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Dec
14
comment When are kids old enough for an electric toothbrush?
@MrDuk: well, ¯\_ツ_/¯
Nov
18
comment As an atheist, how should I explain theism to my children?
@CortAmmon, yep - I usually say that science is my religion. That's what I believe in: cold hard facts, and peer-reviewed theories. Alas, there's little in the way of empathy and social benevolence in that, but it's useful for calling BS on the claims of crackpots (like homeopathy).
Nov
16
comment How to explain Paris terrorist attack to primary school age children?
@DainDwarf the way I see it, it's a huge topic to open up. It's too complex for giving a short surface explanation, because on the surface it just doesn't make sense - not even to adults! So an explanation has to be deeper, and that's not a part of this world I'd like to show a pre- or primary-schooler. Let them be innocent as long as possible... I guess the challenge is how can terrorism be explained simply and briefly? Unfortunately, it's not possible to make it seem not dangerous.
Sep
29
comment rules for a tea party
@Buzz - I submitted myself to Alice in Wonderland recently and frankly I had to stop because I was more and more getting the thought WTF was this guy smoking when he wrote that book? It's so weird and trippy. Very strange.
Sep
28
comment giving birth at home— how to deal with an older child?
+1 for having multiple alternatives lined up! Something might come up at the last moment.
Aug
9
comment Can “Baby wearing” lead to physical issues for the baby?
@Eyal, the important thing is that the legs are in a deep squatting position. That's not possible when facing forward, only when facing the parent - either carried in a sling on the hip, or in a sling or ergo-baby-style in front. Imagine yourself sitting on a low stool - that's the hip/leg angle the baby should have.
Jul
24
comment What's a good age for a “penny skateboard”?
Regardless of age, make sure that they wear proper protection! That would be helmet, wrist-, and knee-protectors. There's no excuse.
Jul
19
comment If my 4-year-old asks me “why”, what kind of “why” does he mean?
RE: "Why?" ad infinitum please refer to parenting.stackexchange.com/questions/7462/…
Jul
13
comment 8-year-old right away repeats action after she is told not to do them
@corsika it's like that joke: do NOT think of a dancing hippo now! :-)
Jul
13
comment 8-year-old right away repeats action after she is told not to do them
Jasper caught me! I was aware of the "only for talking" trap, and any six year old would pounce on that with glee. Give me a better phrasing and I'll update the answer :-)
Jun
16
comment Is it required or advised to sterilize bottles?
Well @Dan you already saw the link that ctokelly provided. My answer (four years ago...) is based on personal experience and the advice we have received from infant health care workers.
Jun
12
comment First keyboard: Qwerty or Dvorak?
@creationedge No I never really switched. Relevant blog post: wp.me/pf6dX-gh
Jun
8
comment How long can a 3-month-old go without eating?
@TomW, all my contributions are based on personal experience as well as advice received from professionals (or other parents whose judgement I trust). In this case the basis is advice from infant nurses and child health care workers.
Apr
15
comment How to better engage myself with my 15 month old
"Open-ended toys could also be beads, crayons, play-doh, sand in the yard, and many other things." How many more examples do you need? I did include a definition; anything not meant to be used in one specific and limiting way.
Apr
14
comment As an atheist, how should I explain theism to my children?
@rotard I don't see much in the way of religious causes - that's my point. Looking at the past couple of hundred years, wars were about territory control, political power, natural resources and food supply - not about "kill all the infidels" (except this mention).
Apr
8
comment As an atheist, how should I explain theism to my children?
@rotard my personal definition is simple: Many bloody wars have been fought in the name of Christianity and Islam. I'm not aware of similar problems with East-Asian religions, which is but one reason why I like them better.
Apr
3
comment Pre May 2013 Tripp Trapp differences?
Upvoted to counter product-specific downvote :-) Perhaps @Ida does not realize that the Tripp Trapp is almost as ubiquitous as Ikea? Honestly, look in any home in Europe and you'll be nearly certain to find one.
Mar
24
comment Can we afford to have a baby?
@bjb568 I can't tell whether you're saying immunizations is crap, or whether "if you choose to" is crap. Either way, immunizations ought to be mandatory but they aren't - and some people will violently contend them, so I felt the need to be a bit softer in my answer than in this comment.
Mar
24
comment When should I stop swaddling my baby?
@sleske This is not at all about SIDS. You're confusing SIDS with plain and simple suffocation risk. Look up discussions about SIDS on this site.
Jan
16
comment Preparing quality bedtime stories
As long as it takes, @myang. Some stories are really just an anecdote, so you might like to tell two of those in one evening. Some stories are extensive, and you could either simplify as needed, or split into two nights - if you manage a cliffhanger, that would certainly help getting your daughter to bed the next evening!