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Jun
3
comment What are the effective durations of punishment at various ages?
Removing a teenager's mobile phone for 30 minutes is more effective than removing it for a day or a week. This is currently taught in Webster Stratton courses.
Jun
2
answered My son wants to bring a present to a birthday party where “no presents” was specified on the invitation
May
28
comment Is this strange behavior for a 5-year-old?
Children learn through talking. The old building is a great opportunity to broaden vocab and to introduce imagination - "old, dusty, ramshackle, tumbledown, derelict"; "who do you think used to love there? What did they do? Where did they go and why?". Coffee is a great opportunity to talk about planning "i have the coffee, what else do I need?" And processes "i put the coffee in here, then what happens?". Children really love talking a lot.
May
26
revised How can I encourage my child to eat “spicier” healthy food?
Do not make unsubstantiated possibly harmful health claims when available evidence shows no clear benefit
May
25
revised How can I encourage my child to eat “spicier” healthy food?
Changed first sentence to correctly reflect this is opinion.
May
24
comment How can I deal with no-socks situation at night?
How old are the children? How cold is cold? Safe temperatures are 16 celcius to 20 celcius. If the room is colder than that you need to increase the temperature of the room to avoid illness. If the room is in that range the children will self regulate their temperature by removing or adding clothes. You could use infant sleeping bags (if they're small enough), or you could learn to tuck blankets around the mattress.
May
23
comment Paternity Leave, How much does the Father need to be home?
If she needs a c-section you're going to have to do a lot of support.
May
23
comment How can I deal with no-socks situation at night?
I have no idea what you mean by "reasonably cold". 16 Celcius to 20 Celcius are safe temperatures for a child's room. They will regulate their temperature by removing clothes are trying to rearrange blankets.
May
23
answered Are there any benefits to taking a bath over taking a shower for a child?
May
22
comment At what age can a child learn to use scissors?
The choking hazard is the entire thing. Choking hazard is assessed as any part of a toy that can reach a certain distance through a specifically sized hole. So in real life there is little risk of choking with those scissors (especially under supervision) it meets the technical definition.
May
22
revised At what age can a child learn to use scissors?
Added para
May
21
comment Are there any health risks in earbuds for pre-teen children?
You do not mention loudness apart from "not overly loud". That should be "as loud as a spoken conversation, and not much louder". Hearing loss from headphone use is totally avoidable - quiet music and short sessions.
May
21
comment How do you correct slang or other improper grammar in a pre-schooler?
Sometimes slang is useful. Teaching children to say "ta!" Is much easier than teaching them to say "Thank you!" Letting them know that you thank people is useful and you can move onto 'thank you' a bit later.
May
21
comment How do you correct slang or other improper grammar in a pre-schooler?
I agree with this. A calm, quiet, consistant "I'm sorry, I don't understand what you are saying. Do you mean 'yes' or do you mean 'no'?" Usually gets results, especially if used over time.
May
21
answered At what age can a child learn to use scissors?
May
20
comment Strategies for getting toddler to eat more iron
Serve a small portion of orange juice with dark green leafy vegetables. The vitamin c and the acid help the iron get absorbed. (Or squeeze a bit of lemon juice over spinach).
May
19
answered What is considered to be a safe age to be a babysitter?
May
19
comment What is considered to be a safe age to be a babysitter?
Please don't close this but edit it to make it suitable. It is (and definately can be) a good question.
May
18
comment Is there any research on whether punishing more for lies is effective?
Removing a tv for half an hour is as effective as removing it for a day. Removing tv for two days is pointless.
May
17
comment Encopresis: how can we encourage our child to clean himself or ask for help immediately instead of ignoring the dirty underwear?
Did your paediatrician offer you a referral to specialist help?