Family Health

How can I help my kids with their separation anxiety?

I have a three year old and a 2-year-old. Their father kidnapped and withheld them from me for five months. In our emergency custody hearing, I was given sole custody, pending the final hearing in May. I got my babies back the day following the trial. I was wondering what ideas you guys might have to help with their separation anxiety. I have already scheduled a family therapy session this coming week for the babies and me with my therapist. She also sees children in her office, so she was a perfect fit for us. I am also using a baby monitor system that allows me to talk to the children when I have to be in the other room. I am taking leave from work, so I don’t have to leave them right away, not till December. But they are already super clingy and nervous every time I leave the room. I can’t even use the bathroom without them. I’m not complaining because, honestly, I don’t wanna leave them for a second, either. But I also know it’s not healthy and I don’t know how else to handle the situation in a positive manner. I already explain every time …

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My 15-year-old blocked his father on facebook: What do I do?

So yesterday I took my boys down to spend there a weekend with there other siblings and their father was supposed to be there. Well come to find out there father refuses to come out because he can’t bring his girlfriend with him. And the only reason she can’t come with him is cuz he pays more attention to his new girlfriend then he does the kids. So the other kid’s mom doesn’t want her there while he is visiting the kids, and I agree with her… But anyways, the kid’s father texted me yesterday asking why our oldest blocked him on Facebook. I told him I didn’t know he blocked him. So should i have a talk with my son or just let him be? He is 15. Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

I have anxiety and depression and cannot tell if I am over reacting: Advice?

Am I being ridiculous? I’m upset with my partner because they went to a place with their family that I expressed just last week wanting to go to. When I said how I felt, they responded “I’m not going to not go with my family so we can go for the first time.” This hurts my feelings more because they totally could have said ‘no thanks, my girlfriend really wants to go with me. I’ll wait until I can go with her.’ My birthday is Monday, and at this rate, I’m questioning whether they will even come to my bday party or get me anything. Keep in mind, I struggle with severe depression and anxiety w/panic attacks, and I’m waiting on med refills. I cannot tell if I’m overreacting or if my feelings are valid. I told them I didn’t want to talk for a bit because I needed to gather my thoughts. I didn’t want to say something that would make me look like an ass while I was in such an emotional state. Please, no bashing. Am I in the wrong and just overreacting due to my mental health shit? Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a …

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What are the chances of getting pregnant while EBF?

My baby just turned 4 months old. I exclusively breast feed and my period has not returned yet. I am really trying to get pregnant again. I want another baby right away. My mom has 5 kids and 2 sets of us are 11 months apart and I really want that for my baby. Google tells me its impossible to get pregnant while exclusively breast feeding. I want to know real stories from real people. Has anyone in this group gotten pregnant right after giving birth while exclusively breastfeeding? What are the chances of it happening? Thank you so much! Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

I am afraid my baby will eventually have addiction issues because it runs in her dads side of the family: Advice?

I’m concerned about my baby, possibly having future addiction problems. The father, his three siblings (and one of their boyfriends even in rehab for overdosing on heroin right now), and both of his parents all have terrible addiction issues. Gambling, cigarettes, alcohol, all different kinds of drugs. These addictions have led all the family members to multiple jail sentences, DUIs, bankruptcy, repossessed vehicles, foreclosures, cheating, and divorces. I don’t have any addictions, so I’m struggling understanding the destruction, and the father of my baby is forced to be sober by court order, which is keeping us together (and he’s a great sober guy), but that ends in 5 months too! But all I’m worried about is my baby. Addiction is genetic. Has anyone gone through this? Will she have an addiction? Can I help her not have this behavior? Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

I am worried my 2-month-old isn’t meeting their milestones: Advice?

Hi. My baby will be 2 months old tomorrow and he goes for his appointment and shots Thursday which made me look up to see what milestones he should be meeting. He smiles and coos but doesn’t follow things with his eyes and doesn’t turn his head to sounds. I’m freaking out that something may be wrong. Any other moms experience this and baby ok? Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

My friends 4-year-old refuses to potty train: Advice?

I have a friend of mine who has a 4 year old who refuses to potty train. She’s tried everything from treats to underwear. She wants to get him potty trained so he can start preschool. Any ideas to help her out! Thanks in advance Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

How much should I pay my friend to babysit?

I will be starting a job here soon and a friend of mine will watch my 9-month-old daughter now my question is how much should I give her as payment from Monday – Thursday 6:30 to 4:30 and Fridays 7:30 to 2:30 I don’t want to under or overpay her she said whatever I can give, but I don’t want to rip her off either I will be providing diaper food formula clothes and literally everything she needs Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

Tips for a mom who works and pumps at work?

I’m a first-time mom, and this holiday season is going to be rough. I work at a specialty store, and I know my state laws in regards to pumping at work. With that said, I get caught between two important things of not letting my team down while it’s busy and making sure I pump enough to feed my baby. Are there any tips or advice I can get from other moms who have been there? I know its only seven weeks, but I don’t want to stop breastfeeding because of my issues with not wanting to disappoint anyone. I know its important to make sure there’s enough for the baby to eat, but it’s also important to be a part of the team during this hectic time. Please help a mama out! Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

Are trampolines safe for 3-year-olds?

My son wants a little trampoline for Christmas – he’s 3. I’m afraid it will hurt his knees jumping all the time, reading on Google it seems fine.. any of your littles have one and had complaints about their knees? Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

Anders Jungling: Parents Lose 'Miracle Twin' Who Died Napping in Car Seat at Daycare

Parents Lose ‘Miracle Twin’ Who Died Napping in Car Seat at Daycare

Our hearts go out to one couple in Mandan, North Dakota who experienced a tragic loss. After seven years of infertility, Rachel and Ryne Jungling were thrilled to learn that they were expecting twins in 2017. Rachel gave birth to the beautiful babies, Anders and Linnea. Just 11 months later a heartbreaking tragedy occurred when baby boy Anders suddenly passed away while napping in his car seat. 

Should I be concerned with how little my 2-year-old is talking?

My daughter says about 15 words including mama and daddy, and 3 sentences. I’m just curious if she could have a speech delay? She used a TON of gibberish, she can go on and on…She can’t communicate her needs to us and still just cries and screams. She listens to commands and seems to understand us when we talk, but isn’t using her words. She is 2 years old and 4 months. Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

Should I ask my ex to help with daycare?

I’ve recently put my 2 children in daycare. My kids dad has them every other Thursday and Friday and he will be sending them to daycare as well while he’s at work. My question is should he pay for those 2 days, or is it not even worth fighting over? He hasn’t offered to pay and it won’t be a lot of help but it would be some help. I just didn’t know if it would be worth fighting over. Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.