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Feb
12
comment How to teach my daughter to get the shampoo rinsed out of her hair throughly?
You could give her only the right amount in a paper cup (we got to fill the cap of the bottle when I was a kid) to help with the measuring part.
Feb
12
comment How to keep jaundiced two-day-old awake during breastfeedings?
These are good suggestions. I'd add: my sister-in-law lightly flicked her son's nose or gently blew in his face. Singing to my eldest worked, but put the younger one to sleep even faster. The younger one liked to listen to nonsense noises (like 'om nom nom nom') and that would keep him awake long enough to nurse.
Feb
12
comment 3 year old with vicious temper
@Jax I'll put it here. This one is a scholarly review article about differences that children exhibit in response to abuse. (I'm not suggesting there is any abuse in your household, but exploring the interaction between genetics and behavior is probably relevant to you.) If you can't access the article, you can search for the title and find the complete pdf.
Feb
12
comment 3 year old with vicious temper
@Jax I don't know how experienced you are with scientific articles. You might start here. Here is another one that is more accessible to the laity. Searching for "genetic sensitivity aggression" will give you some good hits. You might also add "children" on the end. I have one more link, too long for this comment, so...
Feb
10
comment 3 year old with vicious temper
@Jax I agree about the possible genetic component. This kind of temper can signal a genetic sensitivity to adrenaline or testosterone, and it can be successfully controlled with cognitive-behavioral techniques once your child is old enough to be aware of what's going on. (It's similar to how anxiety disorders can sometimes be treated.)
Feb
3
comment All of a sudden my daughter thinks she isn't reading well, because sometimes her fluency slows
I wonder if reading aloud her own complex and nuanced stories would give her more confidence. Also, having the opportunity to practice passages on her own before reading in groups might make her feel more comfortable.
Feb
3
comment Parent's in law who can't be trusted to baby-sit want to - how do we figure this one out without hurting them?
+1 They don't get a vote. Absolutely this.
Jan
23
comment How do I address a teacher humiliating my son by calling him a “tattletale”?
When I was in first grade, my teacher told my mother that I was very patronizing toward the other children. My mother didn't tell me this until I was in my twenties. I wish she had told me when I was six and explained what it meant. It would've saved me a lot of heartache.
Jan
16
comment Strategies for difficult bedtime routine for young toddler
Two and a half is a great age for timeouts. Is it possible that he is transitioning out of needing naps? My eldest gave his up around 3 years and the youngest around 2 years, and the 'symptoms' were similar in terms of insanity at bedtime. We ended naps and moved bedtime up almost two hours and that did the trick.
Jan
16
comment Toddler and Reading
Also, this one is about an older child, but has some useful information about how kids learn to read: parenting.stackexchange.com/questions/6320/…
Jan
16
comment Toddler and Reading
Related: parenting.stackexchange.com/questions/6055/…
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
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?
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
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.