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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.
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.
Apr
23
comment Preschooler can't sing, but sings anyway - loudly!
@Torben You've got it the other way round there.
Apr
23
comment Preschooler can't sing, but sings anyway - loudly!
@Torben square brackets around the text, parentheses around the link.
Apr
12
comment Pros and cons of C section (Cesarean) delivery?
I don't know your reasons for choosing a C-section (and they aren't any of my business), but I wanted to share with you that before I gave birth to my first child, I thought labor was just something to be gotten through to have a baby at the end. What I learned was that the act of giving birth was incredibly powerful emotionally. I wouldn't trade that feeling for anything—but then again I had two wonderful births, attended by a very capable nurse midwife. Your mileage may vary.
Apr
12
comment newborn / 1mo : funny milk smell in the head?
Massaging a thin paste of baking soda over the scales will help remove them as well, if you are concerned about shampooing a lot.
Apr
12
comment Learning to propel oneself in a swing
My son learned when he was 4 because he wanted to impress his Aunty Jules. Otherwise, I think he'd still want us to push him.
Apr
12
comment Making isolation not feel like a punishment
You could play with him while allowing you daughter to play on her own. You could use the opportunity to model appropriate social play.
Feb
15
comment How to deal with a naughty nephew?
+1 he's not getting the right kind of attention. I bet this kid would show dramatic improvements if you played with him and pointed his good behavior out to him. Maybe it would set a good example for his mom as well.
Feb
15
comment How do you respond to a toddler who endlessly says “why?”?
We do this too, except we usually say "I can explain it after you've learned quantum mechanics in school." (He's in pre-K and waiting patiently.)
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.