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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

Oct
4
comment Are trace amounts of caffeine through breastmilk safe for babies?
+1 After the edit, I think this is a great answer and should get the bounty.
Oct
4
comment Are trace amounts of caffeine through breastmilk safe for babies?
Sorry if I offended; it wasn't deliberate. And sure the sugar will provide energy, but energy isn't a chemical stimulant. Other than a spike in blood sugar that trails off more quickly, eating an apple isn't any different than eating the same amount of calories from a different source. On another note, I downvoted because the answer didn't have much structure and seemed flippant; it also lacked any sources or clear reasoning.
Oct
4
comment Are trace amounts of caffeine through breastmilk safe for babies?
I just noticed that my last sentence in the previous comment is a somewhat rude figure of speech. Don't read anything into it; I really just meant it literally and wondered what your thoughts were. Sometimes concise writing can come off a bit harsh.
Oct
4
comment Are trace amounts of caffeine through breastmilk safe for babies?
I fail to see how an apple--mostly sugar and water--is in any way a substitute for a stimulant that can help with concentration. What were you thinking?
Oct
2
comment How can my toddler learn to stay under the blanket at night?
@BBM I did picture a normal, camping bag. I assumed they'd be indoors, but possibly on the floor. Honestly, they're so light it wouldn't be a problem on carpeting and would even likely be okay on hard floor with the bag as padding. Cultures are different and things that seem normal may be quite different in other places; those kooky Canadians get milk in bags, for goodness sake :) Actually, I think that varies by province too...
Oct
2
comment How can my toddler learn to stay under the blanket at night?
@Sarato Very interesting. It reminds me of Gerber gowns (tinyurl.com/3k4xsd3) but with heavier fabric and closed bottom.
Oct
2
comment How can my toddler learn to stay under the blanket at night?
is the placing of children/babies in sleeping bags common in Europe? In the USA it's normally crib/cosleeping-> small bed-> normal (twin) bed.
Oct
2
comment Is “hot saucing” bad parenting?
@ClarkGable I think that those statements, phrased as an imperative, are good. But if you claim they just happen without cause/effort, it will only breed apathy.
Oct
2
comment What are the psychological impacts of a split-religion household?
@Hendy Well, for one thing, you're talking about physical truths in the comment, philosophical in the question. That said, I never claimed real truth doesn't exist, just that consensus has nothing to do with it. If you aren't a flat-earther simply because more people believe it's round, then yes, you're flying by the seat of your pants. I'm a 'rounder' because I understand gravitational coalescence and trigonometry (towers at diff. latitudes cast diff. length shadows). The Earth was no less round when people believed otherwise.
Oct
2
comment When should a child see Star Wars: A New Hope
As Sarato says, it's too specific in that you're asking about one title; at the same time, you don't list any criteria that are important to you.
Oct
2
comment Is “hot saucing” bad parenting?
@ClarkGable I would argue it's bad to teach 'what goes around comes around'. Often it doesn't! By believing that it does, it breeds apathy toward seeing justice done; why bother working for justice if it just happens on its own? I'd actually argue that it's one of the most dangerous ideas to civilization!
Oct
1
comment Is “hot saucing” bad parenting?
@ClarkGable I was rarely punished as a child; it was a last recourse when explaining the rules and talking failed. As a result, I understood why I was expected to behave a certain way, would request changes to things I felt were unreasonable, and would follow the rules without enforcement/monitoring about 95% of the time. Tell your kids why you don't want them to swear, listen if they have objections, and either relax the requirement or help them understand your point of view more and respectfully ask them to follow even if they don't agree.
Oct
1
comment What are the psychological impacts of a split-religion household?
@Hendy In regard to "instilling only such things as have been universally established as truth throughout history", I would like to point out that consensus != truth. By way of example, virtually all philosophies teach that altruism is good but there are people who make a good case that it isn't; objectivists even claim it's evil. So I wouldn't think you'll find universally agreed upon 'truths' or that such agreement would even mean it is true.
Oct
1
comment Why is my newborn crying constantly?
My son had a bit of the same trouble. If your wife is a fan of dairy, she can try adding small amounts. Sometimes cheese, butter, yogurt, etc. are easier to digest than straight up milk. In my wife's case, she could eat small quantities of the above without issue.
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.