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Jan
6
comment Is it really that bad to get water in an infant's ear?
I was catching up on this board and came across this comment thread. The back n forth is pretty funny. End result? "Keep the baby's head out of the water. Clean ears gently."
Jan
6
comment Loud Screaming to attract attention
this sounds like a young couple where both parents had a role and stuck to it. @Rhea they were both absolutely on the same page, otherwise mama wouldn't have let dada take over at the point when she couldn't handle it. That's what they call teamwork. Allowing the kid to cry it out is what they call being in charge (was the kid ever in danger? doesn't sound like it.) End result? Kid doesn't cry any more to get what he wants. Enormous downline implications. I dunno about "better not let her win" but the point is that you have to establish boundaries even with a baby that can't even crawl yet.
Jan
4
comment Loud Screaming to attract attention
I keep clicking ^ but it only did it once. Every sentence in your post is ^worthy. I'm not exaggerating either, I could dissect each sentence on it's value and meaning.
Oct
16
comment Why is it important to support a newborn's neck?
Just to add a tidbit, You or I can turn our head shoulder to shoulder without a 2nd thought. This movement could hurt newborns muscles if the baby actually knew how to do it. The baby's musculature in the neck is weak AND tight and fragile AND it's an inexperienced newborn mind.
Oct
16
comment How to eat out with kids?
Just don't be a walmart-like parent and beat your kid while you're on line at the buffet because they wouldn't stand in line.
Oct
16
comment Is it fine for parents to ask for allowance from children? How to do it tactfully?
Exactly. >Bam< Lay it out there. And the education part could NOT be better said. I keep clicking that up-triangle, but it only let me vote once. Drag.
Oct
16
comment How to deal with a teenager who wants his parents to buy him everything his friends have?
Amen for cutting off.
Oct
16
comment Is it really that bad to get water in an infant's ear?
@RoryAlsop which had been said. It doesn't matter if it's the water or the man in the moon that causes the infection. What matters is that you avoid infection by keeping water out of the baby's ear.
Oct
7
comment What harm is porn?
As far as 'healthy medium for children' goes, kids are mentally exposed to much worse than porn on a daily basis. Two 11-12 yo's looking at a tube site and giggling at boobies is reality. It may not be desirable but I call it normal in middle class America... which, by the way, is a country that was founded by religious extremists who felt that burning witches and meting out severe and bloody corporal punishments on citizens -- as bad as the fundamentalist governments of today -- was required by God's Law. Being 400 years down line of that social norm puts us here having this conversation.
Oct
7
comment What harm is porn?
Wow I missed your comment. Taking my ?'s literally, "Will?", the answer is "No". It's simply not a foregone conclusion either way. In that context, your comment is no more/less correct than mine. So since no one can truly define porn as a factor or not, then why is it even part of the discussion? Raising ducks or having a healthy garden is the same way but it's never part of the conversation even tho Jeffery Dahmer (was it?) raised ducks and Bob Berdella had a great garden. Which goes back to my real point: Stop pretending the world will raise your (rhetorical your) kids and do it yourself.
Oct
5
comment My 12 year old has been blowing off homework, and now is writing on his clothes! Is this normal?
@TorbenGundtofte-Bruun Since it all starts with talking, rather than talking downwards, I talk upwards. Then, the slightest appearance of traction gets some kind of attaboy with an explanation. It doesn't always have to be commerce either.
Oct
5
comment My 12 year old has been blowing off homework, and now is writing on his clothes! Is this normal?
I wouldn't and didn't advocate breaking the stream. And I didn't not mean for this comment to be way down here... Should have been on the op.
Oct
4
comment My 12 year old has been blowing off homework, and now is writing on his clothes! Is this normal?
I absolutely abhor taking the thing he enjoys, balling it up and threatening to throw it at him. Since there's more than one way to skin a cat, choose one that doesn't turn his passion into an offensive weapon. (yes I posted my own answer)
Oct
3
comment What's a good choice for a baby's first sign in sign language?
@Ziv You're overthinking it. If your thinking were correct, we'd never be able to teach more to any one. So just give her a few cheerios, like 6. When she finishes and starts hollering, that means she wants more. Then you say "More?" out loud and you make the sign for a few secs. She'll stare at you "whats all this then" kinda look. Then you give her 5 more. Ad nauseum. She'll probably get it before she's done eating. It's what they call a "conditioned response"... basically, it's training and it's the main way that you can teach so young a human.
Oct
2
comment Raising a tri-lingual child, tricky context
As an American, I hate you... I feel so cheated that I only know english. +1 (and texan and southern and new yorker which i guess are only dialects)
Sep
30
comment Do I need to put cloth diapers through two wash cycles?
Based on personal experience, both professional and otherwise, .info seems to be the hands-down TLD of choice for people doing nefarious things, whether hacking or selling snake oil. I had seen a great article on it with actual statistics, but can't seem to refind it.
Sep
23
comment Is putting a 9-year-old to bed early abusive?
@deworde I really thought that this was going to be a -1 factory for me. But I guess it's my job to be the hardass around here and sometimes people like it (=
Sep
23
comment Is putting a 9-year-old to bed early abusive?
"It dilutes the impact of the word, and in my opinion dishonors truly abused children." simply cannot be said enough.
Sep
23
comment Can a 17-month old really appreciate humour/irony?
Do it like "Mr Glubbles HATES folding diapers and laundry!" or how about "Mr Glubbles HATES picking up cheerios from the floor all day!" "Mr Floob HATES TRAFFIC on the way to work!" or maybe not. Hitting too close to home maybe.
Sep
21
comment The noise of his children playing makes a parent tired and glad to leave for work
"Instead of attempting to be a good playmate to my son and make him happy, I take him along when I do what makes me happy" That's really good stuff right there.