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Aug
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comment Should the nanny quit when the parents don't care about their dangerous children?
Excellent advice! @Sarah: that's the best advice you can get IMHO. Imagine what happens if one of the kids really injures itself or anyone else while you're responsible for them. However, it would be good to have an independent witness or another documentation of those things as dave suggested (however you should find out what you're allowed to do and what you are not, e. g. filming someone else) in case the parents would try to blame you for something when you reported appropriate authorities and "made waves" (from their point of view).
Jul
30
comment Is starting a small fire a good way to the explain dangers of flammability?
@MichaelF: are you sure that those really good childproof locks are really "really good childproof locks"? We had some "safety turning knobs" for the cooker. Our son (<2 years) had turned on one of the hotplates the same day I installed the knobs. And I remember that, when I was a child, my grandmother always gave me the flasks with medicine for opening the child-proof cover, if she could not open it herself.... Some children are very light-handed.
Jul
30
comment Is starting a small fire a good way to the explain dangers of flammability?
the demonstration at the local fire department is an excellent idea!
Jul
30
comment How do you handle a child who enjoys getting others into trouble?
@HedgeMage: would it be ok to say "What would you think if I [or others] would treat you like that? Would you find that ok? Would you like that?" - or is this already too close to a demonstration of the bad behavior?
Jul
25
comment What are some milestones a child should reach before learning programming?
"Basic shell coding seemed simple from 4 or 5 years old" - could your kids already read and write at the age of 4? I can't imagine how you could program a computer without reading and writing skills.
Jul
25
revised How can we potty-train our pre-schooler outside the home?
added info about current steps back
Jul
23
revised How can we potty-train our pre-schooler outside the home?
added note about night/day
Jul
22
revised How can we potty-train our pre-schooler outside the home?
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Jul
22
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Jul
22
accepted How can we potty-train our pre-schooler outside the home?
Jul
22
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Jul
20
revised Can we afford to have a baby?
added note about necessity of many toys
Jul
20
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Jul
15
comment What is the optimal way to store and use pumped breast milk?
...we were not aware of that, so our baby got a bottle in the hospital during his first days, as he seemed not to get enough at the breast. Then, we had nearly two months of problems (bleeding nipples, pumping, freezing, unfreezing and worries about if he drinks enough) and needed a specialised speech therapist to teach him "normal" breast feeding :-( Afterwards we learned, that he just did not know how to drink and it would have been possible with special stimulating techniques to show him (few speech therapists and midwifes know how to - AFAIK its based on the Castillo Morales concept)
Jul
15
comment What is the optimal way to store and use pumped breast milk?
+1 for the point, that bottle feeding can lead to nipple confusion:
Jul
15
comment What is the optimal way to store and use pumped breast milk?
as guidoism also has experienced in the meantime, using flat bags for freezing the milk has advantages about the classical ice-cube shape, as it freezes and unfreezes faster.
Jul
15
comment What is the optimal way to store and use pumped breast milk?
we also had very positive experience with that: the flat bags are a very good approach, as they freeze faster and can be unfreezed quite quickly (however for our impatient son it took still too long, it was always "emergency")
Jul
12
comment When should a child stop using a pacifier, and how can I help with this transition?
@TorbenGB: good point: I'd say, at the latest when they start talking much, there is no option for the pacifier (at least during day-time). I've seen some kids who were able to speak complete sentences but you could hardly understand it because of the pacifier in their mouth...
Jul
8
comment How can I prevent my 8-year-old from spending time with his bad friend?
@Fixee: Thanks for the update. So obviously there was no opportunity trying to change something from your side in the meantime?
Jul
7
comment How do you discipline someone else's child?
+1 particularly for the point, that there is no general right and wrong.