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Apr
28
comment What is a safe but useful temperature to set your hot water at?
+1 for the faucet-level limiters. Those have the added bonus of allowing the water temperature to be set higher for high-heat uses (dishwasher, etc), and keep it lower for places with a high burn risk (the tub the kids use, etc).
Apr
28
comment What is a safe but useful temperature to set your hot water at?
Your Celsius conversions are off somewhere. Your 145F and 120F both say 49C.
Apr
28
comment What is a safe but useful temperature to set your hot water at?
@DanBeale - The StackExchange sites are also about factual information with cited sources. Do you have statistics for burns from hot tap water vs water that was heated on a stove or in a microwave? Without it or similar statistics, all you're doing is playing to emotions. Most people don't want to harm their children, certainly, but knowledge is far better than fear.
Apr
25
comment “Natural consequences” where they don't happen?
@what - So, include in the lessons you teach your son that it's okay to say "I don't want to play anymore right now" or "I need some time to myself for a while," before it gets overwhelming.
Apr
25
comment “Natural consequences” where they don't happen?
Young children don't connect things done at completely disparate times, so the odds are pretty good that he sees little to no connection between playing today and playing tomorrow. Cutting the playtime short may, in fact, be sufficient. Your example with the cold demonstrates that -- it's going to be cold, regardless, but how long the child can be out in it is dictated by how appropriately he dressed.
Apr
23
comment 26 month old son keeps hitting us when he is upset.
+1 for the last paragraph, especially. Little kids tend to be so much easier to handle when they have some sense of control. You may be able to take it even a step further and let him help set the table. On another note, 26 months is also an age where the mind may have outpaced communication -- the hitting may be a sign of other frustration. If you can, try to find out why he's resorting to hitting and address it.
Apr
4
comment Baby gift suggestion for third boy?
The gift cards don't usually have fees (Visa doesn't mention any, AmEx charges a couple of dollars for the purchase, but has no fees after that), but the prepaid cards might, so make sure you know which one you're getting. The difference is that prepaid cards are reloadable, while gift cards generally aren't.
Mar
14
comment Can the council demand that a 16yo shares a bedroom with a 1yo?
@DA01 - I disagree. As far as I can tell, the only reason council is mentioned is because they control the size of the house the family lives in. I find it hard to believe that they're mandating that the kids share a bedroom if other options are available, even in the given house.
Mar
11
comment What kind of obedience is to be expected from a 2-year old?
Side note re: potty - My son goes through phases where he'll either fight the potty or want to use it. Sometimes it's brought on by the behavior of his classmates at daycare. If your child goes to some kind of daycare, see if there's something that's going on that might be triggering her refusal to use the potty.
Feb
5
comment 8yr old boy - afraid of too many things, too laid-back, lacks zeal to compete
No real need to answer me, the questions are largely rhetorical and to help you determine the next step to make. If it helps you to answer here, feel free, but you don't have to feel obligated to do so. On a side note, it might help to write down notes about various events/instances that you think might be relevant to getting him help from professionals, if you decide to go that route.
Dec
3
comment My child is constantly hungry. How do I keep her feeling fuller?
@balancedmama - Even after your detailed list, her diet looks very low in fat. The fattiest things on your list are the sausage, ham (maybe), meatloaf (depending on how it's cooked), and milk. It doesn't have to be "cheeseburgers and fries," but those foods are an easy way to add fats. Try cooking your stir fry in olive and/or coconut oil, using either as a dip for the veggies, or even cooking things with butter to help add fat into your other meals. Since she loves fruits and veggies, see what she thinks of avocados, too.
Sep
20
comment Installing car seat base…how tight is good enough?
You don't have to pull all of the seatbelt through the feeder. Pull just enough through to latch it, and keep the excess on the original side when you pull it out to activate the locking mechanism.
Aug
1
comment When should you worry about a toddler's loss of appetite and weight?
@Aqualullaby - Short answer - if you're worried, talk to your child's doctor. It's better to talk to them and it turn out to be nothing/normal, than to ignore it and have it be something serious.
Aug
1
comment When should you worry about a toddler's loss of appetite and weight?
@Aqualullaby - "Crossing x curve" doesn't really work either. What if they dance on a threshold naturally? 10% bodyweight is generally considered significant, regardless of starting or ending size (for example, in adults a 10% decrease in bodyweight is linked to significant improvement in heart health; it doesn't matter if the person was 175 or 350 pounds before the weight loss).
Jul
31
comment Are modern cloth diapers really cost efficient compared to disposible diapers?
Some daycares are willing to use cloth diapers if you ask, though they may have certain requirements. We use the GroVia AI2 diapers and have them set up like the disposables, so the daycare workers don't have to do anything with the inserts. We also provide individual wet bags for the used diapers, and a larger wet bag to put them in.
Jun
4
comment Does a water softener add sodium to your drinking water?
To add - the salt in a water softening system is only used during the regeneration/recharge cycle, in which the salt is used to flush out the other minerals in the system and not directly used in the water we use. See: homerepair.about.com/od/plumbingrepair/ss/water_softener_7.htm
Jun
4
comment Does a water softener add sodium to your drinking water?
@Beofett - Perhaps it would be better to move to diy.so, instead of outright closing it?
May
24
comment 12 month old doesn't understand what we say
@ElizabethMarie - Here are WebMD's descriptions for 10 and 11 month milestones - webmd.com/parenting/baby/baby-development-11-month-old webmd.com/parenting/baby/baby-development-10-month-old . It sounds like he's about on par with regard to walking/cruising, at least. I recommend finding a play group to help his social/communication skills. It's amazing what little kids can teach each other.
May
24
comment 12 month old doesn't understand what we say
@DaveClarke - The actual city doesn't really matter. The point is that some places have a public service program and that the asker should see if her area has one.
May
3
comment How can I get my 2.5 year old to sleep on his own?
I know it sounds counterintuitive, but have you tried an earlier bedtime? You might be going beyond his point of "I'm tired" and into "overtired" territory, where it actually becomes harder to fall asleep.