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I can really relate to your post, and Erica's response. You really do have my sympathies and best wishes for all involved. My father was an alcoholic (he's passed away) and was both physically and verbally abusive. I loved him very much, and I'm sure, as a child, I would have been very sad at first if he wasn't living at home.** You seem to imply that his ...


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I would suggest a Mother's Helper (also called a Kitchen Helper). This allows your toddler to hang out in the kitchen with you - and even help out with simple tasks, which in my opinion is a great start to being a helper with kitchen tasks like doing the dishes or cooking. The toddler stands inside of it, and is able to reach the counter (put it where ...


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Ultimately it's self-limiting. As he gets older it'll hurt more (partly as he'll be stronger) and he will stop. Our boys all did this and we didn't discourage it but put boundaries around it -- "You can do that in the bath, but not out the bath". And then of course as they got older (3-5) and they went through another phase of doing it we made the rule that ...


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If you can't separate the area there's little you can do. Toddlers do follow parents whenever they can, for us it happens even if one parent is engaged in play with the child and the other does something - our LO will "switch" and go from one parent to another with no apparent reason. You can try to ignore the child disturbing your work in kitchen whenever ...


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Kids have all sorts of eating habits; any one particular difference isn't at all something to be concerned about. My oldest (3) drinks all the milk he can find, my younger (21 mo) doesn't drink as much of anything and relatively little milk. The one reason milk is something to think about is that milk is the primary source of calcium and vitamin D for ...


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I have revised this post, which initially was more focused on an excerpt from Adult Children of Alcoholics by Dr. Janet Woititz. This research is rather dated, and also has led to possibly unjustified assumptions of causation by some researchers; anybody reading this answer and interested in the subject is encouraged to read the comments below, and the links ...


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You may simply be too soon. Usually 22 to 30 months is considered the "standard" age. With Our first daughter, we tried to "push it", and it turned into a horrible, long drawn out mess. On the flip side, we didn't force the issue with our second daughter. Then a few days before Preschool, we realized she hadn't yet learned. Our oldest said "No Problem ...


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This is a problem we faced for a time with my now three year old; not exactly the same (we had a problem with him getting out of the harness/unbuckling it rather than loosening it), but works out to the same thing. By two and a half or so he was capable of both unbuckling himself and buckling himself. (This is with a new-when-he-was-1 Evenflo carseat ...


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Does she know her colors yet? I would be very surprised if she could. I also would be very surprised if she cared. Parents tend to worry about children's color preferences. Boys who like pink. Girls who like black. Heaven help the mother of a child who insists on only wearing white - unless dad does the laundry. Then, heaven help him Colors are a much ...


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It's time for him to learn that he doesn't get to take things away from other people just because he feels like it (for whatever reason). Though she probably doesn't feel disrespected when her bottle is taken away from her yet, eventually she will feel this way and more if his behavior is allowed to continue. To some degree, has been supplanted in his ...


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It's not uncommon, especially if your heritage includes anything other northwestern European. If you have any lineage from any of the cultures of the world that weren't historically herders, then there is a chance that her body will stop producing lactase -- the enzyme required to properly digest milk -- and she is becoming lactose intolerant. About 65% of ...


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My kitchen also has an "open" plan, so a baby gate wasn't an option. If a playpen or other enclosure isn't possible, or if your son is too distraught at being "abandoned," consider putting him on your back. A back-carrying position keeps a toddler satisfied at being attended to, but away from any dangerous kitchen activities. This can be achieved with a ...


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Well, since no one has given this answer yet, I will propose it. My dog (the licker) knows the command no licking! She loves to lick (not obnoxiously, but if I even just compliment her, she wants to lick my hand. She also indicates her desire to play, eat, or go outside with hand licks [plus body language]. And other unknown stuff.) Not liking too much ...


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The Nose Freda is a nasal aspirator that you control with a tube and you do the sucking. It sounds gross but it's not....haha....it's snot!,!,!. Haha. They cost around 16$ and I swear by it. Much better than a bulb. But the mucus must be softened with saline or steam. The nose part goes to the outside of your lo's nostril and it's connected to a tube that ...


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I don't believe there are any existing products for that specific strap. However, I do have a DIY solution that can be just as easy, depending on your car seat model. This solution would work for my son's car seat and his booster seat both, but I can't tell from the picture you posted if it would work for your model. If you search for "strap slides" or ...


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"...the health visitor says its normal..." Then why disbelieve him? You think you'll get more authoritative answers here? :) Really though, every little boy on the planet does this, and he'll be doing it for a while. If he starts pulling so hard it actually hurts him and makes him cry/bleed, then he might have some mental compulsion/anxiety issues about ...


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I will post a different opinion. Children need calcium and Vit.D, and milk is a rich source of both (the Vit.D is added). Kids between 1 and 2 years old should have whole milk to help provide the dietary fats they need for normal growth and brain development. If a child that young stopped drinking milk, it would concern me a bit, because it's harder to get ...


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I cannot tell you what to do or not do. But I am getting the impression that you want to leave your husband, but fear that this will have a negative effect on your daughter. It is indeed commonly believed that divorce by itself is damaging for children, and therefore parents feel responsible towards their child to stay in troubled marriages, lest they ...


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This happened to our second kid, though I never had to help him get it out. It is not uncommon for some kids to have hard stool when starting solid. Initially I would recommend you try to increase her water intake, as that is most often the issue. Make sure she gets water with every meal. Do not feed bananas, apples and other highly constipating foods. ...


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Okay, if you truly want to immediately stop the behavior, you will need to give immediate unpleasant results when he does it. "No Thank You" and other firm verbal commands do work - over time. The child needs to learn what the phrase means before it will have any impact. At this stage in the game, a light tap on the cheek, with a firm "No" will equate ...


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You don't need a door to the kitchen in order to divide it off - you can get little baby-fences that are kind of like baby-gates but wider. Example: That's a 'BabyDan Configure Gate' but there's a bunch of different brands. With most of them you can buy extra modules to go on each end, to make it as long as you like. Of course you can make the gap ...


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When raising our baby, the changing table was one good place for practicing sound mimicry. I would make a sound, and she would try to imitate. We started with vowel sounds, then work on consonant sounds. Each time she figured out how to form her lips, teeth and tongue to make the sound correctly, I would respond with excitement and laughter. She loved it, ...


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If the medicine is a gel, I would try to apply it to my finger first, then holding the mouth with the other hand, gently apply it to the sores. I have a 1.5 yr old as well, and I KNOW they wont sit still. Nor listen to "reason". So maybe try when in the highchair, as being restricted somewhat may help. You could also try putting the medicine on the back of ...



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