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Feb
15
comment How do you respond to a toddler who endlessly says “why?”?
@Beofett and that leads to your kids saying awesome stuff like "Mommy says it tastes good because of the way the taste chemicals tickle my brain."
Feb
14
comment What can help prepare a 15 month old for the birth of a sibling?
+1 These are some great ideas for after the baby is born.
Feb
14
comment What can help prepare a 15 month old for the birth of a sibling?
+1 to you for talking about the "baby sister"...the whole time I was pregnant with my second child, it was "baby brother" and I think it made a big difference in my eldest son's mindset. Not a "new baby" to replace the "old baby," but rather a sibling!
Feb
14
comment What can help prepare a 15 month old for the birth of a sibling?
+1 These are very good suggestions for preparations.
Dec
19
comment What should my collgeaue do to stop her 20 year old son from smoking?
As a former 20-year-old smoker whose mother tried to convince her not to smoke, I can vouch for this answer. There wasn't a thing she could have done that I didn't just roll my eyes at.
Dec
19
comment Receiving a new visitor who has autism
"Children with special needs are a lot more scary in theory than practice." Thank you. That's good to know, because honestly the anticipation of this whole visit is scaring the bejeezus out of me. I want to be welcoming, but not offensive, and I have no idea how to do that. Worse yet, I have two small kids and no idea what their reaction will be, so no idea how to handle that sensitively. And just about four days of prep time when I'm already in the middle of Christmas preparations. Eeek!
Dec
18
comment Receiving a new visitor who has autism
I would, if that were practical, but my brother won't know (they don't live or parent together currently) and I don't know his new girlfriend well enough to contact her directly, plus I wouldn't feel particularly comfortable asking her about her child's "special needs." I think it would come across as unwelcoming.
Dec
18
comment What qualities should one look for when choosing picture books for young children?
Kinderleicht = child's play?
Dec
18
comment How do I tell my parents that my wife and I are pregnant?
We did this for my mother-in-law. She loved it.
Dec
18
comment How do I tell my parents that my wife and I are pregnant?
Ask them to answer this question.
Dec
18
comment What are the risks of posting baby pictures online?
Forget future teasing. What about identity theft? Name and birth date, parents and siblings names. Seems pretty risky to put all of that together in one place.
Dec
4
comment Does a breast feeding mother's diet affect the breast milk produced?
It's not just allergies. Both my sons had sensitivities to milk protein, so I had to eliminate it from my diet completely in order to continue breast-feeding them without causing them serious discomfort (they are old enough to drink milk without difficulty now).
Dec
3
comment My child is constantly hungry. How do I keep her feeling fuller?
If she's going through a growth spurt, keep in mind that her entire body might be aching too, which can making sleeping difficult. If she's not sleeping well, then she'll be awake long enough to be hungry.
Nov
16
comment Math Encouragement Activities
It's for anything you can use an abacus for. It's like having a calculator on your fingers.
Nov
16
comment Math Encouragement Activities
It's not a proper answer, but have you ever heard of Chisanbop? I learned it when I was a kid and I thought it was really fun.
Nov
6
comment How to get 2 year old to vocalize words?
Neither one of my two boys said much until after their second birthday. Both of them were speaking in complete sentences and exhibiting complex trains of thought by the time they were three. I hope that encourages you.
Nov
2
comment How to raise a child between agnostic parent and believer relatives?
This is a great answer. The only real trouble is what about all the people who don't respect atheists and will insist that we agree with their beliefs? For instance, Grampy who told my 4-year-old son that he would burn in hell because he doesn't go to church. (We don't visit Grampy anymore, but the damage is real and lasting.)
Oct
23
comment Why was this c-section necessary?
I wanted to expand on your #3 a bit. It sounds like in this case, it was not the cervical opening that was the issue, but the distance between the bones of the pelvis. In other words, the mother had "narrow hips." During pregnancy, chemical changes in the body loosen tendons that hold these bones together (which is why pregnant women are highly susceptible to injury), but if the bones won't spread far enough apart, then the baby must be delivered by c-section. There is just no other way, aside from tearing through the tendons and dislocating the bones to make room.
Oct
21
comment Does teaching your child sign language improve his emotional health?
It will also make you less frustrated since he'll be able to communicate sooner.
Oct
5
comment Should a parent tell their child that father christmas is not real?
What? Father Christmas isn't real?