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I can answer questions about children from newborn (including preemie) to school age. I can also try to provide emotional support for people who have had a stillborn child. I am a part-time working, stay-at=home, online college attending Mom who has a very hectic schedule and love it. I also have my own blog -, which includes a very affordable email recipe subscription, shirts supporting my site (all proceeds from shirt sales go into my children's savings accounts, so please be generous) and - coming soon - some of my hand crocheted items (pillows and stuffed animals).

Experience in the area

I have 7 children - 2 daughters born November 2004, November 2005, a son born September 2008, a son born in September 2010, a son born February 2013, a son born October 2014 and a son born February 2016. My daughter born in 2005 was a preemie (3 months early) and I also had a daughter stillborn in 2006 and a miscarriage of a daughter in 2009.


I am a lifetime member of Business Professionals of America.



I have a diploma in Child Day Care and an Associate Degree in Teacher Aide. I have worked in the Day Care field, as well as having my own children.

What do you like about this subject?

I enjoy being able to help people with problems they might be having or just verify what they may be thinking is right about raising their children.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I hope to be able to help parents with questions regarding raising their children.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Children can learn better if they are talked to like they are small adults, not left out or left to feel inferior.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Types of discipline are very controversial, especially with states now passing laws on how children are able to be raised.

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Recent Answers from Melissa Payne

2017-02-26 Difficult Children Questions & Answers:

At least it was a bulge. When my oldest was 2, she walked in on her dad in the bathroom and thought it was a big piece of poop hanging off him.    I think it's perfectly fine to explain girls and boys

2017-02-22 18 months baby:

Dima,    It's not a problem at all.  He's more than likely still teething and getting used to any teeth he currently has.  Toddlers will tend to chew on their fingers or toys to help ease the teething

2016-12-21 Infant sleeps in swing:

Carly,  I'm always willing to help another Mom (or Dad). Believe me, I know where you are coming from. My second daughter was 3 months preemie and the only way to calm her most times was the swing, on

2016-10-23 Why would an 18 year old girl keep a promise that she made when she:

Unless she didn't go on birth control and happened to be very fertile, she could have had any number of children, or she could have only had 1 and that may have been all her body could do.  A woman doesn't

2016-10-23 Why would an 18 year old girl keep a promise that she made when she:

Depends on her upbringing. There are some countries and fa it's that believe in arranged marriages. If she was brought up in one of those beliefs, she may feel she doesn't have a choice and that what she


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