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Husband of a wonderful woman who teaches me how to be a better father daily for our seven children, all boys.

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Apr
9
comment Is it fair (or adequate) to ask a 4 yr old to stop crying for some reason?
While I appreciate the feedback via downvote, feedback in the form of a comment would be more helpful to me and others reading this answer. Thanks!
Apr
9
answered Is it fair (or adequate) to ask a 4 yr old to stop crying for some reason?
Mar
20
answered What's the most efficient way to dress a toddler?
Feb
19
comment What role do imaginary friends play in a child's development?
In my experience, imaginary friends almost always play the bad guy. YMMV.
Jan
18
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Jan
18
comment As a grandma what can I say if my daughter sits and watches her 4 year old hack at her hair
Better for the child to get it out of her system while she's still young and with parental observation than hiding it and fearing consequences later.
Jan
18
comment How do I address a teacher humiliating my son by calling him a “tattletale”?
I don't disagree with you. A good teacher will support their students. Part of the problem with is that we don't have all the facts, just one third party story about an incident. There's no way to answer this question except in generalities. Perhaps what really happened is that this student shushed someone else, then another student asked the person next to him what the teacher just said that he couldn't hear due to he shushing, then this student shushed them, causing further problems, and the teacher said no tattling, which is inappropriate since it wasn't tattling. Everyone is wrong!
Jan
17
comment How do I address a teacher humiliating my son by calling him a “tattletale”?
@balancedmama If the teacher has given the students permission to shush each other, then it's appropriate for this student to do that. If the teacher isn't keeping control of the classroom enough to make sure every student understands, then there's a discussion to be had with the teacher about making sure all the students hear and understand.
Jan
17
answered How do I address a teacher humiliating my son by calling him a “tattletale”?
Jan
15
awarded  Yearling
Jan
15
comment My pre-schooler is out of control, and I feel like my parents are undermining my relationship and authority with her
Well, it sounds like you're going to have to bear it until you are able to support yourself. Good luck!
Jan
14
answered Kid screaming after waking up in a car?
Jan
14
answered Helping my Whirling Dervish to slow down
Jan
14
answered How do I babyproof an electrical baseboard heater?
Jan
14
answered How do I do my daughter's hair?
Jan
14
comment How do I do my daughter's hair?
@balancedmama It's also a great way to clean the interior of the vacuum nozzle!
Jan
14
comment How do I help my third-grader focus on homework?
What you describe is something that some children with Autism Spectrum Disorders deal with - I'm not suggesting your child has Aspergers or a related issue, just that some of the issues and techniques are similar and while not everything will apply in your case, it may be helpful to look at a list of suggestions some parents give for keeping children with Asperger's on task.
Jan
14
comment My baby fell from the bed. Is there any problem?
Ok, so one study indicates that for one year there was an incidence rate of 180 fractures per 10,000 children. So that's about 55 child-years per fracture (or, assuming childhood extends until one is 18, about 1 in three chance of having a fracture as a child, assuming no one ever has more than one). This is half my rate (2 fractures per 55 child years, vs my 2 fractures per 50 child-years), but if none of my children receive any further fractures, then it's just below average (2 out of 7). Maybe just design the house so everything is no more than 6 inches off the ground?
Jan
14
comment My baby fell from the bed. Is there any problem?
And before you dial CPS we have 7 children, and yes both of these injuries were seen by competent medical professionals with training to identify abuse. Now that I think about it, if I add all the ages together we have over 50 years of children (7 boys, ranging from 13 years old to 13 months old). None of them have experienced broken bones except the two mentioned above. I wonder if one broken bone per 25 years of childhood is above or below the national average?
Jan
14
answered My baby fell from the bed. Is there any problem?