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I'm a husband, father, and mechanical engineer at Hewlett-Packard. I support:

  • Breast feeding
  • Cloth diapering
  • Cosleeping
  • Vaccination
  • Home/charter/private schooling
  • Non-physical dicipline

Sep
26
revised Why is my newborn crying constantly?
Added pluralization
Sep
21
comment How do my wife and I stop our son from learning to swear from us?
I'm retracting my downvote after the edits.
Sep
21
comment How do my wife and I stop our son from learning to swear from us?
@Beofett, I just didn't want you to think it had to do with our disagreement. This is a valid question but doesn't fit the FAQ guidelines.
Sep
21
comment How do my wife and I stop our son from learning to swear from us?
Nothing personal, Beofett, but this seems like it has nothing to do with parenting and more to do with curbing personal behavior. Voting to close as off topic.
Sep
20
comment At what age is it safe to have toys in a baby's crib?
@Beofett You seem to be confusing unknown and unknowable. Suffocating on toys is not necessarily a known cause; it could happen and be attributed to SIDS (via rebreathing, for instance). There are plenty of things thought to be linked to SIDS (eg., a positional inability to draw breath) and simply naming them doesn't mean they aren't a cause of SIDS. A causual relationship is simply not known.
Sep
20
comment At what age is it safe to have toys in a baby's crib?
@Beofett Hence toys being in a different sentence in my comment and the use of 'potentially'. It's silly to claim that something with an unknown cause is unrelated to a specific activity. More so when that activity could bring about conditions that have a connection with it.
Sep
20
comment At what age is it safe to have toys in a baby's crib?
@Beofett read the source yourself. The second section talks about rebreathing theory (that they suffocate on CO2), stating that such a case is undetectable and therefore a SIDS diagnosis is correct. Toys could, potentially, be a rebreathing suffocation hazard.
Sep
19
comment How can I help my child handle peer pressure regarding television?
@Beofett, I agree with you and that's what I addressed in my last post (and even my answer). One needs to be civil and get on well with social peers, but my social club comments relate to friends directly.
Sep
16
comment How can I help my child handle peer pressure regarding television?
@Beofett allow me to be clear. It's exposure to people, so it's good for learning how to interact. But as simply a random group of kids, it should rarely be a primary friend source. Even in a rural area, activity clubs can still flourish. If the social component of school is a significant part for someone, I would wager that person either was lucky to meet some exceptional people or isn't getting enough out of their education. As a caveat though, I'm very reclusive; quiet happily, my wife is my one friend and that aspect of my answer may not apply to all.
Sep
15
answered How can I help my child handle peer pressure regarding television?
Sep
13
awarded  Nice Question
Sep
11
revised Are employers required to accomodate pumping mothers?
fixed link to not be in the O states
Sep
11
comment Controlled crying isn't working at night. What are my options?
Ask Baby has a description of controlled crying here. Seems similar to my understanding of the Ferber method (though, I confess, I didn't read the entire description).
Sep
11
answered Are employers required to accomodate pumping mothers?
Sep
9
accepted What are some good distractions for an infant?
Sep
9
comment How can I help my pre-schooler be more confident and assertive in competitive play situations?
I can't post a substantially good answer, but as an anecdote, I'm one of the most assertive people I've met and I'll tell you what my parents did. I was always taught to look out for myself above all others and that to me, I should be most important. I was told to be kind to people, but not at my own expense. I really think parenting with this philosophy, whatever the particulars, is how to get confident and assertive children.
Sep
9
answered What factors to consider when buying a travel bottle warmer?
Sep
8
comment As an atheist, how should I explain theism to my children?
@Ash Machine I think the confusion is the over-specific nature of the remark; there are not human non-mammals. I don't know if you're a native English speaker, but typically when a sub-set is used, the containing set is not explicitly mentioned.
Sep
7
answered How do you childproof electrical cords?
Sep
7
comment Is it okay to let a baby cry at bedtime?
@Beofett, I may have come off a bit strong too. It's really that this baby is 4 months old that got me going. That's far too young to let them CIO. The reason Ferber is fine is that you're letting the little one know you're there for them; they won't feel abandoned/neglected.