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Jan
12
comment Securing books from toddler
Thank you for mentioning the important safety step of securing the shelf to the wall. The straps are cheap and easy to fix.
Jan
10
comment What constitutes a Birth Plan
Some fathers want to cut the cord. Other fathers want to be in the room but definitely do not want to go anywhere near the cord. Some parents want to keep cord blood. A few parents want to keep the placenta so they can cook it and eat it. Letting people know in advance makes things easier.
Jan
10
comment What constitutes a Birth Plan
The mother might have strong views. A birth plan allows her to convey those to medical staff in a busy environment. Both of you should be prepared to drop the plan because sometimes things do need to change. You obviously need to list any allergies and list any medications the mother is on.
Jan
10
comment Are children harmed by the awareness of their parent's sexuality and sexual activity?
You start by saying you'll have sex with the child in the room; then in the what you're not saying you say that you don't flaunt your sexuality. This is conflicting. You also appear to conflate doctor/patient games with adolescant risk-of-pregnancy sexuality when these are very different things. You claim that explaining sexuality to children will prevent doctor/patient games but there's no evidence that it will and there's no evidence that such games are particularly harmful either.
Jan
7
comment Can crawling too early due to over-encouraging parents have detrimental effects?
@anongoodnurse babywalkers are probably not harmful (but see possible hip damage) but they are an example of some misguided parents pushing their child to do something in the mistaken belief that their children will develop walking sooner.
Jan
7
comment Can crawling too early due to over-encouraging parents have detrimental effects?
@anongoodnurse - ah, okay. I was just trying to point out that sometimes people do push development.
Jan
6
comment Can crawling too early due to over-encouraging parents have detrimental effects?
Parents do place their children in "baby walkers" and might do so in the mistaken belief that their children will walk sooner. This report is overwhelmingly negative about these walkers. aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics;108/3/… You might also want to see "hot housing" and "baby einstein" for examples of parents who want to push things too fast.
Jan
4
comment My parents never believe what I have to say or believe in me (trust issues around amount of effort being put into schoolwork)
@A E - yes, that's why I used the word "or" which implies choice.
Jan
4
comment Is it reasonable for parents with small children to use the disabled toilet?
"The toilets are there for everyone to use" no they are not! Able bodied people who ise disabled toilets are behaving selfishly and are causing discomfort to people with disabilities. To answer your question: yes, able bodied people using the disabled toilets are misusing those toilets.
Jan
3
comment My parents never believe what I have to say or believe in me (trust issues around amount of effort being put into schoolwork)
Cultural note: "A levels" are taken by children who have left school and who are now in 6th Form or Further Education college. Ages from 16 to 18. Good marks at A levels are needed to go onto University from age 18 to 21.
Dec
31
comment How can I get my 4 month old to sleep longer then 9-10 hours a day?
"Our pediatrician dismissed his sleeping patterns" - why do you ignore that doctor? Did you get a second opinon? What did that second doctor say? Are you in contact with a health visitor / midwife / etc - what did they say? Also, what makes you think your child needs more sleep?
Dec
26
comment How to make my child cough?
What did your doctor say?
Dec
24
comment Toddler going to sleep very late
@LauraJ - you need to set a routine for bedtime. This will involve starting the routine at the same time every night and getting into bed at the same time every night and getting out of bed at the same time every morning. No DVDs at night! (US pediatricians recommend no screens for under 2s; no screens in bedrooms or at meal times; severely restricted screen time at other times. aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Pages/…
Dec
24
comment Toddler going to sleep very late
Do mot have a different routine on the weekends. That's damaging to good sleep hygiene.
Dec
24
comment 3 yo still asks about my ex
Your post is confusing: why say you got her pregnant if you didn't?
Dec
15
comment Toddler does not like to drink milk
You don't mention how young the child is. If children drink milk it should be unskimmed "full fat" milk, but it's not a problem if they don't like it. Children under five should probably be getting vitamin supplement (make sure these are child versions) so milk isn't supplying anything they can't get elsewhere. Make sure that juice is heavily diluted - one part juice to ten parts water - and make sure it's not in bottles or slow-flow cups. This is important for tooth health.
Dec
8
comment Can a punishment be devoid of any “violence”?
There are three question marks for this question, making it hard to answer and a poor fit for SE.
Dec
6
comment Is it reasonable/common for a daycare to show TV shows during the day?
Daycare costs a heck of a lot of money. Raising a concern is not asking to be pandered to. TV in day care should be rare and planned, not an every day happening.
Dec
3
comment Why is a 7 year old always suggesting catastrophic outcomes?
Aren't you tempted to turn it into a game? "And then a shark bit him", "and then a submarine shot the shark so thebshark let him go", "and then the submarine ran him over". Or you could just try asking him what would happen. "What if the house burns down?" "Wow! What would happen then?"
Nov
25
comment How do I get my 5 year old to be more appreciative and thankful for what she has?
See "the kindness elves" (warning: has some christian bits but those can be taken out if they don't suit) -- especially the bits about giving toys away to goodwill theimaginationtree.com/2013/11/…