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Being a father of 2 kids in the same age range and having been switching from an on-site job to a home-office for the past 2 years, I can relate a little bit... Exhaustion Comes With the Job I don't think there's anything wrong with your friend's state of exhaustion. It's a known issue for all parents. At the time of this writing, I haven't had a ...


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After I posted this question this morning I went to work and had some time to think about the problem of being exhausted by one's kids. I don't experience my fatherhood in exactly this way, and there is one thing that I do that helps me to not feel "used" and "sucked dry" by my son during the time that we spend together: Instead of attempting to be a good ...


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I have shoved cotton balls into speaker grills before. On one toy with an internal speaker (squeaking rabbit) I did have to open the toy to put the cotton balls in, but it was not big deal. Note that you need to compress the cotton in there, so start with a ball of cotton about twice the size of the volume of the speaker cone and shove! Tweezers and thin ...


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In my experience, putting some tape over the speaker hasn't caused my son to rip it off if you use tape with edges that won't peel up. That is a valid concern though. Another idea is maybe push some putty or wax or glue in the speaker grills. Or if you can take it apart enough you could put tape on the inside where he can't remove it.


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If you have a solding iron and know something about electronics, you can put a resistor in series with the speaker, reducing the output power (part of the power that would be converted in sound will be converted in heat by the resistor) It there's room inside the toy, you can try to reverse the speaker, so that it's pointing inside the toy and not outside ...


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I wouldn't worry about 10-15 seconds of feedback noise from a monitor when the child wasn't even in the same room. Even if the child was in the same room it wouldn't cause hearing loss as the amount of sound a battery powered speaker can produce isn't nearly enough to cause hearing loss, especially so short a period.


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Is there a reason you want to overcome this? Is it a medical necessity? Is it harming him in anyway? It seems that it is just a way for him to cope, which can be a good thing. Unless there is some harm to the child, I don't see why you would want to fix this. Having said that, if it is really concerning you, offer him another way to cope. This could be ...


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Short version: don't worry about it, but don't repeat either. Long version: Permanent damage is a function of exposure level and exposure time. Legal requirement for a workplace (OSHA) are 85 dBA for 8 hours, 95 dBA for 4 hours, 105 dBA for 2 hours etc. Pain threshold sits at about 115 dBA to 120 dBA. Some clinical studies suggest that these limits are ...


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Generally it sounds like you don't have to worry. Did you hear the noise from a similar distance? Can you still hear? The human body is very resiliant. Your child will be exposed to a lot of noise over the course of his first few years, from popping balloons to the sound of his own voice or his brothers and sisters screaming. Don't worry about the minor ...


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I know from my friends and myself that this is not an uncommon situation. Kids at that age are 10% joy and 90% ordeal. I love my kids to bits and do anything for them, but I have to admit that they can really drain whatever energy I have after a day's work. I went hiking by myself for 3 days during the summer, while my wife looked after the kids. I love ...


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@haylem was spot on. I didn't +1 because I'm jealous of the answer. But I need to add to it because as sharp as his answer is, he missed a single very important point: How long this will last? Answer: Not very long, in the grand scheme. A newborn is a REAL pain in the ass. Nobody can sleep, they don't know how to say what they want, there's no routine, ...


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I have never heard of this, either as "received knowledge" or with any data to back it up.


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"Batteries have run out, son, and these ones don't let you replace them" Removes batteries and superglues battery compartment shut... This and following the guidance in Jeremy Miller's comment have worked wonders for us. Well, until the kids started playing rock guitar, but that's different!


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I parsed the answers quickly and did not see anyone suggesting to not let kids shout that loud. Why is it so? Ok, with a 6 month baby it is different, but why let a 3 years old kid shout loud enough to strain all the family? It should just be forbidden. If there are some games that are loud too, just remove the batteries. And obviously 3 years old kids ...


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There's probably a study to support whatever theory there is you want to believe in. For this particular one about tv, here's one: http://www.parentdish.com/2009/06/08/study-finds-television-noise-delays-development/ I personally don't think it is true. But then I don't want to argue with statistics. However, the reason for my argument is that when the ...



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