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Proud parent of two happy, healthy boys, ages one and two.


Mar
24
comment How do you prepare for the “terrible twos”?
@TorbenGundtofte-Bruun: Notice I said "as a matter of routine". If they come to expect to always be the one to open/close doors, switch lights on/off, etc., they can get very upset when someone else does it in front of them. We learnt this the hard way. When we put an end to it, the transformation was astounding. That is, after the very ugly meltdown. But don't take my word for it. Go ahead and try it yourself!
Mar
24
comment How do you prepare for the “terrible twos”?
@amcnabb: At such a young age, if you tell them if-this-then-that, they don't get it. Developmental psychology studies back that up. However, it so happens (from my parental experience) that youngsters can easily be taught numbers and, once they're confident with counting to about 10, the concept of sequences of events can be introduced. I have found it to be effective on our oldest son from about 2.5 years of age.
Mar
19
comment 5 month old won't fall asleep because she always turns herself onto her stomach
There is a link - a strong correlation between babies sleeping on their stomach and dying of SIDS. It is dangerous to advise parents otherwise. Although correlation isn't causality, after the correlation was found and campaigns followed to discourage parents from allowing their children to sleep on their front, SIDS cases fell dramatically. That in itself is enough to establish causality. Having said that, you can't be expected to stand guard all night. You can, however, do your best because every little bit of effort helps reduce the risk.
Mar
17
comment When should I transition a 2 year old toddler from the cot to a bed?
+1 for the gate. We use a gate and have kept it on even after he discovered on his 3rd birthday how to open it. Despite this, he knows he can't get up and wander the house in the middle of the night.
Mar
17
comment How to remove Toddler's attraction for iPhone /iPad?
No problem. I slightly edited it again to make it even more constructive.
Mar
17
comment How to remove Toddler's attraction for iPhone /iPad?
Ok, I rewrote it. The message is essentially the same, just leaning more towards the constructive end of the spectrum.
Mar
16
comment Should we circumcise our son?
-1. So-called female circumcision is different than male circumcision simply because the parts are completely different. In male circumcision, the parts that give sexual pleasure are not removed.
Mar
16
comment Should we circumcise our son?
@LennartRegebro: You say it's child abuse, but isn't it better to have the circumcision as a baby and not remember the pain than to have it later and live with the trauma for the rest of your life? So wouldn't it then be child abuse to avoid circumcising a baby boy?
Mar
16
comment How to remove Toddler's attraction for iPhone /iPad?
@Beofett: I disagree. By setting aside a time each day for the child to play with the iPad, it reduces the novelty factor and establishes a boundary. Sure, I disagree with the notion of making the child not want these devices at all (because it's impossible), but I have at least provided an answer that I think will reduce the iPad novelty factor.
Mar
16
comment Should I use a child harness?
People who frown upon it are idiots. That being said, you shouldn't have to use a harness for very long.