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Jan
16
comment Toddler and Reading
He should point at the words. A 21-month-old is plenty old enough to be taught that squiggly marks carry meaning. She's old enough to be recognizing letters even.
Jan
10
comment How old must a baby be to be lifted under its arms?
Baby lifting has supplanted traditional weight lifting in many American suburbs. They key thing to remember is lift with the legs, not lift by the legs.
Jan
10
answered Discipline for a 3 and 5 year old
Jan
10
comment How to break the cycle of lies?
What I'm thinking of is something like "Are you full?" and if he says yes, you take his plate or whatever. In this case, you don't care if he's truthful or not. There's no checking, no dwelling on it. If he's lying, his consequence is being hungry. There is no reward in either case.
Jan
10
comment How to break the cycle of lies?
Are you sure (you probably are) that he really understands what you mean by lying? It sounds almost like he is trying to play a cutesy game, maybe modeling behavior he has seen in friends or on TV? Also, is it feasible to avoid asking him questions that require factual answers? In other words, can you avoid (for a while) setting up situations that provide him the opportunity to lie?
Jan
1
revised Toddler started to not fall asleep anymore
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Jan
1
suggested suggested edit on Toddler started to not fall asleep anymore
Dec
14
awarded  Yearling
Nov
26
comment How can I help my ten-year-old not be traumatized by the deaths of characters in books?
Have the two of you talked about how to handle grief before (after the death of a pet or relative, or after having moved to a new place, or when a friend moved away, or when she got too big for her favorite shirt)? Coping with grief is the same (or can be the same) whether the person is real or fictional, and I would expect a 10-year-old doesn't have a lot of experience with that. The advantage to fiction is that you have time to prepare in advance.
Nov
26
comment Rough Nose is Painful to wipe - what to do?
I was going to suggest lanolin as a barrier, the same stuff you use on your nipples if you breastfeed. A+D ointment might also work well. If it's really wide open, a hydrogel or hydrocolloid might make more sense. You could even try unflavored gelatin as a cooling coating that would help protect the skin.
Nov
21
comment Now that I'm working, my milk production can't keep up - What can I do to increase it?
NB: Fenugreek will make you and your milk smell like maple syrup. I found it gave my milk a slightly greenish tinge as well.
Nov
21
comment Baby weight after 1st month
I remember my eldest's six-week growth spurt. He ate every 45 minutes for three days. We were exhausted. By the end of it, he had grown 1.5 inches! In three days!
Oct
15
answered Toddler peeing pants when upset
Oct
14
comment How to eat out with kids?
+1 for teaching restaurant etiquette. Also, I think having our kids order politely from the waitstaff (strange adults!) is one of the reasons that they are not shy about talking to their teachers, lunchroom monitors, librarians and others at school.
Oct
14
comment Improving verbal learning
Can he follow short, specific verbal instructions, but has trouble when two or more steps are included? Can he follow complex instructions if you get his attention first? Can he follow written instructions? Does he have trouble hearing?
Oct
11
comment My eldest is aware of “an f-word” but doesn't know what it is, should I tell him?
In our house, Pop-pop is mildly demented and has a tendency to swear like a sailor at high volume. We explained to our kids that those are 'impolite' or 'rude' words, and that we use nice words in our house—except Pop-pop, of course, but he can't help what he says, so let's use that as a learning experience.
Oct
11
answered How long do children normally read without comprehending?
Oct
11
answered Finding Great Books at the Right Level
Apr
26
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Apr
23
comment Preschooler can't sing, but sings anyway - loudly!
@Torben You've got it the other way round there.