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Mar
14
comment How can a parent remain sane? How do you keep your energy and temper?
@TorbenGundtofte-Bruun: sure - I already noted there could be unwanted side-effects. Have you tried taking a very, very deeeeeep breath loudly (which also the child can easily hear and will learn that this is the right time to stop his annoying behavior)?
Feb
28
comment Do we need an electronic breast pump?
@afrazier: I'd absolutely agree with swati - breast feeding has many advantages. Using a bottle too early could even lead to the baby refusing the breast (or unlearn drinking from the breast) as drinking from the bottle is much less "work". Pumping makes sense e. g. for mom's that have too much milk (that was our case)
Feb
16
comment Are prenatal classes worth it?
for sure this depends on the quality of the class and the teacher, but as morah hochman says: it may help especially the non-pregnant future dad to find his role in this situation before and after birth, it is some time you spend as a couple (if the class is for both, which would be good) [and for sure there are the contacts, which you'd obviously not necessarily need as you have already pregnant friends)
Feb
16
comment Reading in second language for a bilingual kid - how to approach a phonetic language vs. English phonics?
how old is your child?
Feb
15
comment How to deal with others' children who do not respect my authority?
@Paul: thank you very much for this great insight into the other perspective!
Feb
15
accepted How to deal with others' children who do not respect my authority?
Feb
15
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Feb
3
revised How can we potty-train our pre-schooler outside the home?
added update after 2 more months
Jan
28
accepted How to ensure that necessary things get done when time is short?
Jan
28
accepted How to remove brown stains from colored underwear?
Jan
28
comment How to deal with others' children who do not respect my authority?
very good points - thank you! With "wild" I did not want to say those children are "bad" - you're absolutely right that at least some of the reasons for such misbehavior will most probably be found at their parents (e. g. I once saw this same boy doing something forbidden with another child and his mother was standing very close and seemed to ignore it which is not okay IMHO). For the reasons pointed out by Rory Alsop I would not dare holding another child by the arm if it would not really risk to injure someone with its misbehaviour.
Jan
28
comment How should I react if another child “attacks” my son by doing something he does not like (but not especially dangerous)
thanks - the follow-up question would be: what do I advise my son to do in such a situation. He currently tends to running away crying (at worst with tears) where I'm not sure if it is the best way. For sure, beating back isn't neither...
Jan
28
asked How to deal with others' children who do not respect my authority?
Jan
28
asked How should I react if another child “attacks” my son by doing something he does not like (but not especially dangerous)
Jan
26
comment What to do when parents disagree regarding their parenting
+1 for the planning ahead and I would give another +1 for the point that very often one of the parents just does not have the inside in the kid's and the at-home-parent's daily life and struggles. Changing roles can help a lot to improve mutual understanding.
Jan
16
comment How can we avoid tantrums over sweets and cakes?
@monsto: but I think there is not enough evidence in real life, so the child will see many other children and adults eating sweets and not dying, and therefore I doubt that it will believe this "sweets are poison" thing. We are always explaining our son, that sugar attacks the teeth and therefore is it not good to eat sweets often during the day, especially without cleaning the teeth afterwards.
Jan
9
comment How can we avoid tantrums over sweets and cakes?
we did it quite the same way and the answer "single exception -> weeks of problems" can be very, very true.
Jan
9
comment How can we avoid tantrums over sweets and cakes?
some questions: How old is he/she? How long is this already going on like that? Where does the idea of sweets/chocolate come from - does the child get more sweets anywhere else?
Jan
3
comment How do you control the quantity of sweets and junk food a pre-teen eats?
excellent point - since our son started eating breakfast with me, I abandoned my bread with jam and hazelnut spread, which I often took for breakfast before, and took cheese or sausage instead - a good thing for both of us :-)
Jan
3
comment How do you control the quantity of sweets and junk food a pre-teen eats?
another point, I'd add to this excellent advice: what about cleaning teeth? We explain our son, that it is okay to eat chocolate or sweets from time to time (and in very moderate amounts), but that it is important to clean his teeth soon afterwards.