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I don't have a son, but if I did and he were 15 years old, it would scare me if he could not hold a mature conversation with an adult. Doubly so if he couldn't communicate with kids his own age.Small talk and communication skills are valuable skills we all need....
Published Date : 11/18/2018

The testicles are where spermatogenesis begins. If a man has no testicles, nor any sperm of his own saved up in a sperm bank, then with current science it won't be possible for him to contribute his genetic material to a child.HOWEVER, a man can BE a Father to a child. Being a father means different things to different people but mostly it's being there for the child's development. Lots of times he provides support emotionally, sometimes financially, sometimes guiding spiritually, but unconditional love and acceptance is paramount....
Published Date : 10/24/2018

I see you have requested my answer to this question. Like the others who have already answered, it is difficult to answer this. I can only try to make some assumptions to answer the question as it is right now.Could you be pregnant? ? Have you had penis-in-vagina sexual intercourse? And was the penis inside you without a condom for any portion of the duration of the act? And did the person ejaculate inside your vagina (or even on your vulva)? And has the date on the calendar that your menstrual period would normally arrive pass? If you answer ?yes? to any or all of these questions, I would go to the doctor and have a pregnancy test done.Do I think you can't have children? There is no way for me to answer this, unfortunately. I don't know anything about your health, history, physiology, etc.If you resubmit the question, please be as specific as you can, giving appropriate background as necessary.Thank you...
Published Date : 8/6/2018

There's this weird thing I thought when I was young that I wanted a boy and a girl. Of course, the boy to be born first so he could protect his little sister. But what happened was I gave birth to a girl first, so I taught her how to be a badass.I have two girls and they're the best ever. I'm totally satisfied with my special deliveries....
Published Date : 9/10/2018

Thank you for the A2ANo, not only. I thought about it in my immature early-20-something brain, sure but it wasn't the only consideration....
Published Date : 7/3/2019

Thank you for the A2AThe love I have for you is different than the love I have/had for your dad. You're part of me and part of dad - the best parts I bet! No matter what you do, I'm always going to love you.I've already used this. Or some version of this....
Published Date : 12/6/2018

Thank you for the A2A.I'll let you know. My first daughter goes to university in a couple years...
Published Date : 5/18/2019

Thank you for the A2AHow would I feel? I'd be curious for sure about why they'd want to choose such a name for our baby. Old me might initially be hurt but clearly that choice is not about me but could be about that relationship.Choosing a name after an ex might be odd - would it forever remind them of the ex? Settling on a name is something we would do together. I'd consider it a first offer and a negotiation point and would listen carefully to their ?why?....
Published Date : 7/9/2019

Ok, whew. That was a lot. I feel very sorry for your son right now. You've got some apologies to do.But first, I have a some questions for you:Had you already talked to him about masturbation - where and when that's appropriate and any hygiene tips like keeping his hands clean and disposing of tissues or laundering towels after? Because if you haven't, now is the time.Is your son developmentally at the age of an 11 year old? If he's not, he may not understand this behavior is unacceptable in front of other people.What were y'all doing it when it happened ?Watching TV? Sometimes folks unconsciously fiddle with their hair, clothes, etc. when they watch TV. Your son may not have known what he was doing and was probably doing this unconsciously because it feels good.Now, to the apologies.Son, I'm sorry I blew up at you when you were touching yourself the other day. It took me by surprise and my reaction was to yell at you the way adults around me did to me when I was young. There is nothing wrong with you masturbating. There are a few guidelines you should learn so doing this doesn't get you in trouble with others in the future?? (see the partial list above).You're right that it is rude and disrespectful to do that in front of other folks. This can also be a lesson about consent in that you didn't consent to see that.But if you don't go back and mend this ASAP, then you've just heaped years worth of therapy and potential future sexual performance and relationship problems onto your poor, unassuming son.Lanaep.s. If you want help unlearning the attitudes and messages about sex, look for a qualified sex coach (like me)....
Published Date : 7/2/2020

Thank you for the A2A.There's a lot here I cannot address:The circumstances around how you got together with their parent; if the child thinks you wrecked their parent's previous relationship that's gonna stick, especially if the other parent is poisoning the well. The ages of all involved - when you say child, I picture younger than ten. I'm not sure what behavior the child exhibits to not like you? nor exactly what you're doing to make the step child like you, but trying too hard might also be part of the problem. That said, suck up your horrible feeling. You're the adult. They're the child. You can handle a child not liking you I'm sure. Not everyone needs to like you. That said, it's also not adult to just end the relationship with the child. How exactly would that work? Or do you mean, end the relationship with their parent? If you mean to end the relationship with the child, then I have to ask: How old are you because that sounds like some middle school sh!t to me.Treat the child with compassion and respect. With your spouse's support, I can't help but think that eventually the child will come around....
Published Date : 7/12/2019

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