosquito bites, and though she has been using bug repellent spray, she doesn’t love the smell or the idea of putting chemicals on her kids’ skin. She is also in search of tips for keeping bees and wasps away. Any advice? Share it below!

My Kids' Grandmother Is Not Social Distancing and Works in a High-Risk Environment But Still Wants to See Her Grandkids: Advice?

My Kids’ Grandmother Is Not Social Distancing and Works in a High-Risk Environment But Still Wants to See Her Grandkids: Advice?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her kids’ grandmother. Their grandmother (on their father’s side) is not, according to this mom, practicing social distancing. Additionally, she works in a nursing home, placing her in an incredibly high-risk position. However, the grandmother still constantly asks to see her grandkids. What should this mom do?

My 5-Month-Old Screams Every Time I Try to Put Him in the Car: Advice?

My 5-Month-Old Screams Every Time I Try to Put Him in the Car: Advice?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her 5-month-old son. She says he has recently started screaming every time she tries to put him in the car. She wonders if it is perhaps due to the stay-at-home order currently in place in her state, which has kept them pretty much housebound, making this car thing relatively new to her son. Regardless, she is looking for advice about how to get the screaming to stop.

What Is the Right Age to Let Kids Start Having Sleepovers?

What Is the Right Age to Let Kids Start Having Sleepovers?

A mom writes in asking for advice about sleepovers and age-appropriateness. She wants to know what a good age to start letting her kids have sleepovers might be. Specifically, she is curious about letting her kids go stay with in-laws or other extended family for an overnight.

Our Landlord Refuses to Fix Anything, Including the AC, and Now My Babies Are Getting Heat Rash: I've Tried Everything, What Else Can I Do?

Our Landlord Refuses to Fix Anything, Including the AC, and Now My Babies Are Getting Heat Rash: I’ve Tried Everything, What Else Can I Do?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her landlord. She says that her landlord has refused all requests to have things in their home fixed, including plumbing, air conditioning, and more. This mom has already taken several steps — withholding rent, requesting an inspection from the city, etc. — and though she does plan to move her family, it cannot happen immediately for financial reasons. What should she do to keep herself and her family safe and comfortable in their own home?

My Friend Told Me 'No Wonder You're Single' During an Argument About My Son Wearing a Mask, and It Hurt Me: Am I Overreacting?

My Friend Told Me ‘No Wonder You’re Single’ During an Argument About My Son Wearing a Mask, and It Hurt Me: Am I Overreacting?

A mom writes in asking for advice about an argument she had with her friend in which the friend told her, “No wonder you’re single.” This mom was very hurt by this comment for many reasons, not least of which is the fact that her last longterm relationship was abusive. She wants to know if she is overreacting to being told such a thing or if she has a right to be upset.

My In-Laws Are Mad That I Shared Photos of My Own Daughter to Social Media: Advice?

My In-Laws Are Mad That I Shared Photos of My Own Daughter to Social Media: Advice?

A mom writes in asking for advice about a situation with her in-laws. She says her in-laws “feel like it was inappropriate” that this mom posted photos of her own daughter at her cake smash because her daughter was “only in her tutu.” The in-laws accused this mom of invading her own daughter’s privacy. This mom is offended but doesn’t know how to handle the situation.

Should I Introduce My Daughter to Her Father, Who Is About to Be Released from Jail? And If So, How Should I Do It?

Should I Introduce My Daughter to Her Father, Who Is About to Be Released from Jail? And If So, How Should I Do It?

A mom writes in asking for advice about whether she should introduce her daughter to her father, who is about to be released from prison. She says her relationship with this man was abusive and she wants nothing to do with him, but for a variety of reasons — including the potential for this situation to become a legal custody battle — she feels obligated to allow him the opportunity to be a father to his daughter. Should she introduce them? And if so, what would be the best way for her to do it and maintain control of the situation?

Can Daycares Require Kids to Wear Masks During the Pandemic?

Can Daycares Require Kids to Wear Masks During the Pandemic?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her daycare. She says her son’s daycare, which is operating as an “essential business,” has decided to require all children in their care to wear masks at all times except for snack time and lunch. This mom is looking for thoughts and feedback on this requirement.

Should I Be Concerned That My Daughter's Father Bathes in the Tub with Her?

Should I Be Concerned That My Daughter’s Father Bathes in the Tub with Her?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her daughter’s relationship with her biological father. This. mom says she recently learned that the girl’s father — whom this mom has not been with for a long time — bathes naked in the tub with his daughter. This mom is concerned about this behavior, but should she be?

I'm About to Have My First Child and Need to Quit Smoking: Any Advice?

I’m About to Have My First Child and Need to Quit Smoking: Any Advice?

A woman writes in asking for advice about how to quit smoking. This woman is about to become a first-time mom at the age of 32, but she’s been smoking since she was 16. Though her desire to smoke initially waned when she learned she was pregnant, her cravings are now growing strong ahead of her due date.